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Changing the way we irrigate, with WaterSense

January 1, 2012By

By Stephanie Tanner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  When water supplies are tight and municipalities are scrambling to find solutions, it’s often easy to target local landscapes with watering restrictions. Nationwide, residential outdoor water use exceeds 7 billion gallons of water each day, most of which is used for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as half of this... read more

Pythagoras, where art thou?

January 1, 2012By

From the dawn of ages, many have tackled the complex operation of keeping score. Whether using primitive techniques to quantify time or applying complex economics to manage large capital assets, a wide range of monetary problems requires solutions grounded in understanding how the numbers work. I’ve often been called a numbers guy. By looking at key ratios, I can instinctively... read more

The boulder business

January 1, 2012By

Kevin Engelmann, owner and operator of Engels Lawncare in Frankfurt, IL, says that finding an additional business or service that would complement his landscape company has always been in the back of his mind. When he came across some information on Boulder Designs, he knew he had found the perfect fit. As a company that develops custom, made-to-order concrete boulder... read more

Bigger isn’t always better

January 1, 2012By

While many people tend to think of growing their company in terms of adding employees, Andrew Weilbacher says that having too many crews was a mistake for his business. It became tough to manage multiple crews and he was getting callbacks on jobs he didn’t personally supervise because mistakes were being made. For his small landscape business, he found that... read more