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Tree Care: Stop the Spread of Crape Murder

It’s February, which means in the South, crape myrtles have all of a sudden started sporting rather severe buzzcuts. Despite its extreme prevalence, this type of ‘pruning’ is the opposite of beneficial for the plant.   As a landscape professional, you know better than to practice topping innocent crape myrtles, better known as crape murder. […]

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Tree Care: Warning Signs of a Tree in Decline

While the groundhog may have predicted an early spring, there’s still a good bit of time before your clients’ trees break dormancy. However, the last thing they want to see after a long winter is a barren tree when it should be budding. Rather than having this unpleasant surprise, you can identify the symptoms of […]

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Business Smarts: Is Early Ordering a Good Fit for Your Lawn Care Company?

Early ordering can allow your lawn care business to have the products you need on hand before the season starts and offers savings as well. However, determining if these programs are viable for your company, as well as how much to order before the season, will depend on a number of factors. Who Should Early […]

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Strategic Spaces: Navigating the Design/Build Process for Phased Landscape Projects

In times when your clients might be less likely to spring for a major landscape project or if their budget is on the smaller side, offering a phased project can be a good compromise. “When the scope exceeds the client’s budget at the time of installation, and the client values the quality your company provides, […]

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Business Smarts: The Value of Early Order Programs

Certainty and savings are two things any lawn care operator would love to have, and early order programs can deliver just that. These programs allow you to order the products you need in advance and reap financial savings as well through discounts, rebates and extended payment periods. “Early order programs can seem very daunting, and […]

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Sustainability: Reviewing Salt Usage in Snow and Ice Operations

This winter has marked the return of snow for many landscape contractors after a considerable drought. One of the workhorses of the snow and ice management business is salt, as it can lower the freezing point of water, but overuse of this material can be hazardous to the environment.   As you reflect on the […]

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Elevate Your Rooftop Garden Designs With These Elements

While there are numerous considerations to be mindful of when designing rooftop gardens, with a creative mindset, the sky’s the limit to what can be installed in these spaces. “Rooftop gardens will present challenges when utilizing specific design elements, but these are just bumps in the road,” says Samantha Barrett, design manager for John Mini […]

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How I Do It: Integrating Automation Into Workflows

Automation may sound like something reserved for manufacturing lines, but it can help improve your lawn or landscape company’s efficiency by condensing time-consuming processes. Lawson Thalmann, chief technology officer for Chalet, based in Wilmette, Illinois, says they have been using email automation for six years. It started with their e-commerce efforts, which was a natural […]

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Business Smarts: Implementing Expense Management Measures

Visibility into your lawn or landscape company’s expenses is vital to ensure bad actors are not abusing your operations. For instance, fuel cards are historically hard to track as different employees might be using different cards or sharing pins when they need to fill up at the pump. An employee could easily use this lack […]

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Four Essential Considerations for Creating a Rooftop Garden

In urban settings, rooftop gardens can be enjoyed by residential and commercial clients alike as they can provide an oasis amongst the concrete and steel structures. The popularity of these spaces is growing as people seek connections to nature and improved quality of life. “Clients see their rooftop spaces as an extension of their interior […]

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