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How I Do It

The Benefits and Challenges of Owning a Landscape Business with Your Spouse

Many couples love the fact they can run a landscape company with their spouse. However, this work dynamic has its own set of challenges to be aware of. “Working with your spouse within the landscape industry — or any business, for that matter — can be incredibly rewarding, but it also requires careful navigation to […]

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Three Keys to Successfully Work with Your Spouse

Running a business can be hard, but who better to partner with than your spouse? These work dynamics, when done right, can be a beautiful balance of one another’s talents. However, there are pitfalls. You can avoid some of these troubles with these three practices. Define Your Roles One of the first steps to working […]

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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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How I Do It: Dealing with Truck Repairs and Maintenance Delays

Landscape professionals depend on trucks, mowers and other equipment to accomplish their work. But trucks and mowers often need maintenance or repairs to continue performing properly. “Not doing the work due to not having equipment is something we work hard to avoid,” says Nelson Alvarado, fleet manager at Russell Landscape Group, headquartered in Sugar Hill, […]

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How I Do It: Implementing Crew Body Cameras

When you think of body cameras, you probably think of the ones police officers wear in the line of duty. However, this technology doesn’t have to be limited just to law enforcement. Josh Wise, CEO of GrassRoots Tree and Turf Care Inc., based in Acworth, Georgia, started using body cameras for his crews back in 2020 after […]

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How I Do It: Focusing on Your Ideal Client

Everyone needs lawn and landscaping services, so technically, your business should serve everyone, right? Not necessarily. If you are looking to grow and sustain your business, at some point you need to determine who your ideal client base is and pursue them. Julie Hayes, a branch manager for Sullivan’s Landscaping & Maintenance, based in Milford, […]

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How I Do It: Adding a Home Services Division  

If you have your residential clients often asking if you know a handyman or provide home services, you may be considering taking on these services yourself. This was the case for Krisjan Berzins, founder of Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape, based in Alexandria, Virginia. He started offering painting services for his clients over 10 years ago. “I […]

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How I Do It: Implementing New Equipment Efficiencies

With labor being a constant challenge in the landscape industry, taking advantage of various equipment innovations can help you make the most of your current workforce and boost morale. Local Roots Landscaping, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, started seeking equipment that could increase their efficiency after buying a wheel loader in 2019. Patrick Murray, managing partner of […]

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How I Do It: Keeping Employees On All Season

Since the 1980s, Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes, based in Oyster Bay, New York, has been able to keep all their staff on during the off-season by providing tree care services. The company started as a tree care company that eventually added landscape services. David Golon, general manager for Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes, says […]

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How I Do It: Employing and Helping Homeless Individuals

Enterprise Professional Services, Inc. (EPSI), based in Lakeway, Texas, started in 2011 with a mission to provide employment for people with disabilities. They saw an opportunity to help another group of people in 2018 as Austin’s homeless situation was snowballing. EPSI is an AbilityOne nonprofit agency that specializes in custodial, grounds and hospital environmental services […]

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