Month: May 2016

Maximum Efficiency: 5 Tips For Landscape Professionals

This article is written by the experts at Fleetmatics, an NALP Preferred Content Partner and leading provider of web-based fleet management solutions. When the weather starts to turn warmer, many people start thinking about things like baseball. The crack of the bat, the cheer of the crowd, and the first sip of a cold beverage says “summer […]

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10 Tips for Effective Advocacy

While there are many strategies that NALP members can implement to successfully advocate the interests of landscape professionals, some of the simplest things are also some of the most important. Here are 10 easy things you can do to increase your advocacy effectiveness, better prepare yourself for meetings with decision makers at all levels of […]

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Problematic New Labor Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor issued its Final Rule to update overtime regulations. The 508 page Overtime Rule does not apply to hourly workers, but still may create additional financial and administrative burdens for many landscape professionals.  Here are a few of the highlights: The new salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions […]

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 5 Key Ways to Improve Your Employee Retention      

Bill Arman, of the Harvest Group, an NALP consultant member, shared these tips in his webinar, Don’t Let Them Quit: How to Keep Your Keeper Employees. Here are 5 simple ways that landscape and lawn care companies can improve their employee retention. Get these into place and they will help with keeping your keeper team members.

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What to Know About LANDSCAPES 2016

Is LANDSCAPES 2016 on your calendar yet? If not, mark it down for Oct. 19-21, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Here is a quick look at the largest landscape education and networking event this year.  Coming soon – registration and schedule information.  

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Why Building Your Team is Like Managing an NBA Team

Guest Blogger Peter Haakon, with Lawn Business Consultants, is an NALP Consultant Member. There are many similarities between a championship sports team and a winning team in business.  Building a winning team in the green industry is no different than how championships sports teams are built.  Championships teams are built with great leadership or a […]

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Workplace Safety During Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1 and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season began mid-May. Both run through November. To help you prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane, observe Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 15-21, 2016. Ensure you have storm readiness plans in place for your business and home. Knowing what to do before, […]

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Tips and Tricks for Promoting Your Certification

If you hold a Landscape Industry Certified designation, you should promote it! As the new chair of the NALP International Certification Council, I am particularly pleased to volunteer my time to such a rewarding program and recognize my fellow certified professionals. I don’t hesitate to let others know that I’m certified and proud. What about […]

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New Research Indicates Alarming Levels of Varroa Mite Infestation

Researchers from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently completed the first comprehensive, multi-year study of honey bee parasites and disease as part of the National Honey Bee Disease Survey. The findings reveal some alarming patterns, but clearly indicate that the frequency of varroa mite infestation is far higher than previous […]

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5 Things Owners of Multimillion Dollar Landscaping Businesses Do

Bill Silverman, of Springboard Business Coaching, and an NALP consultant member, shared these tips in his webinar, What the Owners of Great Multimillion-Dollar Landscaping Businesses Do That You Should Do Too.  Run your businesses with a vision of the business you’re building and an annual plan that links the actions you take with the results you want to […]

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