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What you need to know about Zika

August 3, 2016By

For those new to the mosquito control game, the question you’re most likely to get this summer is, “Should I be worried about Zika?” The Zika virus is here. Don’t panic. That’s the message the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) shared at a webinar in May called “Zika: What you should know.” “In certain areas of the country, it simply... read more

Who’s your mentor?

August 1, 2016By
Photo: Jerry Mann, lm staff & mariani landscape

Landscape pros and their mentors prove how these relationships can accelerate growth. Eric Remeis knew his 26-year-old landscape company was in a position to grow, but he needed some advice getting there. So why not ask for it? In 2015, the president of Yard Solutions in Groveport, Ohio, engaged a few people he knew could ease his company’s growing pains.... read more

Teamwork drives success at Red Valley Landscape & Construction

July 29, 2016By
Photos: Red Valley Landscape & Construction

Taking on a diverse array of new endeavors, Red Valley Landscape & Construction is growing quickly, with no signs of slowing down. Mike Freeman’s company, Red Valley Landscape & Construction, has experienced the kind of growth that many contractors can only dream of. Since its beginning in 2012, the $5.3 million company in Edmond, Okla., has grown more than 220... read more

Step by Step: How to edge a landscape bed

July 27, 2016By
illustrations: David Preiss

One of the first steps to creating a new landscape bed is to establish a neat, consistent edge. Maintaining an existing edge is also an effective way to keep beds looking tidy. Some contractors prefer a power tool such as an electric edger or a trimmer to edge their landscape beds, but others agree that manually edging with a tool... read more

Moving trees proves profitable for one landscape company

July 25, 2016By
 Photo: The Green Scene

One landscape business owner has found a unique service in moving large trees. Two decades ago, Drewe Schoenholtz’s clients were putting on a home addition that would require them to cut down a beautiful blue spruce. Schoenholtz, owner of The Green Scene, remembers thinking, “There must be a way we can move this tree.” And there was. After some research... read more

Leveraging Instagram in the landscape industry

July 22, 2016By
Photo: ©istock.com/Ellica_S

Presentations, brochures, design books—our industry is ruled by photographs. Whether it’s a beautifully designed patio or a weed-free lawn—pictures allow us to make an emotional connection with our customers and sell our services. So, it’s not too surprising that I consider Instagram—a photo-centric platform—to be near the top of my list of the best social media channels for the landscape... read more