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Peak performance: Three keys to growth for GreenEarth Landscape Services

August 4, 2017By
Photos: Andrew wardlow, andrewwardlow.com

The owners of GreenEarth Landscape Services are ‘scaling up’ by focusing on culture, communications and key metrics. Jeremy Durgan isn’t afraid of an uphill climb. Literally. His personal goal is to summit all 53 of Colorado’s Fourteeners—the mountain peaks with elevation of at least 14,000 feet. Professionally, he and his business partner Shawn Knight have a 10-year goal of expanding... read more

Big Picture: Designs by Sundown merges tech elements with nature

July 31, 2017By
Photo: Designs by Sundown

Location: Evergreen, Colo. Company: Designs by Sundown, Littleton, Colo. Photo: Designs by Sundown The initial plan for this historic ranch, secluded in the Colorado Rockies, consisted of softening an existing outdoor patio to create definition and more usable outdoor rooms. But the finished installation also conceals all-new technology—from lighting to irrigation, including the safety features on the fire elements. Dimmable,... read more

That’s ‘associate’ to you

July 26, 2017By
Photo: Garden Design

Be careful, landscape business owners. Garden Design’s story shows how a disrespected employee may end up as a successful crosstown rival.  Andrew Haynes’ business card reads associate, not owner, CEO or founder of Garden Design in Farmers Branch, Texas, though at one point in time he’s been all those things. And don’t let him hear you calling his coworkers his... read more

Efficiency Tip: Count it up

July 24, 2017By
Photo:©istock.com/kiddy0265

Accounting for irrigation replacement parts can be “a nightmare,” says Mike Martinez, owner of Newtex Landscape in Henderson, Nev. The 100-employee firm does mostly commercial landscape maintenance work, including irrigation maintenance, for its clients. Crews used to track irrigation replacement parts on a checklist they submitted monthly to the accounting department. Newtex billed about $2,000 per month in irrigation parts... read more

Step by Step: How to lay interlocking pavers

July 21, 2017By
illustrations: David Preiss

Interlocking pavers can add aesthetic appeal to driveways, patios and walkways. Pavers are also known to be stronger than poured concrete and are easy to maintain and repair. Before laying interlocking pavers, it’s important to create a well-compacted, stable base. Begin by excavating all unstable or unconsolidated subgrade material. To estimate the depth of excavation needed, consider the final grade... read more