Kehoe’s take: State of the market

December 9, 2015By

I did a video interview at the LM booth during GIE+EXPO last month. I was asked to comment on the state of the market. It felt like being asked for a two-minute solution to Middle Eastern politics. You don’t want to get it wrong, but two minutes doesn’t do the topic justice. That being said, here are my thoughts and... read more

SafetyWatch: Identifying fueling hazards

December 7, 2015By

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 November 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 or... read more

Montecito Landscape: California dreaming

December 4, 2015By
photo: Emily Schappacher

A laid-back attitude and standardized processes equal success for Montecito Landscape.  Most Montecito Landscape projects begin with what Lisa Cullen calls a “descriptive interpretation” of the client’s requests. There’s no need for detailed drawings, she says, because those would only hinder the creative process that drives her and her husband, Chris Cullen, to create the artistic, imaginative landscapes—or “the look”... read more

Keeping score

December 2, 2015By
Scoreboard. Photo:©istock.com/meltonmedia

How to win with key performance indicators.  Imagine a sporting event where the players take the field without knowing the rules to the game, with no clock and without a scoreboard. How would that go over? “You can’t play a game if you don’t know whether you’re winning,” says Timothee Sallin, president of LegacyScapes in Groveland, Fla. It’s the same... read more

Web Extra: Taxes and retirement planning

December 1, 2015By

In addition to other tax-minimizing strategies, don’t forget about your 401(k). The tax savings associated with maxing out your retirement plan for 2015 is $18,000. For a taxpayer in the 25 percent tax bracket, that equals a tax savings of $4,500. The catch-up contribution limitation for individuals age 50 and older is $6,000. That translates into another $1,500 of savings... read more

Business Basics: Minimizing your taxes now

December 1, 2015By

While tax prep season doesn’t begin for many people until late January, now is the time to reduce your 2015 tax; waiting until 2016 is really just reacting. There’s no significant increase in marginal rates on the horizon, which makes planning easier. But hold on. The section 179 accelerated write-off for certain assets has again been reset to a maximum... read more