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TAG: maintenance

Go iLawn

November 25, 2016By

Go iLawn is the green industry’s go-to resource for fast, precise online property measurement. Go iLawn combines high resolution property photos and measuring tools in one easy-to-use application. Use Go iLawn to measure commercial and residential properties for maintenance, chemical application, irrigation, snow removal and more. Try it today for free to see how thousands of companies are using Go... read more

Ditch Witch offers maintenance tips for trenchers

October 11, 2016By

The process of digging a trench takes a significant toll on a trencher’s digging system, or its chain, teeth and sprockets, said Chapman Hancock, Ditch Witch product manager of CTS, service parts and telematics. So, this area requires a little extra TLC. “These components are the core of the trencher,” Hancock said. “If you operate when they are worn down... read more

Improve your cash flow: Get paid consistently

March 24, 2015By

This post is part four of LM’s “5 ways to improve your cash flow” series. Read on to part four, “Understand basic accounting,” here. “Bill as you go” is the default invoicing method for many landscape companies. Problems with this tactic can stack up, especially for seasonal businesses that have little or no income during some months. A few years ago,... read more

Man with a plan

March 12, 2015By
Bill Dysert, owner, Exscape Designs, Chesterland, Ohio. Photo: Laura Watilo Blake

In seventh grade Bill Dysert wrote an essay about what he wanted to be when he grew up. His dream? It wasn’t to be a pro athlete, doctor or teacher, like a typical kid. He wanted to own an excavating company. After all, one of his first work experiences was helping out at his neighbor’s excavating business. Moving dirt seemed... read more

Efficiency Tip: Lunch-time

November 5, 2014By

At Inside Out Design, a design/build and maintenance firm based in Frankfort, Ky., efficiency has improved since the company implemented a bring-your-lunch-to-work policy. Co-owner Andrea Wilson Mueller estimates it saves nearly a man-hour per day, in addition to other benefits. For the company’s first few years, workers routinely left job sites to take their breaks and pick up lunch. In... read more

Achieve 100% productivity

October 22, 2014By

Productivity is important in any business, and there are several ways to measure it. But the best way is to keep it simple, clear and actionable. For the green industry, that means measuring the hours—the ratio of budgeted hours to actual hours, that is. If 100 hours are budgeted for a job and it gets done in 90 hours, then... read more