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Web Extra: Performance review template

September 17, 2015By

In the September 2015 issue of LM, Phil Harwood outlined the problem with most performance reviews, and how to revamp the process to make them effective for your company. Download his template for a better performance review here: Performance Review Template (Word doc).       read more

Growing concern

September 16, 2015By
Photos: Ruppert Landscape, Spring Meadow Nursery

How landscape contractors can combat plant shortages. 
 After years of struggling during the economic downturn, the landscape industry has gradually made a comeback. But, not every aspect has returned to its prerecession level. Plant shortages in the past few years have affected companies across the country. They’ve caused landscapers to spend more time finding, planning and purchasing plants. Supply... read more

Drip irrigation products: Which do you prefer and why?

September 15, 2015By
Steele’s Landscapes

Jason Steele Owner, Steele’s Landscapes Wichita, Kan. “Rain Bird, Antelco and Maxijet. We use these brands because of great performance, reliability and consistent quality. The pricing is competitive to other brands. We continue to explore other brands, as our own research and development is ongoing.” Bob Windsor Proprietor, Windsor Gardencare Fountain Valley, Calif. “I use DIG drip products for a... read more

SafetyWatch: Identify lighting safety hazards

September 14, 2015By
Photo: Laura Watilo Blake

This photo was staged to show several safety hazards or dangerous work habits. How many can you identify? Click here for a list of potential hazards. Click here for downloadable versions of our September SafetyWatch. Ed. Note: Thanks to Schill Grounds Management in North Ridgeville, Ohio, for participating in our SafetyWatch photo shoots. Schill and Landscape Management do not practice... read more

Licensed to landscape

September 13, 2015By
XYZ Landscaping Company

Should states require landscape contractor licensing? We look 
at the pros and cons. In a perfect world, Greg Winchel would be all for licensure in the green industry. The owner of Winchel Irrigation based in Grandville, Mich., sees the benefits: increased professionalism, consumer protection, the ability to raise prices and more. But the world isn’t perfect, so he’s torn. “Personally,... read more

The dreaded performance review

September 10, 2015By

Performance reviews present a conundrum for managers for a variety of reasons. However, they are an essential part of employee engagement, satisfaction and retention. In other words, they cannot be ignored or administered poorly without damaging employee relations, reputation as an employer and your ability to attract talent. Organizations desperate to find qualified staff would do well to look at... read more