Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

DEC 2014

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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They're not for all landscape professionals, but for those well-suited, a franchise can offer many benefits including national brand recognition, a proven business model, more buying power, and help with marketing and business planning. Mike Dahl LC/DBM In the Company of Others – A Look at Lawn Care Franchises 20 Fleet management systems let companies locate, route, dispatch and track trucks and equipment, communicate with their operators and monitor driving behavior and engine data, which can lead to reduced fuel costs, overtime, road breakdowns, dangerous driving, billing disputes, timesheet falsifying and more. Mike Dahl LC/DBM Navigating Fleet Solutions 24 Though they each come with their own learning curve, the variety of 2D, 3D, and site-plan landscape design software available offers an innovative way for landscape contractors to convey their design ideas to a client and secure a sale. Alli Martin LC/DBM Choosing the Right Landscape Design Software 28 About the Cover: A compilation of some of the issues, events, projects and products that came to LC/DBM's attention in 2014. 18 For all the Site Amenities Products, turn to page Product Focus DBM LC Find Us Online: @LandscapeComm @landscapeonline @LandscapeOnline.com World Premiere Products & Advertisements: 6 Commentary Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 8 Ground Gains Mergers, Acquisitions, Expansions 14 Hardscapes Decorative Hardscape Brings Italian Villa Aura 18 Product Focus Site Amenities 55 Off The Clock Ghost House 32 Site Amenities 35 Landscape Lighting 38 PMBR 42 Stormwater/Erosion Control 42 Plant Materials 45 Product Request Center 48 Plant Accessories 48 Water Mgt/Irrigation 51 Equipment 54 Business Services Marketplace Departments 20 World Premiere vol.17 - no.12 DeCembeR '14 Look for this logo in the Product Focus section and in ads throughout this issue to find the 20 product pictures or advertisements that have never been seen anywhere before. 4 LC Dbm Contents: Business Opportunities

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