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Help your landscaping clients keep basements dry

Help your landscaping clients keep basements dry

While water is being conserved in California, where years of drought have made it more precious than ever, parts of Texas are drowning in it. Maybe it’s time to remind ...

Equipment positioning critical when towing with pickup

Equipment positioning critical when towing with pickup

One of the biggest mistakes pickup owners make in towing is exceeding the truck’s hitch tongue weight. This leads to overloading the truck’s rear suspension, creating significant handling, braking and potentially ...

Help potential landscaping clients find your company

Help potential landscaping clients find your company

Editor’s Note: This column was written by Jake Lane, a growth analyst for LawnStarter, an Austin-based tech startup that helps homeowners find and book lawn-care service. Having a steady stream of ...

Edible landscapes’ popularity argues for broadening skills

Edible landscapes’ popularity argues for broadening skills

It seems clear that edible landscaping is more than a passing trend, so landscape contractors may want to do a little homework on the practice. Why take a pass when ...

Long-term landscape maintenance requires meticulous records

Long-term landscape maintenance requires meticulous records

From recording the placement of bulbs and the amount of rainfall to corralling ideas and inspiration, agronomist and horticulturalist Eddie Seagle, who writes a gardening column in the Albany (Georgia) ...

JCB North America honored for environmental awareness

JCB North America honored for environmental awareness

The Savannah, Georgia, Chamber of Commerce has awarded JCB North America the 2015 Environmental Awareness Award. Recognizing businesses that excel in areas that include environmental awareness, community involvement, safety and international ...

More cities hiring landscape contractors for roadside maintenance

More cities hiring landscape contractors for roadside maintenance

Although there’s no scientific research to document the trend, more U.S. cities appear to be hiring landscape contractors to maintain lawns and roadways – work done by city employees in ...

Landscapers: Share good advice during ‘Smart Irrigation Month’

Landscapers: Share good advice during ‘Smart Irrigation Month’

For all the fuss that lawns and landscapes have generated during the past several years’ extremes of drought and rainfall in abundance, we at the National Association of Landscape Professionals ...

Fuel economy: Real-world mpg vs. the EPA’s window sticker

Fuel economy: Real-world mpg vs. the EPA’s window sticker

AAA report shows 80 percent of new vehicle owners getting better MPG than expected; EPA making more testing changes About a third of the new trucks we’ve tested during the past ...

Research initiative looks toward future of horticulture industry

Research initiative looks toward future of horticulture industry

A new research initiative launched by AmericanHort and its research endowment, the Horticultural Research Institute, aims to shed light on the future of the horticulture industry and the most effective ...

Job No. 1 in creating a landscaping blog: Generate ideas

Job No. 1 in creating a landscaping blog: Generate ideas

Blogging is a great way to promote your landscaping business while communicating helpful information to potential and current clients. And creating a blog doesn’t have to be a daunting endeavor, ...

How-To: Help non-English-speaking employees help you succeed

How-To: Help non-English-speaking employees help you succeed

Among the 66,000 people a year coming to the United States from foreign countries to do temporary work with an H-2B visa, it’s a good bet only a handful will ...

How-to: Here’s what you should know about permeable pavers

How-to: Here’s what you should know about permeable pavers

Permeable pavers solve problems and look good. Will they work for your business? Pavers are an indispensable tool for designing outdoor living spaces. But if you’re not familiar with permeable pavers, ...

Landscapers, nurseries urged to be on lookout for boxwood blight

Landscapers, nurseries urged to be on lookout for boxwood blight

Robust fungal pathogen puts regulators on search & destroy footing Although the latest boxwood blight alarms are going off in Alabama, landscapers in every region of the country where the popular ...

Lawn-care seminars aim to create fierce competitors

Lawn-care seminars aim to create fierce competitors

For landscapers interested in continuing education, Bayer CropScience and The Harvest Group are bringing their “Thrive” lawn-care seminar to cities in Texas and Florida in the coming weeks. At the ...

How-to: Survive the elements

How-to: Survive the elements

Keep landscaping crews safe from summer dangers It’s a jungle out there. Heat, insects and severe weather aren’t simply nuisances: They’re health hazards that can cause serious injury and even death. ...

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