Whether you are a small landscaping business with a few employees or a workforce of 50, having the right technology tools is essential to help your business run your business more smoothly and easily. You want tools that are going to help whether you are sitting at your desk, out working in the field or working from home.
Below are 5 must have tech tools to make the workday run
The GasBuddy app is free and will help your employees find the lowest priced gas prices wherever they are. You can search by city or zip code. In order to keep the gas prices up to date, they ask that users report gas prices in the area they are in.
The Sprinkler Times software and app is amazing. Just enter the zip code of the property and it will calculate the average weather data for your location based on past weather data from the last 20 years. Next, select the sprinkler type, plant type, soil type and amount of sun exposure for each area of the yard. Based on this data, Sprinkler Times will create a monthly watering schedule that is designed for that landscape.
Google Earth gives landscapers an idea of the size of a property without physically seeing it. It allows you to visualize all directions in 3-D and can be downloaded as a program or can be accessed from any computer that has Google Chrome installed.
ScaperSoft is the leading business management software for landscapers. It is designed by industry professionals and is packed with critical project and internal management functions you need to be successful. From scheduling to estimates, invoicing to tracking time, ScaperSoft helps streamline all of your project information as well as property information.
Pest are exactly that. The Turfgrass Management app will provide you with access to info that will help you both identify and diagnose pests in the field. The information is based on turfgrass science books and is your complete program that can be used easily on the go. The database contains pre emergent and post emergent herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators.
Landscaper’s Companion – Plant & Gardening Reference Guide
The Landscaper’s Companion – Plant & Gardening Reference Guide has one of the most comprehensive plant guides available for your iPhone. It gives you access to information on over 26k different plants including pictures for most of them. You will find detailed information on trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.
Weather is definitely a factor affecting your crew’s work. The free Accuweather app will keep them informed about the weather conditions in the area they will be working in. They also offer section where you can customize the app for specific health concerns and outdoor activities. Selectors like Respiratory Health and Do-It-Yourself can be helpful to contractors as they plan out their projects around the weather and safety. Their weather videos are multi-lingual and updated every 15 minutes with details for the next 15 days.
The business world and the digital world are intertwined more and more each day and Industries like landscaping are no exception to the rule. Mobile device apps and other key tech tools are becoming constant companions. These tools help make your jobs easier, from business management to landscape imaging.