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Editorial Advisory Board: March 2020

March 18, 2020By

What tips do you have for making employee incentive programs successful? Landscape Professionals Paul Fraynd Sun Valley Landscaping Omaha, Neb. “Successful employee incentive programs start with the ‘why’ goals are important to the team and bring to life the ‘how’ each person plays a role in the team’s success. They are team focused, create an all-for-one approach and are simple... read more

Hardscape Solutions: Geometric gem

March 18, 2020By
Hardscaping project by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Center (Photo: Maxwell Monty/Maxwell Monty Photography)

Company: Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers Location: Portland, Ore. This hardscape project was part of a new build for past clients of Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers. To create the contrast between the modern design of the home and the surrounding forest, Landscape Designer Eric Hagberg incorporated concrete, steel, custom-fabricated planter boxes and water elements. The... read more

Efficiency is key for the first jobs of the season

March 18, 2020By
Person filling wheelbarrow using Mulch Mate (Photo: Mulch Mate)

Spring cleanup jobs can include removing debris from the previous season, preparing the property for the upcoming season and mulching as an added service. One thing is for certain: Landscape professionals say using the right equipment can help accomplish these tasks. “Since we started, we have been able to use our equipment and skills much more efficiently and effectively,” says... read more

Cutting fleet and operating costs

March 11, 2020By
Mechanic performing fleet maintenance (Photo: J. Barker Landscaping Co.)

As a smaller company, filling up the trucks before the first job of the day was just part of the routine for Norm Ripper and his crews. But as his company, Helping Hand Lawn Care in Apopka, Fla., began to grow, fueling up a fleet of 25 trucks suddenly became a time-consuming hassle. “I just couldn’t afford to have 40... read more

Is that a tree or just a big weed?

March 11, 2020By
Tree near power line (Photo: John C. Fech)

What’s the definition of a weed? The most common one is “a plant growing out of place in the landscape.” The most familiar weed in a landscape is a dandelion in the lawn, but just about any plant can be a weed if it’s inappropriately located or in poor condition. So, if a tree is too close to the foundation... read more

Combination fertilizers offer multiple benefits in one product

March 11, 2020By
Spreader using combination products (Photo: Bedell Property Management)

Combination fertilizer products allow lawn care operators (LCOs) to put down multiple products in one application, such as a fertilizer plus a preemergent herbicide or insecticide, and can help save on two crucial aspects of a lawn care operation: time and labor. “As long as you use combination products at the appropriate rates, they work really well,” says Brandin Swisher,... read more