Didn't know that you were appointed to judge content worth and maturity.
That was my opinion.
I personally didn't like them because they are very vague and incomplete. Not very straighforward. Sorry i have a hard time putting my thoughts down without being an articulated individual like you
I vote for these. ESTIMATING FOR LANDSCAPE & IRRIGATION CONTRACTORS, by James R. Huston.
THE COMPLETE BUSINESS MANUAL for LANDSCAPE, IRRIGATION and MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS, by Charles Vander Kooi.
After reading these you can get consulting or attend one of their seminars. Depending on which one matches your operating procedures the best.
Huston (800) 451-5588
Vander Kooi, Look in trade Magazines for Phone or search web. Address: PO Box 621759, Littelton, CO 80162 (I couldn't find Phone #)
I love to read and have spent thousands on book and tapes.The must reads are think and grow Rich and the E myth. Get a audio tape series on goal setting and listen to it in your truck and a sales tape series. the green books i recommend anything from Roy Rubenthal, the most detailed how to do business books, for seeding,mowing etc. Marty Grunders Marketing system is outstanding, Phil has good books too. It really depends on what you want to improve. sales,operations, marketing,training ? Dwight hughes has a book and tape on operations. Robin Perotti has a good book for selling aeration. Vandoor KOi on estimaing. Grunder for marketing and sales. let me know what subjects you want to read about. i have all these books and videos. if i get one thing out of each that makes me money it was worth it.
"I personally didn't like them because they are very vague and incomplete. Not very straighforward."
This is typically the type of info you get from consultants (and not just green industry types, it goes for all sectors). They leave just enough out, so you need to buy the next installment to get the whole picture (except for the bit thats left out of vol. 2).