It can be hard for established industries to adopt new ways of looking at their businesses—they don’t call them “growing pains” for nothing—but as your customers grow, you need to grow with them.

As other industries innovate, consumers become accustomed to new ways of doing business, and continuing to serve customers and clients requires companies to reflect on the value they provide them.

Arbor Valley Nursery in Brighton is looking at other industries for inspiration to address challenges in the nursery business, like distribution, labor and technology. One of the key lessons is improving collaboration, according to Arbor Valley President Matt Edmundson.

Growers in different parts of the industry don’t know what other producers are growing and don’t have a close connection with their customers.

“The nursery business is often run by small, family-run businesses that don’t always talk to each other or look to innovate all that much,” he said.

Learn more about what Arbor Valley is doing to push the nursery business to evolve in our cover story on page 10.

I’ve loved hearing from you about our first issue of Colorado Lawn & Landscape. Of course, I love hearing about what you liked in the first issue, but it’s just as important to hear about what we got wrong.

A reader pointed out that the image we ran with Keith Wood’s column on the best time to prune trees showed an arborist strapping on climbing spurs. However, a 2017 revision to the American National Standards Institute’s guidelines discourages arborists from using climbing spurs for pruning unless other means are impractical.

I have to chalk that up to simple carelessness. I’m a word nerd and didn’t look closely enough at the image. I apologize for the oversight and will do better.

Please continue to send us your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.

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