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Big Picture: An elevated oasis

December 10, 2018By
Photo: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes

Location: New York City Company: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes Located in Manhattan, this residential building’s outdoor space included overgrown and failing plantings. The client looked to transform it into a well-manicured park for residents. The terrace lacks direct sunlight as it’s located on the northeast corner of the block and surrounded by 30-plus-story buildings. The John Mini team installed shade-loving... read more

Step by Step: How to install a simple fire pit

November 29, 2018By
Steel ring of fire pit (illustration: David Preiss)

Fire pits continue to be popular as more homeowners strive to create an outdoor oasis in their own backyards. But before installing a fire pit, there are several factors for contractors, as well as their clients, to consider. The most common types of fire pits are wood burning, natural gas and propane. Wood-burning fire pits are less expensive to design... read more

The ultimate mission

November 26, 2018By
Loving's crews (Photo: Loving)

When Mike Haynes began mowing his neighbors’ lawns in middle school for extra spending money, he didn’t exactly have a passion for cutting grass. But fast-forward 20 years and Haynes will tell you that, today, passion is the main driver behind nearly every aspect of his landscape company. Even its name, Loving, was inspired by the care, commitment and joy... 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

A new way to fertilize

November 14, 2018By
LCO fertilizing a home's front yard (Photo: Koch Industries)

David Helt says there is a clear difference between the “old” and “new” ways lawn care operators (LCOs) can manage their fertilizer applications. “The old way of fertilizer application is based on a premise that the customer correlates value with the number of visits—if they don’t see you out there, they think your service is poor, regardless of the quality,”... read more

5 things that will change the way we do business

November 12, 2018By
Technology cloud (Photo: iStock.com/gorodenkoff)

In my business lifetime, I’ve experienced many innovations that changed the way I worked: the copier (yes, I’m that old), the computer, the laptop, the Internet, the cell phone and the smartphone. These technologies were all once considered groundbreaking and are now the norm. In the five short years since I started a technology company, I can see firsthand just... read more