Landscaping Myths Busted: Part 1
Most amateur gardeners and landscapers love creating their outdoor ambiance. Planting shrubs, trees, perennials, adding pathways and setting borders can change the personality of your outdoor living space in many beautiful ways.
Moreover, with some planning, you can enjoy a different mixture of colors with each season.
Unfortunately, some efforts do not turn out as expected. Since landscaping is as much science as art, some long held beliefs may be the problem. Here are some landscaping suggestions to dispel common myths. Continue reading
For landscape designers, contractors, and equipment suppliers, landscape industry trade shows are an essential place to learn about new trends, meet prospective clients and vendors, and to find answers to some burning questions. Shows display the latest equipment and other landscaping products while providing formalized educational opportunities and seminars that dig deeply into specific areas of the business.
Attending one or more trade shows will add value to your business by keeping you on the leading edge of ideas for landscaping and for operating your business. Continue reading
Gardening and landscaping ideas that enhance the beauty and value of a property may be rewarding projects for homeowners. Sometimes these efforts are intended to create a peaceful private outdoor setting, and others increase the home’s curb appeal or cover less attractive features around the yard. Continue reading
Since they remain green and beautiful throughout the year, evergreens are popular in almost any setting. Landscapers and homeowners love evergreen trees and shrubs because of the relatively low maintenance and lasting appearance, retaining the same look year-round and, of course, no leaves to rake. Continue reading
Some people see accidents as unavoidable negative events that are simply a cost of doing business. The truth is that accidents are usually preventable through careful mitigation of risk and the implementation of system-level safety procedures. In fact, simply making employees aware of the risks they face during an average work day can help to improve safety and reduce injury on the job. Taking the time to educate employees on safety risks can also boost productivity, improve morale, and even reduce insurance premiums. Here are just a few of the benefits of safety training along with some examples of topics that are important to cover. Continue reading
Podcasts have been around for a while now, but many businesses don’t leverage these audio tools to promote their businesses, building client connections, and establish their position in their industry. The truth is that podcasts, which are relatively cheap to produce, are a great way to get your company name out to others and build a reputation for your business. Here are just a few of the benefits that podcasts offer. Continue reading
Attending a trade show is a perfect way to discover new developments in your industry and to learn about new ways to improve your business. While many people look at trade shows as an opportunity for vacation, for the serious business owner, they are an opportunity to grow and make valuable connections. Here are a few ways that trade shows can improve your business along with tips for getting the most out of your time at any show. Continue reading
According to the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the U.S. landscaping industry is worth about $61 billion annually when one takes into account landscape contractors along with lawn and tree specialists. What makes this number unique is not its size, however, but the fact that an industry so large is dominated by small businesses that take in less than $500,000 per year. The predominance of small businesses is both good and bad. It is good because it makes it easy for entrepreneurs and go-getters to enter the industry. It is bad because so many separate businesses competing in the same market space makes it hard for newcomers to differentiate themselves. If you are considering becoming a landscaper or are already working in the industry, a license may be the best asset you can invest in. Even if the area where you do business doesn’t require a license, consider the fact that the cost of investing in one can easily be offset by the boost it gives to your business. Here are just a few ways in which a license can improve your business prospects and your bottom line. Continue reading
Chasing trends may seem like a bad idea because you never really know when they are going to change. Of course, if you don’t keep your inventory up to date, then you won’t have what customers want and they’ll turn to other businesses. The key to following trends is to identify general themes and elements that are going to last for more than a season versus those that may only last a summer. Here are 13 trends in landscape design that can be applied to just about any yard and thus are likely to hang around for some time. Continue reading
Landscape design tend to focus on grasses, edible plants, and flowers to attract pollinators, with trees being almost forgotten. The truth is that trees are an integral part of any landscape and may even be the most important aspect of a design. Trees provide social, environmental, economical, and communal benefits in any landscape, but consumers often aren’t aware of these advantages. Here are a few facts about trees that you can share with customers when they are making decisions about landscaping. Continue reading