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Seeing it through: A persistent approach to irrigation

August 17, 2018By
Photo: Bianco Landscape Management

Over the course of two years, John Bianco worked patiently, yet persistently, with the property managers of a Mather, Calif.-based homeowners’ association (HOA) to upgrade 127 outdated irrigation controllers to smart models. The controllers he encountered on the property were anywhere from five to 20 years old, and none of them were in good working order. Bianco spent countless hours... read more

From start to finish: Irrigation startups and shutdowns

August 10, 2018By
Man setting irrigation system

For an irrigation system to run properly throughout the warm summer months, it’s important that it’s turned on and off correctly at the beginning and end of each season. No one knows this better than Tom Horn, president of All-n-One Outdoor Solutions in Jefferson City, Mo., and a trainer for Rain Bird. “The importance of a proper turn-on is to... read more

How to be a ‘magnetic’ employer

August 1, 2018By
Magnet attracting marbles. Illustration: iStock.com/alphaspirit

Unemployment is at record lows, and there are more jobs available than there are people to fill them. Given this scenario, it’s no surprise that the most pressing concern for business owners and managers nationwide right now is how to find the new hires they need and keep the good people they have. So, how can forward-thinking employers successfully compete... read more

Idea generation with ‘The Sharks’

July 30, 2018By
Employees pitching ideas. Photo: Timberline Landscaping

The team at Timberline Landscaping in Colorado Springs, Colo., created an in-person opportunity for employees to pitch ideas to help the company grow strategically. Sound familiar? The company modeled the initiative after the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” on which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to celebrity business people in an effort to get them to sign on as investors.... read more

Making the most of a labor force

July 23, 2018By
Crew member and sprinklers. Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Serpico Landscaping has struggled to hire people—due in part to the region’s economic growth that has created some of the highest wages in the country. President Peter Novak says hiring and retention have been challenging for many years, but the struggle has intensified over the last several years. “Demand has driven wages way... read more

Data protection and your landscape company

July 20, 2018By
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For those old enough to remember Y2K, and the worry that came along with it, the recent buzz around the General Data Protection Regulation Act (GDPR) and Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal may have you feeling a bit of déjà vu. While we made it through 2000 without our computers coming alive and terminating us, the recent changes to the GDPR—and... read more

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