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Make the most of winter

December 12, 2019By
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One of the questions I’ve been asked the most in my 35 years of running a landscaping company is “Marty, just what do you do in the winter?” Those outside our industry seem to think I head south for three months of sun and fun (ha!), while many inside our industry want to know how I make the most of... read more

Durability drives production for handheld equipment

December 11, 2019By
Photo: Oregon Outdoor Power Equipment

Landscape contractors need reliable and durable handheld equipment, says Jack Easterly, product manager for professional handheld products at Husqvarna. “Landscaping is a productivity-based profession, and getting work done the fastest is at the top of contractors’ minds,” Easterly says. “The goal with battery equipment is to be able to substitute tool by tool and not have a loss in performance... read more

SafetyWatch: Morning prep advice

December 9, 2019By
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Many costly mistakes can be avoided if your morning prep is done correctly and consistently. Profit margins are often thin on landscaping jobs. It’s been estimated that an hour of wasted time on the job can ruin a project’s daily budget. Where are those profits recovered? Perhaps in wages, bonuses or even layoffs. If landscape pros leave the yard in... read more

Humates and biochars: Better soil, less toil

December 6, 2019By
The higher cost of humates and biochars is often offset by increased soil efficiency. (Photo: LebanonTurf)

Humates and biochars have been around for quite some time, but within the past five to 10 years, lawn care operators (LCOs) have begun to recognize the value they provide in improving soil health and feeding the plant. “There’s a renewed interest because of the regulatory pressure that’s coming down in the industry,” says Jeremy Bigler, landscape channel manager for... read more

How to prep for tax season

December 2, 2019By
Tax files (Photo: iStock.com/gollykim)

Filing taxes. No one really likes it, but, year after year, it’s an unavoidable task. For landscape business owners, being prepared with the right information and a savvy adviser can lessen the stress of tax season. Dan Gordon, CPA and owner of Turf Books, a green industry accounting and bookkeeping firm based in Newton, N.J., says it’s a good idea... read more

Steep slope safety solutions

November 25, 2019By and
Photo: Cub Cadet

Mowing steep banks and slopes can cause serious accidents. Learn more about some solutions to keep operators safe when mowing slopes. read more