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Lawn Care: Selling The Value of Aeration Services

When you’re trying to provide your customers with a lush lawn for their property, one tool that can aid in this effort is aeration. The challenge is selling the service to customers who may not understand the purpose or benefits of aeration. Aeration helps reduce soil compaction. It also allows water, oxygen, and fertilizer to […]

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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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Managing the Gas to Battery Transition

Sponsored Content by Milwaukee Tool The professional landscaping industry is experiencing an increasing shift from gas-powered to battery-operated equipment, introducing new solutions to many professional operators. Driven by emerging gas and noise-related restrictions, as well as the ease of use provided by many gas-alternative products, these solutions introduce new practices and maintenance requirements to a […]

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Sparking Creativity: The Value of Hosting Design Summits

It’s typical to host a spring kick-off to get your field team geared up for another season, but do you take the same time to focus on your design team? Mariani Landscape, based in Lake Bluff, Illinois, has been hosting a design retreat for several years, but this was their first time to host one […]

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Second-Gen Owner Dean DeSantis Reflects On His Career Journey

In 1974, DeSantis Landscapes, based in Portland, Oregon, was just a landscape and irrigation start-up. Over the years, the business has steadily grown to serve the Greater Portland Metro and beyond and is now at $18 million in annual revenue. Second-generation owner Dean DeSantis took a journey of his own before coming to take the […]

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Business Smarts: Methods for Encouraging Customer Prepay

When you started your lawn care or landscape maintenance business, chances are the last thing on your mind was how you’d handle customers who pay late, or worse, not at all. With cash flow always being a major concern, delinquent payments are an additional stressor you don’t want to deal with. One of the ways […]

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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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Recruiting Strategies: Getting Back to Basics

While thinking outside the box is always a good idea when it comes to recruiting, it’s also important to make sure you’re not overlooking or underestimating the value of some of the recruiting basics. If you’re struggling with recruiting, review some of these tried-and-true practices to see if you’ve missed an opportunity for improvement.   […]

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Boosting Your Business: The Art of Transitioning Your Customer Base

While you may have started out serving residential clients, at some point, you might decide to focus on commercial properties moving forward. There’s no set company size or length of years of operation that determines when to make this type of transition, nor is it mandatory to make it at all. However, numerous lawn and […]

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