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The year-round snow business

May 12, 2017By

“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” – Morpheus, The Matrix I’ll just say it. Every snow business should be a year-round snow business—a “snow-only” business, if you will. I believe that with all of my heart. Let me explain. To be performed optimally, the professional snow and ice management business (snow business, for short)... read more

Recommender: Lighting fixtures

May 12, 2017By
Photo: Light It Right

What lighting fixtures do you prefer and why? Adam Linnemann Owner, Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping Columbia, Ill. “Volt Landscape Lighting is our choice at Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping. The products are high-quality and very reasonably priced. Most of their fixtures and power supplies come with a lifetime warranty and are available also in LED.”   Dan Bywalec President,... read more

Step by Step: How to properly renovate a lawn

May 12, 2017By
Illustration: David Preiss

Lawn renovation involves restoring a deteriorated turfgrass area to an improved condition. But before getting started, contractors should correct the lawn’s underlying problems. Drought, excessive shade, tree root competition, poor drainage, soil compaction, inadequate fertility, acid soils, weed or insect infestation, disease, thatch buildup, improper mowing and poorly adapted grass species may contribute to poor turf. Most of these problems... read more

New Stuff: May 2017

May 12, 2017By

1. ACC2 Controller Company: Hunter Industries The ACC2 features a transformer with the ability to safely run up to 14 valves simultaneously. The controller can be configured for commercial projects with 12 to 54 stations, six flow meter inputs and up to six pump/master valve outputs. Its large, full-color backlit display and reversible face pack simplify program setup and diagnostics,... read more

H-2B: Why you should care

May 12, 2017By

Even if you don’t rely on guest workers through the H-2B visa program, you may find it helpful to be familiar with the program and how you can help. Access to a reliable, stable workforce is important to the future of the industry. The program is once again a source of consternation. In 2016 Congress failed to extend an important... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: May 2017

May 12, 2017By

What’s your advice for landscape and lawn care companies when it comes to taking on debt? Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “Some debt in necessary in business, but keeping it under constant management is imperative. Don’t forget, cash is king!” Jerry McKay McKay Landscape Lighting Omaha, Neb. “In the early days you have to do it just... read more