TAG: budget

Issue Brief: Long, hot summer in D.C.

July 11, 2017By

This summer, Congress has many difficult challenges ahead. President Trump’s budget proposal is one of the most daunting. The 2,000-page proposal outlines a $4.1 trillion 2018 budget request. Total spending is projected to be $4.1 trillion while total revenue is projected to be $3.7 trillion, leaving a $440 billion deficit in 2018. The budget also forecasts increasing revenue and more... read more

6 tips for organizing your finances

August 13, 2015By
Charts. Photo illustration: iStock.com/Tuomas Kujansuu

As a busy owner or manager of a landscape or lawn care firm, you have to juggle many functions. Unless you have someone on staff who has the skills to manage the finance and accounting piece, this function may be a source of frustration. The key is to stay organized. The following are six important things you can do to... read more

Video: Power of a peer group

July 20, 2015By

“Who’s holding you accountable? Who’s helping you steer your business in the right direction?” Jeffrey Scott asks in his latest video. Here are four benefits to being in a peer group. read more

Keeping water on budget

April 14, 2015By
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With water budgets, contractors can demonstrate and document good water stewardship. When it comes to sustainability, few people are under more pressure than irrigation contractors. With droughts drying up entire regions throughout the U.S., municipalities are mandating that property owners significantly reduce their water usage—or even stop irrigating their landscapes altogether. Coming up with those savings often falls on contractors’... read more

HighGrove aims higher with new marketing tool

July 2, 2014By

A firm develops a research report to spur new customer leads. In the years following the Great Recession, many building managers have kept a tight grip on their landscape design budgets. The belt-tightening trend has given way to stale, boring landscapes, says Gib Durden, vice president of business development for HighGrove Partners. In 2013, leaders at Austell, Ga.-based HighGrove decided... read more

Confessions of a budget freak

October 14, 2013By

I am all about eliminating the guesswork we face in our businesses. Yes, I am a budget freak. Some of this stems from what my mentor, Emol Fails, Ph.D., instilled in me a long time ago. One such morsel was the construction industry is the second most risky business behind restaurants in the U.S. That doesn’t say much for us... read more