Efficiency Tip: Paperless productivity

January 27, 2017By

The reason Clean Scapes in Austin, Texas, wanted to move away from paper-based purchase order processing was twofold. “For one, we knew paper printing was very costly,” says Travis Dyer, director of technology. “But also, if our managers are back in the office for the sole reason of doing paperwork, they aren’t doing real work. They need to be in... read more

Step by Step: How to adjust rotary sprinkler heads

January 11, 2017By
illustrations: David Preiss

Irrigation rotors should be tested, tuned-up and adjusted at the beginning of each season to ensure they’re working as efficiently as possible. Failing to do so can lead to more serious, long-term problems. For example, broken heads can cause dry spots in a lawn. Sprinklers that are not aligned properly can lead to water waste by spraying homes, driveways and... read more

Analyzing the battery debate

January 9, 2017By

Is battery-powered handheld equipment on trend to overtake gas products? The vote is still out for some pros on whether battery-powered equipment will become the norm in the green industry over gas. What’s clear, though, is this option is gaining ground with contractors and their clients. According to Husqvarna’s 2016 Green Spaces Survey, of the 1,579 U.S. consumers surveyed, 65... read more

Keeping promises

January 6, 2017By

Two partners prove cooperation and alignment go a long way toward a successful landscape business. We weren’t businessmen,” Gordon Denmark says. “We’re still not!” Bill Henkel adds. They are family men who saw an opportunity: the chance to create a company on the values they believed in and strategies they knew could work. Seventeen years later, their company, Henkel Denmark... read more

Will propane be the fuel of the future?

January 3, 2017By

Despite the environmental and cost benefits of propane-powered equipment, cheap gas is preventing contractors from making the switch. Mike Trump always knew propane-powered mowers were better for the environment. So with some advice from his equipment dealer and a monetary incentive from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), he decided to give them a shot. Since purchasing his first... read more

Irrigation outlook for 2017

December 29, 2016By
Photo: iStock.com/BOZHDB

We chat with the Irrigation Association about the state of irrigation regulations and what contractors can expect in 2017. Water issues remain on the forefront in many regions of the country in 2016, keeping the irrigation industry under the microscope on local, state and federal levels. With Republicans taking control of Congress and the White House at the beginning of... read more