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Sustainability: Reviewing Salt Usage in Snow and Ice Operations

This winter has marked the return of snow for many landscape contractors after a considerable drought. One of the workhorses of the snow and ice management business is salt, as it can lower the freezing point of water, but overuse of this material can be hazardous to the environment.   As you reflect on the […]

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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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Landscapes of the Month: Preserving and Restoring a Central Texas Ecosystem

Central Texas is a prime area for development, but this 11-acre nature park has been preserved, allowing locals and area visitors to enjoy the mixed-grass prairie that once dominated the region. From the design development through the installation phase, Twistleaf, based in Austin, Texas, has been at the heart of making this endangered ecosystem come to […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Solving Drainage Issues with a Sustainable Solution

When the project began, this Philadelphia backyard was nothing more than a sloped yard of turf with drainage issues. However, GreenWeaver Landscapes, based in Lenni, Pennsylvania, quickly transformed the space into an inviting and functional garden with water features, natives, and a spacious patio. Jennifer Nichols, president of GreenWeaver Landscapes, says winning a 2023 Gold […]

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Sustainability: A Place for Permeable Pavers

Permeable pavers have been installed in the U.S. since the 1960s, but they’ve recently been increasing in popularity as topics like stormwater management become more widely known to the public. If you are considering adding permeable pavers as an offering in your hardscaping repertoire, check out where this solution shines and where it shouldn’t be […]

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Lawn Care: What To Do With Fall Leaves

To leaf blow or not to leaf blow? That is the question. While some propose skipping collecting leaves entirely, there’s a little bit more nuance to this question and what to do with your clients’ leaves this fall. Where the leaves have fallen will help determine your course of action. While leaves in heavily wooded […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Preserving Native Plants and Conserving Water on This Corporate Campus

Silicon Valley is known for its technology, but this campus in Sunnyvale, California, features an urban landscape that connects people with nature. Pathline Park is a 42-acre site with 11 office buildings surrounded by meadows, forests, and modern art to provide a peaceful environment for tenants and employees. A main highlight of the property is […]

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Sustainability: Adding EVs to Your Fleet

Has your lawn or landscape company been mulling over the feasibility of adding electric vehicles (EVs) to your fleet? Much like the electrification of handheld equipment and mowers, there’s more to this process than simply swapping out your gas vehicles for electric models.   “Speaking to fleet managers or operations managers at landscape companies, one […]

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A Spotlight on Industry Stars

From synergy in acquisitions, safety, strategic growth or sustainability, these industry companies are stand-outs. Synergy Star Since Mariani Landscape decided to be the best residential landscape company in the world with their “family of family companies” in December 2020, they have added 12 family-owned companies to their organization. They also created the Mariani Premier Group […]

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Eco-Friendly Landscaping: Techniques for Landscape Professionals

Guest post by Rubi Cornejo, marketing manager at Advanced Pavers & Landscape In the world of landscaping, the call for sustainability and eco-consciousness grows louder each day. As urban areas expand and environmental challenges mount, our industry finds itself at a pivotal intersection. Clients, now more informed and environmentally aware, are not just seeking aesthetic […]

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