Year: 2016

Five Social Trends for Landscape Professionals to Watch In 2017

Daniel Levine, trends guru, executive director of The Avant-Guide Institute, and featured speaker at the upcoming NALP Leaders Forum, offers some insight into trends you can capitalize on in 2017.  To understand what’s trending, and why, landscape professionals need to look outside of their own industry to see what’s exciting their customers. That’s because trends […]

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The Benefits of Mentoring are a Two-way Street

Willamette Landscape’s Matt Triplett, Landscape Industry Certified, has mentored a half dozen or more landscape professionals during his tenure as an NALP Trailblazer. His most recent mentee, Tim Buiten,  of Tim’s Complete Landscape Management in Kent, WA, recently spent two days at Willamette’s facility in Tualatin, OR. “Tim spent eight hours touring our place and […]

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Year–End Review Tips for Landscape and Lawn Care Companies

NALP consultant member, Monica Muir of Muir & Associates, LLC, provides some good guidance about how to conduct a year-end review. While the year’s not over yet, you probably have a somewhat good idea of your year-end numbers.  As you look back over your year, take the time to list what worked – and what […]

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DOL Posts Overtime Rule Preparation Resources

On October 17, 2016, the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division (DOL) in partnership with the Small Business Office of Advocacy presented a webinar entitled, “Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule.” DOL provided a briefing and a Questions & Answers session regarding the agency’s final rule that makes changes to the Fair Labor Standards […]

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New NPDES Permit Requirements Now in Effect

EPA just released a pre-publication copy of its 2016 Pesticide General Permit (PGP), which takes effect October 31, 2016.  The new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit replaces the 2011 PGP that expired at midnight on October 31.  The 2011 permit was issued in response to National Cotton Council of America. v. EPA, in […]

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NALP-PAC Launches Alumni Challenge

This Fall, we’re providing NALP members with an opportunity to not only advance the interests of landscape professionals but to support their school of choice in a football season long head-to-head competition to see which schools’ alumni and fans can raise the most for NALP-PAC, the National Association of Landscape Professional’s Political Action Committee. As a […]

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NALP Seeks Overtime Relief

As a member of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, NALP is working with a broad coalition of organizations and other business interest entities to seek a more common sense way to implement the Department of Labor’s  (DOL) new overtime rules. Recently, we joined with over 400 other stakeholders to send a letter to Congress […]

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The 3 Most Important Parts of a Successful Landscape Business

This article is authored by NALP consultant member Ed Laflamme, Landscape Industry Certified.  Laflamme is an author, speaker, consultant/coach and mentor to “green industry” owners nationwide and co-owner of The Harvest Group. You can get advice from the Harvest Group in person in winter 2017 at the People Academy Live. The landscaping business is like a […]

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LANDSCAPES 2016 Highlights

LANDSCAPES 2016 is in the books and it was a great one! Approximately 1,800 attendees met, mingled, and learned new secrets to success at the nearly 50 education sessions and networking events, receptions and parties. New this year, the Young Professionals Networking Group party launched with a packed house of enthusiastic industry up-and-comers.  The party […]

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FFA and NALP Working Together to Build Landscape Careers

Careers in the landscape industry were highlighted with the FFA last week in Louisville, at LANDSCAPES 2016, and in Indianapolis at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. A group of FFA students from Saline, Michigan, who competed in a landscape career development competition, traveled to LANDSCAPES 2016, to get a quick immersion into the industry. […]

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