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The Benefits and Challenges of Owning a Landscape Business with Your Spouse

Many couples love the fact they can run a landscape company with their spouse. However, this work dynamic has its own set of challenges to be aware of. “Working with your spouse within the landscape industry — or any business, for that matter — can be incredibly rewarding, but it also requires careful navigation to […]

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Three Keys to Successfully Work with Your Spouse

Running a business can be hard, but who better to partner with than your spouse? These work dynamics, when done right, can be a beautiful balance of one another’s talents. However, there are pitfalls. You can avoid some of these troubles with these three practices. Define Your Roles One of the first steps to working […]

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How I Do It: Milosi Invests in R&D to Stay on the Cutting Edge

An R&D department sounds like something only multimillion-dollar corporations can afford to have, but Milosi, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, has started a bit smaller by creating an R&D committee at the end of 2022. Taylor Milliken, owner and president of Milosi, says he’s wanted to start an R&D committee for years. “With Create and Innovate […]

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How I Do It: Hiring a Dream Manager

Do you want to provide more for your team, but these initiatives often fall by the wayside as you focus on the priority tasks of running your lawn or landscape business? This was a struggle as well for Mark Ables, president and CEO of Ables Landscapes, based in Hollywood, South Carolina, who wanted to build his […]

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Sustainability: The Journey to Becoming a B Corp

What do TOMS, Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, King Arthur Baking Company and New Belgium Brewing all have in common? They are all Certified B Corporations. Roscoe Klausing, CEO of Klausing Group, Inc., based in Lexington, Kentucky, says he started seeing the B Corp logo on brands he purchases and admires so he investigated the certification […]

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Electric Sheep Takes on Landscape Maintenance with Their AI-Powered Robots

If you’ve been keeping up with the robotic mower market, you’ve probably heard of the brand, Electric Sheep Robotics, Inc., based in San Francisco, California. While the brand initially launched as a Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering, they have now pivoted to become a large-scale outdoor maintenance company powered by artificial intelligence and robotics. “We’ve spent the […]

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Improve Employee Attendance with These Strategies

Poor employee attendance can be extremely detrimental to your company’s productivity as remaining crew members have to pick up the slack and you never know how much of your team will be present on any given day.   Even if a handful of your employees are tardy, this can result in later starts to the […]

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How I Do It: Constructing, Maintaining and Reclaiming Trails

When you’re out hiking a trail, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to how it was constructed or maintained, but there are entire companies dedicated to the craft of trail work. Judd Bryarly, CEO of Timberline Landscaping, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, says they first started doing trail work in the early 2000s. […]

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How I Do It: Dealing with Truck Repairs and Maintenance Delays

Landscape professionals depend on trucks, mowers and other equipment to accomplish their work. But trucks and mowers often need maintenance or repairs to continue performing properly. “Not doing the work due to not having equipment is something we work hard to avoid,” says Nelson Alvarado, fleet manager at Russell Landscape Group, headquartered in Sugar Hill, […]

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Lessons Learned On Tour with EarthWorks, Inc.

EarthWorks, Inc., based in Lillian, Texas, is a full-service landscape management company with four offices and more than 400 employees across the state — a market position they achieved with no acquisitions and no outstanding debt. The company will hit $40 million in annual revenue this year. Founded in 1979, the company started in the […]

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