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Leadership Advantage: Structure matters in maintenance

August 23, 2018By

Business structure matters. As businesses grow, questions come up about who to hire and for what purpose. When the business is small, the owner wears all the hats: He sells the work, schedules it, manages production, manages the client, collects the check and takes it to the bank. As landscape businesses grow, the first thing to delegate is administration; the... read more

SafetyWatch: Aerator operating hazards

August 23, 2018By

There are several types of operating hazards that may occur when running an aerator. Personal hazards are hazards that may harm you, the operator. Bystander hazards are hazards that may harm co-workers or other bystanders. Property hazards may harm the equipment or other property. Don’t leave an aerator unattended. Always park it on flat ground when not in use. The... read more

Editor’s Note: Walker ways

August 23, 2018By

Have you ever visited a company and instantly knew that everyone who worked there was on the same page—and wondered how they got there? That’s the feeling I got when I visited Walker Manufacturing in July for the Walker Family Reunion III. The event, which celebrated production of the company’s 150,000th mower, was held on Walker’s 60-acre campus in Fort... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: August 2018

August 23, 2018By

What’s your advice for developing solid owner/general manager relationships? Landscape professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “I promised my general manager a nice stock dividend based on the size of the company upon selling it, then I put it in writing.” Bill Bemus Bemus Landscape San Clemente, Calif. Chris Joyce Joyce Landscaping Cape Cod, Mass. Jerry McKay McKay Landscape... read more

When the IRS comes knocking for a tax audit

August 23, 2018By

Nothing strikes an emotional chord with small business owners like the prospect of a tax audit. If you practice accurate bookkeeping and obey the tax laws, there’s little to worry about. It’s a matter of proving your company is in compliance. While the audit process may be intrusive, it’s within the IRS’s right to audit your tax returns. When it... read more

Step by Step: How to properly mark utilities before digging

August 23, 2018By
Hands dialing 811 (illustration: David Preiss)

Data shows that an underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes nationwide because someone decides to dig without first calling 811, the number for contractors and homeowners to call before digging to prevent unintentional contact with these lines. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer... read more