Product Focus: Stand-on Mowers

May 20, 2016By

SRS Z2 Riding mower Ferris The Soft Ride Stand-on (SRS) Z2 mower features an adjustable operator platform and ground speeds of up to 10 mph. It’s available with either a 52- or 61-in. iCD Cutting System with professional lawn striping kit. Choose between a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 810cc EFI or Kawasaki FX801V engine. Super S Series Hustler With a... read more

Franchise best buys 2016

May 6, 2016By
Graphic: LM Staff

There are many top franchise lists out there—such as Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and the Franchise Times Top 200. But no one has analyzed landscape industry franchise opportunities. Until now. Rather than doing a list of the biggest franchises, which would overlap with our LM150 list, we tapped the experts at franchise research firm FranData to dig into the data and determine... read more

What compact track loader do you recommend and why?

May 4, 2016By

Matt Hutton CEO, Hutton’s Landscapes Savannah, Ga. “We purchased a new fleet of JCB compact track loaders for many reasons, one of which is safety. JCB’s single-arm PowerBoom design makes it possible for operators to enter and exit the machine through a side door and enjoy exceptional all-around visibility from inside the cab. We also appreciate the machines’ myCHOICE feature... read more

Pesticides through the EPA-approval process

May 2, 2016By
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticides through a stringent process. It can take chemical companies many months or years before they’re permitted to sell their products. Here’s how it works. Chemical company invents new product. (This could be a new active ingredient or new combination of ingredients.) Test + data. The chemical company is responsible for funding and compiling... read more

Big Picture: What’s new is old again

April 29, 2016By

Location: Avery County, N.C. Company: Greenleaf Services, Newland, N.C. The Details: The clients wanted their newly constructed home’s outdoor space to blend within their 100-year-old neighborhood, located on a single-lane road. The humble facade of the residence was intentional, and the clients wanted understated landscaping, as well. Specific requests included using native woodland materials; preserving the existing century-old hemlock trees; adding sod-and-locust... read more

Using tents to work through the elements

April 27, 2016By
Photos: Davis Landscape Co.

Tented projects allow companies to work through winter weather and retain their talent during the off-season. At Greencare Landscape Management, the work doesn’t stop just because it’s winter. Instead, crews at the Scarborough, Maine-based company pitch a tent on the client’s property and keep on going. Jeffrey Chakirelis says this approach to working through the elements helps keep revenue flowing... read more