5 Quick Tips to Improve Your Efficiency

In August, the NALP Field Trip with Marty Grunder headed to Atlanta to HighGrove Partners where 135 landscape and lawn care company leaders got together for 3-days of networking, education and a facility tour at HighGrove Partners.

There were so many great tips and takeaways on increasing efficiency – here are a few of our favorites: Continue reading

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How to Reverse Employee Burnout

Author Glenn Bertha, is a Success Coach with LandOpt an NALP consultant member. 

It is estimated that the mental and physical effects of burnout cost employers between $125 billion and $190 billion annually. There’s no doubt: employee burnout is a problem. And, as statistics tell us, it is a problem the employer often causes. Stay with me here – the news isn’t all bad, and there is hope.

The 2007-2008 recession illustrated an important point about employee burnout: it often results when team members are hit with increased demand on their time but offered decreased resources and support to be successful in their roles.

Work-Life Balance is Crucial

Of course, the economic crisis of the early 2000s was largely out of the small business owner’s hands. But there is one cause of burnout that is fully in the owner’s hands, as well as the hands of upper management: neglecting and failing to prioritize a healthy work-life balance. When those at the top of the org chart don’t honor or model the balance, their team members tend to follow suit, either willingly or unwillingly. A colleague once shared that the manager at a past employer routinely told the team: “I put in eighty hours per week. If you’re not willing to put in at least that many, you know where to find the door.” Needless to say, she practically skipped through that door toward her greener pasture at the first opportunity. She said it took her several years to fully recover from the burnout that resulted from her time there.

Here are three things you can do to reduce employee burnout: Continue reading

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Maryland Judge Overturns County Pesticide Ban

Last week, Montgomery County Maryland Circuit Judge Terrence McGann ruled in favor of the landscape professional community and struck down the county-wide ban of commercial pesticide application on public and private lawns, gardens, and ornamental sites. In a 14-page opinion explaining his ruling, McGann found that “by generally banning the use of registered pesticides, the Ordinance prohibits and frustrates activity that is intended to be permitted by state law, which conflicts with, and is thus, preempted by state law.” Continue reading

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August Recess Presents Advocacy Opportunities

Every year Members of Congress return home for a month of district activity called “August Recess.” There is a wide range of activities that NALP members can engage in during August Recess that may have great potential to capture the hearts and minds of your elected officials. We encourage all landscape professionals to take action during this crucial five-week congressional summer break by meeting with your Members of Congress in the district before they return to Washington DC on September 5. Continue reading

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Congressman Proposals Suspension of Neonic Approvals

In June, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced the “Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2017”, legislation to suspend the approval of neonicotinoids (neonics) until the Environmental Protection Agency can conclude its review of impact on pollinator health. Now Blumenhauer is pushing for the bill to be folded into the next farm bill. Continue reading

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Proposed Rule to Rescind WOTUS Published

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Act. The rule, commonly referred to as “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS for short, has been a source of controversy since its initial introduction and has never gone into effect due to a nation-wide court injunction. The publication of the proposed rule marks the start of a 30-day comment period closing August 28, 2017. Continue reading

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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 People.com to USA Today to BobVila.com 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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