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Commercial Hardscape Projects: Do you want them and how do you get them?

Many hardscape contractors have launched their companies and found success with a focus on residential hardscape projects. These same contractors are often curious — albeit mystified —about the world of commercial hardscape projects.

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Making the Most of the Off Season

Many landscaping companies schedule their winter seasons with snow removal operations as a way to ensure a year-round revenue stream. But what about all the days in between snow events or those businesses that choose not to offer snow and ice services?

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Working with Your Unilock Territory Manager

Working hard to keep their businesses running smoothly, landscape contractors are often forced to balance many roles throughout each day. When the heat is on and the season is at its busiest, the landscape construction industry can be demanding to say the least. Unilock Territory Managers help keep business operations moving smoothly.

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To Design or Not To Design: Simplifying the Landscape Design Process

There is much conversation and debate in the outdoor living industry surrounding the best way to get from the initial sales meeting to the installation contract. Every business has a different way of approaching the design process, including who produces the design, how much-if anything-it should cost, or whether to offer it at all.

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Work-Life Balance: Is It Attainable for Landscape Business Owners?

Achieving work-life balance sounds like a fantasy to many business owners in the landscaping industry. Often working 15-hour days during the busy season, many express that they are constantly on the edge of burnout, with little time for a weekend away, let alone a real vacation.

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Is It Time to Rethink What Forms of Payment Your Landscaping Company Accepts?

Even as forward-thinking landscaping businesses strive to satisfy customers with design customization options and incredible customer service, they often fail to provide options and flexibility regarding the payment methods they accept.

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Carving Out a Niche in a Crowded Market

While some landscape contractors are beginning to tap into more specialized service offerings, the vast majority are still trying to do it all. Many businesses try to be everything for everybody; they fear turning down work and missing an opportunity to book out their season.

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Take Your Hardscape Projects to the Next Level with Exterior Design

There is a rapidly emerging opportunity for landscape construction professionals today that very few businesses are taking advantage of. Homeowners are experiencing a disconnect between the outdoor living spaces they see in product catalogues and luxury shelter magazines and the ones they receive when a landscape contractor has “finished” installing theirs.

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Making the Most of Bad Weather

Weather – it can make or break the progress of a job. The effects of weather can completely alter the course of a landscape construction project. It can impact employee management, material costs, equipment repair expenses, client relations – basically, anything involved in the construction process.

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Controlling Non-billable Time: What Makes Great Companies, Great

Non-billable time is one of those things that almost every company gets far too comfortable accepting as a necessary evil. It happens every single day, it’s easy to hide, and it’s necessary to the everyday mechanics of a business.

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Drones: Revolutionizing how we sell, design, and build landscapes

The use of drone technology has quite literally elevated landscape project photography. Providing the ability to capture an entire project in one photo with aerial angles, drones also allow photographers to zoom in on specific details of a project with ease. They are sweeping through the landscape design/build industry with trending force.

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3D Landscape Design: Is it time to add it to your toolbox?

A meticulously hand-rendered landscape design plan is incomparable to anything else. The ability to draw every detail, from the smallest plant to the largest water feature, is a skill that creates functional works of art that, up until recently, drew customers.

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Harnessing the Power of a Great Portfolio to Grow Your Landscaping Business - Part 2: Putting your project photos to work

A quality portfolio is one of the most versatile marketing elements for attracting new clients to your work. When paired with a solid system for proper photo organization and an understanding of the marketing channels in which to use them, a portfolio’s ROI is significant to business growth in the landscaping industry.

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Harnessing the Power of a Great Portfolio to Grow Your Landscaping Business - Part 1: Getting Great Project Photos

In any industry, a professional’s portfolio is key to successfully acquiring new customers. Photographic portfolios are particularly helpful for landscape construction professionals.

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Managing Foremen Proactively Through Incentivizing Part 3: Intangibles

To some degree, most employees are motivated by money. For some of your employees, money will be the number one reason why they come to work every morning. But, for others, money isn’t everything.

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Managing Foremen Proactively Through Incentivizing Part 2: Monetary Incentives

Once you’ve solidified your leadership techniques, establishing ways to retain your best employees will be incredibly important. In part two of this series, we will discuss monetary incentives.

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Managing Foremen Proactively Through Incentivizing Part 1: Effective Leadership

When it comes to running a business, nothing is quite as important as the way you manage your employees. No matter what kind of business you run, the best managers know how to encourage, guide, and incentivize their workers.

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Facing a labor shortage? Let equipment supercharge your productivity

Contractors have a tendency to describe themselves as equipment “junkies,” “collectors,” or “enthusiasts.” Yet, most contractors rarely have the equipment on hand to back that claim up, let alone to adequately handle the demands of their projects’ needs.

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Selling Hardscapes: Connecting Concrete to Homeowners Emotions

The hardscape industry has undergone major growth over the last few years, with purchases shifting from being mostly utilitarian to luxury in nature. For those landscape contractors that have been selling hardscapes for over a decade, the days of installing 10’x10′ patios featuring a single-size, 4″x8″ Hollandstone paver might not feel so far away.

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Landscape Contractors: Turn Your Website into Your Greatest Sales Tool

When it comes to operating your business, chances are good that you recognize the benefits of a great first impression. Before meeting with a client, you likely make yourself presentable by removing the extra mud on your boots and dusting off the particles left on your shirt from the demo saw.

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