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Technologies to help you run an efficient landscaping business

Technologies to help you run an efficient landscaping business

The landscaping industry is evolving, and increased costs and demands mean you have to find a way to run your landscaping business efficiently. Saving time and costs wherever you can ...

Protect yourself: Avoid Lyme disease by avoiding ticks

Protect yourself: Avoid Lyme disease by avoiding ticks

May is Lyme disease awareness month, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports there are approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease in the United States every year. Although it’s ...

Working with water restrictions

Working with water restrictions

What you need to know, no matter where you live As drought conditions worsen and population centers grow, ordinances limiting water use are increasingly common. “Water restrictions are the new normal,” ...

Father and son landscapers receive same award 30 years apart

Father and son landscapers receive same award 30 years apart

Rich Cording Jr. has received the Grand Award for Landscaping from the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association (NJNLA) 30 years after his father received the award. Cording Jr. and Sr. ...

California landscapers help homeowners transition to drought-resistant lawns

California landscapers help homeowners transition to drought-resistant lawns

Faced with an epic drought that is not expected to end anytime soon, Californians under mandatory water use restrictions are exploring a myriad of water-saving strategies, including removal of the ...

A new look at landscaping commercial properties

A new look at landscaping commercial properties

By Carol Robertson After six-foot drifts of snow covered the ground all winter in Massachusetts, the talk among my friends and colleagues was about our impatience for spring to arrive. We ...

Discovering new methods for creating landscape illustrations

Discovering new methods for creating landscape illustrations

Homeowners have come to expect landscapers to provide digital representations of their designs and projects. A new book, Representing Landscapes: Digital, by Nadia Amoroso, explores a variety of methods for ...

Report sheds light on homeowners’ approach to projects

Report sheds light on homeowners’ approach to projects

HomeAdvisor released its 2015 True Cost Guide Report, which provides insight into how cost influences homeowners’ approaches to home projects. According to the report, almost half of homeowners surveyed will put ...

April is Safe Digging Month

April is Safe Digging Month

Washington enacted its Underground Utilities Act, or “Call Before You Dig” law, in 1984, and since then each state has enacted similar laws that require excavators to call the 811 ...

Water-use restrictions have California homeowners looking for drought-resistant landscaping

Water-use restrictions have California homeowners looking for drought-resistant landscaping

When California Governor Jerry Brown imposed mandatory water restrictions on residents, businesses and farms last week, he caused many to wonder about how to maintain their lawns. The Governor, who ...

Communities seek to limit use of loud landscaping equipment

Communities seek to limit use of loud landscaping equipment

As spring is welcomed in communities across the country, landscapers are ramping up their businesses. But the din of landscape equipment – from skid steers to leaf blowers – is ...

Water conservation: Talking to your clients about strategies and solutions

Water conservation: Talking to your clients about strategies and solutions

Even though it’s National Lawn Care Month, in some areas such as the Southwestern United States, the idea of the wide expanse of lush green lawn is rapidly disappearing. Replaced ...

How to get new, seasonal employees through orientation

How to get new, seasonal employees through orientation

Landscaping professionals routinely hire seasonal or part-time employees as part of their work force during busy times of the year such as spring and summer. There are multiple steps to the orientation ...

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 ...

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