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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April 15 2017
One of the biggest issues our industry is facing is a shortage of labor. As more Baby Boomers retire, landscape companies are finding their available worker pool growing smaller each year. Plus, with talk ...
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March 15 2017
Getting audited by the IRS is the financial equivalent of a root canal —without an anesthetic— so people tend to think of all audits as bad things. However, the water audit that a Certified ...
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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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Sept. 15 2016
The reality of drought continues to impact our communities, as the landscape industry is forced to make tough decisions when faced with drought management measures. We’ve seen existing urban landscapes ...
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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
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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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Nov. 16 2015
The green industry would not exist as it does today without the invention of the motorized mower. These mighty machines are many times more efficient than their muscle-powered predecessors, and you could ...
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Oct. 15 2015
Have you noticed lately that things have started running dry? If you’re an irrigation or landscape contractor living and working in one of the current drought states—California, Oregon, Washington, ...
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Oct. 15 2015
I remember a number of years ago, I met with an individual who worked at a large company, who had enrolled in a stress management class that I would be teaching. As a part of my pre-class interview, I ...
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Sept. 16 2015
So powerful is this image of rebirth, of what passes away morphing into something surprisingly valuable, that though Shakespeare’s bones are dust and ashes, his words still ring out, present, rich ...
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