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Web Extra: SafetyWatch in Spanish (aerator operating hazards)

September 18, 2018By

The following is a Spanish version of SafetyWatch from the August 2018 issue of Landscape Management. It discusses aerator operating hazards. Find the original SafetyWatch in English here or see page 16 of the magazine. SafetyWatch en español: Los peligros del aireador de césped Hay ciertos riesgos asociados con la operación de aireadores de césped. Algunos de ellos son: Daños... read more

Re-lamped: Halogen to LED conversions

September 4, 2018By
Aftershot of house with lighting (Photo: Mckay Landscape Lighting)

With approximately 95 percent of all new landscape lighting installations being LED, according to Kristoff Byrd, landscape lighting category manager for SiteOne Landscape Supply, LEDs themselves are not necessarily a trend. “LED is much more efficient, lasts longer and is much easier to install and maintain for a contractor than halogen,” he says. “As LED prices have dropped, more and... read more

Space invaders: Invasive insects

August 31, 2018By
Photo: Leah Bauer, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Bugwood.org

Invasive pests are a threat to trees, shrubs, landscapes and crops in every region of the U.S. Left unchecked, they can devastate entire plant species, threatening food supplies and costing billions of dollars in damages. In addition, they’re a nuisance for homeowners trying to enjoy their lawns and landscapes. These invasive insects easily can be transported from place to place... read more

The buzz on electric equipment

August 29, 2018By
Man on mower (Photo: LandCare Pasadena)

When Greenworks Commercial unveiled its Lithium Z mower line this summer, the manufacturer joined Mean Green Mowers in the commercial zero-turn electric mower market. This segment was bound to gain a competitor. Shipments of electric outdoor power equipment products (both corded and cordless) are projected to see a 51 percent growth rate from 2015 to 2019, according to data from... read more

Drost Landscape rewarded for delegation practices

August 27, 2018By

Bob Drost, founder and owner of Drost Landscape, explains how his company—which employs more than 110 people, boasted $9.6 million in 2017 annual revenue and has projected $12 million for 2018—got its start and how having a great project manager has made a huge difference. Video shot by Philip Hutchinson read more

A bright idea: Solar panels

August 27, 2018By
Solar panels; Photo: Earth Works

When Doug McGregor looked at adding solar panels to his landscape company five years ago, the return on investment (ROI) didn’t make sense. The tax breaks were not guaranteed, and the cost of installation was high. Since that time, a lot has changed. In April 2018, Earth Works installed 124 new solar panels to its garden center and McGregor, president... read more