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Project Portfolio: Shopping in style

May 6, 2013By

Keeping an upscale shopping center’s surroundings looking radiant regardless of the weather and other challenges. The client’s intent was to create an upscale, family-oriented shopping center. To achieve that goal, the firm sought a lot of landscape color on the property. However, the existing conditions presented plenty of challenges—including a lack of irrigation; pollution elements from the nearby toll way... read more

Is the price right?

May 2, 2013By

Lawn care companies carefully consider charging more.  Though many lawn care businesses say the time is right for a price bump (46 percent), just more than half say they’ll hold steady and won’t raise prices this year, according to Landscape Management’s Lawn Care Market Report survey. Only 2 percent say they’ll decrease lawn care prices this year (see chart). Those... read more

Far East design

May 1, 2013By

Offering Japanese gardens has been both profitable and fun for this Wyoming landscape company. When Aaron Rodolph, president of Rodolph Brothers, based in Casper, Wyo., first started reading about Japanese garden design, he was amazed how much of the elements he’d already been incorporating into his projects. It’s all about natural flow and placing boulders in just the right way—design... read more

1-Minute Mentor: George Gaumer

May 1, 2013By

Meet George Gaumer, retired v.p. and general manager of Davey Commercial Grounds Management, Kent, Ohio. Who’s your mentor? If I had to pick one, it would be my father. But here at Davey there are a lot of folks who have championed me and helped me along the way. My dad ran a landscape company in Warren, Ohio. He was... read more

ESA at play

April 24, 2013By

RISE serves up the latest on the Endangered Species Act and its impact on you. At the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) breakfast meeting at this year’s Golf Industry Show on Feb. 6 in San Diego, federal legislative and regulatory issues took the spotlight. In his introduction, Steve Gullickson, RISE governing board chairman, said in 2013 the organization... read more