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Level Up: GoldGlo Landscapes Grows to Provide Career Paths

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. GoldGlo Landscapes, LLC, based in Millersburg, Pennsylvania, was founded in 2002. President Steven Stoltzfus was just 21 at the time, but he had worked in residential construction for five years as a general contractor. Stoltzfus’s father […]

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Level Up: Ables Landscapes Grows by Raising Up Leaders

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Mark Ables, president and CEO of Ables Landscapes, based in Hollywood, South Carolina, says landscaping is in his blood. His father, Bob Ables, started the company in 1975 and Mark has worked there off and on […]

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Photo: Aaron Leimkuehler

Landscapes of the Month: Restoring a Library Courtyard to Its Former Glory

The Linda Hall Library, situated in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the nation’s foremost libraries with a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and their histories. The library sits atop an arboretum with employed horticulturalists to take care of the various plant species. The client’s intent for this project was to transition from an […]

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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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Landscapes of the Month: Overcoming Steep Slope Challenges by the Chesapeake Bay

Located on the Chesapeake Bay, a newly purchased vacation home had set a list of goals with the intent to secure the house and foundation all while creating an environmentally friendly section of the shoreline. The home is positioned on a hill that borders the Chesapeake, and it has a clear waterfront view. Next, all […]

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Pitfalls To Avoid When Working With Landscape Architects

If you want to establish strong relationships with landscape architects outside your company or strengthen the current ones you have, there are a number of mistakes you can avoid making.   “What I have learned is that many of the LAs we deal with have had negative experiences with contractors that want a shortcut,” says […]

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How to Collaborate Effectively with Landscape Architects

Not all landscape designs may come from your in-house designers. When you have the opportunity to work with outside landscape architects, not only can you enjoy a fresh design perspective but you can also foster a relationship that leads to future business. By maintaining strong relationships with landscape architects, they can direct new clients your […]

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Level Up: Hursthouse Landscape Architects Grows Around Key Team Members

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Hursthouse Landscape Architects, based in Bolingbrook, Illinois, was started 32 years ago after Bob Hursthouse left the landscaping company he had spent a decade working at. He was interviewing with other landscaping companies when his former […]

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Landscape Architects and Designers Weigh In on the Future

All landscapes start in the design phase and landscape architects and designers can be influential in how outdoor spaces are crafted and how they impact the areas around them. As for the future of landscapes, sustainability is the most important element landscape architects and designers see moving forward. Joe Hanauer, ASLA, owner of Landscape Architecture, […]

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Level Up: Surrounds Landscaping’s Strong Branding Aids Their Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Barry Schneider didn’t plan on owning his own landscaping company starting out. He fell in love with the landscape industry after watching a design/build firm transform his parents’ backyard as a teenager. He says it was […]

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