March 5 2018
It only takes a few minutes of chatting with Bob Livingston to feel the sense of passion he has for what he does — it radiates from him. The owner of Creative Edge Landscapes in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, ...
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March 5 2018
On-demand, app-based companies all work in a similar way. A contractor signs up for free. He is then offered jobs through the app, which he can accept or not. The company decides how much to charge. When ...
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Jan. 15 2018
Decorative water elements have consistently ranked in the top ten in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey for the past ten years ...
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Sept. 15 2017
Let’s talk about how you can get your green industry leadership team to break down some barriers and connect with each other ...
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Aug. 15 2017
“I was at an age where I was too high-priced for the business world, and anyway, I wanted to do something completely different. My son had some friends who were doing holiday lights, and making a ...
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June 15 2017
In our modern world, we’ve rethought a great many things. We used to throw our soda cans in the trash; now we recycle them. Automobiles used to run exclusively on fossil fuels. Now, in 2017, we can ...
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Nov. 18 2016
As members of the green industry, we all know that there are times when we have more problems to fix than time to fix them in. When we’re running ourselves ragged to service our customers and keep ...
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Oct. 15 2016
The Hanging Gardens of Nineveh, which modern scholars believe to be the true location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, were a work of unparalleled beauty in their time. The gardens, built ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Back in 2011, Austin Water in Austin, Texas, began a ‘cash-forgrass’ program. It paid $10 for every 100 square feet of turf removed. The Southern Nevada Water District picked up on it and started ...
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July 15 2016
When it wasn’t cool to be a woman in a man’s world, Judy Guido was there. To say she was the right person at the right time would be an understatement. Many of the female gender who came after ...
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July 15 2016
The first place to look for information on how to create the right kind of business strategy is your team. You must have strong two-way communication with them. Find out what you and your management team ...
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July 15 2016
At first blush, the task of fleet management sounds like it should have nothing to do with landscape contracting. Laymen who hear the term no doubt think about managing frigates, cruisers and battleships, ...
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July 15 2016
His father Tony, now 72, founded De- Santis Landscape, Inc., of Salem, Oregon, a full-service commercial and residential landscape company, back in 1974. Dean worked in the company while growing up, and ...
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June 17 2016
Do you remember the last time you made a decision to make a major equipment purchase or hire for a certain position? What was the process that you used? How did you come to the final decision? Was there ...
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May 16 2016
At the front of every text book on ancient Egypt is the famous quote by Herodotus that “Egypt is the gift of the Nile.” His message is a simple one, but it bears a profound meaning that still ...
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May 16 2016
A few years back, I attended a Detroit Tigers Baseball Fantasy Camp in Lakeland, Florida. For those of you who don’t know, this type of fantasy camp is where you actually get a chance to play live ...
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March 16 2016
For an example, let’s look to another industry. Back in September, we had our local heating and cooling company come out to do its annual furnace tune-up. As usual, living in Michigan, we wanted ...
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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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Nov. 16 2015
As a business owner, your days consist of one decision after another. Some are no-brainers: “Should I update my website?” Of course! “Should I check this prospective employee’s ...
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Nov. 16 2015
By taking a strategic approach to dealing with the challenges that winter brings, you can put your company in an advantageous position. If you can do this, you won’t be caught in a bind when Mother ...
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