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Efficiency Tip: Route to savings

December 18, 2017By
Illustration: istock.com/primo-piano

When Boston-area landscape and tree company Hartney Greymont lost its scheduling manager, who took 25-plus years of routing knowledge with him, the company’s staff was thrown for a loop. Determined to find a solution for the company, which is a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., Office Team Lead Jennifer Rose came across RouteSavvy—an online route planner for small... read more

GIE+EXPO: A telling trade show

December 18, 2017By
Photo: Landscape Management

If the landscape industry’s largest trade show is any indication of how the market is doing, things are going well. This year’s GIE+EXPO, held annually in Louisville, Ky., topped the last three years’ records in both attendance and exhibitors with more than 24,000 people from around the world, representing a 7 percent increase over 2016. Additionally, exhibit space grew 9... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: December 2017

December 18, 2017By

The pulse of the landscape industry is ______________. Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “…the GIE+EXPO. It was the strongest ever with lots of new innovative, groundbreaking machines and tools.” Chris Joyce Joyce Landscaping Cape Cod, Mass. “…full of opportunity, growth and excitement.” Adam Linnemann Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping Columbia, Ill. “…beating strong thanks to many educational... read more

Big Picture: Compact comfort

December 18, 2017By
Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes

Location: Vail, Colo. Company: Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes The client wanted a summer getaway that incorporated a saltwater pool, water features, lush flower gardens and fresh vegetables to be used for daily cooking. Another goal was to drown out the noise created from the highway. But there were several obstacles to overcome, including steep... read more

Industry Pulse: Another great year

December 18, 2017By

Editor’s Note: All graphs in this post can be enlarged by simply clicking the image. “It’s an incredible market.” “I don’t see it slowing.” “There’s lots of work out there.” These are just a few comments we received anecdotally from readers when conducting our annual LM Industry Pulse report. The survey results displayed within this story’s charts back up these... read more

SafetyWatch: Difficult employees

December 18, 2017By

There are a few common types of difficult employees, but things are rarely as clear-cut as we might like them to be.  Some employees will be a mix of different types. Others might be completely different types on different days. You have to become good at reading people’s signals, stopping problem behavior early and setting the tone for your crew... read more