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Spray away

January 27, 2020By
Man spraying using Exmark spreader/sprayer (Photo: Hoffman's Lawn & Fertilization)

Five years ago, Andrew Hoffman, owner of Hoffman’s Lawn & Fertilization, got tired of using a push spreader and a spray reel on lawns in his hometown of Delaware, Ohio. Two years earlier, he moved his business from Ohio from Salt Lake City. “In Salt Lake City, you could get away with a hose reel and a push spreader with... read more

7 drivers for success in 2020

January 21, 2020By
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To ensure dramatic success for your lawn, landscape, tree or irrigation business this year, it helps to perform a look back at the last 12 months to see what worked well and what didn’t. It can be overwhelming to look at every detail, so focus on the key drivers that will give you a competitive edge. Here are seven of... read more

Seth’s Cut: 2020 vision

January 14, 2020By

Happy New Year! How many of you were like me and pondered aloud on New Year’s Eve how strange it felt to be ringing in the year 2020? Was it really 20 years ago that my best friend Mike had me sweating widespread blackouts and a massive computer shutdown? It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago. Now that... read more

Grow with Grunder: The Loving way

January 14, 2020By
Charlotte, N.C., skyline (Photo: Kruck20/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

My team at The Grow Group, the green industry consultancy I run, is busy now putting the finishing touches on our annual conference. Scheduled for Feb. 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C., Grow! 2020 will bring together landscape pros from around the country for three days of interactive programming focused on real-world solutions to the challenges owners and their teams face. We’ll... read more

SafetyWatch: Ice melt safety

January 14, 2020By
Ice melt in action (Photo: Natural Alternative)

When it comes to applying ice melt products, there are a few things snow contractors should keep in mind to ensure it’s done properly and safely. Consider using a product that has a pattern indicator, which is a colorant, so you can see where you’re applying, especially during a snowstorm. Keep in mind that as much as 30 percent of... read more

Experts’ Tips: Common mower operator mistakes

January 14, 2020By
Man riding zero-turn mower (Photo: John Deere)

In their constant pursuit of job site efficiency, maintenance crews shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that safety and quality are equally important. To that end, even the most seasoned zero-turn mower operators need a refresher training from time to time — especially after a long off-season. “Operators should keep an eye on their tires,” says Roger Beale, a branch... read more