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Celebrate Earth Day by Protecting Biodiversity in the Landscape  

Landscape professionals are stewards of the environment but just like anything else in life, there is always room for improvement. As we celebrate another Earth Day, one facet of sustainability you can examine in your operations is your efforts to increase biodiversity in your clients’ properties. Biodiversity is the number and variety of species in […]

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Unleashing the Power of Data-Driven Water Management

When monitoring your client’s water usage on their property, are you going by gut feelings and guesstimates or do you have hard data to help drive your adjustment to their irrigation system? Justin White, owner of K&D Landscaping, Inc., based in Watsonville, California, compares not utilizing data-driven water management to if you had a credit card […]

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Franchise Leaders Join Forces: Exploring the Clintar and U.S. Lawns Merger  

This year, U.S. Lawns, based in Orlando, Florida, joined EverSmith Brand’s portfolio of B2B service-based franchise companies. Previously, U.S. Lawns was owned by ValleyCrest and when ValleyCrest merged with The Brickman Group to form BrightView, U.S. Lawns tagged along. “We realized it was a good time for us to spin out, a necessary time,” says […]

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Marketing Matters: The Value of Picking a Lane

It’s easy to want to be all things to all people. Especially when you were starting out, how could you possibly say no to paying customers? However, the sooner you find your ideal client base to focus on the better, as making the transition later on will become increasingly harder with a larger organization. Refining […]

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Sealing Profit Leaks: Understanding Consequences of Manual Estimates and Lost Sales Opportunities

Sponsored content by Shiva Dhawan, CEO, Co-founder, Attentive.ai For commercial landscaping businesses, profit leaks often stem up. Two key reasons are inaccurate estimates and the opportunity cost of manual sales processes. The former risks the viability of each project, while the latter squanders precious time that could be spent securing new business. But identifying these […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Engaging Employee Growth Track

Career ladders can encourage and compel your team members to pursue a future with your landscape company. At Landscaping Ninjas, based in College Station, Texas, they took this concept a little bit further with a belt ranking system. Daniel Thompson, owner of Landscaping Ninjas, says the belt ranking is just another aspect of their company […]

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Leveraging Technology: Getting the Most Out of Your Landscape Business Software

Just like how a piece of equipment is only useful if you operate it, business software can seem like a wasted expense if you aren’t using it to its full potential. Landscape companies can struggle to be successful with their business software, either from a technical or cultural perspective. “Companies kind of miss things when […]

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Level Up: Passion Powers Pleasant Places, Inc.’s Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Guy Artigues enjoys hard work. “I truly enjoy the sweat on your brow type thing and just the instant gratification of this industry that it provided,” Artigues says. “Back then, you were just doing little things […]

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Business Smarts: Dealing with Disagreements in the Family Business

Families are complicated and when you throw in running a business, it can make things even more challenging. However, many family-owned lawn care and landscape businesses are able to thrive because of how they handle and overcome disagreements. Check out their advice on dealing with disputes and other advice for successfully running a business with […]

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How I Do It: Enhancing the Client Experience Via Employee Development

‘Don’t forget to grow’ is a key behavior within Stay Green, Inc.’s core values. While they have hosted many trainings, leadership development programs and vendor partnership events over the years, they have taken this to the next level with their Grow Summit 2024. This event is the launch of the company’s new annual off-site event. […]

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