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Yearly Archives: 2016

5 Tips for Attending the Green Industry Expo

green industry expo

The Green Industry Expo (GIE) is the biggest trade show; completely dedicated to the businesses of lawn care, landscaping, hardscaping, irrigation and the like. Each year, tens of thousands of business owners and their employees descend upon Louisville, Kentucky, to check out the new gear, learn the latest tips during the education sessions, rekindle old friendships and make new ones. The 2018 event promises more new information and products than ever, with 750 exhibits and a 19-acre outdoor demonstration area. But make no mistake, attending GIE can be expensive and, […]

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The More You Know-Building on Collective Knowledge

building on collective knowledge

Running your own business can be an intimidating proposition at times, and many small business owners lack a support network to assist them. Having people with the right knowledge and insight to answer questions and provide guidance can be invaluable in any field, but especially in the green industry. That is why Spring-Green Lawn Care is so proud of the collective knowledge that all of our franchise owners bring to the table. Not only does this shared insight benefit franchise owners when an unknown lawn issue arises, but it also […]

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Succession Planning for Green Industry Business Owners

succession planning for green industry business

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) found that between 2007 and 2012, the number of small business owners over the age of 50 increased to almost 51 percent. Translation? More than half of small businesses are headed by someone nearing retirement age. Most green industry owners are focused on day-to-day activities and getting the job done. Retiring may seem a long way down the road, but it is never too early to start thinking of your exit strategy. Create a succession plan The SBA advises any business owner, including someone […]

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The Value of Coaching to a Green Industry Business

business consultant

Anyone who has ever played a sport knows the value and benefit of having a coach in your corner, tweaking your form and guiding your efforts. Simply put, a good coach makes you better. Spring-Green Lawn Care recognizes the role this kind of guide can have for a franchise owner. That is why every one of our franchise owners is paired with a dedicated business consultant to not only help them as they start their journey with Spring-Green, but also to stay with them throughout the lifespan of their business. […]

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The Benefits of Perimeter Pest Control


One of the keys to building a successful green industry business is diversification, offering a variety of services, from landscaping and hardscaping, to mowing and maintenance. While lawn fertilization and weed control are Spring-Green’s core offering, owners can also offer several other services such as fire ant, mosquito and grub control, lime treatments to improve soil pH and core aeration. Perimeter pest control is another option that can provide a company a great year-round value to balance out the seasonal nature of lawn care. Spring-Green Lawn Care has found great […]

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Green Business: Legacy Planning for Your Business

legacy planning for the future

Background: Steve Hopper started in the green industry at the end of the 2004 season with a Spring-Green franchise in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Starting from scratch as a franchise owner gave the father of two daughters a unique perspective on the opportunities and assistance Spring-Green offers its franchise owners. Problem: Raised on a farm in eastern North Carolina, Hopper spent some of his 20s in that line of work, before pursuing a career in sales. But neither career felt exactly right. “My dad raised me with the idea that […]

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Fall Lawn Care Trends

fall lawn care

Setting the stage for success Creating and executing a solid business plan is vital to your success in the green industry much like winning the NFL championship requires a lot of planning and execution. As the NFL fans across the nation get ready for the the preseason to begin, Spring-Green Lawn Care is also preparing for one of our busiest seasons. Much like your favorite NFL team, Spring-Green Lawn Care knows that one of the keys to a successful lawn care business is preparation. That is why we schedule planning […]

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Love and Lawn Care: Husband and Wife Business Partners

Rodney and Heather Gaddis

For many, owning and running a business with their family is a dream. For Rodney Gaddis and his wife, Heather, that dream has been their reality for more than 25 years. Gaddis started in the lawn care industry when he was 17, eventually starting his own mowing and maintenance business in 1984. Heather joined him in his business, Gadco, based in Franklin, Tennessee, when they married in 1989. Problem: The Gaddises were interested in assistance with staying current with laws and regulations around the green industry. Additionally they had discovered […]

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The Business of Landscaping: How to Achieve Long-Term Stability

achieving long term stability

Do you own an existing landscape or hardscape business? Then you know how unpredictable the work can be at times. In the summer you are overwhelmed and when temperatures drop, all too often the work falls off as well. You love being your own boss and working in the outdoors, but you would welcome the consistency and greater financial security that comes with diversifying your services, smoothing out an uneven workload and the resulting income dips and spikes. Adding Spring-Green Lawn Care in conjunction with your existing landscaping, pest control […]

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3 Stages of Support for Green Businesses

important stages of support for green businesses

Every business is different, each comes in different sizes, with various needs and its own unique struggles. But no matter how your green industry business is managed or organized, there are some commonalities that all businesses, no matter the industry, experience when it comes to the support they need to achieve success. Understanding and anticipating what support is necessary, can make all the difference when it comes to the health and longevity of your green industry business. Stage 1—Get Up and Get Growing When your business is first starting, your […]

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