DWIGHT HUGHES JR.
NURSERY INDUSTRY SPEAKER AND CONSULTANT
Presentations are made to state, regional and national associations centered on professional nursery management. Three major phases including field and container production, landscape installation, and nursery business management are popular topics. Verbal explanations are supported with slides and video, showcasing major points of interest. Time management, people management, money management and marketing are the four themes stressed throughout each talk. The most important message related to the audience is production per man efficiencies that contribute to company benefits far ahead of nursery industry averages and standards.
Production includes a complete mechanization process of growing specimen trees and shrubs. Included in the system is mechanical planting, cultivating, spraying, digging, burlapping and handling. All elements of the system are mechanical with very little labor input. The container production system has similar efficiencies and the common denominator of low labor input with extremely high profit return.
Landscape installation equipment is central to the overall mission of company procedures. Installation of plants, borders and mulches is shown and described with innovations of equipment that can be accomplished with one-half the labor required when compared to other similar landscape crew operations. Hydraulics, power equipment, space management, time and motion studies have proven the system to be highly productive per employee.
General business aspects cover company image and customer policies. Personnel management and facility layout are shown in detail in order to convey the “family spirit” and “team effort” required to be successful in today’s marketplace.