Oct. 15 2016
At the end of the movie “The Martian,” stranded astronaut Mark Watney is about to be rescued by the very crew who’d left him for dead. But in order to be able to leave the surface of ...
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Aug. 15 2016
Working on keeping your company running efficiently is the management equivalent of daily exercise. You know you ought to devote an hour to it every day, but it’s hard to carve out the time to ...
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March 16 2016
Now that you’re an adult, and the owner of a grown-up landscape contracting business, you might long for those Norman Rockwell-esque days. There are so many more expenses that go into serving your ...
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June 15 2015
Uncontrolled runoff in landscape irrigation systems has presented a problem for our industry for many years. Low head drainage is not only common throughout residential and commercial landscapes, it ...
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Aug. 15 2014
You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up ...
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June 16 2014
If you think of an irrigation system as somewhat similar to the human circulatory system, it may be a little easier to understand how it works. Although there are other components that make up an irrigation ...
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May 16 2014
Landscaping has long been a part of my life. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I started my Detroit-area landscape company when I was 19. In the process of learning the business, managing my own crew, and dealing ...
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March 14 2014
The american taxpayer relief act of 2012 (atra) made many existing tax laws permanent, while extending others through 2013, causing many taxpayers to be taken by surprise this year when they begin to file ...
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Nov. 15 2013
Maybe you’ve always believed that renting and leasing is not the way for you to go, since it usually costs more in the long run. But making big monthly payments, or coming up with a sizable down ...
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July 16 2013
July has arrived, which means that Smart Irrigation Month is in full swing. Do you have your Smart team in place? To make things a little more interesting, the Irrigation Association (IA) is having a Smart ...
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Jan. 14 2013
No matter what our occupation, there are some tasks within it that we enjoy, and some we don’t. The tasks we like are usually the things we’re good at. We find them easy. If you’re an ...
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Dec. 13 2012
Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the ...
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May 1 1999
If you've ever had to decide whether to purchase or lease vehicles or landscaping equipment, then you've probably come face to face with the complexities of making the right decision ...
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March 1 2007
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk, crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape ...
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Aug. 1 2007
All that remains of the tree is the stump, the unattractive remnants of a tree that once was. But before you can paint the canvas of dirt, the stump has to be removed ...
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Feb. 1 2008
From the outside it looks simple. You mow a few lawns and collect money. You earn enough to buy more equipment and hire others. Soon your clientele seems to be growing as quickly as the grass you’re ...
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July 15 2008
If you haven’t taken a look at synthetic turf in many years, look again. You’re in for a surprise. The tacky, plastic- looking and uncomfortable surfaces that we used to see have been replaced ...
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Dec. 16 2008
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs) are the lifeblood of any successful company and should be developed for every process in your business. You should have procedures for everything from hiring new employees ...
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March 17 2009
WHITTIER COLLEGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOME TO A WIDE range of athletes with a lot to show for their mettle. The Whittier, California-based school has captured 26 conference titles through its football program ...
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