Building big walls on a shoreline
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Building big walls on a shoreline
In late July 2014 contractor Pat Dixon responded to a call to evaluate a series of timber retaining walls. Pat arrived to find a structure of 10 walls 50’ high and 120’ wide built a 1.1:1 slope above the Lake Wisconsin shoreline. A built-in timber staircase/walkway zigzagged down to the lake with switchbacks like a mountain road. Pat says, “The walls were failing with several sections bulging and rotting. Insects were working overtime damaging the wood... MORE
Building a backyard showroom
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Building a backyard showroom
Joe Monello’s backyard project earned Monello Landscaping 1 of the 2 Project Awards they received at this year’s Hardscape North America show. Hardscaping your home creates very functional space that greatly adds to its value. Hardscaping a showroom by your shop in an industrial park might not count for much when you decide to sell. Of course the drawback of having a showroom at your house is that you don’t want it open to the public... MORE
Quick to hire; quick to fire
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Quick to hire; quick to fire
It’s fairly easy to establish a potential employee's skill level by asking questions and by verifying their past work experience. But it can be very difficult to determine other important qualities such as work ethic, willingness to change, willingness to learn, dependability, resilience and problem-solving. The only way to definitely know if the employee is going to work out is to hire them and have them actually work for your company...
Why we believe in clamping tools
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Why we believe in clamping tools
Any labor function where you remove potential physical risk is a winning proposition for your crews. That’s why my company made the decision to invest in tools that eliminate the need for our laborers to hand lift heavy products. Clamping tools are a god-send for lifting. Once you learn how to use clamping tools efficiently your production will increase. Take a look at the paver, slab, step and SRW clamping tools we use...
Making your trucks more efficient
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Making your trucks more efficient
If you’ve ever thought about making your trucks/trailers more efficient, Tony Bass is a good person to talk to. Tony started out as a landscape contractor in 1983 – but with an Agricultural Engineering degree. His company became his truck testing ground. In 1998 he launched Super Lawn Technologies, offering his truck designs to other contractors. Early on, Tony came to understand that trailers were a problem to be avoided whenever possible...
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
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Contractor Profiles

Installer champ, HNA demo builder, masonry expert
August/September 2016

Installer champ, HNA demo builder, masonry expert

Bobby Cooper shares what he’s learned installing hardscape, masonry and poured concrete almost 30 years. MORE


Seeking help to save a company
June/July 2016

Seeking help to save a company

A contractor learns that growing a company without business experience he could “lose it all.” MORE


Years consumed on 1 project
April/May 2016

Years consumed on 1 project

Failures by a past contractor lead to trial projects then to 2+ years of non-stop work creating an award winner. MORE


Don’t grow bigger; get better
February/March 2016

Don’t grow bigger; get better

Earth, Turf & Wood has the infrastructure to grow, but instead puts their efforts into becoming better at what they do. MORE


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