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2 days at work, 6 landscape Construction sites, 1 big problem plus an Abandoned House? vlog #0003

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How NOT to work in Landscaping, Construction or Lawncare business


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Part 2: How to Resurface and Repair a Concrete Driveway

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Part 1: How to Resurface and Repair a Concrete Driveway

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RIGHTs and WRONGs in Business

By Gabe "the General Contractor" Krueger

"What is exactly going on with my business?"

Taking an inventory every once and awhile is a very healthy thing to do for your business.
Sometimes I get so busy that I forget to stop and smell the roses.
Then the day comes along that I realize there are a lot of loose ends that need cleaning up.
Here is what I discovered recently:

-Subs that are clearly not good fits, however I keep them around for whatever silly reasons. (avoiding the "tough love talk")
-Too much overhead.  I need to cut costs on some items I'm wasting money on.
-Taking on jobs in between jobs to "help" desperate customers out and/or to keep the guys busy.  This in turn, affects my peace and serenity.
-Nice guy routine.....not a good idea.
-Rushed estimates, and not paying attention to "my" numbers.
-Allowing others to dictate my time
-Going too fast.  Looking to the next job before the current one is finished.
-I am part of DMU...
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Mistakes to Avoid when Sodding


Stan: One of my newer guys screwed up on a sod job today, and it wasn't his fault at all. It was my fault for not giving him a clear enough sense of direction on what not to do while I was busy explaining all of those little details that make for a successful sod installation. So today we're gonna cover the best time of the year to lay sod, what not to do, and the things that you need to get ready so you can have a perfect lawn. So without wasting any more time, let's get into it.

Stan: Problems started when I went out to the job site and noticed that some of the sod had been laid on top of existing turf. Now you can lay sod over existing turf, and it will grow. This is the freshly laid sod before we did the repair, and this is the same spot after, it looks almost identical, and the customer didn't have a problem, and didn't know there was an issue. But it's not the recommended way to do it, and it's not the way I'm gonna leave one of my job sites.

Stan: To correct this specific...

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Goals - John Lee Dumas

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How to Handle Cut Utility Lines while Landscaping

Mistakes Happen

The project that we're working on is this townhome complex behind me. We've got about 18,000 square feet of shade tolerant discovery Bermuda sod going in behind these town home units. The entire length of these buildings is about 1100ft long and this project is presented a number of problems. I want to talk specifically about utilities. All of the cable, gas, power everything runs right behind these buildings.  Tight down the center is the main gas line.  We've obviously located everything, but we have still had a number of lines get cut.  We're hand digging drainage from all of these buildings, every downspout, every air conditioning unit, all the condensate line surface basins. We're hand digging it into a series of storm basins that are already in place and we're going to be putting wraps around each of the storm basins.

The Unavoidable

This project we have had cut utilities which I would consider unavoidable.  The white wires behind me are...

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Setting Up Systems to Scale Your Business


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Stan Genadek: What's up Dirt Monkey Maniacs? Today, we're going to talk about what everybody says you need to do, but nobody shows you how to do it. Not a lot of you know that I own a lawn care company, what you don't know is, my excavating company is completely separate from the lawn care division and what nobody knows is that I own a third company doing pure construction, decks, house additions, remodeling work and two other companies. All of my companies run themselves without me, you're going to see that today. If I can do it, you can do it. Each company is completely unique from the other companies but the systems that run them are not, they’re universal across the board. But what's even more important is, I'm going to teach you guys how to do the exact same thing. When you understand the basic principles of a system, you can tweak it and make it fit just about any company's profile. The system is the fundamental key to building a...

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How to Plant a Yard and Grass Seed like a Pro - Grow a New Lawn, Overseeding, Yard & Sod Care Tips


Whether you're seeding a brand new lawn for the very first time or you're overseeding a thinning out existing lawn, we're going to give you three rules for success using three very simple tools. It doesn't even have to be as complicated as this thing. It all starts with the base.  If your subsoil it's hard like concrete, your new lawn doesn't stand a chance. Ideally you must loosen up the top four inches, but a lot of people mistake that for thinking they need four inches of black dirt. Nothing could be further from the truth. The perfect man will have 1/3 black dirt, 1/3 sand, and 1/3 compost. Once you get the subsoil ready you can lay down your seed.

Seed Type

Rule number 2: for the best long term results, you have to pick the right seed right out of the gate. If you have a wide open sunny area, use a sunny mixture. But if you've got a shady area and you use this grass seed, it will sprout and it will germinate, but it will slowly die off. That's why you would need a shady...

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