Lawn Maintenance

In 6 states, landscapers pay more for gasoline starting today

In 6 states, landscapers pay more for gasoline starting today

Landscape professionals in several states will begin paying more for gasoline today, as a flurry of tax legislation enacted earlier this year goes into effect. Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Nebraska, Rhode ...

San Diego updates restrictions on watering lawns, landscaping

San Diego updates restrictions on watering lawns, landscaping

The city council in San Diego, California, amended the city’s municipal code this week to limit watering of lawns and landscaping to two days a week, five minutes at a ...

To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers

To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers

  Like the skin of the human body, a tree’s bark protects it from injury and illness. When damaged, it can mean the loss of branches and, in some cases, the ...

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) ...

If placed incorrectly, mulch can do more harm than good

If placed incorrectly, mulch can do more harm than good

You already know that using mulch in your landscape projects provides many benefits. But did you know that where you place the mulch – and where you don’t – can ...

Texas landscaper’s HOA forces him to remove xeriscaping

Texas landscaper’s HOA forces him to remove xeriscaping

A homeowners association (HOA) in north Texas recently forced a resident to remove his property’s xeriscaping – landscaping specifically designed to require little or no irrigation. Stephen Bender, a landscaper, ...

Bob-Cat mowers on parade in company’s new virtual showroom

Bob-Cat mowers on parade in company’s new virtual showroom

Bob-Cat has launched a new website to showcase its mowers. Based in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, Bob-Cat says the site’s homepage offers improved navigation and a large, scrolling deck featuring highlights ...

Weed-control expert shares advice on fighting all varieties

Weed-control expert shares advice on fighting all varieties

Weeds may not grow bigger in Texas, but the state certainly has its share of the darn things. Fortunately for landscape professionals there (and elsewhere, too, thanks to a recent ...

University sues landscaper to collect damages from insurance company

University sues landscaper to collect damages from insurance company

A university in Northwestern Ohio is suing a landscaping company in order to collect $25,000 in damages from the company’s insurance company, which has refused to cover all of the ...

California homeowner prevails over HOA in replacing lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping

California homeowner prevails over HOA in replacing lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping

After a seven-month conflict with her homeowner’s association (HOA), Carlsbad, California, resident Tracee Buck finally has the water-saving yard she wants. Buck decided to let her lawn die and replace ...

Japanese company acquires U.S. landscaping business

Japanese company acquires U.S. landscaping business

Acting on its strategy for expansion into the United States, a Japanese horticulture company acquired its first U.S. landscape firm, Rolling Greens, a 40-year-old business based in Clinton, Maryland, with ...

Drought-stricken lawns go from brown to green with a coat of paint

Drought-stricken lawns go from brown to green with a coat of paint

Removing their lawns may not be the only option for California homeowners facing an epic draught and resulting water use restrictions. Companies throughout the state are offering lawn painting services, ...

Los Angeles mayor credits rebate program for reduced water usage

Los Angeles mayor credits rebate program for reduced water usage

Part of California Governor Jerry Brown’s April 1 mandate for the state to reduce its water use by 25 percent was a call for the removal of 50 million square ...

Bob-Cat debuts first stand-on mower

Bob-Cat debuts first stand-on mower

Bob-Cat, a manufacturer of commercial-quality turf mowers, has introduced its first stand-on mower, the QuickCat. Featuring an ergonomic design that places the platform close to the drive axles, the QuickCat ...

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 ...

Local governments in California respond to water use restrictions

Local governments in California respond to water use restrictions

As the reality – and implications – of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 25 percent statewide water use reduction, landscapers are watching to see how the issue unfolds ...

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