Years ago, I was given a recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Admittedly, I don’t recall having made those cookies myself until recently. I began to crave some oatmeal chocolate chip cranberry cookies, and, as luck would have it, a local restaurant had them for dessert one day when I went out to lunch. I don’t even remember the meal, I just couldn’t wait to taste those cookies. Unfortunately, they were not the cookies of my dreams.

Taking matters into my own hands, I went home and got the recipe out of the box. The recipe called for nuts, but I didn’t want nuts, so I left them out. It didn’t include cranberries, but I wanted cranberries, so I added them in. The result: my absolute favorite cookies (at least for now).

Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands, and you’ve got to mix up the ingredients a little to achieve the desired outcome.

One thing that is becoming more evident is that many of you are doing it all for your clients. You design the landscape plan; spec the products; install the lighting, pavers, turf, fencing, etc.; and then you get the contract for the maintenance. We’re following your lead.

Whether your company has separate divisions for installations and maintenance, or if it’s just you and your crew, we’re doing it all for you in our magazine within a magazine.

Now that Turf Design-Build is included within Turf, there’s no need to go anywhere else to find all the inspiration, tools and techniques you need to get the job done.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started in the hardscapes arena, you’re sure to find something to help you on your next project.