Palm Springs to Ban Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

After considering a complete ban of leaf blowers in the city, the Palm Springs City Council instead elected to ban gas-powered models. The move will force the areas landscapers, to purchase battery-operated machines if they wish to continue using leaf blowers when providing service. The switched force to battery-powered blowers is a cost prohibitive measure that will likely not result in a significant reduction of noise. Continue reading

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Landscape Industry Comes Together to Grow Industry

The National Association of Landscape Professionals is committed to growing the industry and its workforce though the Industry Growth Initiative.  At recent meetings during Legislative Days in Washington D.C., NALP’s leadership celebrated positive steps forward toward the work that is being done to  showcase that life – and life’s work – are best enjoyed outside.

Here’s what the Industry Growth Initiative has been up to lately…

SHOWCASING THE EXPERTISE AND VALUE OF PROFESSIONALS –  The champaign placed 152% more articles about the industry in news outlets across the country than last year. With more than 1,400 total placements in outlets from to USA Today to to Cleaning and Maintenance Management, NALP is speaking to home and business owners with messages about the importance of managed landscapes. Continue reading

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Landscape, Lawn Care Pros Giving Back

July 17, 2017, was the 21st year that the National Association of Landscape Professionals members came together for the largest volunteer landscape project in the United States – Renewal & Remembrance. Normally held solely at Arlington National Cemetery, this year, at the request of ANC, teams also completed work at the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

The day was a hot one, giving NALP members a taste of Washington’s famous humidity, but that didn’t slow down the work liming, aerating, doing tree protection, landscaping, irrigation, and new this year – a beautiful hardscape project near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue reading

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The Landscape Industry Worked the Room in DC

To say there was a lot going on during NALP’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill, on July 18, 2017, is an understatement. There was a political storm brewing on the Hill as the Senate’s health care reform bill was withdrawn but that didn’t stop the business of lobbying for our industry on issues such as H-2B, FIFRA, Pesticide Registration Funding and more.

Not only were 80 appointments scheduled for the more than 125 landscape and lawn care pros to meet with their legislative offices, but NALP added a new component to the annual fly-in activities. A contingent of NALP leaders, state association executives, and other industry stakeholders met with senior administrative representatives of the Trump administration. Meetings were conducted with the Office of Pesticide Programs, the National Economic Council, and the Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading

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DHS Announces Limited H-2B Cap-Relief

The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor have published a final rule increasing the cap on H-2B non-immigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017. The cap-relief visas will be available only to American businesses which attest that they will likely suffer irreparable harm without the ability to employ all the H-2B workers requested in their petition. They will begin accepting applications July 19. Continue reading

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DHS Files Cap-Relief Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has sent a rule to the Office of Management and Budget regarding H-2B cap-relief. The final rule, which was received by the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on July 3, is officially titled “Exercise of Time-Limited Authority to Increase the Fiscal Year 2017 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program.”

NALP, our H-2B Workforce Coalition partners, and several Congressional champions have been in a protracted struggle to get the administration and both Houses of Congress to act. Our efforts seemed to pay-off when Congress passed language authorizing DHS Secretary Kelly to provide limited cap-relief in May, however, the Secretary has been slow to act. Continue reading

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8 Non-Traditional Ways to Find Landscape Employees

Author Jenn Myers is NALP’s Director of Workforce Development and she spent years recruiting candidates for placement in the industry’s top firms. 

The search for landscape and lawn care employees can feel like it is a 24/7 job.  Are you frustrated and looking for new and creative ways to search for new employees?  Here are eight non-traditional options to try. Continue reading

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H-2B Survey Confirms Need for Cap-Relief

For nearly two months, NALP and our H-2B Workforce Coalition partners have been aggressively advocating for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly to provide immediate cap relief. Our effort has emphasized the significant impact that the H-2B cap has on landscape professionals and other seasonal employers. These impacts were strongly confirmed in a recent survey issued by NALP and other members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition. The survey resulted in responses from 715 seasonal businesses in 45 states, with findings including: Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs an Email Newsletter

Author Alain Parcan, NALP consultant member, and Director of Marketing for Market Hardware, Inc., shares his reasons why you should be sending out an email newsletter.

Since its introduction, email has evolved from an efficient form of online communication to its modern day incarnation where more than half of what you receive is marked as “spam” or “junk.” It’s easy to see why businesses choose to ignore the idea of using email as a form of marketing.

However, done correctly, email newsletter marketing provides a simple and unique way for landscaping professionals to reach a wide audience with minimal work on your end. And, the pay-off is a consistent form of “touching base” with customers who will fuel your sales and growth in 2017 and beyond. As the marketing rule of thumb goes, “it’s easier and cheaper to sell to existing customers than to new customers.” Here are the three reasons why your business needs to be sending an email newsletter. Continue reading

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DHS Secretary Comments Cloud H-2B Cap-Relief

Last week, during the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on DHS Reauthorization and the FY 2018 Budget Request, Representative William Keating (D-MA-09) asked Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about H2-B cap relief. Rep. Keating noted the several proposed cuts to DHS programs in the White House’s budget request and said that the delay in filling needed job positions is costing America revenue that could be filling the proposed cuts in the budget. He noted that local American citizens in his district are losing jobs because of the lack of H2-B positions. Rep. Keating stated the importance of not hurting the American economy and asked Sec. Kelly when he will begin the cap relief process. Continue reading

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