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 •  December 11

There are numerous shrubs and perennials that shine in the colder months. They take less time to establish, of course, and so their addition to the landscape provides near-immediate payback of year-round attraction. Here are a few examples of perennial winter plants. What’s your go-to selection for a splash of winter fun? 1. Athyrium...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 11

SHARE ON: While you can always hire a financial professional to deal with this sector of your business, it is in your best interest to at least understand the basics of accounting and figure out how to get your financials started. Dan Gordon, a certified public accountant for TurfBooks, specializing in accounting for the landscape industry, broke...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 8

Mark Borst, owner of Borst Landscape & Design in Allendale, New Jersey says that in his early years in business it was always a struggle to work on the business — rather than in the business — as the popular adage goes. Today, Borst does some occasional consulting work and says he sees other landscape business owners struggle with the...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 7

Landscape designer Brittany Whalen of Rock Water Farm, a full-service landscape company based in Aldie, Virginia, says that as much as she loves her Chevrolet Cruze for zipping around the Northern Virginia area, she really could use a pickup truck. “As many times as I’ve tried to stack plants in my car, I have yet to figure out how to fit a tree...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 7

Want to keep up with the latest news in lawn care and landscaping? Check back every Thursday for a quick recap of recent happenings in the green industry. Texas Governor Joins Kubota for Hurricane Relief Donation Governor Greg Abbott recently joined officials from Kubota Tractor Corporation, Commissioner John Sharp and local elected leaders in...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 6

Occasionally, landscape companies get strange requests. Case in point: the Pasqualonis, who wanted their backyard in South Windsor Connecticut to look like a little slice… of Texas. Fortunately, they knew exactly who to turn to. Besides being right up the road from the offices of Bahler Brothers, Inc., project designer Ryan King says they...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 6

SHARE ON: Imagine getting a call telling you that one of the trucks in your fleet hit a car in the parking lot. There is no video evidence — just the accuser’s word against your employee’s word. This claim, whether true or not, could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. This is a frightening, yet not uncommon, scenario for landscape businesses...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 6

SHARE ON: It’s time to convince your clients to create backyards for their homes that can replace expensive vacations, including recreational opportunities like bocce ball and pétanque courts, putting greens and even chess boards. Your clients might already have swimming pools, but use these other recreational additions to boost their outdoor...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 6

Franchising is big business in America. The International Franchise Association (IFA) estimates 745,000 franchise establishments in 2017 generating a payroll of $270 billion and an economic output of $711 billion. Franchises provide jobs to 7.9 million people. One reason for franchising’s popularity is its favorable perception by the public. When...

Turf Magazine

 •  December 5

SHARE ON: In 1996 Michael Hatcher went back to college. No, he didn’t sign up for any classes. That spring he drove from his landscape business in Memphis, Tennessee, to his alma mater, Mississippi State University, specifically to recruit talent. At the time it was a big step for him — in fact financially scary given how his company had plodded...