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Mom? Don’t Even Bother

I got my first one this morning. The first of the phone calls of the year that confirm that kids don’t have any gumption anymore.  That they’d just as soon play Xbox as make some money. Mom called, asking...
The Swag Alone is Worth the Price of Admission

The Swag Alone is Worth the Price of Admission

This time of year, I thank God for seminars. You know, the all-day events where you get pummeled with data on the latest, greatest concrete segmental retaining wall units or the methods with which to install ’em.  The ones...

Client Red Flags

Here is an actual email I received today: I am interested in possibly scheduling an appt. with your company. We have a large lot and have been here for about 4 years and the weeds are overwhelming us. I...

Client Red Flags II

I’m feeling like the guys Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson played against in White Men Can’t Jump.  You know, the ones who were saying “This is too damn easy!” when they were dunking over their opponents in a 2-on-2...

Red Flag: When Client Wants To Change Contract Terms

Things were moving along too easily.  We had our initial meeting, where the client had provided copies of two different (self-made) designs for a patio he wanted built.  You know how sometimes you just click right away with clients...

Service Magic Review

Is it just me, or does Service Magic have the broke senior demographic nailed?  Of all the leads I’ve received from them in ’08, more than half were a mistake (wanted asphalt, wanted poured concrete, wanted indoor electrical work,...
Free Tools Contest Winner!

Free Tools Contest Winner!

I’m very excited to announce that LandArts has won our Green Ideas = Free Tools contest, and with that will be receiving over $1,000 in Pave Tech tools.  Here’s the winning entry: I try to minimize the use of...

(My Business Is) Lucky To Be Alive

The business, that is.  I knew 2007 was rough on a lot of my local competitors and suppliers, but because we seemed to be clicking right along with plenty of work (those of you who know me well know...
Diamond Brick Cutting Blade

Buy Diamond Blades Now?

I don’t know if it’s because I run a landscaping company or because I run this site, but I swear that almost daily I get unsolicited email from China.  The emails are usually asking me to either buy their...

Win Free Tools!

We’re really excited to be providing this new segment to our already outstanding content offerings for the landscaping industry. To kick off the launch of Greening we’re offering you the chance to win over $1,000 in Pave Tech tools....

Construction

Sweeping poly sand into paver patio

Polymeric Sand

Polymeric Sand; What It Is and How To Use It Polymeric sand is a granular material placed between the joints or seams in brick...
Block Splitter

A Day at Pave Tech

I was going to be spending the day down and around Milwaukee last week for other business, so about a week before I made...
Magic Patio

Magic Patio

I’ve been working in the landscaping industry for over 20 years, and I start each new season thinking I’ve pretty much seen it all...

Marketing

Cool Business Cards

Fresh Business Card Ideas

As I was moving blog posts and data over to the aggregated CMS that will be the new front pages of GTX, I came...

Open Letter to Service Magic

Dear Craig Smith, CEO of Service Magic, Whew. It’s 2011. Wearing my business owner’s hat, I’d like to think we’ve weathered the worst of...

Equipment

Choosing a Demolition Saw

Choosing a Demolition Saw

Finding out which is the best cutoff saw can be an important decision to your business. While the price of the saw is a...
Buying the Right Skidsteer

Buying a Skidsteer

So you’re ready to buy a skidsteer.  Great!  You probably have questions, especially if this is your first big equipment purchase. Brand Popularity Which...
Block Splitter

A Day at Pave Tech

I was going to be spending the day down and around Milwaukee last week for other business, so about a week before I made...
Free Tools Contest Winner!

Free Tools Contest Winner!

I’m very excited to announce that LandArts has won our Green Ideas = Free Tools contest, and with that will be receiving over $1,000...

Tools

What Goes In Perfect Toolbox

Filling the Perfect Toolbox

Several months ago I was on Twitter and came across a tweet from a woman who was trying to assemble the perfect toolbox for...
Block Splitter

A Day at Pave Tech

I was going to be spending the day down and around Milwaukee last week for other business, so about a week before I made...
Free Tools Contest Winner!

Free Tools Contest Winner!

I’m very excited to announce that LandArts has won our Green Ideas = Free Tools contest, and with that will be receiving over $1,000...
Diamond Brick Cutting Blade

Buy Diamond Blades Now?

I don’t know if it’s because I run a landscaping company or because I run this site, but I swear that almost daily I...

Win Free Tools!

We’re really excited to be providing this new segment to our already outstanding content offerings for the landscaping industry. To kick off the launch...