How many times do you read throughout the week? Once? Maybe three or four times? Or perhaps not at all. Whether it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a book, or you’re looking for something new to add to your shelf, we scoured the LawnSite threads for book recommendations that members have turned to for help with their landscape business.
1. Dirr’s Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates
by Michael A. Dirr
Looking for plant recognition book suggestions? LawnSite member brotherd96 says, “Michael Dirr has some great books, he is the professor of horticulture at UGA.” Another LawnSite member agrostis agreed saying, “You can’t go wrong with Dirr,” sharing “Dirr’s Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates” as an example.
2. The Ortho Problem Solver
“The Ortho Problem Solver” reviews chemical and non-chemical solutions for issues with plants, specifically in North America. Readers have access to detailed photos and a map of region-specific problems. “It’s a must for anyone in this business,” says lawnpro724.
3. Turfgrass: Science and Culture
by James Beard
Dr. Beard is professor emeritus of turfgrass science at Texas A&M University and president and chief scientist at the International Sports Turf Institute. LawnSite member Patriot Services recommends Beard’s textbook, “Turfgrass: Science and Culture,” stating it provides “priceless information, especially if you have any plans on doing seed, sod, ferts or pests.”
4. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants
by Michael A. Dirr
The book’s tagline explains it all: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. “I used this in college,” says LawnSite member Swampy. “It’s a good all-around type of resource.”
“The Wrights own and operate a landscape contracting, management and design build firm. Their book features their own observations of the landscape industry,” says Trees Too, a LawnSite member.
6. Profit First
by Mike Michalowitz
“You will view businesses much differently when comparing one industry to another,” says LawnSite member Kawizx62003 about Mike Michalowitz’s “Profit First.” “A million dollar contracting business sounds great until you find out it is a million in sales and $900,000 in materials… it’s really just a $100,000 business.”
What are you reading right now? Let us know in the comments below.