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Trends and Technology

Are Commercial Autonomous Mowers Safe?

Safety is paramount in the landscape maintenance business and even when you take human operators out of the equation, you still have to consider how robotic mowers will perform around pedestrians and other obstacles. Autonomy in Mowers Versus Cars A primary concern that can keep lawn and landscape companies hesitant about implementing robotic mowers is […]

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NALP Foundation Builds Roblox Game to Reach the Next Generation

The NALP Foundation recently announced their latest awareness initiative, which will focus on young people from ages 5 to 15 through the online gaming platform Roblox. The NALP Foundation is creating a game in partnership with Epic Reach, a global creative and advanced innovation agency. This game, called Landscape Design Empire, will allow players to […]

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How I Do It: Milosi Invests in R&D to Stay on the Cutting Edge

An R&D department sounds like something only multimillion-dollar corporations can afford to have, but Milosi, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, has started a bit smaller by creating an R&D committee at the end of 2022. Taylor Milliken, owner and president of Milosi, says he’s wanted to start an R&D committee for years. “With Create and Innovate […]

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Economist Provides Insights Into 2024-25 at Leaders Forum

Wouldn’t you love to have a crystal ball that tells you exactly what to expect for the next year? Attendees at Leaders Forum in Litibu, Nayarit, Mexico, got the next best thing on Jan. 18 as Taylor St. Germain, an economist with ITR Economics, shared various economic indicators and how landscape company owners can respond […]

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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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Mariani Premier Group’s Approach to Software Integration After an M&A

When you consider growing your landscape company through mergers & acquisitions, one of your last considerations might be, “How are we going to combine our different software and technology?” Yet this is a critical step in the integration process to set your newly acquired company up for success post-merger. Mariani Premier Group has dealt this […]

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Landscape Industry Trends for 2024

So far, the 2020s have been banner years for the landscape industry. However, the upcoming presidential election, talk of a potential recession, climate change and other factors are all impacting client demand and trends.   Landscape professionals across the country share what they are seeing when it comes to these elements influencing consumers and what […]

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Landscape Design Trends for 2024

There’s a lot of uncertainty about what 2024 will bring with it being an election year, but landscape professionals are fairly sure these residential landscape trends will continue to go strong next year. Outdoor Living Elements Outdoor living spaces continue to be incredibly desirable to clients, but what elements make up an outdoor living space […]

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Electric Sheep Takes on Landscape Maintenance with Their AI-Powered Robots

If you’ve been keeping up with the robotic mower market, you’ve probably heard of the brand, Electric Sheep Robotics, Inc., based in San Francisco, California. While the brand initially launched as a Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering, they have now pivoted to become a large-scale outdoor maintenance company powered by artificial intelligence and robotics. “We’ve spent the […]

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