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3 keys to a ‘smarter’ business model

December 3, 2013By

EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year shares tips on how to successfully sell efficient irrigation systems. In October, Taylor Irrigation Service became the first Texas-based irrigation designer/contractor to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Partner of the Year Award. The EPA recognized the company for changing its business model by designing and installing irrigation systems that consume as much as 50... read more

Fuel savings

December 3, 2013By

John Shorb Landscaping backs its sustainable mission with diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. Some of the latest blog entries on John Shorb Landscaping’s website focus on sustainable landscaping practices, such as beneficial insects, rooftop gardens, conservation and stormwater management.  The company, based in Kensington, Md., also promotes its sustainability message on its Facebook page. The efforts all are part of an overall... read more

Bee-friendly lawn care

December 3, 2013By

How turf managers can help protect pollinators while using insecticides. – By Jonathan Larson and Daniel Potter, Ph.d. Populations of cultivated honeybees, native bumblebees and other pollinators have declined alarmingly in recent years. Scientists are scrutinizing the possible causes of bee die-offs and what to do about them. Much of the debate centers on whether or not exposure to insecticides, especially... read more

Plateau pains

December 3, 2013By

Periods of stagnation are common in business. Here’s how to reach the next level. Good businesses grow naturally, until they don’t. Many landscape company owners find their initial success stalls, leaving them struggling to break through a plateau and reach the next level. Bill Silverman, owner of Springboard Business Coaching, offered executives “The Keys to Breaking Through to the Next... read more

Applied knowledge

December 3, 2013By and

LM tracked down six mobile app-using landscape professionals. Find out how they save time and money with these tools.  #1 The app: Planimeter Price: $7.99 (iOS) The user: Adam Linnemann, president of Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping in Columbia, Ill. When Adam Linnemann provides an estimate, he doesn’t bother with burning fuel to measure property lines at a prospective client’s house.... read more

The leadership/ growth connection

December 3, 2013By

One of my clients has a leadership approach that’s limited his company’s ability to grow and attract quality talent. He is fair, but often manages with stern, in-your-face comments, is never wrong, is certainly impatient and is just negative at times. Sound familiar? To his credit, he’s changing after I pointed out his weaknesses, but the scenario leads to the... read more