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Melwood Provides People with Differing Abilities a Career in the Landscape Industry

Melwood is a nonprofit that has been providing jobs and opportunities for people of differing abilities for over 50 years in the Washington, D.C. area. The organization provides employment and job training to more than 2,000 people of differing abilities a year. Started in 1963, a small group of parents and community supporters decided to […]

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Level Up: Brilar Has Their Sights Set on Big Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. On Brilar’s website, they say there isn’t a job they say ‘no’ to. This Detroit, Michigan-based company grew 32 percent from 2018 to 2019, bringing in a revenue of $18.2 million in 2019. Mike Voories, chief […]

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Business Smarts: Engaging with Customers During Winter Months

While landscaping is a seasonal business in most parts of the country, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be engaging with your customers during the slower months. Although you probably have a set of loyal customers who you can always count on for their business, some of your newer customers may not remember to hire […]

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Solved: Big Liability Exposure for Lawn and Ornamental Care Companies

The application of herbicides and pesticides creates significant liability exposures for lawn and ornamental care companies. For this reason, specific insurance coverage is needed to protect their business in the event a third party is harmed either through bodily injury or property damage. Introducing a One of a Kind Coverage for Lawn and Ornamental Care […]

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The Business Case for Certification

If you are seeking ways to stand out as a highly-skilled lawn and landscape company, consider investing in your team members’ Landscape Industry Certified (LIC) credentials. NALP offers certification for six categories: business manager, exterior technician, interior technician, horticulture technician, lawn care manager and lawn care technician. Shayne Newman, LIC, president of YardScapes Landscape Professionals, […]

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Giving More Than You Get: Lessons in Generous Leadership with Andrew Ziehler: Episode 35 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In the 35th episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager at LandCare, talk with Andrew Ziehler, owner and CEO of Ziehler Lawn and Tree Care located in Centerville, […]

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How to Assess the Impact of a Workplace Injury vs Profitability

Lawn and landscape business owners actively look for opportunities to improve business operations. When it comes to evaluating the safety program, a challenge most companies have faced is quantifying the true impact of a workplace injury or illness. OSHA released their “$afety Pays” application to bridge direct and indirect workplace injury cost vs the company’s […]

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In Memoriam: Joe Carpenter

Joe Carpenter passed away on Jan. 3, 2021, at the age of 84. Carpenter was a landscape contractor with Superior Seeding, Inc. and served as the president of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) in 1987. Carpenter was also a past president of the North Carolina Landscape Contractors Association. Ralph Stout, former owner of […]

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Developing Your Team Through an Apprenticeship Program

NALP’s Apprenticeship Program offers job seekers a path to a new career through a paid apprenticeship with a landscape company that includes on-the-job training. The program, first introduced in February 2019, is now beginning to turn out and registered companies are beginning to have individuals complete their apprenticeship. New Garden Landscaping & Nursery Inc, based […]

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How to Take Advantage of New Plant Material

Plant breeders are constantly introducing new plant cultivars with a variety of desirable traits such as disease resistance, low water requirements, growth habits and color. A new year marks a new batch of plant material for you to check out. Here’s how some companies go about implementing new plant material in their landscape designs. When […]

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