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Put mowing on autopilot with robotic mowers

September 30, 2019By
LABOR SAVER Installing robotic mowers on residential properties can help cut down on man-hours. Photo: Husqvarna

Implementing robotic mowers is one way to ease the landscape industry’s labor shortage and cut down on man-hours at jobs. read more

Keep irrigation vehicles organized

September 23, 2019By
Conserva vehicle (Photo: Conserva Irrigation)

Conserva Irrigation offers a look at how it keeps its irrigation vehicles organized and provides organizational advice for other irrigation professionals. read more

Five Questions: Bob Grover

September 17, 2019By
Bob Grover (Photo: Seth Jones)

Bob Grover, president of Pacific Landscape Management, shares details of his career, his industry outlook and some lessons he's learned along the way. read more

Water World: Sprinkler smarts

September 13, 2019By
Crew member working at TCU (Photo: Andy's Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting)

Location: Fort Worth, Texas Company: Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting When an irrigation installation project popped up at Texas Christian University (TCU), Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting was sure to raise its hand. The multiphase job involved creating more than 100 zones that separated out beds, turf and trees while considering the area’s shady and sunny areas. To begin the... read more

Hardscape Solutions: Updated but timeless

September 10, 2019By
DBI project (Photo: Ian Adams Photography)

Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio Company: Exscape Designs The design intent was to create an updated landscape and entertainment area that reflected the traditional architecture of this 1920s-era home. Exscape helped create a new driveway layout, which meandered down the middle of the left-side lot, integrating the double lot into a cohesive whole and working around the existing large trees. The... read more

One landscape company’s climb back to the top

September 9, 2019By
The Todd’s Services leadership team. From left to right, Jeff Walz, Doug Murphy, Josh Robinson, Sherry LaButte-Birk, Kurt LaButte, Mark Becker and Kevin Birk. (Photo: Todd's Services)

Todd and Kurt LaButte, like many in the landscape industry, started young with a couple of push mowers, mowing neighbors’ lawns. Todd, being the older of the LaButte brothers (he was No. 5 of eight children, and Kurt was the youngest), named the company Todd’s Services. “We started in 1979, my brother and I,” Kurt LaButte says. “It was unique... read more