These efficiency tips can help you get the most out of your string trimmer
Landscape Architecture Magazine | The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects
by Rob DiFranco
1d ago
(Photo: AdShooter/E+/Getty Images) String trimmers are an essential part of maintenance operations, but these tools can also be inefficient if started, used and stored incorrectly. Jack Easterly, product manager for Husqvarna, and Kenneth Glass, product applications specialist for Stihl, share tips for getting the most out of your string trimmers. They also offer a look toward the tool’s future. Don’t make these mistakes Glass says removing the tool’s debris guard is a major mistake he sees landscape professionals make. Not only does it pose a safety issue, allowing the tool to throw debris ..read more
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Aspire Software launches new PropertyIntel measuring and estimating tool
Landscape Architecture Magazine | The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects
by LM Staff
2d ago
Aspire Software, a ServiceTitan company and software provider for commercial landscaping businesses, launched PropertyIntel, a cloud-based measuring and estimating solution. Aspire says the new property system helps landscape companies collect, connect and visualize essential data.  “The integration of PropertyIntel with Aspire’s business management software demonstrates our dedication to providing landscape contractors with valuable end-to-end solutions,” said Mark Tipton, CEO of Aspire Software. “We are excited to offer Aspire customers an integrated property intelligence tool that ..read more
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Yanmar CE and ASV officially join forces Yanmar Compact Equipment North America
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by LM Staff
2d ago
Yanmar Compact Equipment North America (YCENA), which encompasses the Yanmar Compact Equipment and ASV brands, finalized its status as a single legal entity. The milestone comes three years after the Yanmar Group acquired ASV Holdings. With the move, Yanmar Compact Equipment division in North America and ASV officially become YCENA. “This is a huge step for us, our dealers and our customers,” said Tate Johnson, president of YCENA. “The alignment of the two brands allows us to focus on expansion, new products and overall strategic growth in North America while finding new ways to serve our cust ..read more
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Why an aerator can be a profitable addition to your business
Landscape Architecture Magazine | The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects
by Rob DiFranco
3d ago
Aerators offer lawn care pros an additional revenue stream and strong return on investment. (Photo: SiteOne Landscape Supply) Aeration isn’t a service offered by every lawn care or landscaping company, but for many, it’s a reliable source of income, says Gary Sorensen, agronomic sales manager for SiteOne Landscape Supply. “It’s a very good profit center,” he says, “Once you get a return on your investment on that aerator, the cost of operation is very low, and you can generate a solid stream of revenue by aerifying lawns.” Aeration improves turf health by relieving compaction and allowing ox ..read more
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Arborjet | Ecologel to be an official sponsor of Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops
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by LM Staff
3d ago
Arborjet | Ecologel will be an official sponsor of Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program in 2023. This will mark the fifth consecutive year the company will sponsor the program needs-based program for active-duty deployed service members. Last year GreenCare for Troops (GCFT) engaged 2,000 active volunteers, who helped more than 1,000 military families maintain their home lawns. Since its inception, more than 12,000 military families and 7,000 contractors have registered for the program donating more than $15 million towards in-kind services. “We are fortunate to have Arborjet ..read more
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American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers wants input on water-related terms
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by LM Staff
3d ago
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) said its gathering and refining common terminology for water-related industries. A draft listing is public on the ASABE website with the option to submit additions and recommendations. ASABE asks interested parties to make recommendations and submissions for consideration by March 30, using the provided online form. ASABE is a standards-developing organization for food, agricultural and biological systems, with more than 280 standards currently in publication. Conformance to ASABE standards is voluntary, except where require ..read more
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Scythe Robotics secures financing to expedite autonomous mower production
Landscape Architecture Magazine | The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects
by LM Staff
3d ago
Scythe Robotics raised $42 million in Series B financing. The round was led by Energy Impact Partners and included additional new investors ArcTern Ventures, Alumni Ventures and Amazon’s Alexa Fund alongside participation from existing investors True Ventures, Inspired Capital and more. The funding will help Scythe meet demand for the more than 7,500 reservations for its all-electric, fully autonomous M.52 mower. “Since launching from stealth in June 2021, we’ve seen overwhelming interest from commercial landscape contractors in Scythe M.52 as a solution addressing both their crippling la ..read more
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What to think about before buying tanks, nozzles or hoses
Landscape Architecture Magazine | The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects
by Joey Ciccolini
3d ago
Know where you plan to grow in order to get the right setup for your operation. (Photo: Graham Spray Equipment) Not only should lawn care operators (LCOs) look at the quality of a product before making a purchase, but they also need to consider what will work best for their specific services and needs — both now and in the future. Donny Pitts, general manager of Graham Spray Equipment, offers this advice on what to look for when buying tanks, nozzles and hoses for spray trucks. Donny Pitts LM: Why is it important to choose a durable tank? DP: One reason companies need to buy the best tanks ..read more
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Our advisory board members share their key tip to promote growth this year
Landscape Architecture Magazine | The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects
by LM Staff
3d ago
What’s one thing our readers should do now to grow their businesses this year? Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “The most important thing to me this winter is getting that phone to ring to make up for the 4,400 clients we lost in 2022 (18 percent cancellation rate) plus adding on another 3,300 for 15 percent new growth.”   Troy CloggTroy Clogg Landscape AssociatesWixom, Mich. “Raise your prices based on your real expense increases as well as the cost-of-living increase. Be transparent and let your clients know what the increases are and why. As for gro ..read more
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How C. Caramanico & Sons prepared for 2023
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by Christina Herrick
3d ago
Training on technical and soft skills is a huge focus for C. Caramanico & Sons in 2023. (Photo: LM Staff) Thanks to a rebound in demand for services with its commercial customers, C. Caramanico & Sons in Upland, Pa., netted a 52-percent increase in revenue from 2020 to 2021. But that increase wasn’t without its challenges as the company grew by only 5 percent in 2022. John Caramanico Jr., president, says many of the company’s commercial landscape maintenance, enhancements, construction and snow removal clients delayed projects at the start of the pandemic. He says it’s been an intere ..read more
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