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The Big One: Out of the Blue

March 20, 2019By
Blue Skies of Texas lake (Photo: Clean Scapes)

Location: San Antonio Company: Clean Scapes A call out of the blue was what it took for Clean Scapes, a landscape firm in San Antonio, to win the maintenance contract for the Blue Skies of Texas retirement community in 2009. Clean Scapes Principal Brett Nichols says he made the cold call after he found out that a fellow Clean Scapes... read more

Properly identify brown patch

March 8, 2019By
Photo: Lane Tredway

Brown spots on lawns can appear due to a variety of turf pests and diseases, but a common culprit is brown patch. Experts offer their tips for properly identifying and treating the disease. read more

Cutting Edge

March 1, 2019By
Kubota mower (Photo: Kubota)

Andrew Morse of Belknap Landscape Co. in Gilford, N.H., compares operating a mower from a few decades ago to driving a tank. Paul Fraynd, co-owner of Sun Valley Landscaping in Omaha, Neb., jokes that the machines’ seats resembled those found in football stadiums. Stephen Crowell, director of Maui operations for SGS Hawaii in Maui and Kauai, comments on the extra... read more

Elements of an effective employee credit card policy

February 27, 2019By
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While distributing credit cards to employees is a great idea, you should have some policies regarding limits and usage to prevent employee abuse and overuse. read more

3 reasons to invest in attachments

February 22, 2019By
Photo: Case Construction Equipment

Why landscape pros may want to add attachments to their lineup. read more

Experts’ tips: Irrigation controllers

February 20, 2019By

Controllers Rain Bird Corp. Joe Porrazzo Product manager — controllers WiFi-enabled controllers are becoming increasingly popular as more people use their mobile devices to manage various systems on their properties. Choosing the right controller can be challenging for contractors because there isn’t a single perfect solution and different products work best for different applications. Contractors should consider their core customers’... read more