Year: 2019

3 Ways to Improve Employee Onboarding for Better Retention

In the past three years, NALP member Ben Carruthers, owner of Carruthers Landscape Management Inc., in Dallas, says the company has become more “HR-focused” than ever before. He’s been working with Human Resources “Harvester” Steve Cesare, of The Harvest Group, on a number of ways in which the company can improve their employee onboarding process—among […]

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How to Recruit Young People to the Landscape Industry

When it comes to hiring more labor, NALP member Lisa L. Kuperus, vice president of Farmside Landscape & Design in Wantage, New Jersey, says it must be a multi-faceted and ongoing effort. In this tight labor market—and with the industry’s struggle to receive H-2B workers—there is no time to become complacent. “We absolutely must have […]

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home improvement projects

Landscaping is No. 4 on Homeowners’ Top Home Improvement To-Do List

Thirty-two percent of homeowners have been putting off at least one home improvement project for 12 months or more. And landscaping is in the top five on that list, according to a new study on home improvement site Porch.com. Home Improvement To-Do List The study says nine of these jobs on homeowners’ to-do lists “desperately […]

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2019 Home Buying Update

What does the 2019 home buying season look like? According to Realtor.com, rising prices, an influx of inventory and moderate sales pace will dictate the home buying season. Let’s take a look at these segments. Home Buying Update: 2019 Mortgage Rates Could Be Best Since 2005 Housing forecasts suggest the recent plunge in mortgage rates […]

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4 Ways Dutch Valley Landscape is Motivating Employees

Motivating employees and making them feel like valued members of the team has always been at the core of how Jason Musch, owner and president of Dutch Valley Landscape Contractors, has run his business. He says “without our employees, we are nothing.” Even so, in the past, the Chicago-area landscape maintenance company has experienced problems […]

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Timberline Landscaping continues to deal with labor force issues.

NALP Member Timberline Landscaping Talks About Continuing to Battle Labor Force Challenges

Joshua Pool, chief operations officer of Timberline Landscaping, says he has always been one to gravitate toward the outdoors. Growing up in Central Kansas, Pool admits he loved playing in the dirt and being outside as often as he possibly could. After working with a local landscape company during his last year of high school, […]

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Kevin McHale talks about how to reincentivize employees.

3 Things McHale Landscape Does to Reincentivize Employees

Employee retention has never been much of an issue at McHale Landscape Design, a $20-million full-service landscape and maintenance company based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In fact, the company has many long-term employees who have been with the business for two decades or more—including McHale’s 50 foremen. But Kevin McHale, president, says he was getting […]

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Rich Arlington talks about he gets the best price for his service.

NALP Member Richard Arlington Shares Tips on Getting the Best Service Price

Like many other landscape business owners, Richard Arlington says he got his start in landscaping as a kid. Mowing grass, raking leaves and shoveling snow was an easy way to earn some income. Upon returning home from some time in the Marines, Arlington says he couldn’t find a job—so he returned to doing what he […]

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Cody Landscape and transitioning business ownership.

How Cody Landscape is Transitioning Business Ownership

Though his son has grown up around the business—and the industry—Cody Whelchel, owner of Texas-based Cody Landscape, says the process of transitioning business ownership to his son has been more complicated than he anticipated. Currently in the midst of that process, Whelchel, who founded the landscape design, installation and maintenance business in 1986 along with […]

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Southern Landscape Group talks about recruiting strategies.

Southern Landscape Group’s Top 2 Recruiting Strategies

Let’s face it: As a result of the lack of knowledge available to people about the landscape industry and the career potential within, its image is tainted. This is particularly true with younger generations. “Students and parents think it’s a dirty job and that you don’t make any money in landscaping; we just have this […]

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