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Step by Step: Profit from organic lawn care

September 10, 2018By
Step-by-Step: Offering organic lawn care (illustration: David Preiss)

Offering organic turf care services can be a profitable addition to a lawn care business. To meet the increased interest in organic services, lawn care operators (LCOs) may want to consider offering a comprehensive organic lawn care program that will satisfy customers’ needs and establish their company as an organic option in their area. Learning the science behind organic methods... read more

Step by Step: How to properly mark utilities before digging

August 23, 2018By
Hands dialing 811 (illustration: David Preiss)

Data shows that an underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes nationwide because someone decides to dig without first calling 811, the number for contractors and homeowners to call before digging to prevent unintentional contact with these lines. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer... read more

Step by Step: How to perform rejuvenation pruning

July 18, 2018By
winter pruning. Illustration: David Preiss

Deciduous shrubs require maintenance pruning to keep them healthy and in scale with their surroundings. Two techniques—extensive and gradual rejuvenation— are used to restore old, overgrown shrubs that are otherwise healthy. After rejuvenation pruning, a shrub regrows from its roots, becoming a compact, youthful plant with maximum bloom. This method is preferred for many flowering shrubs because it’s quick and... read more

Step by Step: How to perform stump grinding

June 18, 2018By
Illustration: David Preiss

Cutting down a tree is only the first part of a professional tree removal service. The leftover stump can cause problems long after the tree is gone, so stump grinding services are necessary to grind the stump, remove the debris and return the area to its natural state. By stump grinding, contractors remove the core and kill the base of... read more

Step by Step: How to aerate properly

June 6, 2018By
Aeration step 2. Illustration: David Preiss

As time goes on, soil naturally compacts. Aeration, also called coring and aerifying, perforates the soil to allow air, water and nutrients to reach a lawn’s roots. It also removes mild thatch. This helps roots grow deeper, making the lawn more vigorous and drought resistant. Aeration should occur when turf is in its peak growing season so it can recover... read more

Step by Step: How to install a green wall

April 30, 2018By
How to install a green wall, step 2. Illustration: David Preiss

For their aesthetic and environmental benefits, green walls are becoming an increasingly popular way to personalize a space. Green walls, also known as living walls, can be used in both interior and exterior applications and are effective in commercial, industrial, educational, governmental and residential settings. There are a number of manufacturers that provide green wall systems in their entirety for... read more