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Business Principles for Landscape Contracting

3rd Edition

By Steven Cohan


274 pages

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Business Principles for Landscape Contracting, fully revised and updated in its third edition, is an introduction to the application of business principles of financial management involved in setting up your own landscape contracting business and beginning your professional career. Appealing to students and professionals alike, it will build your knowledge of financial management tools and enable you to relate their applications to real-life business scenarios. Focusing on the importance of proactive financial management, the book serves as a primer for students in landscape architecture, contracting, and management courses and entrepreneurs within the landscape industry preparing to use business principles in practice. Topics covered include:

  • Financial management and accountability
  • Budget development
  • Profitable pricing and estimating
  • Project management
  • Creating a lean culture
  • Personnel management and employee productivity
  • Professional development
  • Economic sustainability.


'Business Principles of Landscape Contracting has been a valuable supplement to our curriculum. While our students earn a minor in Business Management, Dr. Cohan's excellent text helps them apply what they learn in their business courses to the Green Industry.'

Phil Allen, Certified Landscape Professional, Brigham Young University, USA.

Table of Contents



  1. Structuring for accountability
  2. Budget development
  3. Profitable pricing
  4. Estimating
  5. Financial management
  6. Project management
  7. Financial ratios
  8. Software applications
  9. Managing human assets
  10. Productivity basics
  11. Creating a lean culture
  12. Professional development
  13. Bottom-line leadership
  14. Economic sustainability



About the Author

Steven Cohan earned his Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. His diverse professional career encompasses plant science research, entrepreneurship as an owner of a retail nursery, and executive management of botanical gardens. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA, where he served as Program Director for the Landscape Management Program. His course instruction included Financial Applications for the Green Industry, Environmental Horticulture, Internship Seminar, and Green Roofs and Urban Sustainability Seminar.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Project Management