TAG: Lauren Dowdle

Growing concern

September 16, 2015By
Photos: Ruppert Landscape, Spring Meadow Nursery

How landscape contractors can combat plant shortages. 
 After years of struggling during the economic downturn, the landscape industry has gradually made a comeback. But, not every aspect has returned to its prerecession level. Plant shortages in the past few years have affected companies across the country. They’ve caused landscapers to spend more time finding, planning and purchasing plants. Supply... read more

Amazon opportunity

August 12, 2015By

The Internet retailing giant now offers professionals services. 
Here’s how it could affect the landscape industry. Consumers want everything to be instant, hence the success of on-demand services like Uber and GrubHub. Now, using a car service or ordering food delivery is just a click away on a mobile device or computer. This trend of acquiring services quickly and hassle-free... read more

Revved up

August 8, 2015By

Commercial mower engines become more efficient and advanced. Fuel prices may be down from last year, but fuel efficiency is still a top concern for landscape maintenance professionals. Fuel savings coupled with technological advances are powering the commercial mower engine market, experts say—and there are no signs of it slowing down. Ease of use The bar for mower engines has... read more

Tweaks and combos

July 9, 2015By

Regulations and lack of new chemistry are driving changes to insecticide product offerings. After a few slow years without major changes, the insecticide market is starting to experience an overhaul to meet new government requirements. But these guidelines aren’t the only changes lawn care operators (LCOs) are seeing. Here are trends, concerns and what’s to come in the future for... read more

Two-wire irrigation systems

June 20, 2015By

Why two-wire irrigation systems are growing in popularity. It takes awhile for landscape contractors to trust new types of irrigation technology, so traditional ones have prevailed. In the past five to 10 years, two-wire systems have steadily become a contender in the irrigation industry. “Traditionally wired systems had been proven, and two-wire didn’t start to pick up momentum until the... read more

Client relations: Straight talk

June 11, 2015By

Three LM150 contractors share their customer relations efforts. Client relationships will make or break a company, landscape professionals agree. So it’s important to listen, be proactive and meet expectations. Three professionals from the LM150 list share how they’ve grown their businesses by focusing on client communication. Landscape Workshop Birmingham, Ala. To get a real sense for what clients want, J.T.... read more