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Landscapers are the elves of Mother Earth, giving her life, keeping her beautiful and healing her wounds. In return, the earth gives high doses of Vitamin D and a way to earn a living. Seems like quite the beneficial relationship! If professional landscaping is something you are interested in, read on! Having professional-level equipment and excellent service can help you land some clients, but you’ll need something that will lure them in first so they can experience what your company has to offer. What better way to do this than to have a great business name? Your name is the first impression you will make on a potential customer, and it could mean the difference between them choosing you or your competitor. Since most regions have lots of different landscaping companies, you’re going to face some stiff competition. You need something that will set you above the rest right off the bat. Your business needs to sound professional as well as unique and catchy! Here’s a list of 50 names to help you get some inspiration.
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Good Landscaping Names

F is for focus The current recession is nothing new to James Oyler, owner of Dora Landscaping in Apopka, Fla. This recession is the fifth he and his company survived. Oyler’s focus on selective bidding has allowed Dora Landscaping to provide quality projects and uphold the integrity of the industry. When flocks of contractors undercut or inaccurately estimate the cost of a job, Oyler stays out of the fray. “We had these issues in other recessions,” he says. “When things were bad, we scaled the business down and were selective of who we worked for. We’re already very selective of who we work for, but we became more selective in the bidding process.” Oyler’s basic method is to avoid jobs that already have four or five bids. He knows from experience that people who jump into the industry and drive prices down hurt those professionals who know the true cost of business as well as the industry as a whole. “It doesn’t make sense to bid on a job where there are 16 contractors,” he says. And regardless of what the future brings, Oyler says he will continue bidding selectively. “This is my life’s work,” he says. “What happens in this industry we care about greatly, so we have a duty to make sure the pricing is upheld so our guys can have health insurance, uniforms, vacations – so we can treat people the way they want to be treated.” – Bo Gemmell
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Good Landscaping Names

E is for employee engagement Recognition, innovation and empowerment are the tenets for employee engagement at Ruppert Landscape. By engaging employees, Ruppert management attests, the trickle-down effect starts with satisfied employees who then take ultimate care of their customers. A shining example of morale boosting lies with employee giving and volunteering. “Our employees bring their ideas directly to us from their previous involvement in church and neighborhood causes already close and personal to them,” says Chris Davitt, president. “When the cause also includes active involvement versus just a money contribution, it’s a good fit for us.” Popular causes have included a breast cancer walk, feeding the homeless, running a Wiffle Ball fundraising tournament and participation in an Extreme Home Makeover landscaping project. Remaining decentralized allows Ruppert employees to control their own destiny. “A good way to motivate employees is to never let them get too far from the decision-making process,” says Davitt. Sustainability practices have all been driven from the employees on up. This has led to innovative projects such as the installation of a 10,000-gallon cistern to collect and store rainwater, hosting of a sustainability summit for existing clients, installations of green roofs and recycling of waste materials on job sites. – TC
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Good Landscaping Names

After you’ve made a list of potential names, you will then begin to chop and hack away at it to narrow it down to the ones that are really good. Ask for help if you are the indecisive type; you might be surprised at the ideas in the heads of others! And let’s face it, people are pretty opinionated, and this is a time when you really want peoples’ true opinions. If all else fails, find inspiration in your work, whether it’s cutting grass or planting a new garden. It just might plant the seed that you need to grow a few ideas!
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Good Landscaping Names

A good way to determine whether or not you have created a winning business name would be to ask the consumer. There are survey sites available all over the Internet and you should use them to your advantage. Poll people about all of the names you are considering and have them choose the one that has the most appeal. Even if you are more happy with a name other than the one the majority chooses, you should go with their choice. Since they are the ones that you will be selling your services to, it only makes sense that they like the name you decide on.

Good Landscaping Names

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Good Landscaping Names

Sometimes when people try too hard to form ideas, the well runs dry. The best thing to do in this situation would be to consult a thesaurus. While the names you have in mind may not sound so catchy after you say them aloud, there may be others words you can use that have a better ring to them. While you should go a bit out of the box to find a great name, do not use synonyms that most people are not familiar with.
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Good Landscaping Names

C is for cloud computing Nanak’s Landscaping was a mess. Oh, the offices and the trucks and the folks at the top were just fine, but the organization of information on bid histories and properties was nothing short of a disaster on par with the city dump. “Everything we knew about our marketplace was contained in people’s heads, in notebooks, on Post-it Notes, and that was all over the company in little bits and pieces,” says Sampuran Khalsa, CEO, president and owner of Nanak’s, which has six locations in Florida. “We all felt like we were experts in the markets, but we’d forgotten 90 percent of what was going on.” The disorganization prompted Khalsa to start work on a cloud computing project that, during the last three years, has revolutionized the way the almost 20 employees in sales and marketing do business. Now, those employees put information into the system right after talking with clients, no matter where they are. They can turn on their smartphone before they even turn on the truck. All those bits and pieces of information – more than 7,000 jobs – are in the system. No more notebooks. Installing the system took about a year, Khalsa says, and though it has not been without its challenges, it has been worth the investment. “There’s really no way,” Khalsa says, “you can keep everything in your head.” – ML
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D is for diversifying To diversify their company, David Snodgrass, president of Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers in Portland, Ore., and his partners, brothers Dean and Drew, went back to the foundation their grandparents built more than 80 years ago and bought back a group of garden centers. The purchase helped stabilize the 200-plus employee company’s balance sheet: 24 percent of its $18.5 million in revenue last year came from residential design/build; 28 percent from commercial bid/build; 18 from landscape maintenance and 29 percent from retail.  “It bucks the economy trend,” Snodgrass says of his retail division’s performance this year – up when other areas are stable or down. “That goes back to the diversification – the green industry is never hitting on all cylinders in all areas. Sometimes there are pockets of strength and pockets of weakness. Being diversified allows us to leverage the pockets of strength into the pockets of weakness.” – Chuck Bowen
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O is for organic Canada has some of the most restrictive measures on the use of pesticides. Because of this, Weed Man, headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, had to change the entire way it does business. Just ask Chris Lemcke, director of technical services. The company learned early on that fighting the pesticide ban was futile because the tide was too strong. Instead of spending all its resources trying to reverse the tide, Weed Man hopped the crest of the wave and rode it instead. Now, at the forefront of research and development of organic pesticides, Weed Man is not just surviving, it’s thriving while many of its Canadian competitors have been sucked under. Weed Man recognizes that south of the border, organic lawn care is a growing business segment. “More of our U.S. landscape industry professionals are looking to organic solutions to expand their market and grow their businesses as they realize that more restrictive pesticide legislation in the U.S. is inevitable,” says Lemcke. Organic pesticides can’t deliver the exact same results as traditional controls, so, it also requires some re-education. Weed Man’s technicians must work with customers to inform them that they should not expect a weed-free lawn in the future. – TC CLICK TO ENLARGEQ is for quality management Dale Micetic, president of the landscape division of Phoenix-based ISS Grounds Control, understands that service providers need to “close the back door” to keep clients happy. “You can bring all the contracts in the front door, but if you can’t close the back door you’re just churning out relationships,” Micetic says. “You’re churning through money and you’re losing the opportunity to gain long-term relationships.” Micetic instituted the Quality Counts program to monitor employee performance and customer satisfaction. ISS Grounds Control looks for process improvements by going out and rating levels of care in all aspects of landscaping. If they see something that can be improved, they instruct the workers and return later for a follow-up inspection. The company also hired a firm to create e-mail surveys for clients. Micetic likes e-mail because he thinks clients are more open with their feedback than they are in face-to-face critiques. “The goal is to build longevity in your relationships,” he says. “You do that through understanding the customers.” He says companies should ask their clients two questions: “What are we doing well?” and “What makes it difficult to work with our company?” – BG

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