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Big Picture: Healing Haven

April 16, 2018By

Location: Lynchburg, Va. Company: Southern Landscape Group The client, Pearson Regional Cancer Center, wanted to create a garden where patients receiving cancer treatments could go for relaxation and therapy. The healing garden also would include a vegetable garden with raised beds for growing and harvesting organic and pesticide-free vegetables for patients receiving treatment at the center. The team from Southern... read more

Leadership school

April 13, 2018By

How Cagwin & Dorward builds future leaders. At Cagwin & Dorward, a full-service landscape provider specializing in maintenance for primarily commercial clients, there has always been a strong focus on providing leadership training and development for managers. But a little over a year ago, Steve Glennon, president, CEO and COO of the Novato, Calif.-based firm, says the company also began... read more

Easy rider: Pros discuss ride-on spreaders and sprayers

April 9, 2018By
Exmark

For lawn care operators (LCOs) who have embraced the benefits of ride-on machines, pushing a spreader or pulling a sprayer hose is now a thing of the past. Technology has made ride-on spreaders and sprayers easier to learn and operate while helping LCOs cover more ground in less time. “The lawn care business for many years was stuck in the... read more

Labor Tip: Dial up digitally

April 2, 2018By

It’s a repeated theme within the green industry: Everyone is concerned about the labor market. “It’s basically shifted from an employer market to an employee market,” says Steve Cesare, an HR consultant at landscape business consulting firm, The Harvest Group. With so many available positions, how can landscape pros staff up? Cesare recommends dialing up digital presences to attract top... read more

A look at the drug issue from a landscape perspective

March 28, 2018By

The legalization of marijuana in some states and the opioid crisis present a challenge for labor-starved landscape companies. These landscape industry pros weigh in with their thoughts on the issue. Chris Bright CEO, Seabreeze Property Services Portland, Maine The team at Seabreeze Property Services in Portland, Maine, has been touched by employee drug overdoses more than once. Sadly, one of... read more

The benefits of partnering with a consulting arborist

March 19, 2018By

Professional landscape management companies, especially those that focus on large estates, commercial properties and high-end clientele, understand that trees don’t simply represent another management task or responsibility. Trees are the largest, most obvious and most valuable asset on any property—or at least they can be. Property managers for both residential and commercial properties are increasingly required to do more with... read more