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Xeriscaping w Corona Tools, Denver Water, and Lawn + Landscape

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, Sep, 25, 2014 @ 16:09 PM

xeriscape on corona tools landscapechatWith the continuing drought, Xeriscaping is receiving more attention. Xeriscaping is a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques (as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation). Freedom from supplemental irrigation water is key to this type of landscape. Native and other drought tolerant plantings are included, along with water conservation techniques to eliminate evaporation and run off. Contribute your ideas, and ask the experts on this Twitter chat!   

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Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine with Host Brian Horn, managing editor at Lawn and Landscape, and Guest Host Travis Thompson Sr., Media Coordinator at Denver Water (@DenverWater) for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, October 1 at 11 a.m. P.T.or 2 p.m. ET. This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

Key Takeaways from the chat:

What is Xeriscape? 
History of Xeriscape? 
Causal factors for landscape change - Role of the water utilities, a look at where landscape change is headed 
Xeriscape Programs - available rograms for landscape contractors, residents and HOAs 
Xeriscape Resources - what's on tap for Irrigation Show 2014 and other available resources 

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Safety meeting photo courtesy of SDCWA 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Lawn and Landscape, Denver Water

Landscapers Making the Switch to Digital Systems

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jun, 03, 2014 @ 17:06 PM

Corona tools landscapechat techRemember back in the day when customers called in requesting landscaping services, and there was no way to contact the contractor that was already on site?  Or those late nights of accounting for hours and hoping you billed them correctly?  Well for those contractors making the switch and going digital, situations like these are a thing of the past.

Upgrading technology, both in the field and in the office makes a lot sense and smart landscapers are gaining a competitive edge for makiing the switch.  They are providing better service and communication with their customers and maximizing their efficiency. It can also have its pitfalls if their system gets lost or stolen.  We look at all sides of the digital divide on this week's #landscapechat.

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Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Brian Horn, Managing Editor of Lawn and Landscape Magazine @lawnandlandscape for this week's topic, making the switch to digital from those in the business. The live chat begins Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview 

Technology in the Landscape - Discover the latest technologies that landscape businesses are using in the field for faster communication, service and billing. 

Benefits of Technology - Hear how smart landscapers are using technology and the benefits that come from switching to a digital system.

Making the Switch - Learn what you should consider when planning to switch to a digital system, steps to take and how to transition your business smoothly

Cost of Going Digital - Understand how you should determine the ROI for your investment and what you need to think about.

Challenges with Digital Sytems - Explore some of the challenges that business owners face having their system in the field and if it gets in the wrong hands. 

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools LandscapechatDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us on the landscapechat Nurph channel that adds it for you and provides 24/7 access to past chat replays!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Topics: #Landscapechat, business, Lawn and Landscape

Study Reveals 5 Things Know to Grow Your Landscape Business

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Mar, 04, 2014 @ 19:03 PM

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One of the bread and butter components of our industry is the landscape maintenance company, generally divided into those that service residential properties and those with commercial clients. In 2013 Lawn and Landscape Magazine surveyed residential homeowners about their landscaping decisions. This year Lawn and Landscape  partnered with Sygenta to survey commercial property managers about their attitudes toward landscapers. The happy result is the February cover story, 2014 Grow the Market 2 study, providing hard data from property managers about their lawn and landscape decisions.    

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Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Brian Horn, Managing Editor of Lawn and Landscape Magazine @lawnandlandscape for this week's topic, a major study of Property Managers' attitudes about landscaping and lawn care, Grow the Market 2 Survey. The live chat begins March 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview 

 There are five key takeaways that will be covered during the live chat. 

  • Hiring Decisions Far and away, quality of work and staying on budget are the most important things to the average property manager when it comes to hiring a landscaper. Price comes in tied for fifth on the list of top reasons.
  • What's Important; What's Not Green services and certifications come in dead last, with just 2 percent of property managers choosing those as the top reasons to hire a company.
  • Service with a Smile Almost three-quarters of respondents cited problems with services or improperly completed jobs as the most common reason they fired a landscape contractor.
  • Doing Business with a Business High prices came in near the bottom of the list, with just 4 percent of property managers saying it was why they often changed landscapers.
  • Property by the Numbers 60 percent of our respondents spend more than $20,000 a year on their entire landscape, and almost half of them say that budget has increased since 2011. 

Join the Conversation 

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us on the landscapechat Nurph channel that adds it for you and provides 24/7 access to past chat replays!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Lawn and Landscape

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