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Leaving Your Comfort Zone: How to Test New Concepts and Innovations in Your Landscape Company

It can be so easy to stick to the status quo when running your lawn or landscape business. Often, when you finally get to that sweet spot where things are running smoothly the last thing you want to do is disrupt it by adding new processes, equipment or technology. “I think you have to be […]

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Tree Care: Getting to The Root of the Problem

If a customer’s tree is struggling, often the root cause can literally be found in the roots. Numerous issues can impact a tree’s roots, but below are some of the common ailments and how to identify which one is causing the problem. If your company doesn’t have an in-house arborist, it’s always recommended to seek […]

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Quality Control: Train Your Team to Identify and Combat Common Landscape Pests

Your field staff are your eyes and ears on your customers’ properties. You can’t be everywhere, and neither can your account managers, which is why it is critical to train your crew members how to identify and address issues they spot in the landscape during their site visits. By having your whole team dedicated to […]

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Lawn Care: Communicating Cultural Practices To Your Clients

If your lawn care company doesn’t offer lawn maintenance services, it is truly a team effort to ensure your clients have the best-looking lawn. While you can control weeds and pests to a certain extent, it always comes back to proper cultural practices. It can seem like common sense to you, but it’s important to […]

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Technically Speaking: Caring for Clients’ Edible Gardens

With rising grocery prices, it’s no wonder edible gardens are experiencing a boost in popularity. You can take advantage of this trend by helping your clients install and care for their own edible gardens. “if you’re already taking care of somebody’s lawn, and or doing mulch and pruning of hedges, you can offer an additional […]

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Crafting Dynamic Seasonal Color Programs with Plant Material

Seasonal color can provide your clients’ properties with that extra bit of pizazz, but coming up with creative designs that offer up that wow factor season after season can be tricky. Melissa Dorsey, vice president of sales for Woodlawns Landscape Company, Inc., based in Mundelein, Illinois, says the key is to hire someone dedicated to […]

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From Petals to Profits: Keys to a Flourishing Seasonal Color Program

If you provide commercial landscape maintenance, one area of untapped potential is a seasonal color program. Even if you currently have a seasonal color program, you can take this offering to the next level. Melissa Dorsey, vice president of sales for Woodlawns Landscape Company, Inc., based in Mundelein, Illinois, says a lot of landscape companies […]

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Early Identification of Spring Tree Diseases

Spring is lauded for blooming flowers, but it has a downside, too. As the weather warms, insects proliferate while bacteria and viruses can flourish. Spring rains make fungi, well, mushroom, and the season’s lovely breezes spread the fungi spores. So you’re more apt to encounter tree diseases in spring. Early identification can mitigate damage to […]

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Tree Care: Preserving Mature Trees During Landscape Construction Projects

Mature trees are incredibly valuable to properties as they provide shade, capture stormwater and absorb air pollution. While you can plant younger trees to replace mature trees that were removed during a landscape construction project, there are methods to preserve your client’s established trees. Obviously, it’s easier to work with a blank slate, but client […]

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Managing the Gas to Battery Transition

Sponsored Content by Milwaukee Tool The professional landscaping industry is experiencing an increasing shift from gas-powered to battery-operated equipment, introducing new solutions to many professional operators. Driven by emerging gas and noise-related restrictions, as well as the ease of use provided by many gas-alternative products, these solutions introduce new practices and maintenance requirements to a […]

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