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TAG: U.S. Lawns

Process for productivity

January 30, 2017By
Along with consistency, checklists drive productivity and profitability.

Weekly landscape maintenance checklists help crews do their jobs consistently and efficiently. While all clients’ properties are different, the way they’re serviced should be the same every time. At least that’s the mantra at U.S. Lawns. The $170-million commercial grounds care franchise business headquartered in Orlando, Fla., stresses the importance of its weekly “job sequencing” process, which is a checklist... read more

U.S. Lawns inducts 3 into Hall of Fame

December 19, 2016By

U.S. Lawns inducted franchisee Chris Seaborne, franchisee Tim Harrell and President of U.S. Lawns Ken Hutcheson into its Hall of Fame. Seaborne and Harrell started their Frederick, Md., franchise in March 1999 after connecting with a U.S. Lawns franchisee in their area. Both were about 20 years old and had been working for other companies—Chris trimming trees and Tim doing residential lawn... read more

Editor’s Note: Louisville quotables

November 10, 2016By

The landscape industry’s largest trade show, GIE+EXPO, got even larger this year. There were 230 new exhibitors —a good sign assuming they all have done their research and have deemed the landscape market to be a promising one. While the LM team and I were running between the show floor and conference sessions like crazy people, as we do every... read more

U.S. Lawns: Franchising opportunity

May 25, 2016By

If you already own and operate a landscape company, it costs much less to “convert” your business to a U.S. Lawns franchise than to start from scratch. That’s partially because you already have the basic equipment and employees you’ll need. However, franchising is about consistency, so we will ask you to make some changes. Because of this, we offer special... read more

What makes a good franchisee?

April 18, 2016By

Experts weigh in on the requirements for success in owning a franchise. With data that show franchise small businesses grow at rates that exceed nonfranchise business growth, according to the International Franchise Association, it may be tempting to consider signing on with a franchise brand. But franchise experts emphasize this option isn’t for everyone. “It’s not a business choice; it’s... read more

Breaking into the commercial maintenance market

March 14, 2016By
Photo: U.S. Lawns

Breaking into the commercial maintenance sector can be tough, but it can provide lucrative opportunities for long-term success. When it comes to landing commercial landscape contracts, it’s often more about who you know than what you know. “The commercial business is very relationship based,” says Ken Thomas, principal of Envisor Consulting, a consulting firm based in Alpharetta, Ga. “Getting into... read more