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Five Questions: Bob Grover

September 17, 2019By
Bob Grover (Photo: Seth Jones)

Bob Grover, president of Pacific Landscape Management, shares details of his career, his industry outlook and some lessons he's learned along the way. read more

Water World: Sprinkler smarts

September 13, 2019By
Crew member working at TCU (Photo: Andy's Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting)

Location: Fort Worth, Texas Company: Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting When an irrigation installation project popped up at Texas Christian University (TCU), Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting was sure to raise its hand. The multiphase job involved creating more than 100 zones that separated out beds, turf and trees while considering the area’s shady and sunny areas. To begin the... read more

Hardscape Solutions: Updated but timeless

September 10, 2019By
DBI project (Photo: Ian Adams Photography)

Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio Company: Exscape Designs The design intent was to create an updated landscape and entertainment area that reflected the traditional architecture of this 1920s-era home. Exscape helped create a new driveway layout, which meandered down the middle of the left-side lot, integrating the double lot into a cohesive whole and working around the existing large trees. The... read more

One landscape company’s climb back to the top

September 9, 2019By
The Todd’s Services leadership team. From left to right, Jeff Walz, Doug Murphy, Josh Robinson, Sherry LaButte-Birk, Kurt LaButte, Mark Becker and Kevin Birk. (Photo: Todd's Services)

Todd and Kurt LaButte, like many in the landscape industry, started young with a couple of push mowers, mowing neighbors’ lawns. Todd, being the older of the LaButte brothers (he was No. 5 of eight children, and Kurt was the youngest), named the company Todd’s Services. “We started in 1979, my brother and I,” Kurt LaButte says. “It was unique... read more

Experts’ Tips: Selecting the right attachments for skid-steers

September 4, 2019By
Skid-steer (Photo: Bobcat)

Choosing the right equipment and attachments gives contractors better efficiency and versatility on the job. James Jones, operations manager at the Phoenix branch of Gothic Landscape, says using skid-steer attachments helps save labor. “We are in such a labor crisis that if we can add more equipment, maybe instead of having eight crew members, we could have five,” Jones says.... read more

Roadtrip Roundup: Specticle in the Sunshine State

August 28, 2019By
Photo: Clara Richter

Bayer hosted its Focus on Florida media summit to talk about using a preemergent herbicide to treat weeds taking up residence among St. Augustinegrass. read more