The Yardstick: Q&A With John Guth, Green Lawn Fertilizing
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by Christine Menapace
1d ago
The Vice President of Operations for Green Lawn Fertilizing in West Chester, PA shares his path to success in the industry. A Timeline Of Accomplishments   John Guth, VP of Operations, Green Lawn Fertilizing   1. When, why, and how did you start your career in the Green Industry? The year was 2000, I had just turned 25, and was newly married with two daughters under the age of three. I was working a very dirty, dead-end, 3rd shift production job welding steel tanks—not very conducive for a family just starting out. I knew I had to find something more suitable for my family. T ..read more
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Two New Garden & Landscape Books Cover Water Shortage Issues
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by Christine Menapace
3d ago
DRY CLIMATE GARDENING By Noelle Johnson ∙ Publishing March 7, 2023 Author and desert horticulturist Noelle Johnson, also known as AZ Plant Lady, delivers all the know-how you need to grow a breathtaking, colorful, and vibrant garden in low-water conditions. With water restrictions and the number of gardeners dealing with drought conditions on the rise, we all need to get more creative in the way we grow. Water-wise landscaping is a must for millions of gardeners. In Dry Climate Gardening, you’ll learn how to do it with care and style. With careful plant selection ..read more
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“For The Love Of Labor” Grant Promotes Women In Skilled Trades
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by Turf Editors
4d ago
Carhartt created its “For the Love of Labor” grants to increase female representation in the skilled trades. Applications are due February 17. With the skilled labor shortage remaining a challenge across several industries, opportunities for women to enter the trades are stronger than ever. Women’s share of the ever-expanding construction workforce reached an all-time high – 14 percent – in 2022¹, and the number of minority women apprentices has nearly doubled in recent years.² With that in mind, and looking ahead to International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, Carhartt is dedicating its Sprin ..read more
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America In Bloom (AIB) Programs Transform Towns
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by Christine Menapace
4d ago
A streetscape in Logan, OH, which participants in AIB. Communities wanting to become more beautiful and vibrant are invited to enroll in the 2023 America in Bloom (AIB) programs, which focus on transforming towns and cities through beautification initiatives. AIB program participation empowers communities to become more beautiful by encouraging the use of colorful plants and trees, enjoying clean environments, and experiencing increased community vitality. The non-profit recently launched a new tiered participation system which helps communities discover how to become more beautiful and vib ..read more
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LMN Introduces Job Costing Advisor For Landscapers
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by Christine Menapace
4d ago
Landscape Management Network (LMN), a landscape business management software company, has launched job costing advisor, a comprehensive real-time cost tracking product that makes it easier to ensure each job is profitable. Job costing advisor enables granular visibility on labor, materials, equipment, subcontractors, and other costs, then automatically compares them to the job estimate, and highlights potential issues and recommends actions to improve costing accuracy —in just a few clicks. “Our new job costing advisor enables landscapers to establish a continuous improvement loop in their bu ..read more
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WalletHub: 2023’s Best & Worst States To Start A Business
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by Jessica Schwartz
1w ago
With around 20% of new businesses failing within one year and inflation making entrepreneurship even more difficult, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business.   To determine the most fertile grounds for planting and growing new ventures, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states across 27 key indicators of startup success. The data set ranges from financing accessibility to the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to office-space affordability. Best States to Start a Business Worst Stat ..read more
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Pricing Landscaping Jobs In 2023
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by Shawn Cadeau
1w ago
Economic volatility, supply chain issues, material costs, and labor shortages will make estimating even more complex. Accurately pricing jobs in the landscaping industry can be a difficult task. When pricing jobs, you must deal with pricing that greatly varies from project-to-project, as well as the need to consider a number of factors such as property, materials, crew size, special requests from clients, and more. As we head into 2023 facing economic volatility, supply chain disruptions, increased materials costs, and a labor shortage, the process of pricing projects will become even more ..read more
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Project EverGreen Announces Officers & Board; SnowCare For Troops Awareness Week
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by Christine Menapace
1w ago
Project EverGreen recently announced the appointment of its 2023 officers and board of directors. The appointments were made at Project EverGreen’s annual meeting. Kevin Laycock Scott A. Bills Fred Haskett Kevin Laycock of SiteOne Landscape Supply will mark his second year as president of the national non-profit which celebrates its 20thanniversary in 2023. Also continuing to serve on the Executive Board are Scott A. Bills, CSFM of Sports Field Solutions as vice president/president-elect, and Fred Haskett of TrueWinds Consulting returns as secretary/treasurer. “Project EverGreen is fortu ..read more
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Yanmar North America Announces Expansion Plan
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by Jessica Schwartz
1w ago
Yanmar Compact Equipment North America (Yanmar CE NA), encompassing the Yanmar Compact Equipment and ASV brands, has announced plans for a 32,000-square-foot expansion to its Grand Rapids, MN facility. The new expansion and a subsequent paint system will increase paint capacity by up to three times with maximum automation and allow a parts manufacturing capacity increase of up to two times in the previously occupied space. This project sets the stage for future capacity increases with company officials projecting the addition of hundreds of full-time positions over the next five years. “We re ..read more
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Cost Saving Equipment Maintenance
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by Rachael Plant
1w ago
How fleet software can make preventative maintenance truly proactive. Proper equipment maintenance is just as important for landscaping fleets as proper vehicle maintenance. Without a comprehensive maintenance strategy in place for equipment, landscaping companies can experience increased expenses in downtime, repair, and replacement costs. Equipment Maintenance Strategies In order to do their job, your crew needs safe, operational, and reliable equipment. Being proactive with maintenance is the best way to ensure these criteria are met, and you can do that by creating a thorough maintena ..read more
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