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The Edge Magazine

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Building Your Team: Cultivating Career Growth – Strategies Used by Top Businesses

Investing in professional development not only benefits your employees but it also helps your lawn or landscape company reach greater heights. Often, companies that emphasize professional development for their employees don’t settle on just one method but rather a variety of different tools to support and grow their team members. “The importance of developing our […]

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The Agronomist: The Work You Do Is Award-Winning

I get to do some very cool things in my job, not the least of which is to represent the landscape industry in organizations dedicated to the stewardship of pesticides. In this case, I am referring to The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance, a group consisting of cooperative extension folks, pesticide safety educators, registrants (a fancy name […]

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Faces of the Industry: Jacob Hong

Jacob Hong started mowing lawns with his brother when he was 13 years old, but it wasn’t until he was in college that he realized he could have a career in the landscape industry. “I felt it was the best of both worlds,” Hong says. “A little bit of business along with working outside. Initially, […]

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Changing the Game: Five Business Lessons Learned from Disruptors

“It’s only crazy if it doesn’t work” is an attitude that entrepreneurs who are looking to disrupt their markets should have. The only way you can go about challenging the status quo and introducing innovative approaches to your business is to be willing to try things that others have dismissed or thought to be impossible. […]

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Broaden Your Inspiration Horizons: Think Outside the Box

From excellent customer service to workplace cultures that foster creativity, innovation and sustainability, top brands use unique strategies to embody their mission. Provide Customer Service Like Chick-Fil-A Just like how there are dozens of fast food choices to pick from, your clients have lots of options when it comes to who they want to mow […]

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Protecting Your Business: Safety Practices to Adopt from the Construction Industry

The construction industry faces many threats that put its workers at risk and as a result, more construction firms are investing in a culture of safety to protect their employees. Each year, the Associated General Contractors of America awards construction firms that excel in safety performance with Construction Safety Excellence Awards. These winners aren’t selected […]

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Are You Ready for ELEVATE Round 2?

Attendees for the inaugural ELEVATE conference and expo had an overwhelmingly positive experience, with 97% saying they left with new ideas, insights and concrete takeaways. This year’s ELEVATE will take place in Dallas, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Sept. 10-13. This event provides the opportunity to hear from top industry […]

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Building Your Team: Tools and Tactics for Effective Internal Crew Communication

If your lawn or landscape company is on the smaller size, effective internal communication with your staff probably isn’t a struggle as you can host meetings all in one place. However, as your company footprint spreads with multiple branch locations in different states or regions, chances are email alone simply won’t cut it when it […]

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Changing the Game: Landscape Design Technology Can Help Seal the Deal

When you’re designing a landscape for your client, it may be easy for you to picture what you have in mind for them. However, your client may have a hard time understanding your vision if you are only using 2D plans. Utilizing different design software and tools can help bring your project design to life […]

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Boosting Your Business: Insider Strategies to Outfit Trailers for Battery-Power Operations

Is your trailer ready for battery-powered equipment? It might seem like a cut-and-dried process to swap out your gas cans for battery packs, but reconfiguring your trailers requires careful thought and consideration to be set up for success. Research Is Key The first consideration is determining how many pieces of battery-powered equipment and batteries each […]

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