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Always keep learning and growing.

Last week Frank Mariani, of Mariani Landscape in Chicago, and I headed down to Atlanta for this year’s Excellent Adventure. We spent a day and a half with Jim McCutcheon’s amazing team at HighGrove Partners, where we learned what they’ve done to become one of the most successful commercial landscape companies in the country. We…

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Equip your crews for maximum efficiency.

There’s a lot that goes into running an efficient landscaping operation. A motivated, well-trained team. Systems that save time. A culture of accountability. Measuring the right performance indicators, and then using those metrics to drive results. Equipment plays a role too. At Grunder Landscaping Co., we’ve seen this firsthand. Recently we acquired four of Vermeer’s…

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Listen Twice as Much as You Speak

When I speak with our industry’s business owners, I often hear a familiar complaint. Their teams, they grumble, just won’t do what they’re supposed to do. Their crews, they grouse, just don’t seem to care. How can they get their teams to change? My answer? Listen. Listen to yourself and how you talk about the…

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