Jan. 16 2017
As landscape maintenance contractors, we seem to be in a continual quest to operate more quickly and more efficiently. With weather sometimes being a factor as well as having a limited supply of labor, ...
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Jan. 16 2017
Offering your clients and potential clients additional services that your competitors may not offer could tip the scales in your favor ...
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Nov. 18 2016
As members of the green industry, we all know that there are times when we have more problems to fix than time to fix them in. When we’re running ourselves ragged to service our customers and keep ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Backflow comes in one of two forms: backsiphonage or backpressure. In backsiphonage, water is pulled from a system’s pipes by suction from the public lines. In backpressure, water is pushed out of ...
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July 20 2011
At the age of 51 Jody Shilan feels like he’s been in the landscape business all his life, certainly for the majority of it: 38 years. “I had a paper route up to the age of 13,” Shilan ...
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Nov. 16 2012
Making things grow—that’s what you do. Some green things grow easily, with little effort, even thriving on neglect. And some take a lot of tending, just the right kind of soil, fertilizer, ...
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Sept. 19 2012
As long as there have been politicians running for office, there have been stump speeches. That is, that species of campaigning where the candidate ascends a real or virtual tree stump to address—or ...
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Aug. 17 2012
When the chilly month of October rolls around, landscape businesses in the colder climates of the country often close their doors for the winter. When the grass goes dormant, that’s the end of ...
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Aug. 18 2011
REMEMBER WHEN YOU STARTED your business? You were embarking on what you hoped would be a lifelong career path. As a landscape contractor, you wore many different hats. On any given day, you’re mowing ...
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July 17 2012
Why is the water green?” you might ask. Whenever there is a surplus of available plant food (nitrate), Mother Nature steps in and supplies something to use it, in an attempt to achieve balance. ...
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Nov. 16 2011
I just finished another onsite consultation with a $2m landscape management company. Not the worst situation I’ve seen, but still, a lot of improvement was needed in most areas ...
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Aug. 18 2011
In March, I received a call asking what I know about bees. Being a Florida state-certified pest control operator and having a pest control business, I responded. Some folks had shaken the nest, and the ...
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