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Tree Care: Helping Trees Recover from Mulch Volcanos

You’ve probably seen them plenty of times. Mulch volcanos erupting throughout spring as property owners want to freshen up their landscapes. Yet despite their frequency, mulch volcanos are very harmful to trees. These massive piles of mulch around the base of trees can result in disease, decay, root rot and the eventual death of the […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Restoring a Tropical Landscape to Health

When the board of directors of a luxury beachfront, high-rise property in Bal Harbour, Florida, decided they wanted their landscape to stand out from the rest of the condos in the area, they chose VisualScape Inc., to manage their landscape. Located on the world-famous Collins Avenue, the landscape needed to be pristine and healthy and […]

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Level Up: Brookstone Landscape & Design Thrives on Word of Mouth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. It was seven years ago when Tim Hawkins, LIC, decided to take the leap and start his own landscaping company. The business he was working for at the time had just been bought and he had […]

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Exceeding Expectations with HOAs

Homeowners associations (HOAs) exist to uphold their bylaws and protect owners’ property values. Because people residing in the community are paying dues to the HOA to manage neighborhood common areas and sometimes their own property, expectations are high. “HOAs are often unfairly stereotyped as nitpicky for the way that they choose to enforce the standards […]

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Spring Cleanup Strategies: Should You Offer Single Service?

Spring cleanups can be used to set client expectations throughout the season and assure them that they are in good hands. One choice you’ll have to make is if you want to offer this service as a single-time offering or as part of a maintenance contract. Jay Rotonnelli, vice president of business development for Piscataqua Landscaping […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Engaging Safety Culture 

Monarch Landscape Management, based in Houston, Texas, sends out 180 employees into the field every day. Because their staff is their biggest asset, Monarch works hard to keep their team members safe. Every year Monarch looks at the company as a whole and chooses an initiative they want to take to the next level. Several […]

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Starting Spring Cleanup Season Off Right

First impressions do matter and for companies that provide landscape maintenance, your spring cleanup work can serve as the first impression of your quality of work to companies and homeowners. Not only do spring cleanups set the tone for the customer relationship, but they are also important horticulturally. It sets up the foundation for healthy […]

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How I Do It: Making Mulching Efficient and Fun

Mulching is a common task during the spring but Ruppert Landscape, based in Laytonsville, Maryland, has managed to turn this job into an exciting way to kick off the season. This event is known as “Mulcharama” and has been around for about 40 years. They adopted the practice early in the company’s history and it’s […]

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Technically Speaking: Conducting Rejuvenation Pruning

Many landscape shrubs grow larger than the location where they are planted. When these shrubs get out of hand, it is best to conduct rejuvenation pruning to bring them back to an appropriate size. Regular pruning to keep a plant at an acceptable height can cause shrubs to get twiggy and ugly. “To correct this, […]

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Vole runways are most noticeable in the late winter or early spring.
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Landscape Challenges: Dealing with Voles

Voles go by many names including meadow mice, ground moles, and field mice. Call them what you want them, but regardless of the name, voles can leave some serious damage in their wake. Voles can often be mistaken for moles, shrews and mice. They have rounded blunt snouts, pointed front teeth and their eyes and […]

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