March 15 2017
henever I do hard physical labor, pain is the usual result. An afternoon spent moving firewood logs results in an evening nursing sore calf and abdominal muscles. But that’s okay with me. I kind ...
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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 8 2015
An audit conducted at the Department of Homeland Security in Maryland has revealed that as many as 5,000 H-2B visas remain unused. Starting June 5th, businesses in the state were able to apply for t ...
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April 15 2015
Now phones do so many things, it would take this entire article to list them all. They’re entertainment centers, data managers, storage devices, navigation systems, and access portals to the Internet, ...
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Feb. 19 2015
It is said that practice makes perfect. A concert pianist would never dream of performing before an audience without first taking months to perfect his technique. Nor would a surgeon dare make that first ...
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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
There’s an old industrial short subject called “Spring Fever.” In it, a man’s wife won’t let him go out and play golf until he fixes a broken sofa spring. Frustrated, he yells: ...
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May 16 2014
A friend and I went to a restaurant the other day. After we were seated, the waiter came to our table, handed us menus and said he would be right back with bread, butter, and water. He returned shortly ...
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April 15 2014
Ask ten people on the street what fertigation is and you’ll probably get a couple of blank stares, and a few different guesses. Simply put, fertigation is the ability to use an irrigation system ...
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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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Jan. 15 2014
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, ...
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Nov. 15 2013
Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for ...
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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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Feb. 15 2013
The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things ...
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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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April 21 2008
Most parents would love to see their children achieve greater success than they had in their own business careers. Vince Shiely is probably no different. That his son, John, would someday take his place ...
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March 1 1999
“It’s hard to find good help nowadays . . .” Yes, is an old, tired phrase, but nonetheless true. On a landscaping project, especially, its tough to amass the skilled manpower necessary ...
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April 1 2007
Simply put, fertigation is the combination of fertilization with irrigation. It uses the irrigation system to deliver a slow, steady supply of nutrients to the entire landscape ...
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Aug. 18 2007
When Stuart Sperber was about ten years old, his father and brother started a company called Valley Crest Landscape Nurseries in North Hollywood, California. While growing up, as you can guess, the talk ...
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Nov. 1 2007
We hear about a shortage of labor that is a concern to all in our industry. We can get more business, but how will we be able to handle it If we can't hire additional labor, how can we grow our company? ...
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