TAG: case study

Party on: The scoop behind plant potting parties

September 10, 2018By
Potting partygoers learn about creating attractive containers. (Photo: James Martin Associates)

James Martin Associates (JMA), a landscape firm headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., has found a unique way to apply its in-house expertise to give back to the community through“potting parties.” The company donates these parties to nonprofits who can then auction them off to raise funds for their causes. Over the last 15 years, the company has donated more than... read more

A bright idea: Solar panels

August 27, 2018By
Solar panels; Photo: Earth Works

When Doug McGregor looked at adding solar panels to his landscape company five years ago, the return on investment (ROI) didn’t make sense. The tax breaks were not guaranteed, and the cost of installation was high. Since that time, a lot has changed. In April 2018, Earth Works installed 124 new solar panels to its garden center and McGregor, president... read more

Idea generation with ‘The Sharks’

July 30, 2018By
Employees pitching ideas. Photo: Timberline Landscaping

The team at Timberline Landscaping in Colorado Springs, Colo., created an in-person opportunity for employees to pitch ideas to help the company grow strategically. Sound familiar? The company modeled the initiative after the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” on which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to celebrity business people in an effort to get them to sign on as investors.... read more

Leadership school

April 13, 2018By
Photos: Cagwin & Dorward

How Cagwin & Dorward builds future leaders. At Cagwin & Dorward, a full-service landscape provider specializing in maintenance for primarily commercial clients, there has always been a strong focus on providing leadership training and development for managers. But a little over a year ago, Steve Glennon, president, CEO and COO of the Novato, Calif.-based firm, says the company also began... read more

Case Study: A recorded approach

March 19, 2018By

One of the biggest training challenges is consistency. Based on who facilitates the training and even how busy things are, the experience at a landscape company can differ from trainee to trainee. To streamline messaging and make training more accessible, Perficut Cos., based in Des Moines, Iowa, launched Perficut University, a multifaceted approach that includes training videos. The idea for... read more

Case Study: Water works

December 18, 2017By
Photo: Level Green Landscaping

Watering is an essential aspect of maintaining a landscape—but not all clients have an irrigation system or the time to keep up with watering by hand. Level Green Landscaping, based in Upper Marlboro, Md., discovered many of the commercial properties it served in the Washington, D.C., area did not have an irrigation system. And rainfall often wasn’t enough for clients... read more