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Operations

Providing Five-Star Service to Lawn Care Customers

This information came from a session during the 2023 ELEVATE conference and expo. Don’t miss ELEVATE in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Nov. 3-6, 2024. Does your lawn care company offer unmatched customer service? At Ziehler Lawn Care, based in Centerville, Ohio, they have developed a culture of customer experience to create a clear vision for their team […]

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Tree Care: The Logistics of Storm Cleanup Services

If you’ve been debating adding a full-service tree care line, one niche aspect of this offering is post-storm cleanup. Emergency storm work is a hazardous undertaking, but going about it safely and efficiently can be a profitable endeavor. “Providing services related to storm damage is part of being a full-service tree company, and I recommend […]

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Providing Holiday Décor and Lighting: Mastering the Logistics

If you want to add on holiday lighting and décor to your service offerings, there are numerous logistics to think through including if the installation window works with your current crews, how to handle selling and servicing and whether franchising is the right option for your business. Installation Window Depending on whether you work with […]

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Lawn Care: Sedge Control Methods

One of the adversaries that lawn care operators frequently have to battle is nutsedges. Sedge species are neither grasses nor broadleaves and are highly competitive against turfgrasses. The two most common species are purple and yellow nutsedge, which can be challenging to identify without the presence of seed heads. Both have triangular-shaped stems, but purple […]

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Blower Breakdown: Prepare for Leaf Season

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How I Do It: Dealing with Truck Repairs and Maintenance Delays

Landscape professionals depend on trucks, mowers and other equipment to accomplish their work. But trucks and mowers often need maintenance or repairs to continue performing properly. “Not doing the work due to not having equipment is something we work hard to avoid,” says Nelson Alvarado, fleet manager at Russell Landscape Group, headquartered in Sugar Hill, […]

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Encouraging Equipment Operators to Use Fleet Technologies in the Landscaping Industry

Guest content Fleet technology is greatly transforming the way landscaping businesses operate. Fleet management solutions provide enhanced efficiency and operational optimization through transparent, real-time data and automated workflows. However, in an industry where autonomy plays a significant role, equipment operators may harbor reservations about embracing new tracking-type technologies. The imagery of manicured lawns and beautified […]

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Sustainability: Native Versus Non-Native Plants

“Native plants give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours,” Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States from 1963-1969, famously said. “I want Texas to look like Texas and Vermont to look like Vermont.” More than 50 years later, the landscape industry — and many of its […]

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Caring for Plant Material During Project Delays 

Change orders, permitting issues and unsuitable weather are all possible causes of project delays that can result in the plant material you were ready to install to be put on standby for days or even weeks. Robyn Schmitz, owner and CEO of High Prairie Landscape Group, LLC, based in Edwardsville, Kansas, estimates they have to deal […]

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The Importance of Benchmarking

When you go to the doctor for a physical and your blood pressure is 120 over 80 and your temperature is 98.6, they’ll declare you’re healthy. This is because the average human has a blood pressure and a temperature that is in a certain range of healthiness. Likewise, determining the health of your business requires […]

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