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The Landscape Professional Magazine

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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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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Ladders and Safety

Do you know someone who has fallen off a ladder? Did it happen on one of your jobs? Was it you? Was there an injury? Perhaps it has never happened to you and you have only heard about it while cringing through the gory details. I believe we all recognize that ladder use is an […]

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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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Giving Your Company Website a Digital Facelift

While most customers come from referrals and word of mouth, people who are looking for a lawn care or a landscape company without a suggestion from a friend or family member are going to be searching online. Even if a potential client has received a referral, some still like to check out the business’s website. […]

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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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Photo: Level Green Landscaping

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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The Agronomist: Eyes on the Future

You may not know this about me, but I grew up on a golf course. My dad was a superintendent for over 60 years and in that time, he saw incredible progress in his profession from the pesticides that he used (DDT, aldrin, chlordane – all the old-fashioned stuff) to the equipment used to maintain the course. The first course that he worked […]

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Member Spotlight: Adrian Martinez, New West Landscape Management, Inc.

Adrian Martinez, president of New West Landscape Management, Inc. based in Concord, California, was introduced to the landscape business at a young age. His first job was working as a gardener and he quickly learned to love the work as he was constantly surrounded by gardens and open spaces. Martinez joined New West Landscape Management […]

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