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TAG: Landscape maintenance

History in the making

November 7, 2013By

The decision nearly 20 years ago to provide landscape maintenance at cost for a high-profile but financially struggling property with historical significance has turned into a unique opportunity for Jim Lawrence, owner of Providence Landscape in Charlotte, N.C. Today the $8 million landscape maintenance and design/build company is a partner in the effort to redesign the gardens at The Duke... read more

Lawncare Pro: Matt Noon

July 8, 2012By

“You don’t want to offer too many services and turn into this big Chinese menu, you know?” says Matt Noon, 32, president of Boston-based Noon Turf Care. “Really, the core of our business is lawn, tree and shrub care.” Noon, a Boston College graduate, runs Noon Turf Care with his brother, Chris, 35. He talks about how he and Chris... read more

Best Practices: Take the lead on pricing

June 11, 2012By

The landscape maintenance industry has been fighting a low price-to-nowhere war for the last few years. Some think it might have hit bottom, but others see more of the same. In any event, selling value has become more difficult — if not impossible. We all know that companies are now reducing scope and frequency to gain an edge in the... read more

The 6 pillars of a strong foundation in the landscape business

March 11, 2012By

It’s no small undertaking to create a lasting organization. Companies that withstand tumultuous times, survive changing conditions and continue to grow and have one thing in common — a strong foundation. To endure requires a foundation of six absolutes. Once in place, you have a core you can protect, a base for success and the power to bind your organization... read more

Surviving in this Wal-Mart economy

September 1, 2010By

Everybody in my economically challenged city in northwest Ohio is becoming a contractor of one ilk or another, or so it seems. Many are suddenly landscape maintenance contractors. This is one reason, although not the largest, why you should be moving to become a lower-priced service provider in your market. Of course, that means finding ways to cut costs to... read more