Landscaping Company Issues
Managing a Remote Crew
Theft of Landscaping Equipment
Landscaping Issues + GPS Tracking
Labor Productivity. I spent 2 years as a crew foreman for a landscaping company. Most of my job was to run a mowing and edging crew. I was young but a hard worker and kept the team on task. However, I saw plenty of room for a crew to slack off; especially if the crew went bad together and was determined to be unproductive and “milk the clock”. Of course, back then, the boss didn’t have access to a GPS tracking system or any way to track the team progress. He relied solely on the crew lead and could only spot check progress in person.
Equipment Theft. Over the last 9 years at Rhino Fleet Tracking, we have encountered numerous thefts of landscaping equipment. Thus, the tracking of zero turn mowers, small tractors, Bobcats and other landscaping equipment is a consistent part of our day. We’ve heard stories of zero turn mowers being stolen and recovered as well as large tractors and complete trailers of landscaping and mowing equipment.
Government Regulations and Labor Issues. In most industries, these are a problem, but landscaping in the US has some special problems here. Our own landscaping crew that takes care of our office complex legally hires foreign workers from Mexico and must annually navigate the tricky process of legal visas and travel to keep his quality workers employed and continue to offer the same level of service each year. Add to these types of issues things like emissions standards and other challenges with using the small engines required to perform efficient landscaping, and you’re spending more time with the government than your customers or employees.