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Equipment Trends 2014

Landscape and Irrigation recently asked a wide range of equipment manufacturers and suppliers to share their insights about the equipment market, and how the trends they are seeing will impact equipment decisions made by landscape industry professionals. The observations of the respondents are as follows:...
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Green Infrastructure Stormwater and your Business

Not that long ago, the traditional approach to stormwater management focused on directing the runoff, created by torrential downpours, from a site into the sewer system and eventually into a river basin. This practice often resulted in the erosion of stream beds and river banks, and has led to the contamination/poor health of numerous bodies of water throughout the country....
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The Times, They Are A-Chaingin’

By Ed KlaasMark Twain is believed to have said, "If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes." What would he think if he were alive today? Extreme and rapidly changing weather seems to be the new normal. The pendulum appears to swing back and forth at a faster pace and its swings go farther and farther to the extremes. Some parts of the country have experienced record drought, record rainfall, coldest temperatures, hottest months and years, record snowfall, and violent storms -- not just over the last century but all within the span of the last few years....
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What Do Clients Really Want?

In the early days of my landscape consulting business, I tended to charge into problem-solving minutes after my arrival on the site, but this was alienating to my clients. I learned that a relaxed conversation needs to take place, one that is strategically designed to get at what my client really wants. Asking the right questions is a hugely important part of that interaction; I pose many questions, but there are three that I find most critical....