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Growing green industry careers

September 21, 2017By

When I was graduating from college in 1984 with my undergraduate degree in business and marketing, I had no clue that I would have a career in the green industry. I was simply looking for a company that would provide me with an opportunity, that would invest in me and provide me career potential. In return, I would give the... read more

SafetyWatch: Fuel container filling tips

September 20, 2017By

It’s important to train team members about fuel containers—sometimes called gas cans or jerry cans—that are typically used in the landscape business. They’re often red, and will have a “UL” mark designating them as safe to use for portable fuel storage. Some cans will be a different color to denote a different fuel. For example, diesel fuel is sometimes stored... read more

Why one man traded in his temporary gig for a long-term career

September 20, 2017By

Rodney Creech turned his accidental lawn care business into a long-term, sustainable career. Rodney Creech always thought he would be a farmer. After all, his family farm goes back four generations. So it was a surprise when after college he found himself knee deep in the green industry. “I technically had a lawn care business and didn’t even know it,”... read more

Tips for determining your ideal maintenance crew size

September 20, 2017By

Follow these guidelines from U.S. Lawns to help determine your ideal maintenance crew size. As you plan the future of your landscape management business, it’s important to recognize that crew size drives profitability. If your crews are too big, you don’t make money; if they’re too small you don’t make money. Setting up your crews for the right size influences... read more

Step by Step: How to build a retaining wall

September 20, 2017By

Retaining walls can add beauty to a landscape, enhance the value of a property and retain slopes to create usable, level ground. For stability, all retaining walls should be constructed with the thickness equal to one half of the wall’s overall height and should be built leaning back toward the slope about 2 inches per foot of height. For walls... read more

Issue Brief: Maryland victory

September 20, 2017By

Recently, the industry had a major victory in the fight to allow professionals to manage landscapes according to best practices and federal and state regulations and not at the whim of local cities, townships or counties. Two years ago the industry was rocked by a ban in Montgomery County, Md., that forbid the use of commercial pesticide applications by lawn... read more