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Case Study: Happy, healthy employees

October 17, 2017By
Photos: Pacific Landscape Management

How one landscape company used a weight-loss challenge to promote wellness. Healthy employees are happy employees—and happy employees are good for business. That’s one reason why Hillsboro, Ore.-based Pacific Landscape Management implemented a weight-loss contest in which the majority of its management team participated. Owner Bob Grover says that the idea also stemmed from the fact that the company truly... read more

Backstory: Chase Mullin

October 17, 2017By

Chase Mullin President, Mullin Landscape Associates St. Rose, La. Education Destrehan High School Destrehan, La. Class of 2002 “I actually did mow grass in high school. I’ve always been a very hard worker.” Auburn University Auburn, Ala. Fall 2002 University of New Orleans New Orleans, La. 2003-2005 “New Orleans is one of the places if you belong here, you know... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: October 2017

October 17, 2017By

What’s one “fundamental” all landscape company owners should focus on—no matter how long they’ve been in business? Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “Cash flow!” Chris Joyce Joyce Landscaping Cape Cod, Mass. “Continually try to look at your company through the eyes of your employees and customers.” Adam Linnemann Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping Columbia, Ill. “One fundamental... read more

Charting your course

October 17, 2017By

Decide what business choices to pursue based on your passions. Fall is an ideal time for green industry companies to review and update their plans for the future. Which services should you add, grow, shrink or eliminate? Which customer segments should you target or move away from? Which geographic areas should you operate in? Which services should you perform or... read more

Know your numbers

October 17, 2017By

Operate profitably by understanding these figures. I can think of no fundamental more important—or anything that yields a greater return—than knowing your numbers. There are many numbers, rates and ratios you can use to measure your progress against past performance or others in the industry. Even so, knowing your most basic numbers will give you the foundation necessary for sustainable... read more

Be the root of your business

October 17, 2017By
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Focus on these four areas where consistency affects growth. When Lee Greathouse and his son, Will, took a leap of faith and left a decades-old partnership to form their own landscape contracting business in Nashville, Tenn., they felt as if they were starting from square one. Today, The Greathouse Co. generates $5.3 million in annual revenue, which is a 62... read more