Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2018

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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60 Equipment I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 1 8 LC DBM Marketplace I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 8 4 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 5 6 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 9 5 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 4 8 Most Valuable Landscaping Upgrades July Is Smart Irrigation Month The Irrigation Association again deemed July 2017 "Smart Irrigation Month," to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation. There will also be a focus on public outreach and awareness through a video con - test and a social media campaign. The video contest will be conducted through social media, and winners will receive IA store credit, which can be used to register for a class or show. Tools to engage with the public will be released, in - cluding drafts of letters to the editor and tips on how to engage with local press. And the IA will continue their advocacy efforts by encouraging the public to weigh in with Congress on the 2018 farm bill and the EPA's water sense program. The National Association of Landscape Professionals and the National Association of Realtors released the 2018 Report: Outdoor Features, a list of the most valuable outdoor investments for properties. It included why property owners should make the invest - ments and the value recouped at resale. The top ranked investment was general lawn care; with realtors saying it is highly valuable at resale and recoups 267 percent of the cost. Landscape maintenance and tree care were both valued at 100 per - cent, followed by irrigation system installation at 86 percent. For commercial property owners, realtors suggest also making improvements to increase curb appeal. And they advise employing a landscape service company and completing a landscape upgrade. As far as satisfaction from homeowners after completion of a project, the most rewarding were fire features and irrigation installations.

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