Dec. 16 2013
Often two, three, or more pipes will be crowded together in a narrow trench. Wiring to the controller may share that limited space as well. Or the PVC pipe is “snaked” and twisted in the trench ...
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Oct. 14 2013
I had to make a change in myself and in the organization. I began to focus on our company and why we do what we do. Was it for money? Was it just for the paycheck? Perhaps yes, but there had to be more ...
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Sept. 16 2013
Each year, I ask myself the question: what percentage of our business is made up of renovations, service calls and consultations, and what percentage is new construction? Let’s talk a little about ...
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Sept. 16 2013
It's a safe bet that he wasn't singing about your truck fleet ...but he could have been. Trucks have become so much more sophisticated under the hood that they bear only a passing with stricter government ...
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Nov. 30 1999
One thing about Bernardo Luciano -- when it comes to the irrigation business, he's been there . . . done that. It takes a special type of person to make things happen ...
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Aug. 14 2013
Jessen went to a small country school, with 12 grades in 12 rooms. He attended Indiana State University, but when he ran out of money he had to move back home and take a job working on a punch press to ...
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Aug. 14 2013
If I were going into business today, especially the snow removal business, the most important question I would ask is, “how do I get customers?” You, as a landscape contractor, have the advantage ...
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Aug. 14 2013
These contracts state everything you need to know about your task as a contractor, and what areas you must be fully responsible for. If the contract states that you are responsible for all liability claims, ...
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March 14 2013
Bob Dobson was raised in Middletown, New Jersey, where his family has lived for the past 157 years. He went to high school there, and then to a local college on a math scholarship. “In those days, ...
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Jan. 14 2013
Having your family in your business has some drawbacks, but it can also have a great many benefits. “I love it,” said Alle Rorie. “The relationship between my father and my sister has ...
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Jan. 14 2013
If you’re a design/build landscape contractor, we don’t have to tell you that it’s been a tough go over the last few years. if you’ve been smart enough and lucky enough to stay ...
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Dec. 13 2012
As a young kid, Drew Thomas followed his father around the northeast region of Indiana. His father was playing industrial baseball and Drew was the bat boy. Thomas’ father had played professional ...
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Dec. 13 2012
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. These three words make up an environmentalist mantra that folks have been saying for decades. We reduce waste at the source by decreasing what we consume, and the amount that ...
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Nov. 30 1999
There’s a stump removal contractor in Georgia who says he tries to run his business like a Fortune 500 company. He prides himself on being polite, professional, and punctual ...
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June 1 2007
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about ...
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Aug. 1 2007
“Do you do drip?” This is a question contractors all over the country are hearing more frequently as the demand for drip irrigation continues to grow ...
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Jan. 2 2008
GROWING UP, KEVIN ROBERTS, OWNER OF BIG SKY LANDSCAPING, Inc., would leave his home in Montana to spend his summers in Oregon working for an uncle who owned a tree service company ...
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April 21 2008
If Jon Carlson wasn't the president of Jacobsen, a Textron Company, he could be a professional motivational speaker. His personal philosophy and outlook on life is brimming with a certain vim and vigor that ...
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Jan. 1 2007
Homestead Landscaping, Bondeville, Vermont, found this out first-hand in the late 1980s when a construction boom exploded in the area. The company had a perfect plan to grow its business ...
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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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