Nov. 15 2017
Like everyone, I have a bedtime routine. Before I slide between the sheets, I take my allergy pill, feed my cats, floss and brush my teeth, and put in my dry-eye drops. I also make sure my prescription ...
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Oct. 15 2016
But fate doesn’t always deal you the hand you want. By the time he graduated from high school and was ready to work on the farm, he had another obstacle to hurdle. Unfortunately, it was getting tougher ...
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March 16 2016
With the exception of his teenage years, you could say David Withers has spent his entire career in the lawn mower/power equipment business. Passionate and driven, Withers is the epitome of the phrase, ...
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Oct. 15 2015
This is a story about Rod Costa, a landscape contractor who wants to help the environment. At the same time, he needs to do what all small-business owners must, and that is to keep profits as high as he ...
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Dec. 13 2012
One of the things we can count on in life is that nothing runs smoothly forever. If that wasn’t true, a lot more cars from the 1940s or even earlier would still be on the roads, instead of being ...
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June 16 2014
Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of ...
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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
Many landscape contractors across the country are already offering organic or chemical-free services to their clients. Maybe you’ve thought about adding a green division to your operation, but you ...
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March 14 2014
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place ...
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Feb. 14 2014
“I did a dumb thing last year but I learned a lesson,” said one landscape contractor, who requested anonymity. Because he was rushing to close down for the winter, he did not prepare his equipment ...
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Oct. 14 2013
Twenty to thirty years ago, a revolution swept through the automobile world like a hurricane—and now it’s making its impact on the green industry. Driven by rising gas prices in the 1970s and ...
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May 15 2013
‘The right tool for the right job’ is an old adage which, when followed, saves dollars and makes a lot of sense. Your arsenal of equipment needs to be fairly extensive, due to the wide variety ...
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April 16 2013
You have assembled the best crews and taken great care in employing honest, loyal workers. You know all your “guys” are on the up and up, so why should you be concerned with employee theft? ...
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July 1 2007
Imagine working long hours on one job. You just want to finish it in a timely, efficient manner. So, instead of three people hand-raking a yard to remove the rocks and debris to prepare the ground for ...
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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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April 21 2008
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year, your lawn mowers will be operated on a ...
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Oct. 1 2006
Today, lawn maintenance is a huge part of your professional life—mowing helps put food on your table ...
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Sept. 18 2007
In a business like landscaping where people come from all walks of life, Tony Bass is a breath of fresh air. Many of us meander into this business— some are born into it, but with Bass it was planned
Oct. 17 2008
Rich Angelo’s people are learning how to write. For six solid weeks, for two hours each weeknight, they meet with an English teacher, drafting make-believe letters to make believe people, learning ...
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