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Lawn and Landscape Companies Adjust to Rapidly Rising Gas Prices

As if labor challenges and supply chain issues weren’t enough, the recent increase in gas prices is another topic keeping lawn and landscape company owners up at night as they try to adjust to this newest complication. The highest recorded average price for regular unleaded gas was hit earlier this month at $4.33, according to […]

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Photo: Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service

Spring Cleanup Strategies: Should You Offer Single Service?

Spring cleanups can be used to set client expectations throughout the season and assure them that they are in good hands. One choice you’ll have to make is if you want to offer this service as a single-time offering or as part of a maintenance contract. Jay Rotonnelli, vice president of business development for Piscataqua Landscaping […]

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Starting Spring Cleanup Season Off Right

First impressions do matter and for companies that provide landscape maintenance, your spring cleanup work can serve as the first impression of your quality of work to companies and homeowners. Not only do spring cleanups set the tone for the customer relationship, but they are also important horticulturally. It sets up the foundation for healthy […]

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Photo: Pacific Landscape Management

Technically Speaking: Conducting Rejuvenation Pruning

Many landscape shrubs grow larger than the location where they are planted. When these shrubs get out of hand, it is best to conduct rejuvenation pruning to bring them back to an appropriate size. Regular pruning to keep a plant at an acceptable height can cause shrubs to get twiggy and ugly. “To correct this, […]

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Vole runways are most noticeable in the late winter or early spring.
Photo: University of Maryland Extension

Landscape Challenges: Dealing with Voles

Voles go by many names including meadow mice, ground moles, and field mice. Call them what you want them, but regardless of the name, voles can leave some serious damage in their wake. Voles can often be mistaken for moles, shrews and mice. They have rounded blunt snouts, pointed front teeth and their eyes and […]

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Photo: Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape

Design-Build: Drainage Solutions for Yards

Poor drainage in a yard can result in the erosion of topsoil, water pooling around a house’s foundation, and even flooded basements. Overall, this issue can make a yard unusable and leave homeowners extremely frustrated. Causes of Poor Drainage If you have customers complaining about their muddy misfortunes in the backyard, there are a number […]

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Oh Deer! Options for Reducing Deer Landscape Damage

Depending on your location, deer feeding on landscapes can be a problem any time of the year. If you have clients seeking a way to save their backyards from becoming a buffet, there are several different approaches you can take. Deer can be persistent once they’ve found a feeding ground they like so discourage them […]

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Tree Care: Dealing with Winter Damage

Winter can be a trying time for trees as there are a number of ways they can become damaged over the colder months if the right combination of conditions occurs. For some of these types of injuries, the symptoms may not appear until the spring. While the best practice is to take proper measures during […]

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Business Smarts: Working with Independent Damage Appraisal Firms

Natural disasters are inevitable and are one of the many reasons a homeowner may need to deal with an insurance company. In a situation where homeowners need landscaping services to remove downed trees, repair hardscapes or other restoration projects, dealing with insurance companies to resolve claims can be a twisted and frustrating process. “When a […]

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Photo: Creative Roots Landscaping

Design-Build: Building Your Winter Backlog

If you’ve already got a fair amount of landscaping jobs scheduled for the spring, it can be tempting to coast through the winter months. However, with the ongoing supply chain issues, building your winter backlog can help with securing materials in advance. For some companies, the demand for custom residential landscapes doesn’t slow down, regardless […]

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