Questions Regarding Neonicotinioid Insecticides 

Recently, the twenty-eight member states of the European Union voted to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid insecticides, expanding upon a ban initially put into place in 2013. While this ban is only in effect in some areas overseas, it is possible you may receive questions as a result. NALP is committed to educating landscape professionals, customers and the general public about the safe use of lawn and landscape products, and alleviating misconceptions surrounding insecticides. Here are some facts about neonicotinoids you can share with your staff and customers:  Continue reading

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New Videos to Attract Millennials to Landscape Industry Jobs

If a picture is worth a thousand words, moving pictures must be worth millions! Accordingly, NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative is creating a series of videos to showcase industry careers to millennials. Filming took place over the past two weeks, beginning with interviews with young professionals who are passionate about their careers and want to encourage others to join them. Their stories focused on their love of the outdoors, interest in math and science, pride in seeing projects from start to finish, the “day families” they have found in their colleagues, and many other common narratives. Filming continued with on the job scenes showing the importance of technology to the industry, construction sites, team interaction, equipment use, customer interaction, and more. Thank you to Ruppert Landscape for their incredible partnership in these videos, providing interview subjects, filming locations, and technical guidance. The videos will debut this summer.

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DHS Authorizes Additional 15,000 H-2B Visas

Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen finally announced plans to authorize additional H-2B visas. The announcement confirms what NALP and our members have been telling our nation’s lawmakers –  there are not sufficient, qualified, U.S. workers available to fill the workforce needs of America’s professional landscaping companies and other seasonal businesses.  Continue reading

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Tech Tip: Heat & Drought Stress

It seems like yesterday that we were dealing with snow cover that did not want to go away and waterlogged soils that significantly slowed the development of our lawns, mostly because it was yesterday, but those conditions have vanished and we have new challenges – it’s that time of year again – time for heat and drought stress. Continue reading

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Farm Bill Defeated in House

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) by a vote of ( 198 – 213).  An odd coalition of all House Democrats and 30 members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus led to the defeat. Democrats opposed revisions to the federal food stamp program while the Republicans were hoping to force the Speaker to bring a immigration bill to the floor for a vote.

The legislation, sponsored by House Judiciary chairman Goodlatte, would address all four areas of immigration reform being sought by the President – address DACA, end chain migration, establish merit based immigration, and provide wall funding. The Goodlatte bill would also require e-verify for all new employees and replace the H-2A guest worker program with the new H-2C category which would also include dairy workers, seafood processors and other non-crop related agricultural work categories. Continue reading

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Tech Tip: Zoysia

What a weird sight! This lawn is beyond brown but has something green growing in the middle of it!

This is Zoysia; of if you’re into calling grasses by their Latin names, Zoysia japonica (impress your family and friends with that nugget of information). Where does it come from and how did it get there? Continue reading

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How to Grow Your Landscape Business Quickly

Bob Grover shares insights on how his Oregon company has nearly doubled in size over the past three years, giving attendees a glimpse of what they’ll see and learn when touring Pacific Landscape Management in August.

Pacific Landscape Management in Portland, Oregon, has nearly doubled in size over the last three years. No acquisitions have been necessary. All of the growth has been organic. “We’ve had a great run,” says Bob Grover, owner and president. “I give a little credit to the economy and a lot of credit to my team.” Continue reading

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H-2B Relief Still an Unknown

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security transmitted a proposed H-2B related rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This is an important first step in our quest for H-2B cap-relief. However, the nature of the rule has still not been made public. We are working with our Champions of Capitol Hill to learn more. This week, DHS Secretary Nielsen is scheduled to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. During the hearing, several of our Senate supporters are prepared to ask questions about the proposed rule and timing of its implementation. We know that many of you are struggling right now and are counting on the administration authorizing additional visas. We continue to aggressively work on your behalf and will relay any developments on cap-relief as soon as additional information is known.

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Congress to Take Up Farm Bill

This week, the House will begin debating H.R. 2, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The measure is an important opportunity for landscape professionals to gain greater certainty in regulatory decisions related to pesticide use. The House Bill contains language that: Continue reading

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4 Powerful Ways to Educate Your Customers

Article Author Mike Eisenhuth, is a Success Coach for LandOpt, an NALP Consultant Member firm.

Imagine you are seeking a contractor to do work on your house. What qualities, features and attributes will you look for in this service provider? What questions will you ask? As a consumer, you want to ensure the best investment of your hard-earned money. The same is true for customers of your business. Continue reading

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