April 15 2017
The drive for increased irrigation efficiency has been a constant of the landscape industry for generations. This seems odd given that, compared to many countries, America is a land gifted with water abundance. ...
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June 15 2015
These are thirsty times, and from all indications, they’re going to get thirstier. If you live in a drought area, you already have a taste of what this is like. Water conservation and watering ...
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May 15 2015
His father worked for the railroad for his entire career of 30 years. His mother had a number of positions while the kids were growing up, but she ultimately retired as a high school principal’s ...
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May 15 2015
The truth is, large projects require more than just bidding against other contractors. It requires you sitting down and taking a look at your business ...
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March 16 2015
Whether you blame politics, the population explosion, climate change, or thirsty aliens from outer space, the reasons don’t really matter. What does matter is that the need to conserve water isn’t ...
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Oct. 15 2014
It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not ...
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Oct. 15 2014
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your ...
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Aug. 15 2014
Few segments of the green industry have changed as much in just a handful of years as has low-voltage landscape lighting. New technology, such as digital controls and better LEDs has added a great deal ...
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June 16 2014
A few years ago, a guy I grew up with told me he’d decided to start his own business. I thought he’d never be able to pull it off, as he was not exactly what you’d call a “star ...
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April 15 2014
If you think back to ancient times, we’ve all seen photographs of the pyramids, aqueducts, and old buildings and marveled at their shapes and designs. Even more interesting, we’ve wondered ...
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April 15 2014
So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will ...
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Jan. 15 2014
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an ...
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Dec. 16 2013
As a small business owner, you may be confused about which parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as “Obamacare,” apply to your enterprise. You’re not alone; figuring ...
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Sept. 16 2013
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered ...
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Aug. 14 2013
“LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!” yells the hollywood director. The studio lights are switched on to illuminate the set; the sound system is turned on and the cameras roll. on a movie set, ...
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June 12 2013
CHANCES ARE, AT SOME POINT you’ve had some exposure to the industry initiative of proclaiming July as Smart Irrigation Month. It is an industry campaign to increase public awareness about the value ...
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June 12 2013
According to ancient legend, the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, could shake the earth itself with his enchanted hammer. But you do not need to be a Viking legend to have the same type of impact on your workload. ...
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June 12 2013
The decision to outsource involves a lot of factors, from the size of your operation, to you and your staff’s expertise and preferences. Maybe you’re a Michelangelo of design and build, but ...
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March 14 2013
There’s a low, rumbling sound off in the distance. Can you hear it? That’s momentum building. It’s the sound of something caged that can hardly wait to be let out. It’s the sound ...
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June 1 2007
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about ...
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