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10 business resolutions to beat the market

April 11, 2012By

For most of us, 2011 was challenging. The economy continued to be sluggish. Businesses struggled with rising fuel and labor costs against declining prices. New construction in many arenas was non-existent. Cash flow tightened. For many, it was a matter of hanging on tight and riding out the storm. The economy remains sluggish. Unemployment in the construction field is more... read more

Standing Tall, the 9/11 Memorial’s urban forest

April 11, 2012By

It’s raining in Lower Manhattan. It’s a cold rain, the kind that makes you want to stay in bed. Yet at the 9/11 Memorial, visitors are pouring into the outdoor plaza just as steadily as the drops above. They have far more important things to think about: their loved ones. Some visitors gaze, mesmerized, upon the memorial’s two waterfalls. With... read more

Preparing for an insect invasion

April 11, 2012By

By Joseph Doccola The winter of 2011-2012 was one of the warmest winters on record. While that might be a good thing to a lot of people, it means early pest pressure for trees and compressed treatment windows for applicators. Why is it so warm? Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that because it is a... read more

Spreading the wealth in the landscape industry

April 11, 2012By

By Tom Crain With the rise of chemical use and lush suburban landscapes, the 1950s facilitated the creation of the perfect lawn. By the 1960s and 1970s, that concept was a blossoming American obsession and the job of spreading plant food, lime and seed had become a necessity. Since then, spreading and spraying via dusters, granular applicators, field sprayers and... read more

Jacobs’ Journal: What we don’t need to learn from Steve Jobs

April 11, 2012By

By Daniel G. Jacobs Walter Isaacson’s recent biography of Steve Jobs, the demanding former head of Apple, apparently doubles as a management guide for many executives. Some have even donned the deceased executive’s trademark black turtleneck sweater. I’m all for learning from others. I’ve had a number of bosses over the years, some good and some very, very bad. I... read more

How to fix the cracks in your landscape business foundation

April 12, 2011By

Last month I laid out the six pillars necessary to create a strong foundation. Now, here’s how to fix what’s broken. 1 Solid financial base: Improve cash position by understanding ratios. The first step in solving restricted cash flow problems is to regularly track two key balance sheet ratios: Quick Ratio, an indicator of a company’s short-term liquidity to meet... read more