Gardening and Landscaping Tips –gear it toward winter time

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Gardening and Landscaping Tips: Winter Time Considerations

Even though temperatures have fallen below freezing and snow may be on the way, gardening and landscaping planning does not need to go into hibernation.

Although your colorful plants are now sleeping and color has faded, the winter season is a great time to re-plan your landscape to provide year-round enjoyment. You may not be planting anything during this season, but a closer view of those bare plants and limbs can spark ideas for the coming season. Some possibilities include adding new stone and other hardscape features that will add definition to your landscape. A new wall, perhaps some statuary or strategically placed boulders, can dress up a winter landscape. As plants and vines wind their way through these features, your garden will eventually take on a sophisticated and elegant aspect. Continue reading

Perennials That Survive the Winter

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For landscapers and professional gardeners, the hardy perennials that survive harsh winters are a blessing. These sturdy characters mean less work in the spring and create the starting point for the new year’s plantings. For property owners, some perennials provide continuing life and even color when not covered by a mountain of snow. They are also the first to “wake up” when the weather abates. Continue reading

Let Lawn Care Professionals Create Your Outdoor Dream Space

lawn care professionalsLet Lawn Care Professionals Create Your Outdoor Dream Space

As homeowners approach their do-it-yourself lawn care and landscaping projects, they frequently lose sight of the fact that limited knowledge often leads to limited results, disappointment, and higher costs. Moreover, in many cases, the time spent could have been used more favorably doing something else while landscape professionals create and maintain a more beautiful exterior environment. Continue reading

Benefits of a Professional Lawn Care Service

professional lawn careBenefits of a Professional Lawn care Service

A professional lawn care service does far more than drop by to mow the lawn and adjust the sprinklers. The commitment from a professional lawn care provider is to maintain the best looking landscape possible that matches the owner’s target ambiance and keeps every growing component in the best health possible. Continue reading

Landscape Myths Busted: Part One

landscape professionalsLandscaping 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

Risk Management and Safety Training: Accidents Are Not a Cost of Doing Business

safety image 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

Sharing a Podcast with Other Businesses Can Boost Your Company’s Market Value

podcast imagePodcasts 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

5 Ways That Attending Trade Shows Can Improve Your Business

trade show prolineAttending 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

How a Landscape License Can Boost Your Business

landscape license prolineAccording 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