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SafetyWatch: Identify spraying safety hazards

June 18, 2015By

This photo was staged to show several safety hazards or dangerous work habits. How many can you identify? Click here for a list of potential hazards. Click here for downloadable versions of our June SafetyWatch. Ed. Note: Thanks to Schill Grounds Management in North Ridgeville, Ohio, for participating in our SafetyWatch photo shoots. Schill and LM do not practice or... read more

Keeping score of operations

June 17, 2015By

Something magical happens when you keep score. Without any other changes, performance improves. It’s truly an amazing phenomenon. However, when we stop to think about it, the impact of keeping score on results shouldn’t be all that surprising. All of us want to know how we’re doing compared to our peers and competitors, even if we’re not highly competitive by... read more

Step by Step: How to do an irrigation audit

June 16, 2015By
Illustrations: David Preiss

An irrigation audit is a good opportunity to ensure clients’ irrigation systems are working properly. Use the findings to create or tweak irrigation schedules for efficiency. -Before testing the system, check that it is in proper working order and complies with local codes. Identify and correct any defects. -While doing the audit, monitor the wind speed, and record it every... read more

Big Picture: Family staycation

June 15, 2015By

LOCATION: Central Ohio COMPANY: Hidden Creek Landscaping, Columbus, Ohio THE DETAILS: The clients set out to create an at-home resort they could enjoy at their leisure with their special-needs child. The rear yard functions as a therapeutic space and also provides entertainment space for family and friends. The Hidden Creek team had to marry the yard’s different elevations to create... read more

Case study: Scheduling solutions

June 13, 2015By

As design/build business picked up, one company found a better way to manage and communicate its installation schedule. The Problem: As the housing market rebounded and business picked up for Ross NW Watergardens, the Portland-based company found itself scheduling jobs as far as 10 to 14 weeks in advance. Managing this kind of demand was no simple feat. If a... read more

Efficiency tip: Let it rain

June 12, 2015By

Rain days often can be unproductive days for lawn care professionals, but at Weed Man Lawn Care in Middleton, Wis., rain isn’t always a bad thing. On a soggy day, as long as it’s not torrential rain, the production team often switches gears to do grub control applications. “They have to be watered in anyway, so the timing is perfect,”... read more