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Cutting Edge

March 1, 2019By
Kubota mower (Photo: Kubota)

Andrew Morse of Belknap Landscape Co. in Gilford, N.H., compares operating a mower from a few decades ago to driving a tank. Paul Fraynd, co-owner of Sun Valley Landscaping in Omaha, Neb., jokes that the machines’ seats resembled those found in football stadiums. Stephen Crowell, director of Maui operations for SGS Hawaii in Maui and Kauai, comments on the extra... read more

Serious business: The LM Growth Summit

January 16, 2019By
Turfco President George Kinkead (left) talks to the Spring Touch Lawn & Pest Control team about the finer details of the T3100 spreader-sprayer. (Photo: Seth Jones)

Now in its eighth year, the LM Growth Summit is unique in the industry in that it brings lawn care professionals face-to-face with some of the industry’s leading innovators. Sure, the opportunity exists to schedule these meetings at national or regional trade shows. But good luck successfully making 10 meetings with top level executives — let alone the owners of... read more

Get a grip

November 19, 2018By
Aaron Katerberg (Photo: Ed Koziarski, Homesick Blues Productions)

Aaron Katerberg didn’t set out to be an irrigator. He’s been a tennis pro, pursued a master’s degree in divinity and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. After college, he tried working for his father’s irrigation business, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Grapids Irrigation, and that first stint didn’t pan out. A few years later, he finally made peace with the fact that irrigation runs... read more

Growth mindset

October 16, 2018By
Marty Grunder (Photo: Matthew Allen)

Marty Grunder is a lot like many of you. He started his landscape business as a teenager with a used mower. His company’s top challenge is hiring and retaining employees. He’s a family man above all else. And he’s made some missteps along the way. What’s unique about Grunder, though, is his self-awareness and his willingness to learn, accept feedback... read more

It’s all there: 2018 GIE+EXPO preview

October 8, 2018By
GIE+EXPO show view (Photo: GIE+EXPO)

“I’ll see you in Louisville,” has become a common refrain for many landscape professionals and those who sell to and support them. What’s the attraction to this northern Kentucky town, otherwise known for the Derby and the Bourbon Trail? GIE+EXPO—the industry’s only national trade show, which has been growing at a clip for the last decade. The show has established... read more

Divide + Conquer: How well-defined roles help Drost Landscape grow

August 22, 2018By
Dale Drier and Bob Drost (right); Photo: Molly Hauxwell Currier

Drost Landscape existed long before its founding in 1991—if only as a handful of potential logo drawings on the dining room table of founder and owner, Bob Drost. From the time Drost began working as a landscape laborer in the late 1970s, he knew he wanted to start his own company. He waited until he had more than a decade... read more