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Sustainability

Celebrate Earth Day by Protecting Biodiversity in the Landscape

Landscape professionals are stewards of the environment but just like anything else in life, there is always room for improvement. As we celebrate another Earth Day, one facet of sustainability you can examine in your operations is your efforts to increase biodiversity in your clients’ properties. Biodiversity is the number and variety of species in […]

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Unleashing the Power of Data-Driven Water Management

When monitoring your client’s water usage on their property, are you going by gut feelings and guesstimates or do you have hard data to help drive your adjustment to their irrigation system? Justin White, owner of K&D Landscaping, Inc., based in Watsonville, California, compares not utilizing data-driven water management to if you had a credit card […]

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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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How I Do It: Leading the Conversation on Water Management Practices

K&D Landscaping, Inc., based in Watsonville, California, recently hosted their third Annual Central Coast Water Summit, at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove on March 7. This event was a gathering of experts, policymakers and stakeholders who all shared insights on sustainable water management strategies crucial to the Central Coast region. Justin White, owner of K&D […]

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The Davey Tree Expert Company Invests in Their Employees with SEED Campus

The Davey Tree Expert Company is committed to scientifically-based horticulture and environmental services, and to help with that, they are currently constructing the Davey Tree SEED (Science, Employee Education and Development) Campus in Kent, Ohio. This 170+ acre property formerly housed Oak Knolls golf course and Franklin Elementary School on State Route 43. It will […]

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

There are numerous elements of the lawn and landscape business that are out of your control, but how ambitious you are when it comes to innovation is one aspect that you can manage. Monitoring what new products and software are available, what the economy is doing and what future sustainable practices to implement can all […]

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Peer Perspectives: Inside All-Electric Landscape Maintenance Operations

Between regulations, customer preferences and a desire to reduce emissions, there are numerous reasons to consider adding electric equipment to your fleets. But some companies aren’t just thinking about it; they’re going all in. Why Do It? “For me, it was really just ease of use,” says Daniel Cienfuegos, co-owner of Electrawn, LLC, based in […]

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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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Sustainability: The Journey to Becoming a B Corp

What do TOMS, Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, King Arthur Baking Company and New Belgium Brewing all have in common? They are all Certified B Corporations. Roscoe Klausing, CEO of Klausing Group, Inc., based in Lexington, Kentucky, says he started seeing the B Corp logo on brands he purchases and admires so he investigated the certification […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Preserving and Restoring a Central Texas Ecosystem

Central Texas is a prime area for development, but this 11-acre nature park has been preserved, allowing locals and area visitors to enjoy the mixed-grass prairie that once dominated the region. From the design development through the installation phase, Twistleaf, based in Austin, Texas, has been at the heart of making this endangered ecosystem come to […]

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