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1-Minute Mentor: Chris Williams

December 6, 2013By

Meet Chris Williams, owner of Landscapes of the South, Canton, Ga. Who is your mentor? There were two folks who helped me in my career. Doug Davis was the owner of the prior business that I worked for. Another fellow, Jim Lanier, worked there for a number of years as the vice president. Doug taught me the business of taking... read more

November 2013 Web Extra: Signature Garden program

December 5, 2013By

In the run-up to The Duke Mansion’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2015, the historic estate’s gardens have been named one of only three Proven Winners Signature Gardens in the nation. The others are the Hotel Iroquois on Michigan’s Mackinac Island and Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens in Southern California. The Duke Mansion is located in Charlotte, N.C. This program evolved out... read more

November 2013 Web Extra: Landscape Management salutes…

November 11, 2013By

Landscape Management and its parent company North Coast Media salute the courage and sacrifices of those past and present who have served in the U.S. military, both in the Green Industry and out. Thank you, also, to our veteran family and friends: Ray Bement (Army), grandfather of LM Editor Marisa Palmieri Ray Bement Jr. (Army), uncle of LM Editor Marisa... read more

November 2013 Web Extra: My military experience: L.G. Scott Landscaping & Tree Service

November 7, 2013By

In the November 2013 cover story, “Hiring heroes,” we shared two “My military experience” stories of business owner-veterans and how they’ve turned their military service into private-sector success. Here’s another: L.G. Scott Landscaping & Tree Service in Providence Forge, Va., is a family business and the Scotts are a military family. Larkin Gordon Scott III Vice president, L.G. Scott Landscaping... read more

Off the (green) wall

November 7, 2013By

Green wall and roof installations are a profitable endeavor for The LaurelRock Co. After hearing a talk about living walls and roofs, Burt DeMarche was immediately interested in adding the service to his business. The owner of The LaurelRock Co. in Wilton, Conn., knew it would appeal to certain niche clients—particularly those interested in “going green.” The talk that attracted... read more

The last proposal you’ll have to write

November 7, 2013By

I have a process for everything I do, and you should too. I have standard operating procedures (SOPs) or best management practices (BMPs) for screening customers on the phone, managing the initial meeting, my landscape design process and even how I color render my drawings. Why? The better and more defined your processes are the more organized your projects will... read more