October 2019

Leadership Awards

Courageous by nature

Benny Abrigado trains and mentors team members at Performance Landscapes, working to give them the type of rewarding career and life he has earned in Hawaii.

Teaching future leaders

Greg Jolley is passing his enthusiasm for the green industry to the next generation of employees, and he is loving every minute of it.

Leading with integrity

Miles Kuperus, Jr. stepped up as an industry leader as a way of repaying those who helped him early in his career.

On the fly

Emerging Leader: Andy Kurth helped build a fast-growing Weed Man business, and now he’s focused on empowering his ‘cast’ to own the type of career that has been so rewarding for him.

State of the Industry Report

No excuses

It’s the same old story when it comes to finding labor, but contractors across the country have been plugging along to make it a successful year.

Weather the storm

Bad weather was an increased concern in the 2019 SOI, and navigating it properly is vital to a successful season.



Truck wars

New heavy-duty models and light-duty diesels alter the pickup landscape.


On track

Manage your crews and help your bottom line with the latest in GPS and routing technology.


(Pro)Pain relief

Propane has been a viable alternative for fuel when the price at the pump puts the hurt on your bottom line.


Shoot & score

Improvements in nozzles and spray heads continue to help contractors irrigate the right way.

Lawn Care

Ride on

Spreader/sprayer technology is advancing rapidly to help LCOs increase productivity.


Fire it up

Turn your client’s firepit vision into a safe, appealing feature that fits into the overall landscape design.


Compact comparisons

Weigh the pros and cons of compact wheel loaders and compact track loaders to choose the right machine for your landscaping job.


Snow and Ice Report

Parting ways

Recognize the unmistakable signs you have a bad client in your snow and ice portfolio.

Keeping up with the client

Customer expectations have grown in recent years. Fortunately, so has the snow industry’s ability to keep pace.

Providing proof

Site reports from last winter critical to defending a slip-and-fall claim have been lost or damaged. Attorney Justine Baakman offers insight on what to do.

Preseason maintenance

Try these items of routine maintenance to perform on your snow ops before winter sets in.