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State of the Industry
Landscape and Irrigation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the annual State of the Industry report, Landscape and Irrigation sought feedback from industry professionals from all areas of the landscape and irrigation markets. Association leaders, manufacturers, contractors, designers, and more lent their insights to this overview of industry issues. In this article, some of the challenges the industry has seen in the past year are discussed, and delved into some thoughts as to what 2012 might bring. More



BUSINESS



Survey: Most small business owners worry about health care costs
Los Angeles Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small business owners worry about the availability and rising cost of health care, a new survey shows, but three-quarters of the folks who responded didn't know about a small business tax credit to offset the cost of benefits - or a new health care purchasing program coming in 2014 that will help them shop for insurance. More

New book uncovers landscape secrets for success, profit

Landscapers anticipate first look at new book in popular E-Myth series: “The E-Myth Landscape Contractor: Why most Landscape Companies Don’t Work and What To Do About It.” Small biz guru Michael E. Gerber and landscape industry power-player Tony Bass share secrets of a successful landscape company. MORE


Rising gas prices are hurting small businesses
Standard-Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Mike Bachman started his plumbing business 38 years ago, paying for gas wasn't much of an issue. Boy, have times changed. Surging gas prices impact motorists everywhere, but the hurt is extra hard for small businesses that rely heavily on driving to make their money More

How to ensure an equipment failure doesn't cost you your business
Smart Business Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most business owners understand the importance of insuring their physical property. But too many are unaware of the need for insurance to cover losses resulting from that physical damage, such as lost revenue when mechanical equipment fails, says Marc McTeague, president of Best Hoovler McTeague Insurance Services, a member of the SeibertKeck Group. More


Looking to cut costs? Does your business or organization want to be green? Learn how you can at our Free Educational training classes. MORE

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INDUSTRY



Alternative fuels
Irrigation & Green Industry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You almost can't avoid the swelling chorus urging you to to use alternative fuels in your mowers, trimmers, and other maintenance equipment: "Go green! Eco is where it's at! Green is the new gold!" Seldom has an industry movement gained importance so quickly. Take the test yourself. Type the phrase "eco-green" into your favorite search engine. Twenty years ago, that search might have drawn a blank. Today, it will return upwards of three million hits. More

TXI's PaveGro™ provides "park-like" parking

Why not add a green and permeable solution to your temporary/overflow parking surface needs? Use TXI ES&C’s PaveGro™ - it reduces erosion and is an excellent growing medium with load carrying capacity. Your customers will thank you.
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Is landscape architecture no longer 'The Good Wife'?
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Good news for landscape architects: Your employment prospects are better than those of building architects and your work is appreciated more than ever - think of the High Line. Bad news, you don't always get the credit - think of the High Line. More

Boxwood blight spreads to United States
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Much like downy mildew and dogwood anthracnose before it, boxwood blight is the latest disease to attack a plant favorite. First spotted in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s, boxwood blight (Cylindrocladium buxicola or Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) is now thought to be prevalent throughout Europe. In October 2011, this same fungus was confirmed on boxwoods in Connecticut landscapes, garden centers and nurseries. More

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MARKETING/SALES



5 emails successful people don't send
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are certain types of emails you should never send. You might feel good firing them off, but sending them undermines your effectiveness. One kind of email that you should consider not sending is the one asking permission. The world opens up if you stop asking for permission. Most decisions about whether to send an email asking permission fall between mission-critical and unnecessary. More

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The 5 most powerful words in sales
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Awesome photos, catchy videos, and fancy graphics are helpful, but the most important thing where sales are concerned are the words you use. Why? Words build relationships. People buy from people. Words can also guide your approach to sales, because attitudes are often based on words. More

Stop Sulking Over Your Sulky

The Kage Wheel Kaddy is designed to reduce fixing and maintenance required by so many other brands. After years of experience and expense in rebuilding other brands every year, Kage decided that something should be changed. So here is our sulky with features built to last.
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Truck cuts fuel costs by 20%


Redesigned SLT Eco Series Truck cuts fuel costs by up to 20%, saves time, money.
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