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The Edge Magazine

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Tech Tools That Improve Operational Efficiency

With seasonal businesses, efficiency is everything. You can’t add more hours to the day, but you can use your time wisely by taking advantage of a wide range of technology. “It’s all about being more efficient,” says Tom Gardocki, owner of New Era Excavation, LLC, based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. “Technology should equal efficiency if […]

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Landscape Construction Equipment Goes Electric

With landscaping companies across the country rolling out all-electric lawn maintenance crews, it should be no surprise that electric construction equipment would find its way to the landscape industry as well. Electric construction equipment isn’t completely new, as hybrid diesel-electric machines have existed for a while. The most recent debuts in compact construction equipment are […]

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Robotic Mower Rundown

While robotic mowers have become commonplace in the European market, their adoption has been slower in the U.S. Despite this delayed acceptance, robotic mower manufacturers are confident that as awareness increases, so will these machines’ popularity. “As more people become educated about the availability and benefits of robotic mowers in North America, adoption will become […]

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Business Smarts: Keys to Implementing Business Software

As you are growing your lawn care or landscape company, eventually, there will come a time when it is imperative to add business software to help with your efficiency. “When a business gets a certain size, there is no way for a person, or people, to remember everything needed to make the business work as […]

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Innovator Series: The Future Is Robotics as a Service

Sponsored Content When Robin Autopilot started out in 2015, founders Justin Crandall and Bart Lomont used a ‘Uber-for-lawncare’ model for their traditional mowing services. However, due to labor gaps, they switched to robotic mowing and sold off the traditional business to Porch.com. They launched a franchise model to expand the business in 2018. In 2019, […]

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Computer Tablets: Valuable Business Allies

One of Ben Franklin’s most notable quotes is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this more appropriate than in the landscaping industry. As you know, we live in difficult times filled with frequent client “challenges” such as claims for damages, refusal to pay valid invoices, assertions of incomplete work, […]

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Faces of the Industry: Gail Reinhart

Finding her career in the landscape industry was a process of trial and error for Gail Reinhart. She grew up on a 500-acre farm and was an athlete in high school, but after she graduated, she had no idea what she wanted to do next. She tried college for a semester before going into the […]

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Landscape Architects and Designers Weigh In on the Future

All landscapes start in the design phase and landscape architects and designers can be influential in how outdoor spaces are crafted and how they impact the areas around them. As for the future of landscapes, sustainability is the most important element landscape architects and designers see moving forward. Joe Hanauer, ASLA, owner of Landscape Architecture, […]

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The Ins and Outs of Interior Plantscaping

Plants have been incorporated into buildings for thousands of years, but the business of interior plantscaping really took off in the 1970s. There were two large companies, one in New York and one in Chicago, that caused the service to take off. That grew into a plant craze in the 80s where offices couldn’t get […]

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Recommended Practices for Preventing Heat Illnesses

In October 2021, OSHA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. The ANPRM cites a high risk of heat-related illnesses and a significant number of workplace violations in a variety of industries including landscaping. “While heat illness is largely preventable and commonly […]

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