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Noon Turf Care restructures compensation model

August 4, 2014By

To create happy, long-term clients, Noon Turf Care restructured its lawn tech compensation model.  Noon Turf Care’s lawn care technicians used to get paid by what Chris Noon calls the old-fashioned way: The more homes each tech treated in a day, the more money he or she made. Despite high production rates, client turnover was a problem for the $8... read more

No Ka Oi Landscape Services grows with maintenance services

August 4, 2014By

How one family-owned business keeps pace with change on a fast-growing Hawaiian island. No Ka Oi Landscape Services has come a long way since it was founded in the 1970s as a side project for husband-and-wife team Frank and Abby Santos. The Hanapepe, Hawaii-based business, whose name means “the best” in Hawaiian, got its start in 1977 when Frank Santos... read more

Pennsylvania lawn care company celebrates 50 years of service

July 2, 2014By

For 36 years, Grasshopper Lawns operated out of what Michael Kravitsky IV refers to as “the dungeon.” The basement of his grandparents’ home, which was prone to flooding, was so cramped that Kravitsky’s father’s and brother’s backs actually touched while they worked at their desks. Kravitsky had to wedge in sideways just to get to his chair. But despite the... read more

HighGrove aims higher with new marketing tool

July 2, 2014By

A firm develops a research report to spur new customer leads. In the years following the Great Recession, many building managers have kept a tight grip on their landscape design budgets. The belt-tightening trend has given way to stale, boring landscapes, says Gib Durden, vice president of business development for HighGrove Partners. In 2013, leaders at Austell, Ga.-based HighGrove decided... read more

Campaign to conserve water

July 2, 2014By

Smart irrigation proponents advocate for Smart Irrigation Month in 2014 and beyond. Jeremy Hunt was an early proponent of water conservation. As a student at the University of Nebraska in the early 1990s, he advised his then employer that promoting water efficiency was the only way for the irrigation industry to move forward and thrive. It’s a mindset he has... read more

Cooking up tips in the outdoor kitchen industry

July 2, 2014By
Photos: Outdoor Entertainment Concepts

An outdoor kitchen expert shares some basics of tapping into this ever-popular field. After years of frustration trying to source outdoor kitchen products, Carl Peterson quit his hardscaping business and started Outdoor Entertainment Concepts. The Hackettstown, N.J.,-based company is a “middle man” between product distributors and both contractors and outdoor kitchen retailers/dealers. Its goal it to make it easy for... read more