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Grow with Grunder: Fall Is Crucial If You Want to Get Ahead

Whether you’re an owner or a team member, October is a pivotal month. With the hectic demands of summer starting to wind down, it’s the perfect time to look back at what you’ve accomplished so far this year and where you hope to finish, what you did well and where you came up short. We take the time to do this at GLC because it’s our last big chance to fix what we can for the season and to set ourselves up for success in the new year.

Don’t Let the Heat Get to You

Don’t Let the Heat Get to You

With July here, every landscaping business owner I know is incredibly busy right now. Our schedules are packed from morning to night, and we’re rushing to get everything done we need to do to ensure we meet our revenue and production goals.

Factor in the hot summer sun—and the “heat dome” that weather forecasters are ominously predicting will descend over much of the US this week—and we have all the makings of a whole heap of stress.

Don’t Overlook This, No Matter How Busy You’re About to Get

Don’t Overlook This, No Matter How Busy You’re About to Get

Happy April! Where I live in Ohio, it’s felt like spring has taken forever and a day to get here. It’s finally starting to warm up and the sun is at last peeking out, which means successful landscaping companies are about to get very busy.

This is obviously great for business, but it can also be very taxing on our teams, whose hard work we rely on. Many of us have at least a few stand-outs on staff whose leadership and skill form the backbone of our companies and whom we depend on to deliver on the major projects. These invaluable employees see the big picture and the small detail, they fix problems before they take root, and they’re proactive rather than reactive. Hopefully you’re already doing a good job of rewarding these people, in word and deed.

Attain, Train, Retain, and Entertain a Modern-Day Green Industry Workforce

Attain, Train, Retain, and Entertain a Modern-Day Green Industry Workforce

Now that the holidays are behind us and we’ve turned the calendar page on another year, it’s a great time to take a step back and really think about what you want to accomplish in 2018. One area that we’re all struggling with in the green industry is labor. Where do you find good people? How do you get them to choose to work for you over another competitor? How do you keep them once you have them?

Show Your Gratitude toward Your Clients and Your Team

Show Your Gratitude toward Your Clients and Your Team

If you’re like me, you’re glad to see November roll around every year. For those of us not in the south, the landscaping season is at last winding down and we finally get to catch our breath. In Ohio, where I live, the weather is usually mild enough to still enjoy some time outdoors. And then there’s Thanksgiving, hands-down the best day of eating all year.

How Do You Get Your Team to Uphold Your Values Even When You’re not There?

How Do You Get Your Team to Uphold Your Values Even When You’re not There?

Every fall I invite landscaping professionals from around the country to spend a day at Grunder Landscaping Co., where they go behind the scenes of our operations and learn directly from my staff how we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition.

Of all the learning events I lead throughout the year, this one is my personal favorite.