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The dream team: North Carolina landscapers use entrepreneurial spirit, friendship to find success

The dream team: North Carolina landscapers use entrepreneurial spirit, friendship to find success

  Creating a successful and lasting business is a lot like maintaining a lifelong friendship. It takes patience, common sense and the ability to learn from mistakes. Together, Jason Tebben and ...

How we did it: Mulching cedar and mesquite grubbing

How we did it: Mulching cedar and mesquite grubbing

  Here's how one Texas company tackles an ongoing problem in their area and gain a lot of clients as a result.  The Problem: Invasive species like cedar (ashe juniper) and mesquite overgrowing ...

10 most common landscaping pitfalls

10 most common landscaping pitfalls

Whether you’ve been in business a season, a decade or a lifetime, you’re going to experience the occasional misstep. But mistakes aren’t necessarily what put your company at risk: it’s ...

How to create fun and functional outdoor kitchens (Photos)

How to create fun and functional outdoor kitchens (Photos)

  Outdoor kitchens are booming. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, half of NKBA designers worked on an outdoor kitchen last year, up seven percent from 2013. “Clients are ...

How to save money, gain expertise with better irrigation

How to save money, gain expertise with better irrigation

World Water Day was March 22, which brings attention to the water crisis in the U.S. and around the world. Landscapers can contribute to water conservation in honor of the ...

The three-step strategy to creating the right prices for your business

The three-step strategy to creating the right prices for your business

Having the most discounts or charging the lowest prices is hurting landscapers when it comes to pricing. In fact, lawn care marketing expert Andrew Pototschnik says the industry’s biggest pricing dilemma ...

Five questions to ask before starting a business blog

Five questions to ask before starting a business blog

If you’ve been holding off on starting a blog, now’s the time to reconsider. Since business blogging has become more and more popular over the years, the stats are out ...

Five FAQs on Facebook business pages v. paid advertising

Five FAQs on Facebook business pages v. paid advertising

The reliability of the Facebook business page as a marketing tool has been questioned in the past several years. Advertising has become a key part of Facebook’s business model, and it seems ...

How to use references to gain new clients

How to use references to gain new clients

Getting references is a tried-and-true job search tactic. Ask former co-workers and bosses for their contact info and attach it to a resume. When it comes to your landscaping business, obtaining ...

Business bests: scheduling and rain delays

Business bests: scheduling and rain delays

How to get your people where they need to be even when the weather is against you Scheduling crews may seem like a simple task, but it requires equal parts experience ...

Mantenga seguro a su equipo cuando trabaja en árboles

Mantenga seguro a su equipo cuando trabaja en árboles

  El accidente: El dueño de una compañía de mantenimiento de árboles le pide a un empleado de 14 años de edad que trepe a un árbol y desbloquee una porción ...

Using customer relationship management to increase business

Using customer relationship management to increase business

You've probably heard of "Customer Relationship Management" (CRM) before but wasn't sure how it could it apply to your landscaping business. Jill Dyche, author of "The CRM Handbook," explained the ins and ...

Tips on selecting the right work boots

Tips on selecting the right work boots

Aside from brand, style and price, there are a number of different factors to consider when looking at work boots for yourself and your team. Here are some tips from ...

Chemical care: five tips for pre-emergent herbicides

Chemical care: five tips for pre-emergent herbicides

Pre-emergent herbicides are the foundation of any weed management program. They aim to prevent weeds from getting established, rather than attempting to control them after they’ve taken over. “In general, pre-emergents ...

5 ways to stay ahead of the competition

5 ways to stay ahead of the competition

The first two months of 2015 have flown by. Have you been checking out your competition? The importance of keeping an eye on your competitors can’t be overstated. Why should you look ...

7 tips on how to finance equipment this spring

7 tips on how to finance equipment this spring

Spring is right around the corner, and landscapers are taking a second look at their fleets to make sure they're ready for the busy season. One thing to consider is financing ...

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