Oct. 16 2017
Whether you’re learning how to throw a fastball, or to play the piano, everything starts with the fundamentals. Throwing a ball against a pitchback over and over or practicing the scales may not ...
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Oct. 16 2017
Darr has experienced how keeping this clear space around a property also helps the professionals who are trying to save it. “We had the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012, and the Black Forest fire in 2013. ...
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Aug. 15 2017
A landscape contractor working on the groundbreaking phase of a new retirement community in Van Nuys, California, had certain specific concerns about irrigation. “Runoff was a very big issue, because ...
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July 15 2017
One of the stereotypical characters found in old sitcoms was the fussbudget-y, super-uptight ‘efficiency expert,’ usually a skinny, highstrung fellow in a buttoned-down suit and bow tie, hired ...
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July 15 2017
It can happen in the middle of the night or in broad daylight, while your crew eats lunch at a fastfood restaurant. Whether it is a small string trimmer or a $20,000 commercial mower, landscape equipment ...
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June 15 2017
James Brown could have been singing about the world of landscape contracting when he recorded “This is a Man’s World.” That was very true back in 1966, when the song was released. Even ...
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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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April 15 2017
I never did come down with the classic Vitamin C deficiency ailment that fruit-deprived sailors used to get, however, because my indulgent grandmother gave me grape juice instead. That was one of her many ...
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March 15 2017
After a few years, he decides that mowing lawns and doing other landscape maintenance chores isn’t really his strongest service area. He decides to focus on other aspects of his enterprise that will ...
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Feb. 15 2017
Depending on who you ask, wildflowers are either a blessing or a curse. For some clients, the idea of a landscape teeming with local blooms captures the image of untamed wilderness, kept ever-so-slightly ...
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Feb. 15 2017
He dismantled all of his gas-powered machines, recycled the parts, bought new battery-powered tools, and renamed his company Solar Earth Lawn Care, LLC. “Once I did, I started finding people who ...
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Jan. 16 2017
If you were to take a stroll through its grounds, meandering along its blue-tinted stone and gravel walkways, shaded by its many lovely, mature trees, you might wonder which public park you were in ...
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Nov. 18 2016
this moment, the office at Anewalt’s Landscape and Contracting is in turmoil. Not because anything is wrong, mind you; the company is simply transitioning to a much bigger space on its complex in ...
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Nov. 18 2016
Water always comes from somewhere, usually the municipal supply, and although it is a renewable resource, it is finite. If the rains go away for long enough, any region can run dry, and when that starts ...
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Oct. 15 2016
Customer profitability (CP) is the profit the firm makes from serving a customer or customer group over a specified period of time; specifically, the difference between the revenues earned from and the ...
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Oct. 15 2016
Our goal in the green industry is the maintenance and beautification of our clients’ landscapes. From coast to coast, property owners want their landscape to fit their ideal, and for most, that means ...
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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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Sept. 15 2016
While many children dream of being astronauts or rock stars, Richard Cohen had a much more practical aspiration. “I wanted to be a landscape architect when I was a kid,” Cohen explained. He ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Of all the living plant material most affected by prolonged, extraordinary drought, trees are among the most vulnerable. The historic parched condition that hit Texas so hard, beginning in 2010 and continuing ...
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Sept. 15 2016
It’s been a year since we last talked with many contractors across the country about how droughts are affecting their business. We’re all a year older, hopefully a year wiser, and while some ...
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