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The Key to Making $80 Billion

Warren Buffet, the third wealthiest person in the world, is worth $80.8 billion. What’s his secret? He spends 80% of his day doing a single activity that he credits for his phenomenal success. Buffet says, “I just sit in my office and…

5 Common Landscape Pest Problems

Protecting client properties from pest problems is one of the most important jobs a landscape professional has. Your customers look to you to be the expert on all things landscape and to bring problems to their attention proactively. Few situations are worse than getting a phone call from a customer about a plant that has died and hearing them ask “Why didn’t you tell me the plant was dying?”...

Ready, Set, Fail

For employers, it’s never been more important for newly-hired people to be successful since failure equates to starting over in a very tough recruiting environment. Yet, many employers continue to struggle with retention. A big part of this has to do with a lack of clarity surrounding the employee’s roles, tasks, and goals...

Learn, Connect, and Grow (for Free!)

The “must-attend” education event for landscape and lawn care professionals is coming up October 15-18 at the LANDSCAPES 2019 show taking place at GIE+EXPO in Louisville. Here at GrowTheBench, we believe so strongly in education that we want to send you for free! Here’s the details…

How Tall Are Your Impatiens?

If you’re not a horticulturalist, Impatiens are garden flowers that grow profusely in the right conditions but perform terribly in the wrong environment. Most plants are this way but Impatiens take it to the extreme, making for a great analogy of how the same person may fail miserably at one company but be a superstar at the next company. It’s not the person or the plant, it’s the conditions they are thrust into...

Reacting to $15 Minimum Wage

Last month, the House passed a bill to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 by 2025.  Considering that labor is the single highest cost for landscaping and snow removal companies, a proposed doubling of that cost should terrify owners.  Of course, some companies already know exactly how to thrive in the coming job market because they have a plan...

Back to Basics

August double sessions were brutal. While my neighborhood buddies were leisurely enjoying the dog days of summer, I was riding my bike up to school for football practice twice a day. If you played football growing up, you can relate. The sacrifice was real...

The Secret to Super Growth

Do you ever wonder why some businesses tend to grow extremely quickly and others stay relatively the same size over years or decades?  In my experience, there is one thing that every business which experiences “Super Growth” always does.  It doesn’t involve significant investments, unique knowledge, or even extreme talent.  In fact, anyone could be improving just as rapidly…

Should you Hire Your Spouse?

I was on the phone the other day with my client’s CPA discussing some tax deductions I felt the client could be taking. It was a productive discussion, and we found several ways to save our mutual client thousands of dollars per year in taxes. As we discussed shifting income to the kids, however, the question came up as to whether or not the business owner should add his spouse to payroll...

My Secret to Success

Last month at the SIMA Symposium, I was asked to present in their “Life and Leadership Series” about my accomplishments growing Case Snow to a $42+ Million business in 7 years, retiring and traveling the world for two months, and starting two business at the same time.  I was honored, but then began to reflect on what my real secret to success actually is.  Here’s what I discovered…

Do You Have (the) Right Plantz?

If you’ve been in the professional landscape industry for more than five minutes, you know what a challenge it is to select the right plants for each unique situation. This is even more of a challenge for novices, homeowners, and gardeners. The difficulty lies in the vast amount of information required to know each plant’s preferences, geographic differences, microclimates, and (drumroll, please) availability. Matching up all of this information will give most of us a headache pretty quickly. This is where www.RightPlantz.com comes in...

Thank You in Advance

As we approach our one-year anniversary next week, we are grateful for you and everyone else who has contributed to our success. And, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for what I’m about to ask of you – to answer one simple question. Here it is...

How to Avoid These 5 Ginormous Landscape Leadership Mistakes

As an owner, fessing up to missteps in business building and management is hard. When you know something isn’t going well in your operational systems or with your personnel, it’s easy to stand back and put your head in the sand or focus on something less challenging. The cost is your relational and professional credibility with your staff. You can’t afford that cost. It’s both too high and hard to come back from. So, what do you do? You have to face it head-on. Name it clearly without blaming or shaming anyone - especially yourself. Then, outline what needs to be done, write out the steps, and take action. Here are the 5 ginormous landscape leadership mistakes and how to avoid them...