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Business Advice & Stories

Developing Empowered Managers

When starting out, it’s natural for lawn care and landscape company owners to try to do everything on their own. However, as most businesses break the million-dollar revenue mark, the new challenge can be having a company that thrives even when the owner isn’t around. Bill Silverman, owner of Springboard Business Coaching, specializes in coaching […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Snow Plow?

Sometimes they call it white gold. And there is no denying that snow plowing can be a lucrative business, but it comes with its own set of challenges. So, if you operate in a market where there’s enough snow, should you be offering snow removal as a service? Four industry professionals weigh in on the […]

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Faces of the Industry: Hope Cooper

Hope Cooper, plant purchaser and nursery manager for Bella Terra Landscapes & Garden Center, based in Ellendale, Delaware, got into the industry in 1997. Her best friend was a grower for Frank J. Smith Nursery in Millsboro, Delaware, and got Cooper a job at the garden center. Cooper was in the restaurant business for a […]

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Embracing Change and Taking Chances with Beth Berry: Season 2, Episode 18 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 18 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape, Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager at LandCare, talk with Beth Berry, vice president of turf and ornamental sales for Advanced […]

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Member Spotlight: Greg Cole, Cole Landscaping, Inc.

Greg Cole, president of Cole Landscaping, Inc., based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, originally started out framing homes but when his boss went bankrupt, he ended up starting a landscaping job. Within a year he was running two crews and when he asked for a raise and only received a 50-cent increase, he struck out on his […]

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Level Up: How These Companies Are Stepping Up Their Game

With the off-season just around the corner, you might already be thinking about how you can step up your game and grow next year. The off-season is a great time to reflect upon how you performed as a company and what you can change for the next season. But what does it take to get […]

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Latinos’ Passion for the Industry Fuels Entrepreneurship

More than 500,000 Hispanic-Americans work in the landscape industry across the country. Pathways into landscape careers and business ownership are varied, but growth opportunities and a love of the outdoors fuels many Latinos’ longevity in the industry. How They Entered the Industry For Ray Rueda, CEO of Nature’s Dream Landscape, based in Pinecrest, Florida, he […]

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Liquid aeration is applied to the top of the lawn and it soaks in over time.
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How I Do It: Core or Liquid Aeration?

It is understood that fall aeration is beneficial for lawns and helps prepare them for the following spring. However, one question that is coming up more is what type of aeration services to provide your clients. Core aeration has been the standard for years, but more companies are adding liquid aeration as an option or […]

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Finding Your Second-in-Command Employee to Grow

At some point, you will want to be able to stop working in your business so much and start working on your business. Leaders are thinking about tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, not the next job. To free yourself up for big picture planning, you need to identify your second-in-command or right-hand person. […]

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Looking Sharp: Strategies for Company Uniforms

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but whether you like it or not, first impressions do matter. If you only have one opportunity to convince a potential client of your professionalism, the last thing you want is inadequate uniforms undermining your efforts. Doug Delano, LIC, co-owner of Level Green Landscaping, based in […]

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