TAG: Efficiency tip

Efficiency Tip: Route to savings

December 18, 2017By
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When Boston-area landscape and tree company Hartney Greymont lost its scheduling manager, who took 25-plus years of routing knowledge with him, the company’s staff was thrown for a loop. Determined to find a solution for the company, which is a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., Office Team Lead Jennifer Rose came across RouteSavvy—an online route planner for small... read more

Efficiency Tip: A new way to punch in

November 8, 2017By

Jonathan Orcutt, owner of Driven Landscapes in Norfolk, Mass., has saved at least two hours per week since discovering a cloud-based device that lets employees clock in and out by scanning their fingertips. The scanner, Fingertec’s TA200 Plus, compiles each employee’s hours and automatically generates payroll. Before incorporating the scanner in 2013, Driven Landscapes’ employees reported their own hours to... read more

Efficiency Tip: Compost to save

October 17, 2017By

After years of paying a separate entity to pick up and dump its recyclable materials, Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction in Lorain, Ohio, came up with a better solution: cut out the middle man. Now a Class 4 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) composting facility, Brian-Kyles saves 3-5 percent annually by recycling its own sod clippings, leaves and bed edges into... read more

Efficiency Tip: A tool for bootstrappers

August 4, 2017By
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1-R Landscaping in Belvidere, N.J., is only in its first season using Yardbook, a landscaping business software, but it already has changed the way the two-man company operates. “We started using it during the snow season mostly to accept credit cards,” owner Andrew Rudd says. “Now, we use it for all invoicing, we do routing off of it for mowing,... read more

Efficiency Tip: Count it up

July 24, 2017By
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Accounting for irrigation replacement parts can be “a nightmare,” says Mike Martinez, owner of Newtex Landscape in Henderson, Nev. The 100-employee firm does mostly commercial landscape maintenance work, including irrigation maintenance, for its clients. Crews used to track irrigation replacement parts on a checklist they submitted monthly to the accounting department. Newtex billed about $2,000 per month in irrigation parts... read more

Efficiency Tip: Time-saving templates

May 12, 2017By
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Chad Diller drastically cut the time he spent writing emails when he discovered templates. “I realized I was constantly sending the same emails over and over, following up with the same responses,” says Diller, who was a 20-year veteran of Tomlinson Bomberger Lawn Care, Landscape & Pest Control and now is an account manager for marketing firm Landscape Leadership. Today,... read more