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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

LM 2019 Industry Pulse: Weather report

January 17, 2020By
A wet spring in many parts of the country hindered some landscape companies. (Photo: Willowpix/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

During 2019, landscape professionals had to contend with whatever weather Mother Nature provided, which varied across the country. read more

Step by Step: How to effectively plow a parking lot

January 15, 2020By
illustrations: David Preiss

Winter is just around the corner, which means snow plows will soon be back in action. A few best practices will help you plow as efficiently as possible, even as snow continues to fall. Before it snows, survey the property you’ll be plowing to check for obstacles—such as speed bumps, curbs, sidewalks, shrubs, fire hydrants and fences—that may become hidden... read more

2020 labor situation: crisis or opportunity?

January 13, 2020By
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For years, demographers, economists, movie-makers, politicians, scientists and others have been famously making false predictions of future events. Remember the doomsday predictions leading up to Jan. 1, 2000, or how the stock market was going to crash if a certain person was elected president of the U.S., or any one of the end-of-the-world predictions? Predicting the future is not easy.... read more

Small trenchers and augers

January 10, 2020By
Small trencher (Photo: Little Beaver)

Earth movers like trenchers and augers can be used for endless design/build tasks. But as equipment manufacturers can attest, landscapers increasingly want land movers with a smaller footprint and more maneuverability for smaller jobs. “For the last five years, we’ve been pressured to make things that are smaller in size, no more than 48 inches in width, that will be... read more

Educate, celebrate your irrigation crew

January 8, 2020By
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It’s been a positive and productive 2019, and now is a great time to celebrate with the team and highlight their excellent work over the last 12 months. Better yet, how about combining education and celebration into one event? To get you started on creating your own combo, here are some ideas to pair both goals together in 2020. Irrigation... read more