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TAG: Tom Crain

Fifty and counting in the Green Industry

September 16, 2012By

By Tom Crain Two Green Industry firms and one association also celebrate a half century in business. Suburban Landscape Service St. Paul, Minn. When James Gooselaw started  Suburban Landscape Service (SLS) in 1962 near the then new Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Metropolitan Stadium where the Minnesota Vikings and Twins played, dairy cows and cornfields surrounded all three. The... read more

The landscape industry keeps on truckin’

May 18, 2012By

By Tom Crain From four-wheel drives to alternative fuels, maintenance trucks continue to move forward. For the past 50 years, pickup trucks, vans and trailer combos have been the most popular vehicles for mobilizing work crews and equipment in the landscaping industry. In the mid-’50s, Ford introduced its F-100 truck series with the first automatic transmission and overhead valve V8... read more

Spreading the wealth in the landscape industry

April 11, 2012By

By Tom Crain With the rise of chemical use and lush suburban landscapes, the 1950s facilitated the creation of the perfect lawn. By the 1960s and 1970s, that concept was a blossoming American obsession and the job of spreading plant food, lime and seed had become a necessity. Since then, spreading and spraying via dusters, granular applicators, field sprayers and... read more

The best way to build landscape businesses

March 10, 2012By

By Tom Crain There’s no argument, times have changed in the landscaping industry. Take customer composition. We’ve all heard “The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer” — not to mention the fact that the middle class is cutting back on its discretionary spending at an accelerated pace. A recent study conducted by the Deloitte Center for... read more