ASHRAE 189.1 Turf Grass Limitations are a Problem

The following article, written by VP of Government Relations, Paul Mendelsohn, ran in Landscape & Irrigation Magazine’s October 2016 issue.october-2016_selected-pages

Members of the landscape industry are faced with a new threat from an unexpected direction in the form of a model standard for the sustainable construction of commercial buildings developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

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Congress Fails to Extend the H-2B Returning Worker Exemption


Last week, Congress passed a budget continuing resolution to avoid having to shut down the federal government and President Obama quickly signed the measure into law. The measure funds the government at current levels through December 9.

Unfortunately, despite heavy lobbying pressure from NALP and our allies, extensive grassroots contact by landscape professionals and other stakeholders, Congress chose not to take action to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption (RWE).

Although Congress failed to act to save RWE, there are still several H-2B regulatory provisions that were extended under the continuing resolution including language that prevents the Department of Labor from enforcing corresponding employment and the ¾ guarantee, allows for the use of wage surveys, limits some DOL enforcement authority and provides for a 10-month season. Continue reading

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Win More Customers from the Most Profitable Zip Codes

icon-set-1175046_1920By Alain Parcan, Market Hardware, Inc.  Get more marketing tips at Market Hardware’s session at LANDSCAPES 2016, Web Marketing in 2017: Four Keys to Unlocking Maximum Profitability, on Thursday, October 20. 

Web Marketing experts have frequently debated the risks and benefits of different forms of marketing. But one thing they all agree on is that when it comes to marketing, targeting the right customers is always a strategy that pays off.

Geo-targeted Advertising is the quickest, most measurable way to generate inbound leads from Web-savvy consumers in the most profitable Zip Codes. It’s the 2016 term for going after specific customers in the most affluent areas that are closest to your business location. In other words, while your competitors are sinking more and more marketing dollars into their efforts, you’ll be using those same dollars but marketing smarter. Continue reading

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Social Media Playbook for Landscape and Lawn Care Contractors


Social media is hard to figure out. It is time consuming and it is always changing.  But if
you have a good strategy and keep your target audience in mind, you can figure it out and reach your target audience.

This social media playbook can help. Powered by NALP Content Partner, WorkWave, get quick tips and strategies to develop, plan and execute a great social media plan.

View the Social Media Playbook.


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NALP Member News – Week of Sept. 26

Grunder Landscaping Co. Promotes Raul Hidalgo to Group Leader 

Grunder Landscaping Co. (GLC), of Dayton, Ohio, has promoted Raul Hidalgo to the position of Groupraul-promoted-to-gl Leader for the LandKeeping™ Division (LK). Raul’s extensive managerial experience combined with his tenure with GLC as a LK Team Leader and a Service Manager ensure his success in this new role.

The LK Division is an important part of GLC’s capabilities and one of the fastest growing areas of the company.

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Want to Compare Landscape and Lawn Care Operating Costs?

Everyone wants to know how they are doing against the competition.

This preview of lm-cost-png_page_1the full Operating Cost Study, produced by Landscape Management magazine the National Association of Landscape Professionals, and Turf Books will give you an idea of how your company stacks up against the competition. A final report will be available this winter.

However, we still need more companies to participate in the study and provide their company’s data. In exchange you will receive a free copy of the report!

Read the sneak peek of the Operating Cost Study, here – Operating Cost Study Preview.

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Landscape Peer Group Openings


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USCIS Issues H-2B Guidance

As the result of a recent request from NALP, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services department (USCIS) issued the following recommendations for landscape professionals and other employers regarding requests for returning workers for 2017.

H-2B Employers Should Continue to Identify “Returning Workers” in Petitions for FY 2017.
USCIS urges prospective H-2B employers seeking to hire potential “returning workers” with employment start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to continue to identify these workers and provide the H-2B Returning Worker Certification. Continue reading

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NALP Member News – Week of September 19


Pictured in photo: Andy Miller, Dean Snodgrass, Terry Ciecko, David Snodgrass, Dani Powell

Dennis 7 Dees Raises $88,000 for Charity in Golf Tournament

Dennis’ 7 Dees, of Portland, Oregon, held its 7th annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting Human Solutions, on September 15. The event benefits homeless children and their families.  Proceeds from this year’s event totaled more than $88,000 – bringing the seven-year total to an amazing $500,000. Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: NALP Leaders Forum in St. Thomas


Leaders Forum is always in a great location, but this year we may have outdone ourselves! We can’t wait to bring everyone to this year’s Leaders Forum in St. Thomas, January 12-14.

NALP CEO Sabeena Hickman, and Joan Haller, NALP director of events and education, just got back from a quick planning trip and their photos say it all. Continue reading

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