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What to know before buying a spray rig

October 17, 2017By

Dave Arnett knows that when lawn care operators (LCOs) purchase a spray rig, they have their eyes set on growth and efficiency. “The reason you buy a spray rig is because of the revenue you can produce in a day or in a year,” says Arnett, sales manager for Graham Spray Equipment in Douglasville, Ga. “You buy a spray rig... read more

Step by Step: How to get Landscape Industry Certified

October 17, 2017By
Illustrations: David Preiss

The Landscape Industry Certified distinction is awarded by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). Certified pros are required to maintain their designations by reporting 24 continuing education units every two years. There are several different areas of certification. Contractors should choose the specialty endorsement that best suits their needs. A Landscape Industry Certified Manager is designed for landscape business... read more

Efficiency Tip: Compost to save

October 17, 2017By

After years of paying a separate entity to pick up and dump its recyclable materials, Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction in Lorain, Ohio, came up with a better solution: cut out the middle man. Now a Class 4 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) composting facility, Brian-Kyles saves 3-5 percent annually by recycling its own sod clippings, leaves and bed edges into... read more

Leadership Advantage: Servant leadership

October 17, 2017By

Culture can be defined as how a team or organization thinks, feels and acts or how an organization behaves. In his book Built To Last, author Jim Collins explores the importance of culture in top-performing firms. While most owners understand the value of a healthy culture intellectually, it can be difficult to achieve. Companies invest much time and effort in... read more

Recommender: Fertilizers

October 17, 2017By

What fertilizer is your go-to and why? James Romanowicz Owner, A New Creation Landscaping Peoria, Ill. “I prefer LESCO products because (SiteOne Landscape Supply) employees are very knowledgeable and take all the guesswork out of fertilizer and pesticide applications, allowing me to focus more on my customers and my business’ other needs.” Troy Elam Owner, Grow Rite Lawns Litchfield, Minn.... read more

Editor’s Note: Back to basics

October 17, 2017By

Another year, another edition of the LM Business Planner. We’ve covered various themes in our annual growth-focused issue over the years. For 2017, we thought we’d go “back to basics.” We asked our expert contributors to choose and address the fundamentals they believe are vital for landscape business owners—whether they’re novices or veterans—to keep in mind. I learned a lot... read more