Landscaping businesses across the country have reported that 2017 has been a good year for business, and many, such as Steve Christy’s LEI Corporation in Boylston, Massachusetts, have experienced a substantial amount of growth. However, it’s no surprise that labor has been the No. 1 issue for many in the industry. Aside from labor, which you can read about more on page S14, contractors and LCOs across the country talked with Lawn & Landscape to share what has affected their business most in 2017.
The Harvesters, Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme, and the three Turnaround Tour winners have wrapped up the year-long process, and are ready to report back on final numbers. The process started with two-day visits from the Harvesters in November and December of 2016, when an initial analysis was done. That was followed by monthly reviews and accountability meetings to keep the owners focused and encouraged. Here is a look at where the companies started and where they are now.
A pool is the focal point of an outdoor living space. It’s the foundation from which the rest of the landscape design evolves. For many contractors, that’s why they’ve chosen to add the service to their business rather than subbing it out. “Pools are a component of the overall picture,” says Mike Mainland, project manager at Steven Dubner Landscaping in Long Island, New York.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".