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Focus on your supply chain

November 17, 2012By

The payoff will be reduced waste and improved productivity. Landscape Industry managers typically focus on activities such as purchasing, delivery and construction. They spend little time trying to understand the interaction between all parts of the production process. That’s where Supply Chain Management (SCM) comes into play. SCM is a system designed to promote organization between the various areas of... read more

On the road with a mobile design studio

November 17, 2012By

Andrew Cole-Tyson designs landscapes for middle-class clients with his mobile design studio. Eschewing the high overhead of bricks and mortar, entrepreneurs nationwide are hopping on the mobile business bandwagon, launching food trucks, beauty shops and retail stores on wheels. One landscape professional in Birmingham, Ala., has joined their ranks with his mobile landscape design studio. “The business is founded on... read more

ValleyCrest offers tips for promoting Smart Irrigation Month

November 17, 2012By

As an industry, we need to step it up when it comes to using social media to get the message out about water conservation, says Richard Restuccia, ValleyCrest’s director of water management solutions. He can get away with such tough talk because he and his team are “walking the walk”—so much so that their efforts earned them the top prize... read more

A selective approach

November 17, 2012By

Choosing maintenance clients carefully makes Cutting Edge Lawn Care a success. Todd Tindel, owner of Cutting Edge Lawn Care in Austin, Texas, says he takes an “old-fashioned” approach to business. He keeps things simple and focuses on customer service. As the owner of a $1.6 million company that does almost all maintenance, Tindel is also selective about the customers he... read more

The killer in black and white

November 17, 2012By

By Joe Boggs, Amy Stone and Dan Herms Unless you live where the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) (Anoplophora glabripennis) has been found in North America, you may view this huge beetle as just another non-native pest on what seems to be an ever-lengthening list of alien invaders. However, this exotic import is very different from anything that’s ever arrived on... read more