February 2020

Why are we being audited for sales and use tax?

March 11, 2020By
Tax papers and calculator (Photo: utah778/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

At some point, your company will probably be selected for a sales and use tax audit, and you need to be prepared. For those landscape professionals who are in states where services are not subject to sales tax, you may believe that you have dodged the bullet. Not true! While the services you sell may not require that you collect... read more

2 cents on spray maintenance

March 9, 2020By
Lawn care operator spraying a lawn (Photo: Gregson-Clark Spraying Equipment)

Neglecting to perform spray rig maintenance during the off-season can lead to costly downtime. It also adversely affects a solution’s particle size and coverage. “Performing maintenance (in the slower months) keeps you from having downtime and keeps your guys spraying until dark instead of working on the equipment,” says Donny Pitts, general manager at Graham Spray Equipment. Spray equipment experts... read more

Mow money: 3 maintenance companies explain how they’ve overcome the labor problem

March 6, 2020By and
Operator on Kubota mower (Photo: Kubota)

Mowing and maintenance can be a consistent service offering for landscape companies, but consistency might not equal profitability considering the labor shortage — 71,000 unfilled full-time positions in 2017, according to data from the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Too much work and not enough people to do it can wreak havoc on a company’s bottom line. We explore how... read more

How one irrigation professional designed his own software

March 4, 2020By
Irrigation markup (Photo: LandOne Takeoff)

Joshua Martin, the founder of LandOne Takeoff, never quite expected he’d be a green industry professional turned software developer. But, here he is. Martin is a licensed landscape and irrigation designer in Alabama. He’s worked in the green industry for more than 15 years doing installation, estimates, design and project management. He’s been with Bodine’s Landscape Services for 10 years.... read more

Recommender: Track loaders

March 2, 2020By
Track loader in action (Photo: John Deere)

What do you look for when you purchase or rent a track loader? Matt Goldey Project Estimator, Ocala Landscape Management Ocala, Fla. I would suggest looking at what dealers are nearby and choose from what is local. Don’t buy a piece of equipment if you can’t have it repaired or maintained by a local source. All manufacturers have their pros... read more

LM Gallery: February 2020

February 26, 2020By
Abby Hart, Christina Herrick, Jim Beveridge, Judy Beveridge, Bill Roddy at airport (Photo: LM Staff)

1. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch Mark LaFleur (right) of Syngenta shows his selfie game is strong with this photo at Syngenta headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Joining him (left to right) are Meghan McDonald of G&S Business Communications, Stephanie Schwenke of Syngenta, and LM’s Craig MacGregor and Bill Roddy. 2. Christmas cheers The LM team celebrated a successful year... read more