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Big Picture: Family retreat

October 16, 2018By
Natural stone fire pit; Photo: Hilary Schwab

Location: Bethesda, Md. Company: Fine Earth Landscape The clients requested a backyard that their active family and friends could enjoy, with a pool located near the sun room, at least 90 feet of turf and colorful gardens in the front and back of the house. While constructing the pool, the Fine Earth team found that the client’s property and several... read more

It’s all there: 2018 GIE+EXPO preview

October 8, 2018By
GIE+EXPO show view (Photo: GIE+EXPO)

“I’ll see you in Louisville,” has become a common refrain for many landscape professionals and those who sell to and support them. What’s the attraction to this northern Kentucky town, otherwise known for the Derby and the Bourbon Trail? GIE+EXPO—the industry’s only national trade show, which has been growing at a clip for the last decade. The show has established... read more

Making a splash

October 3, 2018By
Trevor Lively Project Photo (Photo: Blue Jay Sprinkler Systems)

When Bruce Lively founded Blue Jay Lawn Care in 1982, offering irrigation services was not even on his radar. The company was little more than a grass mowing endeavor, run by a high school kid. That all changed for the London, Ontario-based company when Bruce Lively attended the Landscape Ontario trade show in 1986 and stumbled across a small back-corner... read more

Sometimes it is about the money

September 28, 2018By
Money; Photo: iStock.com/Altayb

My (fictitious) operations manager, Tom, just informed me he is leaving the company. I’m shocked. Tom is a good guy, and we have been investing in his development and going out of our way to make him feel appreciated. He recently received a 12 percent raise, and, earlier this spring, we bought him a new truck. His announcement was completely... read more

Brighten your biz

September 26, 2018By
Holiday lighting installation (Photo: Brite Ideas)

Holiday lighting installations aren’t just festive and fun—they also can be a end-of-season revenue booster, as well as a way to keep some employees busy. “If you’re looking to fill a certain amount of days for your company to help retain employees, holiday lighting is a great avenue, but there are a lot of factors to take into consideration,” says... read more

Web Extra: SafetyWatch in Spanish (generator safety)

September 18, 2018By

The following is a Spanish version of SafetyWatch from the September 2018 issue of Landscape Management. It discusses generator safety. Find the original SafetyWatch in English here or see page 16 of the magazine. SafetyWatch en español: Uso seguro de los generadores Es importante recordar los siguientes consejos cuando use un generador. Antes de usar un generador, debe asegurarse que... read more