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Big Picture: Center of attention

August 23, 2018By
Brickell City Centre pool (Photo: ArquitectonicaGEO)

Location: Miami Company: Greensleeves Brickell City Centre transformed a nine-acre tract into an entertainment and shopping district in the heart of Brickell, the main financial district of Miami. The developer sought to incorporate the concept of biophilia in the design, with natural ventilation and native landscaping. The Gold-LEED-certified $1.5-billion, 5-million-square-foot project opened in phases over four years. The 40-story East... read more

Backstory: Luke Henry

August 23, 2018By
Luke Henry and Family; Photo: Luke Henry

Luke Henry Owner ProScape Lawn & Landscape Services Marion, Ohio Education Mount Gilead High School Mount Gilead, Ohio Class of 2001 Ohio Northern University Doctor of Pharmacy Ada, Ohio Class of 2007 “I put myself through pharmacy school, so I needed to make a lot of money during the summers. I continued landscaping as a means to an end.” Work... read more

Pricing, overhead tips

August 23, 2018By

Even the most astute contractors struggle to understand and manage pricing. There are clear principles you can apply—with some amount of science and art—that can help you handle this more confidently. The principles are: Pricing is a function of item costs (labor and materials) plus a markup and a profit margin. All overhead is recovered through markups on item costs... read more

Divide + Conquer: How well-defined roles help Drost Landscape grow

August 22, 2018By
Dale Drier and Bob Drost (right); Photo: Molly Hauxwell Currier

Drost Landscape existed long before its founding in 1991—if only as a handful of potential logo drawings on the dining room table of founder and owner, Bob Drost. From the time Drost began working as a landscape laborer in the late 1970s, he knew he wanted to start his own company. He waited until he had more than a decade... read more

Seeing it through: A persistent approach to irrigation

August 17, 2018By
Photo: Bianco Landscape Management

Over the course of two years, John Bianco worked patiently, yet persistently, with the property managers of a Mather, Calif.-based homeowners’ association (HOA) to upgrade 127 outdated irrigation controllers to smart models. The controllers he encountered on the property were anywhere from five to 20 years old, and none of them were in good working order. Bianco spent countless hours... read more

Efficiency Tip: Get paid

August 16, 2018By
Paid stamp; Image: iStock.com/jimmyjamesbond

U.S. Army veterans Brian and Kristy Boase are in their second season operating Mil-Spec Lawn Care in Clarksville, Tenn. The husband and wife team recognize it’s difficult to add employees, so for now, they’re remaining a two-person show. Yet, they say they’ve been able to grow thanks to the online invoicing platform they’ve selected: Jobber. They have about 60 maintenance... read more