Sept. 15 2017
My stepdad was king of doing things ‘the lazy man’s way.’ A full decade before coffeemakers came equipped with clocks, he plugged our electric percolator into a lamp timer so he could ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Have you been thinking of adding holiday lighting to your landscape business? If you haven’t, maybe you should. The demand is there; besides that, you already have your customers, you have the trucks, ...
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Sept. 16 2015
Who doesn’t want to do something special for the holidays? For many property owners that means long strings of bulbs festooning their rooflines, trees, and shrubs. Shopping centers and retail stores ...
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June 15 2015
I was so excited to move into new house recently; I had endless plans of what color scheme to give each room, exactly which vegetables and herbs I wanted to plant in my large and fertile backyard, ...
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Sept. 15 2014
In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution ...
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Sept. 16 2013
"It's time to put the holiday lights!" That statement either warms the cockles or chills the spine, depending on your point of view. Whether it's uttered by the owner of a home or a business, it signals ...
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May 15 2013
When Texas-bred Brandon Stephens, 38, signed on with The Décor Group in 2003, little did he realize that he would one day end up as president of the company. Stephens is not one to dwell on accolades; ...
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Sept. 19 2012
Twas two months before the holidays and all through the land, landscape contractors called customers and dusted off plans. For the next hundred days, they were busy as bees, hanging holiday lights ...
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Sept. 1 2006
It’s a time of year when people see smiles everywhere they go, when everyone makes an effort to be friendlier. The holiday spirit gives us warm, fuzzy feelings inside, like a hug from grandma, or ...
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July 1 2007
While still quite young, Blake Smith and his brother were instilled with a very strong work ethic by their father. That work ethic, combined with passion, has driven Smith to exceed the goals he set for ...
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April 23 2008
Imagine that you’re going to visit an aging relative who lives in a lushly landscaped retirement community. But wouldn’t you know it, you’ve managed to hit the ...
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April 23 2008
The idea of linking several irrigation controllers over a large site to operate from a single location has long been an appealing one. What better way to monitor and manage a 100-plus acre site? ...
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Sept. 1 2008
But with this magic, in many parts of the country, comes cold weather. Snow begins to cover turf, ponds are frozen over and landscape contractors shut down for the season. If you’re a small businessman, ...
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Dec. 16 2008
AS AUTUMN COMES TO A CLOSE, dropping temperatures and burgeoning Christmas lights serve as a reminder that winter is just around the corner. In the landscape industry, this means two things: first, it’s ...
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July 17 2012
Travis Freeman remembers going out on sales calls with his father when he was a little boy. He would listen intently, and loved it when his father demonstrated the vacuum cleaners he was selling. It ...
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