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LM 2019 Industry Pulse: Weather report

January 17, 2020By
A wet spring in many parts of the country hindered some landscape companies. (Photo: Willowpix/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

During 2019, landscape professionals had to contend with whatever weather Mother Nature provided, which varied across the country. read more

2020 labor situation: crisis or opportunity?

January 13, 2020By
Business newspapers (Photo: Nikolaev/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

For years, demographers, economists, movie-makers, politicians, scientists and others have been famously making false predictions of future events. Remember the doomsday predictions leading up to Jan. 1, 2000, or how the stock market was going to crash if a certain person was elected president of the U.S., or any one of the end-of-the-world predictions? Predicting the future is not easy.... read more

Small trenchers and augers

January 10, 2020By
Small trencher (Photo: Little Beaver)

Earth movers like trenchers and augers can be used for endless design/build tasks. But as equipment manufacturers can attest, landscapers increasingly want land movers with a smaller footprint and more maneuverability for smaller jobs. “For the last five years, we’ve been pressured to make things that are smaller in size, no more than 48 inches in width, that will be... read more

Educate, celebrate your irrigation crew

January 8, 2020By
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It’s been a positive and productive 2019, and now is a great time to celebrate with the team and highlight their excellent work over the last 12 months. Better yet, how about combining education and celebration into one event? To get you started on creating your own combo, here are some ideas to pair both goals together in 2020. Irrigation... read more

Fertilizer facts

January 6, 2020By
Fertilizer being spread (Photo: groveb/ iStock / getty images plus/getty images)

It’s no surprise that fertilizers help lawn care operators (LCOs) produce healthy turf with high wear tolerance and aesthetic value, but fertilizer applications also help turf outcompete weeds, experts say. “By having a healthy turfgrass canopy, the weeds have a much more difficult time competing for nutrients, water and sunlight necessary for turf,” says Tony Goldsby, Ph.D., research agronomist for... read more

LM 2019 Industry Pulse: Still growing strong

January 3, 2020By
Travel and customer breakdown (Graphic: LM Staff)

2019 proved to be another strong year for the landscape industry, according to the latest LM Industry Pulse. Landscape pros are optimistic about their assessment of 2019, with 83 percent describing the market as “healthy.” Many expect that market health to continue into next year. As one respondent stated, “Our goals will increase; we have a lot of commercial work... read more