TAG: checklist

High Performance: Year-end assessment — The 10 big questions

December 11, 2019By

The most successful people take time to assess how things are going and the end of a year is the perfect time for such an assessment. There are 10 big questions to be answered in this year-end assessment. Did you achieve your goals for the year? Some of us are good at developing goals and reviewing these goals periodically, while... read more

Spring startup checklist

March 16, 2016By

____1. Schedule and price the job Many companies price spring startups by the zone or by the hour. Tom Horn, president of All-n-One Outdoor Solutions in Jefferson City, Mo., calls his prices “middle of the road.” The company charges $60 for a residential property with four zones plus a $3 to $4 upcharge per additional zone. A commercial property costs... read more

Web Extra: A Montecito Landscape checklist

December 1, 2015By

In the November 2015 issue of LM, contributor Emily Schappacher details how Montecito Landscape finds success with checklists crated by co-owner Lisa Cullen. Here’s an example of one the company’s documents for download: Job Completion Checklist (Word doc) Cullen derived the checklist approach from her days as a management consultant and catering manager. She says they give employees confidence because they... read more

Efficiency tip: Check!

February 17, 2015By
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A few small errors in the estimating process can add up to big losses. In 2010, Dave Wright’s installation foremen complained that he was missing details during estimating, which in turn hurt Wright Landscape Services’ efficiency. To address the issue, Wright, president of the Bloomingdale, Ontario-based firm, asked his team to create a site visit checklist he could use to... read more

Are you 80% efficient?

March 17, 2014By

The ultimate definition of productivity is your ability to keep your laborers on your clients’ properties and, more importantly, to keep them working while on those properties. You don’t make money when they are traveling to and fro, even if your clients pay for the travel. And you make no money with them loading and unloading, even if your clients... read more

John Deere offers mower prep tips for spring

March 3, 2014By

With the spring mowing season around the corner, John Deere fashioned some mower maintenance tips for landscape contractors to prepare their equipment. They are as follows. 1. Quick tune-up. Tighten nuts and bolts, replace filters, check for belt fraying and replace as needed. Check the safety shields and guards. Look for missing parts and plugs and replace them. 2. Tires.... read more