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Comparing yourself to someone else is human nature. Are you curious about how your company compares to others in your region? How about with those on the opposite side of the country? Our Benchmarking Your Business tool helps maintenance, lawn care, design/build and irrigation companies compare themselves to the national and regional averages we collected. See how your costs for labor, equipment, materials and more stack up with others in the industry. Check it out at bit.ly/lawnbenchmark.

You have to have a vision

We talk with previous cover story subjects Pam Dooley, owner of Plants Creative Landscapes, and John Munie, president of Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, on the benefits of writing mission and vision statements. They touch on how these underappreciated declarations can assist with retention, growth, company culture and values. You’ll also learn how often you should be revising these statements. To listen to the “Looking forward with mission and vision” podcast, head to bit.ly/llvisionpodcast.

What’s ahead this year?

Harvesters Ed Laflamme and Alison Hoffman are optimistic about the industry’s outlook in 2021. They say it’s stabilizing and thriving after the challenges posed last year by COVID-19. Yet despite all this, the labor shortage isn’t going anywhere, so learn ways to tackle this, too. Watch the duo discuss the high demand and what to expect this year on our website at bit.ly/eyeson2021.

Time to talk tech

Lawn & Landscape’s second annual Technology Conference is scheduled for Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 in Orlando, Florida. Have you registered yet? Pricing, hotel information and an evolving list of exhibitors is available at bit.ly/LLtechconference. Speakers, a schedule and more will be announced as the event approaches.