The pros of independent design firms

May 5, 2014By

Independent landscape design firms fill the role of staff designers for a fraction of the cost. Last June Patrick DuChene (left) quit his full-time landscape design/management position to offer his services as an independent designer. DuChene Design Solutions, based in Branchburg, N.J., currently meets the design needs of 20 regular clients and counting, all whose businesses have grown and improved... read more

5 tricks for bed weed control applications

May 5, 2014By
photo: Nufarm

Brickman’s Joe Ketterer shares five pointers for lawn care applicators to increase efficiency with landscape bed weed control.  When it comes to effective and efficient application techniques for landscape bed weed control, Joe Ketterer has a few shortcuts up his PPE-approved, long-sleeved shirt. Ketterer, a certified pesticide applicator with a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Pennsylvania State University, is... read more

Overlooking commercial design/build?

May 5, 2014By

QWe do a lot of residential and commercial maintenance. We also do residential design/build work. Business has been good, but we’re always looking for additional sources of revenue. Got any ideas? AMany landscape contractors have a mix of residential maintenance and design/build work as well as commercial maintenance, but there’s one category of business that has been overlooked for years... read more

1-Minute Mentor: Tom Canete

May 5, 2014By

CEO of Canete Snow Management, Wayne, N.J. Who’s your mentor? I’ve learned a lot through consultants. I’m currently working with Bill Pate. He owns Integrity Management. He really got us on track and doing things a little different. Another consultant I used mainly for snow is John Allin. He snow plowed the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.  How... read more

York Landscape takes a stab at verticutting

May 5, 2014By

Among the greatest nemeses of a lush lawn is thatch, a layer of dead, organic debris that develops between the blades of grass and the soil surface. While contractors commonly turn to power raking to tackle thatch, Pinellas Park, Fla.-based York Landscape takes the high road with its verticutting service, removing thatch and excessive top growth from turf using a... read more