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TreeTown USA to Showcase Exclusive Plants and Trees for Landscape Architects at ASLA 2019

According to a press release, TreeTown USA will display many of next year’s plant introductions at the 2019 ASLA National Conference and Expo opening this week at the San Diego Convention Center. The company’s exhibit in Booth #2613 will represent some of the more than 5,000 species of plants it produces annually. It will feature those from several plant brands, including the Sunset Western...Read More

Take the Stress out of Seasonal Hiring

When the weather turns cold and pumpkin spice makes its return, the holidays can’t be far away. This is a time of great profitability as well as great stress for many organizations. By November, most retailers have been in the market for their seasonal holiday workers for weeks or months. The same goes for package delivery and hospitality industries. Seasonal businesses know the importance...Read More

Business Bests: What Contractors Insurance Covers

It’s good to be a landscape contractor on so many levels. The income tends to be better than if you had a 9-to-5 job, you have full control over your work hours, and of course, you’re your own boss. Being a landscape contractor, however, comes with a lot of responsibilities. Getting contractors insurance is one of those primary obligations. Considering that we live in a world...Read More

How the Perception of EXCLUSIVITY Can Make You More Money

I've written extensively about being Just Another Landscaper and the concept of the Mediocre Middle, where undifferentiated firms battle it out for the thinnest of margins. Contrast this with the most successful companies who thrive on the outer edges of the bell curve, turning a substantial profit year after year.  In our current economy I'm seeing lawn and landscape companies across the country...Read More 

Building a People Plan

Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them. They hire already motivated people and inspire them. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, then they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you’ll be stuck with whoever is left. Here are the basic steps or components...Read More

Carrying on the Culture

How does a growing company preserve its culture so its spirit and mojo – the values that anchor the business – spread and perpetuate? How do you get big without losing who you are? At Ruppert Landscape, maintaining its culture is a priority, and the 48-year old firm promoted one of its veteran leaders, Mike Monde, to the role of director of culture and procedures. “It would be foolish to think that...Read More

Parting Ways

Managing season snow and ice operations, you’re most likely looking for ways to expand your business and bolster your bottom line But, there are occasions when a relationship with a client isn’t working and it’s best that the two of you part ways. Obviously, the decision to drop a client must be made carefully. Read More

Transition Your Company from Founder-Led to Founder-Inspired

At some point in the growth of your lawn or landscape company, you will want to focus your attention on new things. You may be bored with your current role, or you have personal or professional passions you want to follow. Are you ready to make a change? It is hard to make that transition, from leading the company to the role of inspiring the company. And if you are the face of the company...Read More

Real Estate Agents Share Their Insights on Fall Landscaping Trends

If you’re preparing to close up shop now that peak season is over and winter is around the corner, you’re missing out on lots of opportunities. While you’re heading into the off-season, so is the real estate market, which is why your expertise is in demand. Without a beautiful exterior in the fall, homeowners run the risk of having their homes sit on the market through the winter. You can woo sellers with...Read More

Appealing to iGen

We recently published a study that showed the number of colleges and universities offering horticulture-related degrees declined from 446 to 209 during the 20-year period between 1997 and 2017 (bit.ly/allenhort1). This decrease of over 50 percent, combined with decreasing enrollments in landscape horticulture at many colleges, means that it is more important than ever to understand how today’s young people think in order...Read More

Your Process is Costing You Customers

Can you recall a bad experience you’ve had with one of your vendors or sub contractors, where you loved them and their product, but you really disliked their process and how they serviced you? And when it eventually got to the point where you couldn’t tolerate it anymore, you stopped doing business with them and you likely didn’t have the heart to tell them the real reason why. Read More

LandscapeHub hires Josh Chapman as COO

LandscapeHub, a digital marketplace for the wholesale landscape and nursery industry, recently announced Josh Chapman as the company’s first chief operating officer. With more than 25 years of leadership experience, Chapman brings experience to LandscapeHub’s executive team during a period of rapid growth. As COO, Chapman...Read More

Finish Your Financial Year Strong with 12 Practical Ideas

Your performance in this final quarter of the year will have an oversized impact on your year-end profits. In fact, it’s so important, that you should be reminded of it and think about it every year at this time. The question you should ask yourself is how you can...Read More

OSHA Respirator Fit

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), employers must provide workers with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job. Workers who are at risk for exposure to airborne contaminants should therefore have properly-fitting facepiece respirators to protect them from hazardous dusts in the workplace...Read More

Employee Ownership Could be Your Exit Strategy

10,000 boomers turn 65 every day, marking a high number of business owners who are ready to sell. Jennie Msall with the ICA group says that every owner will leave their business at some point, and having an exit strategy will smooth the process. The ICA Group specializes in employee ownership exit strategies. While there are a variety of ways to operate your business through employee ownership...Read More

The Benefits of Joining a State Landscape Association

Whether you’ve just entered the green industry or have been working in the landscaping field for years, you might have never taken the time to see what your state landscape association has to offer. We talked to several different state landscape associations to get the scoop on what purpose they serve and the benefits of becoming a member. If you’ve ever been on the fence about joining...Read More

Solving the Workforce Crisis

“This is about thinking differently,” said Jim McCutcheon, owner of HighGrove partners. McCutcheon moderated a panel at LANDSCAPES 2019 that aimed to get the industry to look into how they treat hiring different demographics, and how embracing the unfamiliar could cushion many of the labor issues the industry is facing today. The panel discussed hiring younger generation...Read More

High Performance: “We’ve been low-balled,” a Timeless Classic

“A low-baller is ruining our market!” It’s a common complaint but many times the complainant is just being out-maneuvered. Let’s look at some classic reasons why this may occur. Reason No. 1: It’s not the truth. Customers often tell contractors that their decision was based on price when it wasn’t. It’s a convenient excuse for customers to avoid an uncomfortable discussion about some other reason...Read More

Selling More (by Radically Improving Your Customer's Buying Experience)

Fall is here, my friends. I hope your year is going even better than you and your team anticipated. One of our fall traditions here at Landscape Leadership is attending HubSpot's annual Inbound conference in Boston, the largest marketing and sales conference on the planet. From keynotes to breakout sessions, a common theme at Inbound this year was the idea of "creating experiences" for customers. Read More

Safety Watch: Landscape Worker Dies After Concrete Saw Kicks Back

The accident: A 39-year-old landscaping construction worker was in the process of removing an in-ground swimming pool in Michigan with a concrete saw when he lost control of the tool and it cut his throat. Police say the saw kicked back unexpectedly. Another co-worker on site was present when the accident occurred and tried to call for help, but the worker died at the scene. Read More

Improve the Legal Defensibility of your Time Sheet

A business owner in California contacted me recently because one of his non-exempt employees complained that he had not received his legally-mandated meal period for the past several days. In many states, especially where this business is located, failure to provide an appropriate meal period to non-exempt employees can lead to significant wage and hour penalties. Beyond the standard advice, direction...Read More

Powering Up For Change

Walk into any grocery store or restaurant and you’re bound to see foods like cauliflower pizza, avocado ice cream, meatless burgers and kale smoothies. Ten years ago, these unique foods were unheard of. Yet, here we are today, living in a culture obsessed with health trends. When new ideas and products are introduced in an industry, they can seem outlandish at first. But true trends aren’t just fads that quickly...Read More

Inside Ginkgo Leaf Studio’s Design Process

At Ginkgo Leaf Studio, based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, there is a no charge, no obligation meeting first at a prospective client’s house. “We have a design questionnaire that we email out ahead of that meeting,” says Jim Drzewiecki, owner and principal of Ginkgo Leaf. “We require that they fill it out and return it to us before we meet because we want some insight into what they’re looking to do before we meet with them.” Read More

E-Verify May be Coming to Your State Soon 

The controversial federal E-Verify system may already be required for landscape contractors in your state. If not, it may be coming soon. E-Verify is a federal, web-based electronic system that verifies the eligibility of an employee to work in the United States. Operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the system verifies the identity and employment eligibility of employees by electronically matching...Read More

(Pro)Pain Relief

About 10 years ago, President and CEO Mark Barnes and other management at Barnes, Inc., a landscaping company in Madison, Wisconsin, were concerned their bottom line might be adversely affected by the vagaries of the oil and gasoline market. They decided to change how they power their mowers. “It was at the start of this decade during the recession and rising prices...Read More

9 Tips to Get Your Crews Out Faster in the Morning

Seven years ago, Tim Groenewold’s property maintenance company was stuck at a million dollars in revenue. “I just couldn’t seem to make more profit,” says Groenewold, who owns C&T Lawn and Landscape, south of Chicago. Then, Groenewold had an “a-ha moment” after observing a lawn care company of similar size execute a slick morning regimen. In contrast, it took crews nearly 45 minutes...Read More

ONLA Set for Another High School Landscape Olympics

The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association will host its fourth annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics competition at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Oct. 10 and 11. The two-day experience will provide more than 250 students from 18 Ohio schools the opportunity to explore careers in the green industry and get face-to-face with industry leaders...Read More

ASLA Releases 2019 Diversity Summit Report

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released its ASLA 2019 Diversity Summit Report. This report highlights action items and strategies to help increase diversity in the profession of landscape architecture. During the opening remarks on day one of the summit...Read More

Mindful Measurements

When putting down lawn treatments, inconsistencies can result in uneven applications, wasted product and added costs for a lawn care business. The key to minimizing these problems lies in controlling as many variables as possible – and it all starts with equipment calibration. Whether using a sprayer or a spreader to treat a jobsite, calibrating...Read More

NALP Announces Fall’s Top Trends for Landscaping

Fall officially arrived this week and with that arrival came a list of 2019 trends for the season. According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), these trends will help forecast elements of maintenance and design that will influence how Americans will take advantage of their time spent outside over the coming months. “Move over mums and classic orange and yellow color...Read More

Truckin'

This year, Turf Masters Lawn Care will probably add 18 vehicles to its fleet of cab-over landscape trucks, which will accommodate the growth that owner Andy Kadrich is expecting. For every $160,000 of expected new revenue, the company will add one vehicle. This year, the business grew by about $3 million. “We service 35,000 customers, so we have to be very process-driven...Read More

Permeable Pavement: Addressing Common Questions and Concerns

Across the country, permeable, or porous, pavement is gaining popularity over traditional paving solutions like concrete and non-porous asphalt. Permeable pavement is comprised of a combination of interlocking grids that are laid over a prepared subsurface. The grids are filled with one of several fill materials, such as gravel, crushed limestone, or grass. This results in a strong, durable...Read More

Dealing With Customers Who Always Want a Lower Price

At one time or another, every landscaping company has encountered a customer or two that absolutely loves the work you do and wants to hire you, but they ask if you can do the job for cheaper than the asking price. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing to offer occasional deals or discounts, having customers consistently try to penny-pinch you ultimately won’t lead to a thriving business. Read More

Ready for the Cooldown

When it comes to autumn, it’s all about recovering from summer stress for turfgrass. “For most lawns, there’s damage by summer’s end,” says Pete Landschoot, PhD, professor of turfgrass science at Penn State. “Your focus should be on getting the turf healthy and thick again before going into fall and winter.” Here’s how to make it happen...Read More

A Checklist for Properly Maintaining Spray Equipment

Keeping up with a busy spray schedule would be difficult without the help of properly functioning spray equipment. To ensure a steady flow of customers — and revenue — lawn care operators (LCOs) should take the time to correctly maintain their tanks and sprayers. “Your time is precious, the spray solutions are expensive and the results of your hard work...Read More

Advice for Choosing the Right Trencher

Trenchers are tools that can help ease the burdens of an irrigation crew and make them more efficient when they’re on the job. There are several options when it comes to trenchers, notably, whether to invest in a walk-behind (pedestrian) or ride-on machine. When it comes to making that choice, soil type in your area can have a big impact on what type of machine you choose. Read More

Powdery Mildew: Late Summer Landscape Problem

Various species of powdery mildew can be found on garden plants throughout the growing season. However, it is in the late summer and fall of the year that they become more common. Plants frequently afflicted include lilac, zinnia, phlox, dahlia, rose, monarda and crabapple. Additionally, there are numerous other flowers, trees, shrubs and even grasses that may be attacked by the disease when conditions are conducive for infection. Read More

Automowers on the Scene: Lambert’s Shakes up the Traditional Way of Mowing

Yesterday, we talked about what sets Lambert Landscape Company apart from the other landscaping companies in the area. One aspect in particular that we didn’t touch on was the company’s use of the Husqvarna Automower and how these machines have helped Lambert’s take a step into the future. Brian Chapman, director of fleet and facilities, started with Lambert’s in January, and since then, the company...Read More

Prescription Landscape Encourages Commercial Clients to Adopt Sustainable Landscapes

Prescription Landscape, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, was founded on a desire for healthy land management practices and since then it has been working to align its clients with environmentally sustainable standards. The commercial landscape company says it is working...Read More

What Landscape Industry Winners Always Get Right

In my 35 years of leading Grunder Landscaping and another 20 or so running a green industry consultancy, I have gone behind the scenes of more landscaping companies than I can count. I have learned many lessons from this experience, chief of which is that no company is perfect. Even our industry’s biggest success stories struggle with many of the same challenges the rest of us do...Read More

Build Your Own 'Dream Team'

Ask a group of sports fans to name the best team ever and you can quickly spark a debate. Was it the 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team that included Magic Johnson and was dubbed “The Dream Team?” Or was it the University of Washington men’s crew team that overcame many obstacles to win gold at the 1936 Olympics as chronicled in the book “The Boys in the Boat”? Or perhaps it was the U.S. women’s soccer team...Read More

Knowing Where to Turn

The dreamed-of day finally arrives, and excitement and anticipation electrifies the air. The couple’s relatives and friends can’t wait to see them decked out in their wedding finery. When the two people finally walk down the aisle, they, along with everyone watching, hope their union will last forever. But as we all know, marriage stories don’t always end with “… and they lived happily ever after.” The odds improve, however, if the couple...Read More

A Lesson for Those Just Starting Out in the Landscaping Business

One of the most pressing concerns in any business is making a profit and sometimes it can seem quite a challenge to attract profitable customers to your company. Two of the main downfalls of landscaping companies are undervaluing their services and failing to pursue the right clients. You need to first determine what are your most profitable services...Read More

Landscapers Combating Fungal Disease Know Good Offense is Key

There are numerous fungal diseases out there that can plague your customers’ lawns and ornamental plants and there are several different ways to go about controlling the unsightly infestations.   When dealing with fungal diseases, remember the old adage that “the best defense is a good offense.” By taking preventive action, you can decrease the chances of infection. Abby Farms, a wholesale tree and plant nursery...Read More

On-the-Go-Operations

What’s an area of your day-today business that is a constant struggle? Is it the never-ending stack of receipts, contracts or training sign-in sheets lying on your desk that you’ve been meaning to file away? Perhaps it’s getting job quotes prepared and sent to prospective customers faster. Maybe it’s even theft of company time or equipment. No matter how big or small, these issues can begin to grate on you over time...Read More

Motivated Maintenance

To help enforce a company culture of cleanliness, Tony Zalocha, founder of Stone Age Landscaping, will periodically check to see which of his crews has the cleanest truck and take them out to lunch. And while company culture alone may encourage employees to go above and beyond, business owners may find that those incentives can help to create that culture change and yield fringe benefits...Read More

Ten Proven Strategies to Boost Your Landscape Business

Labor Day was perfect for taking a break, and building up your reserves to tackle the final leg of the season. Those who came to my Design Build Growth Summit told me this event gave them an extra boost of motivation and superb direction in order to end the season with a bang. The average attendee left with 50-70 specific ideas. Here are just 10 strategies they learned including a few I learned. Learn More

What do Homeowners Want From Lawn Service Companies?

When you are considering opening any business, you need to understand what your potential audience wants — but that is especially true when you plan to work in a service industry like lawn care. In this field, failure comes quickly to businesses that fail to deliver exactly what consumers expect. In truth, you should perform thorough market research to get a crystal-clear view of what consumers...Read More

You Should be Concerned When This Plant Goes Vertical

The sycamore tree was so smothered by a dense vine that its white trunk appeared green. The campus of St. Louis Community College-Meramec (STLCC) had been invaded by Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ (commonly known as wintercreeper euonymus or Climbing Euonymus), and if the facilities department didn’t do something soon, the problem would get worse. They tasked groundskeeper...Read More

Make Your Project Presentation Stand Out

“I know it doesn’t matter, but I liked their design better.” These are the words a buyer used to explain why our company lost his landscape project. What was the difference? The other company’s presentation package had a little bit more flair than ours. They put on a show. It doesn’t seem fair. It shouldn’t have mattered, but it did. He went so far as to acknowledge that our construction work is probably better than the company...Read More

Evaluating Services: Creating a Profitable Weed Control Program

The growing season is winding down for most parts of the country and as your lawn care company begins to shift gears, it’s a good practice to review the profitability of your summer services. One in particular you should take care to evaluate is your weed control program. While it may be tempting to simply treat a customer’s property when weeds appear, it’s a best business practice to focus on cultural...Read More

A Clean Sweep

Whether you’re clearing off residential driveways and walks after mowing or keeping large commercial properties clean, blowers are indispensable tools of the trade. The right blower helps you leave a clean sweep with a minimum of effort, improving crew productivity and reducing fatigue. While vacuum technology has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, many companies have introduced improved blower features in the past...Read More

Silica Regulations: Understanding Why Compliance is Important

Hardscaping is a common service landscaping companies offer but it also poses various health hazards, including silicosis. Silicosis is a lung disease that is caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica. The silica, which is part sand, rock and mineral ores, causes scarring in the lungs as it is breathed in over time and harms a person’s ability to breathe. Yet recent regulations have been implemented...Read More

The Silent Tree Killer - Compaction

Many tree issues are relatively easy to diagnose, especially when it comes to insects or diseases attacking the leaves or branches, or problems with the above ground part of the tree. However, when it comes to diagnosing issues below ground, where the roots are located, it becomes a bit tricky. Often, we see trees suffering, especially during the summer months with chlorotic leaves, smaller leaf ...Read More

Fear is Your Biggest Obstacle When it Comes to Beating Your Competition

It is not easy to stand out from the competition in our industry of landscape, lawn and irrigation services. Everyone has access to the same tools, materials, software, marketing, etc..Therefore it’s hard to create a unique product/service, especially one that your clients would deeply desire. However, if you don’t find a way to stand out, you will sadly discover that the main thing you compete...Read More

Downtime Reduction

Having a plan in place to ensure proper preventative maintenance on your mowers, trucks and handhelds – and to have replacement parts on hand when they’re needed – is an essential step in keeping your business running smoothly. From spark plugs and oil filters for crew trucks to mower blades and trimmer heads, there’s usually a pretty standard set of replacement parts that your team runs through the most. Read More

Grow What You Know

Sometimes in business, it pays to go with your gut. At K&D Landscaping in Santa Cruz, California, the payoff came in the form of 30 percent growth over a year-long period. Skirting around a sometimes-risky market segment, K&D decided to table their residential design/build efforts for several years. The company shifted its services towards commercial design/build projects in 2014, and it wasn’t...Read More

How to Please Your Dog-Loving Landscape Clients

Your landscaping clients who have pets, particularly dogs, may be under the impression they can’t have the best of both worlds – that a beautiful backyard and rambunctious Rover just don’t mix. This doesn’t have to be so and you can show them how by creating a dog-friendly landscape that pleases both pets and people. The first step to “dogscaping” is accommodating your specific client’s dog...Read More

Not Just a Service

When Kelly Ann Vickers presents at LANDSCAPES 2019, she’ll do what she does every day – tell landscapers how to land new commercial clients. At Landscape Maintenance Professionals, which has six locations scattered across Florida, Vickers serves as the corporate communications and strategies manager. She has also spent the last decade as a licensed property manager in Florida, so she understands...Read More

Working With Partners, not Customers

TideWater Landscape Management has been a staple in Savannah, Georgia, for 35 years, and one of its main characteristics is its willingness to work with its commercial customers. Skip Thompson, CEO of TideWater, actually doesn’t call the companies he does business with customers, but rather partners. The way he sees it, they are giving you an opportunity to work with them, so they are a partner in his eyes...Read More

One Landscape Company’s Climb Back to the Top

Todd and Kurt LaButte, like many in the landscape industry, started young with a couple of push mowers, mowing neighbors’ lawns. Todd, being the older of the LaButte brothers (he was No. 5 of eight children, and Kurt was the youngest), named the company Todd’s Services. “We started in 1979, my brother and I,” Kurt LaButte says. “It was unique because we lived on a chain of lakes on a river system...Read More


Bug off: Treat and Control Billbugs

If you’re not concerned about insects in your clients’ lawns, think again. Billbugs are one of the most widespread and damaging insects for turfgrass. We asked Rick Fletcher, technical services manager, turf and ornamentals for Nufarm America, and Dean Mosdell, technical manager, western U.S., for Syngenta, to share some management advice. Read More

Are your crews wasting valuable time and money in the morning?

I was on my way to an appointment early one day last week when I drove by a McDonald’s and looked in their parking lot to see a whole slew of trucks from other landscaping companies. Now, this is not an uncommon sight at eight in the morning, but it never ceases to surprise me. Why? Because to any owner with an eye on the bottom line, those trucks sitting idle while work crews get their breakfast...Read More

Light the Way

Jacob Godar is always digging for new services to deliver to his client base in Springfield, Ill. So, when he realized that holiday lighting could help him get out of the snow removal business, he began to consider how to build and expand a new seasonal service. “I am always looking for services that can be scheduled – and I personally don’t like snowplowing for that reason,” says Godar, owner, Scooter’s Lawn...Read More

Lost in Translation: Effectively Communicating Across Generational Barriers

Regardless of age and work experience, every employee desires to work in an environment that’s inviting, supportive and enjoyable, and for the younger generations, it even goes a little deeper than that. “Younger employees want to share their ideas and feel like they are heard and respected,” says Caitlin Clineff, recruiting specialist and company ambassador with Myatt Landscaping Concepts. “Having...Read More

The Benefits of Strengthening Relationships With Landscape Suppliers  

In part one, we touched on how important landscape suppliers can be for landscaping companies and how to find worthwhile vendors to partner with. Today, we’re looking at how to help strengthen the supplier relationships, the benefits that come from those relationships and how technology is changing the nature of these partnerships. Read More

Beyond Roundup: Alternatives to consider adding to your weed management plan (Update)

What is your go-to postemergence herbicide?  If you answered Roundup (glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup), you would be in the majority for landscape and nursery professionals.  Though glyphosate works very well on most weed species, there are times when other products may be more effective or offer a less...Read More

Chemical Care: Mixing Chemicals to Combat Turf Problems

Mixing two or more chemicals to combat turf pests and disease and to promote turf health is a common practice. But it’s not as easy as just dumping chemicals together and hoping for the best. There are several key considerations before mixing chemicals...Read More

Battle of the Bans

Many communities are banning gasoline-powered leaf blowers because of the noise they make. Are battery-powered counterparts a profitable alternative? We’ve all heard the expression “Silence is golden.” But in the green industry, silence was never something we aspired to. Silence meant the absence of blowing, mowing and trimming and therefore, an absence of business. Read More

Generate Revenue with Holiday Lighting

No matter what part of the country you live in, green industry work inevitably slows down in the winter. Two companies discuss their holiday offerings and how they fit in with their core services.  Naylor Landscape Management began offering holiday lighting services in 2000 in an effort to create more year-round, full-time positions for its staff. The company worked with franchisor Christmas Décor to implement...Read More

Apps and Online Services for Landscapers

No more scribbled-on napkins or shelves full of binders—apps and online services can help landscapers save time, money and space. Whether they help clients visualize exactly what their project will look like when completed, make it easy for landscape designers to select plants or join up clients and landscape professionals, these services can make your job faster, easier and more mobile. Read More

How to Get an A in Chemistry

If you are like me, chemistry was not your best subject in high school. Luckily for green industry professionals, there are many good “teachers” and “tutors” out there who know the subject matter well. They come in the form of distributors and chemical suppliers and longtime end users of these products. One of the larger investments lawn care and landscape companies...Read More

Turning Your Year Around

Well, my friends, we’re at the halfway point of the year. The pessimist says the year is already half-over and it’s too late to turn it around; the optimist says the year is only half-started and there’s plenty of time yet to come out on top. It’s probably no surprise to learn that I’m the latter. In 35 years of running my own landscaping business, I can’t tell you how many times my spring hasn’t gone well and I’ve found myself...Read More

We’ve Made Progress, but Work-Related Injuries Still too High

In the early 2000s, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed a list of seven target industries on which to concentrate its compliance and enforcement efforts. At the top of that list were landscape contractors. OSHA chose these seven target industries based upon their high incidence of severe work-related injuries and workdays lost due to those injuries. Read More

Leverage your Smartphones for Fantastic Photography

Can we talk about photography for a second? Because I think we need to. When it comes to leveraging your strengths for effective marketing, great photographs are fundamental. Yet, taking and cataloging good photographs of plants, facilities, merchandising, installations and people gets pushed to the back burner by many garden centers. All this beauty at your fingertips, yet many of you aren’t putting it to work. Read More

Landscapers Practicing Natural Selection Management Technique

Instead of mowing a lawn on steep slopes, landscape services staffers at Western Michigan University are using a proven landscape management technique—ecological restoration, which includes planting hundreds of trees. In part, the practice calls for planting a variety of unbranched tree seedlings, or "whips," on problematic inclines rather than trying to maintain lawns there. "Slopes are difficult to mow...Read More

Kankakee's Riverfront Plan Wins Award

Kankakee’s Riverfront Master Plan, the development plan to capture greater recreational and business growth from the Kankakee River, received an award from a state architectural group. The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects honored the city’s master plan with a 2018 Merit Award in the planning and analysis category. The plan’s development began in the early weeks...Read More

Digital Dominance

Lawn & Landscape connected with three digital marketing professionals – Pam Haskell, owner of Chili Pepper Design; Jake Hundley, CEO and digital strategist at Evergrow Marketing; and Jack Jostes, president and CEO of Ramblin Jackson – to get the lowdown on how to approach online marketing in 2019. What’s the first step a landscaper can take to improve their online presence on their own? Read More

3 Predictions for the Future of the Landscape Industry

As the baby boomers head toward retirement, there is an unprecedented need for transitioning ownership of landscape and related green industry businesses. While this has given rise to outside money buying up landscape businesses, it will also create an increase in employee-bought and -owned business. Employee stock ownership plans were all the fad a few decades ago; I predict we will see a resurgence...Read More

Councilman Wants Pesticide Ban Expanded

A councilman in Montgomery County wants to remove area exempt from a pesticide ban, which passed in 2015. According to the Sentinel, Councilman Tom Hucker said that the exemptions “should never have been there in the first place.” He added some exemptions were included to ensure the law passed with enough votes to be veto-proof.  Read More

African Americans in the Green Industry Address Lack of Diversity

Like many landscapers’ introduction to the green industry, Duane Draughon started out mowing lawns at a young age as a way to keep busy. After serving the in Marine Corps, his lawn care business continued to grow, and he began to design and install brick patios as well. But unlike many other landscapers, Draughon had to hire two white employees to serve as the face of his company. Read More

The Future of Garden Trends

For 20 years, Garden Media Group, a PR firm specializing in home, gardening and outdoor living, has created a trend report that highlights the most popular practices in outdoor spaces. Some of the past trends include succulents as the favored plant in 2011, more Millennial growers in 2015 and more focus on self-care and mental wellness in 2018.  While Garden Media Group’s...Read More

Head for the Hill: Landscapers Lobby on Behalf of Green Industry Issues

Green industry professionals gathered on Capitol Hill early Wednesday morning to discuss pressing issues with their state representatives and congressmen, such as the ongoing issues with the H-2B non-immigrant visa program and pesticide regulations. The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) hosted a pre-meeting breakfast and briefed attendees on the aforementioned topics...Read More

LandscapeHub Introduces Fulfillment Partner Program

LandscapeHub has launched the Fulfillment Partner Program (FPP), a new initiative that will give buyers a better experience and more fulfillment options when purchasing on the platform. The program surfaces the distributors’ upstream supply chain, making it visible to buyers, and thereby eliminating the often exhausting and time-consuming back-and-forth involved in quoting between landscape...Read More

Business and Marketing Practices of U.S. Landscape Firms

Little information has been published on the business and marketing practices of landscape firms, an important sector of the green industry. We sought to profile the product mix, advertising, marketing, and other business practices of United States landscape firms and compare them by business type (landscape only, landscape/retail, and landscape/retail/grower) as well as by firm size. We sent the...Read More

Rack 'Em Up

Supply chain waste can drive up prices and cut into profit margins. But by considering some changes to shipping, you could find a way to keep those costs down. “If you’ve got air in a trailer, you’re wasting money,” said AJ Lambert, director of sales and account management at Container Centralen, at Cultivate’19 in Columbus, Ohio. Some of the biggest problems simply come from the labor...Read More

Waging the War on Weeds

Weed prevention can sometimes seem like a losing battle, but with the right tools and strategies, we can increase our odds against these nasty little invaders. When an army unit sets out to fight a battle, it needs provisions, mainly food and water. The last thing those soldiers need is to have the enemy find its cache of provisions, consume them and then settle in for a long siege. Read More

AmericanHort set to host Landscape Operations Tour

AmericanHort is hosting the 2019 Landscape Operations Tour on September 30 – October 1 in Chicago, Illinois. This tour is an opportunity to network with leaders in the landscaping industry while touring seven landscaping companies and covering topics like sustainability, specialization and operation efficiency. “After the successful debut of the first AmericanHort Landscape Operations Tour in 2018, we are excited...Read More

Creating a Culture of Safety

If someone were to ask you what core elements make up your company culture, what would you say? Would it be your firm’s commitment to the customer, passion for excellent work, competitive wages and benefits, free coffee in the breakroom? Wait a second, where does safety fall on this list? Does it even make the list? While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, how much...Read More

US May Want to Take "Balanced Approach" to Neonicotinoids

New research from GianCarlo Moschini at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University and Ed Perry at Kansas State University shows that a neonicotinoid ban in the United States may not be a risk free solution to the problem of declining bee populations. In fact, they find that a total agricultural ban in US maize, similar to one introduced in the European Union in 2013, could...Read More

How to Find Them and Keep Them

As you all know, it’s hard to find good help. And when you do, it’s even harder to keep them. I guess you can say hiring good employees is like playing a game of Finders/Keepers, but in this instance, there’s no guarantee that you get to keep the awesome worker that you’ve found. According to a study by Pew, Millennials currently make up the largest generation that’s in the workforce (35%), with about 56 million...Read More

Two Green Thumbs Up

Brad DeCathelineau almost instantly noticed something different about the field manager working on his front lawn. DeCathelineau had previously hired two landscaping companies before to work on his residential property, but the quality in service between them was comparable. The crews would come in, do their work and leave – nothing bad, just nothing noteworthy. But a few years ago, he met Excequiel...Read More

USDA Modernizes Plant Pest Regulations, Improves Customer Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published a final rule to revise the regulations in Title 7 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 330 that govern the movement of plant pests. The final rule aligns plant pest regulations with current APHIS policies, removes obsolete requirements, streamlines the permit process for low...Read More

Struggling to Find Great Talent?

At the end of 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor reported unemployment rates are holding firm at 3.7%. This is a nearly 50-year low. If you’re an employer, you’re familiar with what this means: It’s really tough to find great talent right now. To avoid this, expand your pool of candidates by considering those who don’t have a college degree. Read More

Record Keeping

Record keeping is an essential component of an integrated pest management plan. Records may include details on pest movement, site conditions, and successes or failures of treatments. These records allow applicators to determine which sites are more prone to pest issues and be able to track effective treatment options. While essential to successful pest management, there are also legal reasons...Read More

Keeping Up

Whether you specialize exclusively in outdoor lighting or provide it as part of a full-service offering, there are plenty of sources where the pros can turn for bright ideas. So, how are contractors staying up to date with the latest landscape lighting trends? Read More

Bayer Commits $5.6 Billion to Glyphosate Alternatives Amid 13,000 Lawsuits Over the Weedkiller

Bayer AG will pump about 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) of its research and development budget into alternatives to its weedkiller glyphosate over the next decade as it battles more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming the herbicide causes cancer. Trying to ease concerns about the controversial compound, the German chemical and drug company said it will seek more public feedback during the coming safety...Read More

What Your Website Should Say

At Lawn & Landscape’s 2019 Top 100 Executive Summit, Marcus Sheridan said that 70 percent of the clients you meet with have already decided if they’re going to buy your service. Sheridan, a full-time professional speaker and also the co-owner of IMPACT and River Pools and Spas, encouraged attendees to consider a different approach to marketing their services. Simply put, the work in closing sales...Read More

Opening Doors

Having entered the workforce in the early 2000s, it’s hard to remember a time when I ever felt I couldn’t aspire to or achieve anything I wanted in my career. Maybe I’ve been fortunate to have had great employers who valued talent over whatever gender someone happens to be. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t have been possible without those women who fought so hard for workplace equality back in the ’60s,’70s and ’80s, proving that they were every bit as smart and capable as men.  Read More

Superweed Resists Another Class of Herbicides

We’ve all heard about bacteria that are becoming resistant to multiple types of antibiotics. These are the so-called superbugs perplexing and panicking medical science. The plant analogue may just be waterhemp, a broadleaf weed common to corn and soybean fields across the Midwest. With resistance to multiple common herbicides, waterhemp is getting much harder to kill. Read More

Minnesota Will Pay Homeowners to Make Their Lawns Bee-Friendly

Homeowners in Minnesota can benefit financially if they forgo the grass and instead grow a lawn for bees. State lawmakers have approved a new spending program that would set aside $900,000 annually to pay homeowners who replace traditional lawns with bee-friendly wildflowers, clover and native grasses, reports the Star Tribune. The spending plan has been sent to Gov. Tim Walz for his signature. Read More

Is the Train on Track, Off Track or Not Moving?

Now that we’re closing in on the halfway point of the calendar year, it’s an appropriate time to evaluate how the year is going. Many of you are on track to meet, or even exceed, your goals for 2019. This may be due to strong economic demand, good teamwork or other factors. If this describes you, what needs to happen to finish strong in the second half of the year? Read More

Make Your Distributor Your Best Ally

An irrigation and landscape supply distributor shares how developing a good rapport with yours can benefit your business. A relationship with a distributor is one of the most important relationships you will have as a landscape or irrigation contractor. Distributors are the ones who can help make sure you have the equipment and supplies you need to get the job done on time and the right way. They...Read More

What Landscape Professionals Need to Know About Heat Stress

Heat stress can be a major concern for outdoor workers, especially during the summer months. Working long days outside in the hot sun brings leaves landscape professionals at risk. Heat stress can result in a  stroke,  exhaustion,  cramps or  rashes. Heat rash and cramps are the mildest forms of heat stress. Heat exhaustion can occur when workers are exposed to high temperatures...Read More

Stop Sabotaging Your Own Good Ideas

One of the biggest challenges for any green industry business owner is learning a better a way of doing something and sticking with it. It’s always tempting to try a new approach to some aspect of our business, so we go for it. Initially, the new way works well and we implement it. We keep using it for a while, but eventually, for one reason or another we stop and go back to doing it the old way. Why does this happen? Read More

2019 Top 100 Lawn & Landscape Companies

The 2019 Lawn & Landscape Top 100 is based on 2018 revenue from landscape profit centers. Most information is reported by each company listed, and supplemental data are sourced from public records and reporting by L&L staff. Companies on the list earned a combined revenue of $10,221,735,143 in 2018, which is an increase of $603,045,036, or 6.27 percent, compared to 2017. Read More

Hardscape Mishaps

Some mistakes are tough to predict. Patrick Perugino of Picture It Landscape & Design in London, Ontario, recalls a time when a sealer sprayer exploded on his crew member toward the end of a residential construction job. “It went all over the place,” he says. “It was right at the end of the day – I was about to collect the check, get the invoice and be on our way. So, it was the worst time to happen...Read More

Precision and Patience

Hardscape construction jobs require patience since estimating and rushing on these jobs can result in a poor final product. For example, contractors should avoid guessing how much bedding sand to use on a pavement project. Patrick Perugino, owner of Picture It Landscape & Design in London, Ontario, says he sees many contractors put in too much bedding sand as a result of guesswork on projects. Read More

Are You Misclassifying Independent Contractors?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Labor will be cracking down on employers who pay workers without withholding and remitting proper employer payroll taxes. In fact, over the past year, many states have signed on with the feds to exchange information. This means if you are audited and found delinquent in your federal employment taxes, you will almost...Read More

Work to Do: Tackling the Industry’s Labor Shortage

In the face of dwindling H-2B acceptances, fewer enrollments in horticulture programs and the ongoing search for qualified workers — the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) hopes to promote the landscaping industry as an attractive career option and help add 100,000 jobs to the industry. Here, we explore how landscape companies, national associations...Read More

Smart Phone, Meet Smart Controller

Attention: Your smartphone is getting smarter. Already, the number of devices it can control is staggering. It can start your coffee maker, lock your front door, adjust your thermostat, turn off your lights and yes, even begin cooking a delicious roast in your slow cooker, all with a few taps on its screen. It’s all part of a giant technological wave that is just beginning to hit us. Read More

Treat Your Hiring Efforts Like a Marketing Campaign

What do recruiting and marketing have to do with each other? Practically everything! Recruiting is marketing, particularly in today’s tight, competitive labor market. To attract and hire great talent you need to leverage your marketing expertise more than ever. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of January 2019 there were 0.9 workers for every job available. That means there are more jobs...Read More

It's 10:00am Do You Know Where Your Trucks Are?

GPS-based fleet management systems allow contractors to keep a close watch on their trucks and the people in them. It used to be that once your fleet pulled out of the yard in the morning you, the landscape, maintenance or irrigation company owner, had to have a lot of trust. You had to trust that your drivers wouldn’t get lost, wouldn’t drive recklessly and wouldn’t dilly-dally too long at the gas station buying snacks...Read More

Getting at the Root of the Problem Above Ground

Using ground penetrating radar for belowground tree root detection is a noninvasive method that can be applied just about anywhere. It’s eight o’clock in the morning and your phone rings. The caller says he has a 90-year-old redwood tree (Sequoia sempervirens) in his backyard that is cracking the concrete slab of his patio and garage floor and would like the roots cut. This type of scenario plays itself...Read More

How to Manage Succession Planning When There is No Succession

According to the Price-waterhouseCoopers Family Business Survey, 48% of business owners don’t know how to or haven’t even thought of preparing for the sale of their company. Things get more complicated when there are no family members ready and willing to take over the business. What is clear is that the best business transitions...Read More

A Farewell to Lawns

About four years ago, Jay Keck started letting a portion of his lawn go back to nature. Habitat education manager for the South Carolina Wildlife Federation—a National Wildlife Federation affiliate—Keck began by planting bushy bluestem, green-headed coneflowers and other native flowering plants. “Asters, goldenrods, boneset and other wildflowers started coming up on their own...Read More

Look Beyond the Mirror: A Diverse Workforce

This month, we’re diving deeper, beyond policies (though we will discuss some of those) and getting to the root of our businesses: the people. Specifically, about building workforces that aren’t homogenous (everyone looks and acts the same), bringing together staff with different backgrounds, racial heritage, genders, and life views, in a functional—rather than a dysfunctional—way. Read More

Community Competition

While addressing the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, Andrew Ziehler told the students in the audience a valuable lesson he learned from starting a business from scratch. He said in the early years of owning his company, Ziehler Lawn and Tree Care near Columbus, Ohio, he was always concerned about keeping information from his competition...Read More

Inspiration for Food, Flowers, Company

Transforming outdoor spaces is one of the hottest home trends today. Landscaping expands living space square footage, makes a property more usable, and keeps homeowners healthier whether they grow vegetables or swim laps. It also makes a neighborhood more aesthetically attractive and community-minded. Read More

How to Control Respirable Silica During Handheld Saw Use

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) respirable crystalline silica standard (29 CFR 1926.1153) stipulates that construction workers not be exposed to more than 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air (25 μg/m3 ) containing respirable crystalline silica as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA). Crystalline silica is a mineral found in a number of construction materials, including sand, stone, concrete...Read More

Train Your Employees on Proper Lifting Techniques

Lifting or moving heavy objects such as shrubs, cement blocks or bags of fertilizer can result in injuries to your back, shoulders, knees and other body parts. The resulting injuries can be painful, long-lasting and costly. Proper lifting techniques are important. With the help of OSHA and the National Association of Landscape Professionals...Read More

New or Used?

New and used work trucks each have their perks. The perks for new trucks are that they have no wear-and-tear, no mileage and a nicer look. Morton’s Landscape Development Company in Columbia Station, Ohio, generally prefers new trucks. The company’s fleet has 26 work trucks, and only one or two of those were purchased used. Out of the company’s 10 pickup trucks, three...Read More

ScottsMiracle-Gro Sells TruGreen Stake to Retire Debt

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company recently announced that it has sold its approximate 30 percent stake in TruGreen to the majority owner, in a transaction in which ScottsMiracle-Gro received approximately $234 million. In 2016, the company contributed its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotts LawnService, into a joint venture with TruGreen, creating one of the largest lawn service companies...Read More

Long Haul

To extend the life of vehicles and make quick repairs, Morton’s Landscape Development Company employs two full-time and one part-time mechanic to maintain its fleet. The company has always tried to fix vehicles on its own as much as possible, but for the last 10 years, it has had two full-time mechanics. “Because we’ve got our own mechanics, if we need something fixed...Read More

The Cost of Keeping Up

The easiest way into the landscape maintenance market segment is also the least likely to help you sustain your business in the long run, says Joel Korte. Korte, CEO of Moore Landscapes in Chicago, says lining up jobs with HOAs or in other residential areas can help you get started with landscape maintenance service. But expecting those clients to stick around for the long run is a mistake...Read More

Material Matters

Pavers, brick, cultured and natural stone are the foundation of an outdoor living room – literally, these design-build materials create the grounds for building functional, beautiful spaces in the natural environment. The range of products and creative applications implemented by landscape designers allow for surfaces and structures that complement surrounding buildings – or stand out...Read More

Landscape Contractors Band Together to Create Healing Space

Some Bakersfield, California residents recovering from substance abuse will be able to enjoy a tranquil, healing refuge thanks to a group of landscape contractors. According to a story by Joseph Luiz posted on Bakersfield.com, the group of business competitors worked together to install a garden behind Bakersfield Recovery Services, donating...Read More

Work-Ability

There’s no shortage of associations or resources dedicated to people with disabilities and special needs, but this segment of the population still faces significant barriers to employment. According to some surveys, as many as 85 percent of people with disabilities don’t have jobs, although they are willing and able to work. The executives of 1-800-Flowers.com recognized the lack...Read More

Meeting New Needs

Speaking to a room full of landscapers about the next generation of horticulture professionals, Brigham Young University professor Phil Allen shared some recent stats about his post-Millennial students. “They have an attention span of three minutes and 19 seconds. They change tasks every 19 seconds, and they’re on their devices over six hours a day,” says Allen, the program leader for the university’s landscape...Read More 

Feeling the Squeeze

When it comes down to making the decision to stay or go, employees are more closely scrutinizing pay parity within the workplace than they have in the past. Not just equal pay for equal work and talent, but whether new and less-qualified employees are being paid the same, or more, than seasoned staff. Pay compression could be putting the squeeze on you and your best...Read More

Landscape Architecture Earns National Recognition

With a total of 60 students, one of the smallest departments at the University, the Department of Landscape Architecture, may not always receive acknowledgement from the campus community. However, the department’s bachelor program was recently ranted No. 3 in the country by College Factual, a website which compares universities for upcoming college...Read More

Ready, Set, Go

Gearing up for the lawn care season can seem daunting. Between hiring seasonal staff, selling contracts, training crews and making schedules, it’s easy to let something slip through the cracks. But making sure your equipment is ready to start service will help you save time and money all season long. We gathered up some tips from LCOs across the country to see how they get their equipment ready...Read More

Starting Your Spring the Right Way

While many LCOs practice training year-round, the spring season can be especially busy and it’s easy to let things slip through the cracks. Still, contractors say that the beginning of the season is when training is most vital. “It’s something I believe in. From a landscape company we pride ourselves in not just training. We put a lot of effort into safety training. When we spend time on training...Read More

Get the Most Bang for Your Equipment Buck

The term “heavy metal” is used to describe a genre of ear-splitting, head-banging music. But it’s also a good term for describing the large equipment you must use as a contractor. Do you remember that first piece of big iron you bought for your business — that first zero-turn mower, dump truck or skid steer? There may have been some head-banging involved there, too, depending on how the transaction...Read More

Don't Send Your Employees in Blind

Recently, we had a plumbing issue at the house. I began to research how to make the repair myself but decided to call a local plumbing company instead. A service technician from a local plumbing company showed up at my door. He was on time and seemed like a perfectly nice young man. He even had those little shoe covers. However, he was apparently...Read More

NALP Starts Landscape Management Apprenticeship

The National Association of Landscape Professionals recently announced its creation of the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program. The program, which is registered by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers job seekers a path to a new career in the industry through a paid apprenticeship with a professional landscape company. The partnerships could boost recruitment through school...Read More

ICPI Launches Online Learning Center

The Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute (ICPI) launched an online learning center this month, which features educational opportunities for two key professional groups: installers and sales pros involved in segmental concrete pavement. Read More

7 Ways to Say 'No' Without Explanation

You are a highflier. When you say you’ll do something, it gets done well and on time, regardless of the personal cost. It’s your character, and a huge part of the success you so richly deserve. Unfortunately, being highly responsible also sets you up to be the parade pooper-scooper. If you’re someone who regularly cleans up messes, you know exactly what I mean.  Read More

Hickman Resigns as NALP CEO

After nearly 12 years of service to the professional lawn care and landscape industry, National Association of Landscape Professionals CEO Sabeena Hickman is stepping down from her leadership position. Hickman will serve as a consultant to the organization for the next six months to help transition the leadership responsibilities. “I am extremely proud of all that this association...Read More

OSHA Releases New Silica FAQs for General Industry

On January 23, 2019, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released a new set of 64 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for its Respirable Crystalline Silica for General Industry (silica standard) to provide further guidance to employers and employees about the silica standard's requirements. The silica standard took effect on June 23, 2016, and the compliance deadline...Read More

2018 Landscaping Trends: Which Ones Came True?

Every year, experts make big bets on what will happen in the next year on almost any subject, including landscaping. But how often do they go back and analyze those trends? To kick off the new year, we thought it would be beneficial to talk about which of last year’s predictions came true. Some of these trends are a bit subjective...Read More

Get Back on Track

It’s the New Year and you know what that means. ’Tis the season for resolutions and goal setting. As we all know too well, goal-setting and making resolutions can be double-edged swords. On the one hand, if you don’t set specific goals, you can’t realistically expect them to manifest out of thin air. What’s the saying? It’s never going to rain roses, so if you want more roses, you’ll have to plant them. Or something like that. On the flip side, setting specific goals...Read More

NALP Announces Annual List of Landscape Trends

The National Association of Landscape Professionals has released its official list of the top 2019 landscape trends. Drawing upon the expertise of the industry’s 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care professionals, NALP annually predicts trends that will influence the design and maintenance of backyards across America in the year ahead. NALP develops its trends...Read More

Travel & Taxes

Industry events are a good way to gain know-how, find new suppliers and network with others in the industry. Best of all, Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, is willing to pick up the expense of attending many of these events — at least for some. Bottom-line, green industry businesses can deduct all non-extravagant “ordinary and necessary expenses” incurred attending business-related meetings...Read More

Worth the Wait

The Green was everywhere. Green cupcakes with green icing, Granny Smith apples, Mountain Dew – and it wasn’t even St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, it was a “Green Fiesta” organized by Molly John, co-owner and CEO of M.J. Design Associates, and her husband, Joel. The duo owns M.J. Design Associates office in Columbus, Ohio, and they threw the party when the first of their crews’ green...Read More

Working Together to Protect Bees

Growers, landowners, and beekeepers can learn from each other. Protecting pollinators from pesticides is a challenging task that requires beekeepers, growers, landowners, and pesticide applicators to work together. Openly communicating hive locations and pest management plans can make an impact in pesticide exposure to bees. Start taking steps today to protect the bees in your area. Read More

Rethink Employee Relationships

You give them the world, whether it be 401(k) plans, telecommuting options, vacation time, profit sharing, mentoring, flex time and costly insurance, but they are moving up and out as quickly as you can train them. Savvy employers recognize that the influx of Millennials has fundamentally altered the workplace and calls for new employment relationships. Read More

AmericanHort Welcomes Applications for Annual Program

The 2019 AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1 from students in horticulture-related degree programs of any degree level. Students wishing to apply may do so online at americanhort.org/scholars. HortScholars is a seven-day program that exposes horticulture...Read More

Managing Reputation in the Age of Infinity

More junk every day. And they know this. They sell junk that would never, ever be sold at a Wal-Mart store. That’s because in order to get into a store, a buyer, a human being with a reputation, has to allocate shelf space. The easiest way to lose your job as a buyer is to put brand-destroying lousy products on a valuable shelf. Amazon, on the other hand...Read More