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The trick with installing audio in the landscape is hiding the speakers without negatively impacting the sound quality.
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Incorporating Audio Into Outdoor Living Spaces  

As clients continue to invest in their outdoor living spaces, another feature they might be considering including is audio. Matt Biron, a landscape architect for Hoffman Landscapes, based in Wilton, Connecticut, says around 50 percent of their client base is requesting for audio to be added to their landscapes right now. Sometimes they’re already working […]

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Tech that Works FOR You

With so many options available, it can be hard to figure out what technology to use and where to start. If you are at a loss of how to get started or what are some of the helpful apps out there, you don’t want to miss this Campfire Session at ELEVATE. This Campfire Session “Tech […]

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How I Do It: Utilizing Instagram Reels for Recruiting

When you’re busy running your lawn or landscape business, staying on top of social media trends might seem like your lowest priority. However, companies like Farmside Landscape & Design, based Wantage, New Jersey, have been able to take a popular social media format, Instagram Reels, and use it to their advantage. “In order to reach […]

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Why Smart Landscape Companies Care About Water Conservation

Is your company actively seeking ways to conserve water on the properties you serve?According to the EPA, on average, 70 percent of total water usage on a commercial or residential property comes from exterior water use, mostly landscape irrigation. They also estimate that due to inefficiency and poor practices, 50 percent is wasted. In addition […]

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Tech Tools That Improve Operational Efficiency

With seasonal businesses, efficiency is everything. You can’t add more hours to the day, but you can use your time wisely by taking advantage of a wide range of technology. “It’s all about being more efficient,” says Tom Gardocki, owner of New Era Excavation, LLC, based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. “Technology should equal efficiency if […]

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Landscape Construction Equipment Goes Electric

With landscaping companies across the country rolling out all-electric lawn maintenance crews, it should be no surprise that electric construction equipment would find its way to the landscape industry as well. Electric construction equipment isn’t completely new, as hybrid diesel-electric machines have existed for a while. The most recent debuts in compact construction equipment are […]

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Robotic Mower Rundown

While robotic mowers have become commonplace in the European market, their adoption has been slower in the U.S. Despite this delayed acceptance, robotic mower manufacturers are confident that as awareness increases, so will these machines’ popularity. “As more people become educated about the availability and benefits of robotic mowers in North America, adoption will become […]

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Innovator Series: The Future Is Robotics as a Service

Sponsored Content When Robin Autopilot started out in 2015, founders Justin Crandall and Bart Lomont used a ‘Uber-for-lawncare’ model for their traditional mowing services. However, due to labor gaps, they switched to robotic mowing and sold off the traditional business to Porch.com. They launched a franchise model to expand the business in 2018. In 2019, […]

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Computer Tablets: Valuable Business Allies

One of Ben Franklin’s most notable quotes is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this more appropriate than in the landscaping industry. As you know, we live in difficult times filled with frequent client “challenges” such as claims for damages, refusal to pay valid invoices, assertions of incomplete work, […]

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Work commences on one of Phoenix's first Cool Corridors.
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Heat Officers Utilize Landscaping to Help Cool Cities

Cities have been warming at twice the global average due to the urban heat island effect, which is caused by buildings and pavement trapping heat. In response to this issue, several cities have created the position of ‘chief heat officer’ to be responsible for developing heat mitigation strategies. Phoenix, Los Angeles and Miami-Dade County are […]

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