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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.