July 15 2017
One of the stereotypical characters found in old sitcoms was the fussbudget-y, super-uptight ‘efficiency expert,’ usually a skinny, highstrung fellow in a buttoned-down suit and bow tie, hired ...
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July 15 2017
Years ago, when installing irrigation for landscapes was still in its infancy, and landscape lighting was just a pipe dream, digging a trench was a major chore. “Back in the old days, we did everything ...
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May 15 2017
Back in the early part of the last century, an exciting invention called the ‘wireless’ was the word of the day. Radio was not only brand new, it was transformative—suddenly, the world ...
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May 15 2017
A piece of military equipment? A monotonal public speaker? A type of bee that keeps its queen fed? How about ‘a revolutionary landscape contractor tool?’ I recently attended a demonstration ...
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March 15 2017
Getting audited by the IRS is the financial equivalent of a root canal —without an anesthetic— so people tend to think of all audits as bad things. However, the water audit that a Certified ...
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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
Droughts that are designated as long-term cover all of California, half of Nevada, all of Arizona and weatern New Mexico, with central Utah taking a bit of a beating. California looks better than it did ...
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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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May 15 2015
In today's environment, the pressure to be competitive is enormous. Without implementing time management systems and using the tools and technology that are available, it is a foregone conclusion that ...
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May 15 2015
"There just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything I have to do!” Haven’t we all said that at one time or another? If you’re involved in the green industry in any sort of ...
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March 16 2015
Time and time again, I hear from my green industry clients about the challenge of having crystal clear communication with their foremen, supervisors and employees. What they thought was communicated ...
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Dec. 15 2014
It’s that time of year again...the time of year where we take a moment and reflect on every contractor’s best friend: their truck. Across the country, landscape contractors invest a lot of ...
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Dec. 15 2014
First, in order for any small business owner to be successful, it takes a lot of hard work. Realizing that they can always count on themselves to do it the “right way,” it quickly becomes a ...
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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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Jan. 15 2014
My partner Chip and I had just landed a large installation project for a new restaurant chain that was building several locations throughout our city, Nashville, Tennessee. However, at that time, our company ...
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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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May 15 2012
Frankie Valli, Bruce Springsteen, Derek Jeter, and kids’ writer Judy Blume are all people born in New Jersey who’ve made it big. Those in the landscape business know to add to that list Mark ...
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May 21 2013
Two business owners in Rochester, New York, were recently convicted and fined $3,000 each for hiring illegal workers. Geoffrey Lechner, 52, and his brother Douglas Lechner, 51, are the principal own ...
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