Best Practices

IA adds ‘Drought Summit’ to its annual show lineup

IA adds ‘Drought Summit’ to its annual show lineup

The Irrigation Association (IA) announced this week it will play host to a “Drought Summit” in conjunction with its 2015 Irrigation Show & Education Conference in Long Beach, California. The ...

How landscapers make the most of rainy days

How landscapers make the most of rainy days

While rainy days don’t make landscapers melt into a puddle, wet weather does cut into valuable time that could have been spent mowing, trimming or tending to other landscaping projects. However, ...

NDS touts single-source solution for stormwater issues

NDS touts single-source solution for stormwater issues

NDS, a California-based provider of stormwater management solutions, has introduced the S5 Sustainable Stormwater Solution. S5 is a scalable and flexible single-source solution that is engineered for high performance, offering ...

Landscapers opting to change trucks, shed trailers

Landscapers opting to change trucks, shed trailers

The lawn-care business isn’t the same without its trucks. Just like a farmer needs his tractor, a landscaper needs his truck. As your business grows, chances are your fleet will need ...

Using alternative fuels could pay dividends over time

Using alternative fuels could pay dividends over time

Whether you’re trying to cut down on fuel costs or you want to create an environmentally friendly company image, finding an alternative fuel for your commercial lawn equipment can be ...

Bio-insecticide targets thrips, whiteflies in greenhouses

Bio-insecticide targets thrips, whiteflies in greenhouses

Vestaron, a developer of insect-control products derived from naturally occurring peptides, recently introduced Spear-T, a bio-insecticide for the control of thrips and whiteflies in ornamentals and vegetables in greenhouses. Field trials ...

Water-wise landscaping: good business gets better

Water-wise landscaping: good business gets better

If you don’t live in the desert or drought-stricken West, “xeriscaping” may be a term you’ve heard but know little about. Isn’t that a landscape of rocks and cacti? Not exactly. “Xeriscaping ...

Landscapers must plan carefully to maximize billable hours

Landscapers must plan carefully to maximize billable hours

Non-billable time, whether for equipment maintenance or safety training, planning or administrative work, can be time well spent. But, while it may help your business in many respects, non-billable time ...

Prepare now to have prosperous snow-removal season

Prepare now to have prosperous snow-removal season

With the heat of the sun beating down on you, it’s hard to think ahead to the months of freezing temperatures and heavy snows. But it’s now, while last year’s ...

Sprays beat plants in shooing mosquitoes from landscape

Sprays beat plants in shooing mosquitoes from landscape

No one wants to have a beautiful backyard but be unable to enjoy it due to bothersome mosquitoes. If this is a problem your clients experience – especially if they’re ...

Landscaping changes cut Intel water use nearly in half

Landscaping changes cut Intel water use nearly in half

Landscaping changes made on the 150-acre Intel Corp. campus, which houses more than 6,000 employees in Folsom, California, are being credited with a 46-percent reduction in the company’s water use ...

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) ...

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