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Month: April 2018

The One-Third Rule is Bunk (and why we should still preach it like gospel)

As a brand new lawn care specialist, one of the first things you learned was to tell your customers to follow the one-third rule of mowing.  What if I told you that the one-third rule was flat-out wrong, and then recommended that you keep right on preaching it?

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Tech Tip: Forsythia and Crabgrass

Spring is upon us, finally, and our lawns are slowly beginning to wake up from their long winter’s nap.  It seems like twenty minutes has elapsed from the time the last snow bank melted to when you get the first phone call from a customer telling you that the forsythia is blooming and if you […]

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Kentucky Legislature Overturns Governors Tax Veto

A significant tax reform measure that contains a new 6% sales tax on 17 services including landscaping and snow removal was approved late last week when the Kentucky legislature overrode the veto of Governor Bevin. The outcome was the end of a series of questionable governance actions executed by Kentucky legislative leaders in pursuit of […]

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Congressional Hearings Include H-2B Questions

Congressional hearings last week offered the first opportunity for members of Congress to seek answers regarding how quickly the administration is likely to act on their authority to authorize additional H-2B visas. Both the Senate and House held Appropriation Subcommittee meetings that featured testimony from the two Secretaries with jurisdictional oversight of the H-2B program. […]

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FARM Bill Introduced in House

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee introduced the text of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”). Introduction of the measure was initially expected in February, however House Democrats expressed concern over reforms to the current federal food stamp program and the bill was held back by the […]

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Hit Us with Your Best Shot – Landscape Professionals at Work Photo Contest

Help inspire others to be a part of the landscape profession by sharing photos of your team members at work. Selected photos will be used to show students and job-seekers about the outstanding professional opportunities that await them in our field. So hit us with your best shot – and help us demonstrate the passion, […]

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Great Sales Pros Get Referrals

What makes a great landscape or lawn care sales or account manager?  According to Marty Grunder, of Grunder Landscaping, who led the NALP Sales Bootcamp events recently in Philadelphia and Dallas, there are five Strategic things that good sales pros have in common.

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RightPlantz.com: New Web Platform to Help Home Gardeners

Have you ever watched people wander around a nursery or garden center skimming plant tags trying to figure out which flowers, plants and trees would be best for their yard? You often get the feeling that they’ll be buying the wrong plants and putting them in the wrong places in their yard. 

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