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The Industry Pulse

Wrapping up 2020 with Marty Grunder

December 1, 2020By
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Seth Jones visits with Marty Grunder, president and CEO of Grunder Landscaping Co. and The Grow Group to discuss the 2020 LM Industry Pulse Report results. read more

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

LM 2019 Industry Pulse: Labor report

December 24, 2019By
While landscape companies say work was plentiful in 2019, it was often hard to find workers like those pictured here. (Photo: GreenSweep)

LM Industry Pulse survey respondents say 2019 was a good year for business but a struggle to find people to help complete jobs. read more

Budget crunch

October 1, 2010By

Loving the industry used to be enough. Now more than ever, ‘you have to have business sense, too.’   Where does the landscape marketplace fall short most today? “Bidding, billing and paperwork,” explains the president of Chicago’s Christy Webber Landscapes. “We’re not savvy businesspeople.” The numbers don’t lie. Only 56% of landscape business owners prepared a 2010 budget (which is... read more

The bad and not so bad of hiring today

October 1, 2010By

While applicants abound, contractors learn to hire smarter, control costs and build their management teams.   In Landscape Management’s survey results and contractor interviews, there is one thing that was fairly unanimous: No one is having a problem with hiring today. But that also depends how you define “problem.” While contractors are receiving an unprecedented amount of applications for open... read more

Spend smart

October 1, 2010By

Landscapers avoid frivolous spending and focus on efficiency and vendor relations.   When it came to keeping crews outfitted with the right equipment to get the job done in 2010, landscapers on average maintained last year’s spending. The National Federation of Independent Business calls it being in “maintenance mode,” replacing vehicles or equipment only as needed. To carry this out,... read more