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Monday Morning Start-Up, Snow Edition

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It’s spring here in Cleveland, so of course that means a snow storm. Well, there’s nothing we can do about it, except drink more coffee and listen to this Holiday classic.

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March 25th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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Weekly round-up

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For your reading pleasure this weekend I’ve got a few articles about snow, how Google works and some fantastic images of botanic gardens from around the world. Enjoy!

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March 8th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Weekly round-up

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Snow Circles from Beauregard, Steamboat Aerials on Vimeo.

Here’s our weekly collection of cool stuff we found online. Enjoy!

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February 24th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

No winter wonderland

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Contractors from across the country have been dealing with one of the weirdest winters in recent memory. And while it can be nice to not have to don your parka when you head to work, the lack of appreciable snowfall in many markets could have a tremendous impact.

AccuWeather.com reported that, as of last week, only 22 percent of the nation was covered by snow. That’s the smallest area of the U.S. covered since 2004.

The Intermountain West, especially the Sierra of California and the mountains of Nevada and Utah, shows a substantial snow drought this year when compared to normal and past years. The northern Plains and the upper Great Lakes are other areas that have little snowcover compared to past years.

Contractors are seeing red, as their plows sit idle, and a lack of the white stuff could mean lower reservoirs come spring, especially in the west.

But the weird weather could be an opportunity. Lawn America, a Tulsa lawn care company, has used lack of precipitation as a news peg to contact customers about the best ways to maintain their turf in a dry winter.

At Davey’s blog, they suggest ways to help customers protect their trees and shrubs from the wildly fluctuating temperatures we’ve seen, especially in the Midwest, in the past few weeks.

And, our sister pub Snow Magazine, whose readers could be the hardest hit by a lack of snow and ice, ran this column about how to be productive while you wait for the next blizzard.

As we head into the weekend, the forecast for looks more like, well, winter. The Midwest should get colder temperatures and more snow. Bad for drivers, but good for contractors.

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January 12th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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Apples and oranges

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All landscapers are the same, right? Mark Ciccarelli, manager of Neave Group’s snow and ice management department, nails it.

So, my lease is up on my truck and it’s time for a new one. Comparison = my contract is up and I need a new contractor? I equate my looking for a new vehicle to that of a property manager looking for a contractor for their snow and ice management needs. What am I looking for in a vehicle? I’m looking for a vehicle that will mitigate risk for me. I want something safe for my girls and wife. I want something that looks nice, gets good gas mileage, and is roomy for the family. I want something that I can drive and feel I’m getting my monies worth. Something that won’t break down and cost me an arm and a leg to repair. I want something that will show up to work every time I turn the ignition!

Isn’t a car a car? Aren’t they all the same? Isn’t a Kia SUV the same as a Mercedes SUV? Although KIAs are nice they certainly aren’t a Mercedes. But don’t they all get you from point A to point B? If that was the case wouldn’t we all be paying for and driving around essentially the same car? Then why do people drive a Mercedes? It is perceived value.

Comparison time. Aren’t all contractors the same? Don’t they all service your property in the same professional manor? Won’t every snow and ice contractor provide the client with the exact same service for the exact same price? Why would I pay $30,000 for a vehicle (or a service) when I could get that same vehicle for $20,000? I think the answer is simple. I cannot get the same vehicle or service for 20k. The reason I would be willing to pay the 30k is the perceived value I’m obtaining with the more expensive vehicle. I can get my risk mitigated and my “wants” fulfilled at 30K.

It’s our job as professionals to educate our potential clients on our value.

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December 13th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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Winter arrives

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The view outside our world headquarters is decidedly more gray today. The first appreciable snow has hit Cleveland, which is good news for everyone pushing snow and bad news for everyone else.

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November 30th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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A last gasp for winter

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I always thought March went out like a lamb, but I’m looking out my window at Lawn & Landscape’s world headquarters this morning and I see more snow than I’d like.

This winter’s been a long one, and while that’s a pain for me, it’s a boon to anyone in the snow pushing business. Mike Zawacki, who edits our sister publication Snow Magazine and is an all-around good guy, was on Marketplace recently to discuss the $12 billion snow removal industry.

You can listen to the interview below, and find a transcript here.

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March 24th, 2011 at 11:39 am