A new tool from the Department of the Interior lets you map the watershed for any stream or river in the country.
The above image is the total watershed for the Mississippi River: 1 million-plus square miles, or about a third of the country.
It’s a great way to illustrate the connection even a small stream has on the water supply of the entire country.
It’s the middle of July and feeling like summer. Enjoy some music for the season.
Big week this week. Lots of cool stuff on new turf research, end-of-year plans and why your truck is now the most-stolen vehicle in America.
- Research on how the urban forest cleans the air we breathe.
- Related: A worthwhile tree cause.
- Sharing water savings.
- When your boat is sinking.
- A to-do list for the rest of the year. (via Marty)
- F-250s are now the most-stolen vehicle. Lock up those pick-ups.
- Post-LCO business model.
- Above: Cool stuff from iTurfAppsLive.
Scott Frith spends some time talking about the future of Lawn Doctor, the lawn care industry and how a “significant liquidity event” helped his company:
Some companies want to be the low-cost producer, and do it at the absolute lowest cost, and they want to drive a lot of volume. And that has pros and cons. That has certain implications. Others want to be the premium-priced business that delivers the absolute best experience to the customer. Others want to be the Apple in the lawn care industry, and have a very different kind of brand, a very different culture that’s either cool or quirky.
Whoever you decide to be, just be who you are.
Read the full story here.
This is a chalkboard a friend of mine sent me from a coffee shop in England.
I’m keen on any kind of data, especially when I can pore over it with an ample supply of coffee. But what I like most about this is that the shop is explaining to customers (and employees) in real time how business is going, and how much they’re making.
It’s sort of like the 100 penny story: Your crew leader is complaining about how you never buy new equipment/pay him poorly/etc. So you sit down at your desk and pour out 100 pennies. You show him how many it takes to pay for wages, how much for overhead, how much for marketing. At the end of the story, you’ve (basically) organized your annual budget in tiny piles, and your crew leader has a better understanding of where all your revenue goes.
I hear from a lot of owners who say they wish their crews would think like more like them – worry about the P&L and understand how their actions in the field each day effect the company’s bottom line.
Something like this might not be a bad idea.
Just in time for the holiday, A.J. Coleman at McKay Landscaping Lighting sent me these photos of some recent patio/water feature installations the company did in Nebraska.
You can see (and read) more from A.J. in our July issue, where he writes about the art of lighting water.
In the meantime, you’ll have to do with these glamor shots. Enjoy!
Happy Canada Day!
Lots of good stuff this week: marketing, tree climbing and detention pond tips. See you Monday.
Thanks to the fine folks at Becker Underwood, this the best video about beneficial nematodes you’ll see today. Guarantee you’ll still have the heebie-jeebies this weekend, though.