Jan 4, 2020
Opportunities are ours for the taking
Building on our legacy to ensure a prosperous future.
Nov 15, 2019
Opening Pandora’s Box
Our name sometimes does not properly reflect who we are as an association and what we are trying to achieve.
Oct 15, 2019
The feeling you get when you buy something new
LO's newly-renovated building is the start of a new journey toward even greater things.
Sep 15, 2019
Association membership gives a 20x return on investment
Financial savings are just one of the many reasons whey members continue to renew membership dues each year.
Jul 15, 2019
Lessons from a 19 year-old, home bloggers and an online nursery
The traditional way of selling products is changing.
Jun 15, 2019
Watch out for ice bergs, reopening of LO office and a few other tidbits
The weather this spring is nothing to joke about.
May 6, 2019
A simple way to catch big fish
Changing the way list wages in job posting can help improve your chances at success.
Feb 27, 2019
Youth and new Canadians are our future
It's time to change the stereotype many students and guidance counsellors have about careers in horticulture.
Jan 29, 2019
Marketing is creepy, but it works
Data collected from smartphones is very valuable to big marketing companies
Dec 12, 2018
Saying it in just a few words
LO's recent strategic planning session produced a clear mission in simple, easy to understand language.
Nov 5, 2018
Waste not, want not
A business owner is responsible for identifying waste in their business.
Oct 9, 2018
Every challenge creates an opportunity
A change in market forces means an impact to consumers of road salt.
Sep 15, 2018
Charge more and feel younger
A simple formula can help you determine the maximum price clients will pay for your services.
Jul 15, 2018
What price should this plant be?
It's time to look at how consumers value plants and the many other products we offer.
Jun 15, 2018
Supply and demand justifies a raise in prices
The more we value our products and services, the more the consumer will too.
May 15, 2018
A lesson from the farm
Marketing a profession to the next generation of landscape professionals.
Apr 5, 2018
Attracting more applicants to our profession
The limiting factors to attracting labour to our profession.
Mar 15, 2018
Propel your business and career
Mentoring is an invaluable experience for both parties involve
Feb 15, 2018
Great conversations at Congress
This year, the topic on everyone’s minds was how to deal with the minimum wage hike.
Jan 15, 2018
Adapting to change is key to continuing our success
LO's new president explains why the association is, and will continue to be relevant to members.
Nov 15, 2017
Challenges facing the landscape profession
A recent gathering of associations around the Great Lakes helped to identify challenges we all face.
Sep 15, 2017
A memorable summer once again
Unpredictable weather and one of the busiest summers on record was not without its challenges.
Jul 25, 2017
Vimy oak planted at LO home office
LO's home office in MIlton now boasts a Vimy oak from Connon NVK.
Jul 15, 2017
Happy 150th Birthday Canada
Canada continues to be a country envied throughout the world.
Mar 15, 2017
The power of collaboration
An update from the recent CNLA national meetings in Toronto.
Jan 15, 2017
Improving an already amazing profession
The association's many activities and events are a great for collaboration and ideas.
Oct 31, 2016
A name act for landscape designers
A partnership with OALA is working on obtaining a Name Act for landscape designers.
Oct 22, 2016
Keep learning to stay in the game
Contractors must contend with bylaws that vary from one town to the next.
Sep 15, 2016
Are you covered in the event of an accident?
What happens if, and when, someone integral to your team gets injured?
Sep 15, 2016
Plant it high, never die
In most cases, trees should be planted with the root collar at least three to four inches above grade.
Jun 15, 2016
Co-opetition: Cooperation among aligned professionals
Today, sharing virtually all aspects of our business with colleagues is the norm.
May 15, 2016
Combined efforts go a long way
The LO feature garden at Canada Blooms this year got a lot of attention from visitors to the show.
Apr 15, 2016
Positive energy fuels our profession
Several committee projects will help to shape our association in the coming years.
Mar 15, 2016
Transforming an industry with one word
A reminder that we are a group of professionals.
Jan 15, 2016
Landscape Ontario's incoming president outlines his agenda for next two years.
Oct 15, 2015
Have you asked for a referral lately?
A study shows referral customers are more loyal and more profitable.
Jul 15, 2015
Together we help industry grow
What 40 years of Landscape Ontario means to the success of your business.
Jun 15, 2015
Reality TV worth watching
Insight can be gained from watching a TV show about a turning around a struggling business.
Apr 15, 2015
Do you have your goals in writing?
Research shows a direct and substantial link between setting goals and future success.
Dec 15, 2014
Raising your prices?
Businesses often fail to raise prices because they believe the competition won't.
Nov 15, 2014
Did you hear about free legal advice?
All LO members now enjoy free access to legal advice as part of their benefits package.
Oct 15, 2014
There’s a reason why top companies invest in ensuring that employees reflect their brand vision.
Aug 15, 2014
Midnight dinners and all
Missing time with loved ones during busy season simply comes with the territory.
Jun 15, 2014
So you’re leaving? Let’s chat
Exit interviews are a good reminder of how important conversations can be.
Feb 15, 2014
I know you’re better, but can you match their price?
We can't sell ourselves short. We need to take pride in what we do.
Jan 15, 2014
Theme for 2014: Growing together
A great deal of LO's success should be credited to home office staff.
Dec 1, 2013
It’s been an honour to represent this great association
Outgoing association shares his final thoughts.
Nov 1, 2013
Skilled trades shortage is next crisis
Ask any business owner in the green industry what his biggest challenge is, and he will likely single out the problems with hiring good people.
Oct 1, 2013
It’s more than saving money
It is so obvious to me that no matter if the company is big or small, there are enormous benefits to be a member of Landscape Ontario.
Sep 15, 2013
Flora Niagara is dead...for now
The international horticultural exhibition that was hoped to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday will not take place.
Aug 15, 2013
Proper training improves bottom line
The On the Job Training (OJT) program through Landscape Ontario teaches quality and efficiency.
Jul 15, 2013
Safety is everyone’s responsibility
Since our firm entered Landscape Ontario’s health and safety program many years ago, I have seen a dramatic improvement in our accident occurrences and WSIB claims.
Jun 15, 2013
Does anyone remember the Adopt-a-School program?
Since the Adopt-a-School program was developed in 2007, it has been forgotten by industry members, and that is a crying shame.
May 15, 2013
More than passion needed to retain employees
Good employees are the lifeline of a successful business. Treat them with utmost respect and you will get the same in return.
Apr 15, 2013
The importance of vision
Smart business owners understand the importance of knowing and understanding their business vision.
Mar 15, 2013
It’s time for Canada Blooms
Canada’s largest garden and flower festival will embark on its 17th year by celebrating with the theme, The Magic of Spring.
Jan 15, 2013
Time to solve skilled labour shortages
A Statistics Canada study that year found 24 per cent of Canadian companies were not able to find the right talent.
Dec 15, 2012
Members help to maintain urban forest
The Trees for Life launch was a very impressive and important event for a number of reasons.
Nov 15, 2012
Don’t ignore benefits of vertical
Lately I have been faced with the challenge of landscaping some small spaces, particularly balconies and terraces in high-rise condominiums.
Oct 15, 2012
A horticultural extravaganza
For a few days the Canadian delegation and I visited Floriade 2012, a world-class horticultural expo that opened on Apr. 5 and closed Oct. 7.
Sep 15, 2012
Booming condo industry
There has been an incredible increase in condo landscape design, construction and maintenance enquiries over the past few years at our offices in Toronto
Aug 15, 2012
Some positive news about turf
For some time we have been reading about grass being out of fashion.
Jul 15, 2012
Hard work required in tough times
Over the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to predict business cycles.