Ep. 136: Creating inedible landscapes

July 1, 2015 - By

Chris Markham, wildlife biologist and president of New Jersey Deer Control, talks about the behavior of deer, including their habitats, lifestyles, typical diet and natural migration patterns. He explains solutions to deer damage, including using proper plant selections, topical treatments and physical barriers. read more

Ep. 135: Let the wood chips fly

June 25, 2015 - By

Cary Shepherd, chainsaw applications expert for Husqvarna, discusses chainsaw safety and maintenance. Shepherd is not only a wealth of knowledge when it comes to chainsaw safety—he truly cares about those that operate the equipment. He discusses a number of important issues, but one of the most profound was the fact that more people are injured by “struck by” accidents than... read more

Ep. 134: Maintaining your clients

June 18, 2015 - By

Justin Flatow, director of landscape maintenance for Green Meadows Landscaping, talks about his position as at the company, their business mix and the processes he uses each day to make Green Meadows run smoothly. He discusses how Green Meadows Landscapes maintenance pricing can be influenced up or down based on the distance the property is from their home base or... read more

Ep. 133: The state of the market

June 10, 2015 - By

Regardless of whether you plan on selling your business this year or 10 years from now, this is something you should be focusing on right now. Call them standard operating procedures or best practices, but the more systematic and efficient your company is, the more appealing it will be to a potential buyer. The good news is that creating these... read more

Ep. 132: Outsourcing your human resources

June 3, 2015 - By

Outsourcing your human resources (HR) needs makes as much sense for newer and smaller companies as it does for larger more established firms. They can get you started on the right foot beginning with payroll. As you grow they can provide additional services such as creating a company handbook, deal with compliancy issues and help you with conflict resolution. Diana... read more

Ep. 131: Continuing your education

May 21, 2015 - By

Continuing education classes can play a very important roll in the growth of your business. These programs bridge the gap between work and college by providing practical knowledge in a minimal amount of time. Plus, most classes are taught by experienced industry professionals who can teach you inside trade secrets that can save you time and money. In this episode,... read more

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Jody Shilan

Jody Shilan, MLA, is an award-winning landscape designer, former landscape design/build contractor, executive director of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association and industry consultant. He’s also editor of the membership website FromDesign2Build.com. Reach him with ideas for future shows at jshilan@gmail.com.

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