January 2021 - Page 2 of 4 - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Month: January 2021

How to Assess the Impact of a Workplace Injury vs Profitability

Lawn and landscape business owners actively look for opportunities to improve business operations. When it comes to evaluating the safety program, a challenge most companies have faced is quantifying the true impact of a workplace injury or illness. OSHA released their “$afety Pays” application to bridge direct and indirect workplace injury cost vs the company’s […]

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In Memoriam: Joe Carpenter

Joe Carpenter passed away on Jan. 3, 2021, at the age of 84. Carpenter was a landscape contractor with Superior Seeding, Inc. and served as the president of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) in 1987. Carpenter was also a past president of the North Carolina Landscape Contractors Association. Ralph Stout, former owner of […]

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Developing Your Team Through an Apprenticeship Program

NALP’s Apprenticeship Program offers job seekers a path to a new career through a paid apprenticeship with a landscape company that includes on-the-job training. The program, first introduced in February 2019, is now beginning to turn out and registered companies are beginning to have individuals complete their apprenticeship. New Garden Landscaping & Nursery Inc, based […]

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How to Take Advantage of New Plant Material

Plant breeders are constantly introducing new plant cultivars with a variety of desirable traits such as disease resistance, low water requirements, growth habits and color. A new year marks a new batch of plant material for you to check out. Here’s how some companies go about implementing new plant material in their landscape designs. When […]

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Industry Outlook

With 2020 now officially behind us, many landscape professionals are excited about what this new year will hold. That being said, most are well-aware that some of the hot-button issues of 2020 have followed us into 2021. As much as everyone would like to start this year with a clean slate, issues like H-2B, pesticide […]

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Most Company Owners Have Had a Business Mentor. Do You?

If you ask anyone who uses the NALP’s Trailblazer Mentoring Program why other members should consider using it, they’ll often say it’s a no brainer. The program allows member companies to learn from volunteer industry professionals who share their knowledge about how to run successful lawn care and landscape companies. Participants often meet at the […]

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How I Do It: Implementing Drug Testing

The decision to start a drug-testing program is a nuanced one. While it helps ensure the safety of your employees and customers, it also narrows an already shrinking labor pool. Josh Flynn, CEO of Seabreeze Property Services, based in Portland, Maine, and Gerry Bower, president/CEO of Total Lawn Care, LLC, based in Weslaco, Texas, share […]

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members in the news

NALP Members in the News: Davey Tree, McHale Landscape Design, Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news. Davey Tree Surgery Promotes Two Regional Vice Presidents Davey Tree Expert Company has promoted two regional vice presidents within the Davey Tree Surgery Company, a subsidiary of Davey Tree. Bill Heriford has been promoted to regional vice president, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) operations, […]

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Faces of the Industry: Angela Howes

Angela Howes got into the landscape industry by pure chance. An associate of hers met Craig Ruppert installing a basketball hoop at his house and Ruppert offered him a job in landscaping. Not long afterward, her associate called her to interview for an administrative position. Since then, Howes has spent 17 years with Ruppert Landscape. […]

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2021 Forecast for Commercial Markets

Editor’s Note: This article was written Dec. 4, 2020 COVID-19 caused major disruptions in the commercial markets with some benefiting and others struggling due to its effects on how companies do business. For lawn care and landscape companies that service commercial clients, paying attention to trends in commercial business sectors now takes on new importance. […]

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