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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NALP Forms H2B Advisory Committee

With the continuing challenges brought by the H-2B guest worker program and long-term systemic changes needed in the operation of the visa program, NALP has created an advisory committee to oversee the association’s strategic leadership of this policy priority.

The leadership team includes:
Tim Portland, Chair (Yellowstone)
Bob Grover (Pacific Landscape Management)
Shayne Newman (Yard Apes)
Hank Wilson (Sunscape Landscaping)
Todd Chambers (Brightview)

Committee members include:
Chris Lee (Earth Works)
John McMahon (ALCC)
Josh Denison (Denison)
Maurice Dowell (Dowco Enterprises, Inc.)
Mike Bogan (Landcare)
Ralph Egues (NHLA)
Sandy Munley (OLNA)

These members will work with NALP’s staff team and policy experts on best options to encourage the release of additional visas authorized by Congress and more permanent reform. NALP is grateful for the leadership these men and women are providing to navigate through the complex process.

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Tech Tip: Drought Stress

 “I don’t have drought stress!  I water!”

Have you been hearing that (or something close to it) from customers lately?  How do you deal with a complaint like that?  Let’s start with the realization that their lawn may be many inches below normal in natural rainfall right now.  Second, an irrigation system is never a replacement for natural rainfall, but rather a tool to augment the rain that actually does fall.

As you can see in the above graphic, many parts of the country are affected by drought conditions.  Although it rained a little bit at the end of this past week, that will not dramatically change things. Continue reading

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USCIS to Conduct Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap

As previously announced, USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018.

In the first five business days of filing, USCIS received petitions for more beneficiaries than the number of H-2B visas available under the FY 2018 supplemental cap. Accordingly, USCIS is required by regulation to use a computer-generated process, commonly known as a lottery, to randomly select the number of petitions required to meet the increased cap for FY 2018.  Continue reading

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Summer Safety for Landscape Workers

Do you have a summer safety plan in place? From increased driving to hot temperatures, summer can pose many risks for landscape professionals. June is National Safety Month, so we wanted to make sure we put a special emphasis on your safety and provided all the tools and resources you will need this season to keep your employees safe.

Heat Safety

Don’t let heat takes it toll on your team! Federal OSHA lists grounds maintenance and landscaping services as two of the six industries most affected by heat-related illness. In 2014, more than 2,600 workers across industries experienced heat illness and 18 died on the job from heat stroke and related causes, according to the agency. Continue reading

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House Negotiating Immigration and the DACA Program

NALP is closely monitoring House negotiations related to immigration and the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides legal status to so-called dreamers, kids who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

House Republican leaders have been meeting with competing factions within the party in an effort to find a path forward on immigration.  The entire Republican Caucus is expected to meet Thursday to discuss potential options.   There are two central issues in the debate – a moderate discharge petition and a conservative promise to hold the Farm Bill hostage until border security is addressed. Continue reading

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