Industry news April 2018
The latest news from the green industry

A mentor remembered
Paul Olsen of Brookdale Treeland Nurseries in Schomberg, Ont., passed away suddenly in March. This column interviews his associates across Canada; everyone contacted appreciated Paul’s leadership, and had a story to tell.

Benchmarking your equipment
Providing a framework of success for owners and managers who lack experience or a strong financial background

A case study: A contractor's blind reliance on contractual terms
Take your clients through the contract page by page to ensure the client has a complete understanding of how the contract work.

Taking risks
Successful people see themselves not as risk takers but as opportunity explorers, prepared to learn from their mistakes

Enhance maintenance programs with conservation strategies

A designer's story
Linda van Vulpen reflects on her career in landscape design

Hand-held marketing
Landscape companies are competing on the mobile ecosystem as online traffic moves briskly to smartphones

Mentor moment March 2018
Jim Mosher of Landscape Plus in Toronto, Ont., is an enthusiastic community supporter, involved in several charities, including the Fight to End Cancer.

The potential lien for maintenance work in Ontario - and beyond
A recent case has opened the door for landscape maintenance contractors in Ontario to argue that their services should be considered lienable.

Hiring better in 2018
Tips on securing the best staff for your growing business.

Distinguish yourself
Recognizing different approaches to successful business.

Improving your fleld labour ratio
The field labour ratio is one of the most important key performance indicators for any landscape company because labour has more impact on profitability than any other cost in your company.

Case study: Where a written change order is required but not obtained
Good risk management under a contract requires contractors and subcontractors to be thinking about the contract throughout the life of a project.

Identifying the best, most profitable jobs
If you want to grow a successful business in this industry, you must be able to identify jobs that make money and those that don't.

Clean up your act
Cleanliness in a retail operation reduces stress, saves time and makes money for your business.

Roadmap to growth
How process mapping can guide your company toward success

Finding the right buyer for your business
Success story as one company transitions to a new owner.

Nature is always in style
Randy Tumber shares his ideas and expertise in native habitat restoration; overall project and site planning; working with natural stone and creating natural-looking water features.

Business plan: More is better
High volume at reasonable prices was Wade's motto, and his savings were often passed on to his customers