Jan. 16 2017
For the purpose of this article, these “holes in the barrel” are represented by a sundry of mistakes that green industry businesses make, and the water spurting out those holes are your hard-earned ...
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Aug. 15 2016
A typical business owner hears from only 4 percent of its dissatisfied clients. That means the other 96 percent are not going to say anything. They will just speak with their feet and go to a competitor. ...
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Nov. 16 2015
As a business owner, your days consist of one decision after another. Some are no-brainers: “Should I update my website?” Of course! “Should I check this prospective employee’s ...
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Sept. 16 2015
Pumps are among the oldest machines ever invented by mankind. All the way back in 2000 BC, the Egyptians invented a device for raising water called a shadoof, a long, suspended rod with a bucket at one ...
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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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March 16 2015
There are a good number of second-generation companies in our business, and quite a few even third-generation, but how about five generations? Meet the Reinders family and Reinders, Inc., their family-owned, ...
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Feb. 19 2015
With $200 in her pocket, a 1970 station wagon which she used as a truck, and a small, ragtag crew, Deborah Turner started Ram-T Corporation, a landscape company specializing in erosion control and hardscapes. ...
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Jan. 15 2015
Aric Olson is a ‘turn around’ guy. As successful young man, he has helped turn around a number of companies that seemed to be spiraling downward. As the new president of the Irrigation Association ...
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Dec. 15 2014
Harlan Eaton is not a giant of industry and he never really wanted to be. As a young boy growing up in Iowa, he learned good values and a good work ethic. After high school, Eaton made a decision not to ...
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Nov. 17 2014
From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a ...
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Oct. 15 2014
It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not ...
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July 15 2014
One of the many decisions a business owner has to make is when and if to purchase new equipment. You ask yourself, “Will this tool help me expand? Cut costs? Streamline the work flow? Will I get ...
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June 16 2014
A few years ago, a guy I grew up with told me he’d decided to start his own business. I thought he’d never be able to pull it off, as he was not exactly what you’d call a “star ...
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April 15 2014
You may know your business or your industry well. But do you know anything about yourself? Forward-thinking executives and business leaders evaluate their employees and clients to help better understand ...
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March 14 2014
His father had a heating and air conditioning company, so Elmore was no stranger to the business. “When I was out of school on holiday breaks or during the summer, I would go to the office with my ...
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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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Jan. 15 2014
Spring is coming soon to an irrigation system near you. “What? It’s still winter!” you might be saying. Yes, and midwinter is the perfect time to start preparing to get your clients’ ...
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Jan. 15 2014
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an ...
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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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