50 episodes

Hardscape Growth: A podcast for business leaders in the trenches, is a show focused on helping hardscape professionals find success in growing their businesses.
We’re talking with business leaders, designers and experts who are shaking things up in the hardscape world. Each episode will dive into real, honest conversations with the people who are making a difference.
From pavers to profits and everything in between, if it can help you succeed, we’re going to cover it. Tune in and stay up to date with the latest trends, strategies, tools and techniques. We’re here to help you grow!

Hardscape Growth Hardscaper

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Hardscape Growth: A podcast for business leaders in the trenches, is a show focused on helping hardscape professionals find success in growing their businesses.
We’re talking with business leaders, designers and experts who are shaking things up in the hardscape world. Each episode will dive into real, honest conversations with the people who are making a difference.
From pavers to profits and everything in between, if it can help you succeed, we’re going to cover it. Tune in and stay up to date with the latest trends, strategies, tools and techniques. We’re here to help you grow!

    How to Build the Best Team Ever

    How to Build the Best Team Ever

    Finding the right candidates is always difficult. And if they’re family it can be even harder. 
    But, it doesn’t mean it can’t work. The important thing for any manager or owner to consider as they try to step back, get the right people in the right spots, and begin to focus on the growth of the company is developing the right team. 
    That’s why what Tony Zambito, Owner at Groupe Zamco, has to say is more important than ever. For Tony, he’s worked with families who have and haven’t always been the best fit. He’s also worked with brand new help that he didn’t think would be around more than a day, but years later are some of his most trusted. His advice? Never judge a book by its cover. On this episode of Hardscape Growth, growing your team thoughtfully and successfully. 
    Join us as we discuss:
     What to look for in a candidate
     How to navigate working with family
     Developing your team for the long haul 


    Check out the full episode for Tony’s perspective on how to build the best team possible for the future of your company.
    Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Costs Change, So Should Your Estimates

    Costs Change, So Should Your Estimates

    And the costs, they are a-changin’.

    How in the world are you supposed to give reliable bids to customers when the costs of materials are always changing? Do the math and be a good friend. That’s the advice Kevin Moore, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Carroll Landscaping and CLI Home Services Inc., gives. Being competitive doesn’t mean underselling the value of your products or services. It means finding creative ways to be transparent and honest without compromising the livelihood of your business.

    Join us as we discuss:
    The difference between a bid and an estimate
    How to (and why it’s important to) make friends with your clients 
    Selling from a point of strength


    To hear more of Kevin and Alex talking about running a successful business, check out their earlier conversation Project Management: Staying Ahead of Material Shortages.
    Check out the Techo-Bloc Estimation Tool.
    Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    • 55 min
    Don’t Just Hire People, Keep Them

    Don’t Just Hire People, Keep Them

    What do your customers say about you when you’re not around? What do your employees say?

    Building and maintaining your company brand is more than chance. It’s about creating an honest, caring, and direct line of communication and expectations. Your customers should know what to expect like what they’re going to pay. And the people who work for you should know that you’ve got their back. In landscaping, an aging employee needs to know there is a career path forward as much as a young person on day one needs to feel treated like more than just a spare shovel. Anyway, that’s what Adrian Bartels, President of Cedar Springs Landscape Group, says. That all comes down to training. Training a customer’s expectations and training your team to keep the grandiose portrait in your vantage.

    Join us as we discuss:
    Training and keeping your people
    Career benefits and perks
    Building a farm system for leadership


    Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.    

    • 59 min
    Growing With Core Values

    Growing With Core Values

    Having good core values means company growth. 
    A lot of times companies may think it is nice, helpful, or convenient to have a good company culture. That’s good and all, but do you trust your core values to help actually build the business? Brad Stephenson, Co-Owner, and Phil Neri, Designer, at New Castle Lawn & Landscape both began in entry-level positions and have worked their way up to their current roles.
     
    Their story isn’t all sunshine and roses, however. In 2018, with the H2B restrictions in place, they lost 25 employees and had to scramble to get things back on track. That year, they lost $350,000. 
    Join us as we discuss:
     Core values
     Must-reads for company success
     Getting the right people in the right seats 


    Check out the full episode for a firsthand look at a company that grew from $400K to $10M. 
    Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    • 49 min
    Navigating your business through a changing economy

    Navigating your business through a changing economy

    A contract is signed, but then the cost of the job supplies, materials, or even fuel has gone up 5, 10, even 15%! Then what happens? A contractor begs the supplier for a better rate, or they can surprise the customer with a higher price tag and lowered trust. What if there was a better way: write contracts that accommodate a changing economy. 

    Join us as we discuss:
    Change orders and how to use them
    Resources for cost fluctuation
    Navigating tough conversations with customers
    Cutting labor by staying up to date with the latest tech


    Check out this episode with Russ Springer, Owner & President at Legends Landscape Supply, to understand price in creases and supply demands, plus tips and tricks for contractors to be better prepared and more proactive when submitting quotes and getting materials from dealers.
    Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  

    • 59 min
    Tilt Rotators, Excavators and Grade Control Software Will Change Your Business

    Tilt Rotators, Excavators and Grade Control Software Will Change Your Business

    It’s easy to do things the way you’ve always done them. But that’s not always a recipe for growth. Especially when you’re not taking into account the newest, most effective (and most comfortable!) equipment. And let’s not forget about using state of the art software like Trimble Earthworks, designed to make sure the job only gets done as many times as is necessary: once. 
    Listen in as Jeremy Swihart, Owner at J Squared Outdoor Living and Lighting shares his best tips for not only cutting labor costs, but growing his business at the same time. 
    Join us as we discuss:
    Using equipment to lower labor costs
    Hiring the right employees to grow your business
    Using tilt rotators to maximize equipment’s output
    Using Grade Control software to reduce labor on site
    Building and making equipment to be more efficient
    Having a good relationship with your equipment dealer to reduce downtime
    Using project management software to communicate project information with employees 


    Check out the full episode for Jeremy’s first-hand experience using these pieces of equipment and software to learn about how they’ve transformed his business.
    Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wh erever you listen to podcasts.  

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

GreggoPWN ,

They’re the best

Alex and the rest of the crew at Techo-Bloc are the real deal. They operate one of the largest, fastest growing, and wildly imaginative hardscape companies that exist. If you’re in the biz, and you’re not listening to this show - you’re only hurting yourself.

Bill Reed ,

Great start!

Enjoyed the first couple of episodes!

Rob | Dad the Best I Can ,

This is a much needed podcast!

Learned so much listening to interviews with experts in the hardscape world! Excited to hear from more guests in this space.

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