How Mobile-First Technologies Revolutionized the Way I Do Business

By Cheryl Steelberg, Bruce Wilson & Co.

In tech-dense Austin, the cloud is king. Native Land Design’s Ben Collinsworth talks about how technology drives his business and how it can transform yours.

How do you stay on top of emerging technology?
Austin is an innovative tech hub and expectations are high. When everyone in our business community is competing to out-perform and out-deliver, the one who wins is the one who’s more aerodynamic.  That’s what tech does for us. It streamlines our ability to be more purposeful and more efficient. And, because our market is so competitive, we invest in training so no one gets left behind. Continue reading

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5 Reasons People Might Hate Your Website

Article Author Alain Parcan, Director of Marketing for Market Hardware, Inc, an NALP Consultant Member firm.

Have you ever visited a Website and been so disappointed by its functionality that you immediately moved on? What if your Website is similarly “turning off” your Website visitors right now?

It’s easy for landscape professionals to get caught up in the excitement of publishing their Website. Unsurprisingly, it’s also easy for that excitement to cloud judgment. So if you launched a new Website in the last few years, hopefully you took the time to avoid some of the common Website pitfalls. Continue reading

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NALP Names New VP of Government Relations

NALP has hired Andrew Bray to serve as the association’s new Vice President of Government Relations, effective July 9th. Andrew is a driven professional and a tireless policy advocate with over 15 years of legislative, regulatory, campaign and legal experience.  Most recently Andrew has served as the Vice President of Public Policy at the National Pest Management Association where he has lead legislative and regulatory initiatives at the federal and state levels.  He has routinely engaged Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, regulatory agencies and industry coalitions to protect the interests and needs of the pest management industry.  Prior to joining NPMA Andrew worked in a government relations capacity for the North American Meat Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.  Continue reading

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Make Your Company a Talent Magnet

Becoming a destination company that attracts the best employees involves the mastery of seven key areas.

Why is it that some landscaping companies have an easier time attracting talent? Yes, they typically pay more than their market’s going rate. But the real key is that they have become places where good people want to work. They have become “destination companies.” Continue reading

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Tech Tip: Summer Safety Tips

This week, we’re not going to talk about turfgrass management, we’re going to talk about the turfgrass manager – you. Most of us are sole proprietors with one or two employees that cannot afford to be on the disabled list.  As the beginning of July is just around the corner, here are some things that are a lot more important than weeds, insects, and diseases. Continue reading

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June 18-24 is Pollinator Protection Week

Organizations across the country are using Pollinator Protection Week to remind the public about the importance of pollinators to our nation’s food supply and offering ways people can support pollinator health. If you’re looking for content to share, consider one of these articles or our pollinator tip sheet. Continue reading

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Landscape Industry Showcased on Fox and Friends

NALP’s Missy Henriksen appeared on Fox and Friends this past weekend for two segments about the industry. In the first segment, she touted the merits of healthy lawns before showcasing some of the latest technology available from industry companies, Husqvarna’s suite of battery operated equipment and Stihl’s iMow.

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Tech Tip: Crabgrass Update

With the sudden rush of heat and humidity, our lawns are suddenly headed in the wrong direction. That which was looking pretty good with rain and moderate temperatures is now rapidly browning and all of a sudden we’re seeing a lot of new weeds – especially crabgrass.

Why is this so?  Why does my lawn go from looking like the 18th at the Augusta National Golf Course to looking like a vacant lot? Continue reading

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3 Ways to Reduce the Impact of Non-Billable Time

Article Author Mike Eisenhuth of LandOpt and NALP Consultant Member

It’s no secret – businesses that know their costs and keep them in check perform better over the long term. These businesses remain solvent and competitive in the marketplace, in large part owing to the proactive, mindful stance they take toward cost management.

It seems like a simple concept: manage costs so inflows consistently exceed outflows. So why do so many small businesses go out of business? One reason is because they do not have an accurate picture of the costs associated with expenses that do not directly generate revenue. Continue reading

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Design Challenge: Adding Green to a Downtown Area

By: Sheryl S. Jackson
Photos Courtesy of James Wilson
Southern Botanical is a 2017 Grand Award winner of the NALP Awards of Excellence 

When the owner of Tasset Eye Park – a private park in downtown Dallas – wanted a facelift and design for the site that would connect it to the new Forty Five Ten building that was under construction adjacent to the park, they called on Southern Botanical. The new building was to house a high-end retail store along with a rooftop restaurant and bar, so the park would serve as a backdrop for the luxury shopping experience that the owner wants to provide. The owner also wanted the park to serve as an upscale event venue that is suitable for private events such as designer showcases and weddings.

The owner tested the value of the park as a wedding site during construction – requiring Southern Botanical to stop construction and set up temporary landscaping to accommodate his daughter’s elegant wedding.

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