TAG: recession

One landscape company’s climb back to the top

September 9, 2019By
The Todd’s Services leadership team. From left to right, Jeff Walz, Doug Murphy, Josh Robinson, Sherry LaButte-Birk, Kurt LaButte, Mark Becker and Kevin Birk. (Photo: Todd's Services)

Todd and Kurt LaButte, like many in the landscape industry, started young with a couple of push mowers, mowing neighbors’ lawns. Todd, being the older of the LaButte brothers (he was No. 5 of eight children, and Kurt was the youngest), named the company Todd’s Services. “We started in 1979, my brother and I,” Kurt LaButte says. “It was unique... read more

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

ASLA survey: Uneven economic picture

August 13, 2013By

Landscape architecture firms are experiencing sluggish but steady growth as they emerge from the recession, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ second quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey. In the survey, which fielded information from 324 primary firm contacts regarding billable hours, inquiries and hiring plans, more firms reported stable or rising billable hours but have pared down their... read more

Lessons from the recession

June 5, 2011By

The economy created a self-preservation attitude and taught many Green Industry business owners new ways to run their companies. A fter working more than 45 years in the Green Industry Erv Denig was thinking about retiring. That didn’t seem like an unreasonable expectation, except for one thing. Denig was making his plans when the economy dried up faster than a... read more

From the minds of customers: drive loyalty

June 1, 2010By

Consumer confidence concerning economic recovery is improving, and their finances are on the mend, according to a new survey of consumer spending and trends from Deloitte. More than half (55%) of consumers think the economy has started to recover from the recession and nearly two-thirds (64%) say their household financial situation is the same or better than one year ago.... read more

Load up on cost-savings in 2010

February 1, 2010By

In current market conditions, where low prices dominate the landscape, contractors must look for more meaningful ways to cut costs — often just so they can profit at lower price points. The most-common way to accomplish this involves saving labor by cutting hours. While this can help in many cases, how much can you cut before you jeopardize the quality... read more