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Emily Schappacher is a freelance writer based in Cleveland.

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The humble gardener Posted on 18 Jun 2018 in the 0618 & Current Issue & Mowing+Landscape Maintenance categories.

Behind the bright flowers and exotic plants that adorn some of Hawaii’s most elegant resorts, you’ll find Sidney Sparkman and his crews. Their simple green shirts don’t bear the company... Read more»

Show me the money: A look at incentive programs Posted on 18 Jun 2018 in the 0618 & Current Issue & Turf+Ornamental Care categories.

They say money talks. And it seems lawn care technicians are listening. Companies are offering commission, bonus and incentive programs to increase production rates and motivate their lawn care crews... Read more»

Facing challenges in the irrigation industry Posted on 21 May 2018 in the 0518 & Featured & Irrigation+Water Management categories.

The landscape industry faces its own water challenges, requiring unique solutions that are not always one-size-fits-all. In a recent Irrigation Association (IA) webinar titled “Landscape’s Water Challenges—Solutions from the Experts,”... Read more»

True workhorses: Skid-steer and compact track loader trends Posted on 15 May 2018 in the 0518 & Cover story & Design/Build+Installation categories.

Skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders (CTLs) always have been true workhorses in the field. As they continue to grow in popularity, equipment manufacturers are working to make these machines... Read more»

‘Irrigation geek’ offers his words of wisdom on the industry and how to continually improve its reputation Posted on 12 Apr 2018 in the 0418 & Irrigation+Water Management categories.

A lot has changed since Kurt Thompson entered the landscape and irrigation industry in the early 1980s. One thing that hasn’t changed is Thompson’s passion for proper irrigation and sustainable... Read more»

Pros share what aftermarket add-ons have the most bang for the buck Posted on 12 Apr 2018 in the 0418 & Mowing+Landscape Maintenance categories.

Two years ago, Andre Zeppa tested chute blockers for his mowers and was blown away by the results. Each of his crews were saving five to 10 hours per week... Read more»

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