Month: May 2019

safety communication

The 3 Most Important Types of Safety Communication for Landscape Professionals

By Sam Steel Did you know that safety and health information can be more effectively shared with your employees? There is an important, complimentary role for safety briefings, safety training and safety education in your lawn and landscape business. Safety Communication No. 1: Safety Briefings First, let’s look at safety briefings and how they can […]

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Greenscapes talks about finding qualified workers.

How Greenscapes Land Care Finds Qualified Workers

Like so many others, Casey Hurd, owner of Worton, Maryland-based Greenscapes Land Care LLC has been struggling with labor. More specifically, he says the trouble is “finding qualified workers.” Hurd, the 2019 NALP Young Entrepreneur of the Year, says he’s learned you must be proactive when it comes to hiring great people. “People aren’t going […]

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How LandCare Built a Positive Team Culture

When Mike Bogan took over the helm of LandCare in 2014, it was his goal to remodel the company in a way that would “fit the type of culture” he felt was missing from the industry. It was a positive team culture he experienced in his former role at Brickman, where he spent his last […]

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running a family business

NALP Member Michael Kravitsky IV Shares Tips on Running a Family Business and Tackling Labor Challenges

Michael Kravitsky IV, CTP-CSL, owner and president of Grasshopper Lawns Inc., in Larksville, Pennsylvania, has always run a family business. It got its start in 1964 when Kravitsky’s father (Michael III) joined the Lawn-A-Mat franchise. In 1980, his father went independent and Grasshopper Lawns was born. Kravitsky joined the business full-time in 1980. “For 36 […]

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landscape trends: private backyard retreat

More Landscape Trends Dominating 2019 Spaces

Now that spring has officially sprung, landscape trends talk has escalated. Horticulture experts across the country are touting the most popular ideas emerging in their local landscapes. Here are 4 more landscape trends people are talking about this year. Landscape Trends: Younger Generations Embrace All Things Green As younger generations become homeowners, customer expectations are […]

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Lawn Mowing, Landscape Maintenance, Irrigation Boost Residential & Commercial Site Value

Lawn care, landscape maintenance and tree care services, in addition to irigation system installations, produce substantial payouts at resale. This according to the 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features, by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and NALP. The report examines 13 outdoor residential projects and 10 commercial property projects, highlighting the reasons why property owners complete them. […]

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How Exscape Designs added enhancements

How Exscape Designs Boosted Revenue With Enhancements

Novelty, Ohio’s Exscape Designs built a reputation in the area for providing high-quality design/build work. Owner Bill Dysert says it became apparent to his sales team that the company was being overlooked for smaller enhancements. Dysert says many homeowners in the area just saw the company—which performs residential design/build and maintenance work—as beyond their budgets. […]

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Flipping Commercial Landscapes to Raise Property Values & First Impressions

By Missy Henriksen In recent years, the trend of home flipping has taken off. Flippers invest in inexpensive homes, making the necessary renovations and quickly reselling. The time between purchase and sale of a flipped home is often less than a year. After surveying members on industry trends, NALP found the concept of “flipping” is […]

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Caitlin Clineff, recruiting specialist and company ambassador for Myatt Landscaping in Raleigh, North Carolina, talks about employee recruiting.

3 Ways to Take a More Active Approach to Employee Recruiting

Caitlin Clineff, recruiting specialist and company ambassador for Myatt Landscaping in Raleigh, North Carolina, says these days, everyone is facing a labor shortage in the landscape industry. That’s why we can all benefit from how the industry is approaching employee recruiting strategies. “We have to do something about this ourselves,” Clineff says. The key time […]

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5 Recruiting Solutions for the Toughest Labor Markets

Labor is a pain for most professional landscape companies. Where are good people when you need them? The economy is booming—but finding quality employees to capture the market opportunity has never been so difficult. “Our game plan now is to get people to see this is an industry where you can have a career and […]

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