May 2021 - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Month: May 2021

Landscapes of the Month: Designing Gardens with Both Form and Function

When one of Landmark Landscapes, Inc.’s clients reached out to them about their degrading patio on a bluff what started out as one project ultimately turned into three unique spaces that combined form and function. The homeowners had hired Landmark in the past for some small enhancement projects, but it was after the company had […]

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Foxglove Gardening: Serving the Fine Gardening Niche

In Flagstaff, Arizona, Foxglove Gardening has been offering fine gardening and landscape maintenance services for over 35 years. Founded by Joan Abbott, the company was purchased by married couple Jason Minshew and Annie Taylor when they learned she wanted to retire. Previously, Minshew and Taylor had worked together at a landscape architecture firm called Gardens […]

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Business Smarts: The Importance of Conducting Valuations

You might consider strategic planning and exit planning as two different things but Jennifer Murray, vice president of McFarlin Stanford, leader of their valuation and financial advisory practices, argues they are one and the same. “Having a proactive forward-looking value creation mindset I think is additive to any business, whether you’re just starting out, or […]

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Stepping Up with Britt Wood: Season 2, Episode 1 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

Hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software and Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape, kick off the second season of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast with Britt Wood, CEO of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Wood is an association executive who has over 25 years of experience in association management. In […]

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Effective Training Methods for Your Team

Fred Haskett, head harvester with The Harvest Landscape Consulting Group, shares tips to train your team. Haskett says the way to develop a well-trained, safe and effective workforce is to know how to train your trainers. He says people never actually rise to the occasion but instead default to their highest level of training. Haskett […]

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Training Superstars: These Companies Are Taking Training to the Next Level

Landscape business owners who take training seriously know that it’s not only a way to ensure that team members maintain a high standard (which in turn builds the company’s reputation), but it’s also a way to boost safety, build a strong workplace culture, and even recruit great people.   Oasis Turf & Tree in Loveland, […]

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Level Up: Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service Eyes Opportunities with Acquisitions

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level.Based in Eliot, Maine, Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service has been in business for 42 years. The company takes pride in their ability to execute with quality in mind. Founded by Booth Hemingway, he started the company […]

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Business Smarts: When to Start Exit Planning

Currently, there are a number of lawn care and landscape company owners who started their business in the late 70s or 80s who are beginning to seriously consider their retirement options. If you are one of these owners, or perhaps someone younger who is wondering when you really need to start working on an exit […]

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Stratton & Brätt Landscapes Founder Shares the Importance of Political Involvement

There are many elements that go into running a business successfully, but one that can be overlooked is being engaged with the government on the local, state and federal level. Keven Stratton, one of the founders of Stratton & Brätt Landscapes, says he has been lobbying for the landscape industry since he started his company […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Controlling Summer Insect Pests Begins in May

Depending on your location in the country, May is prime time for certain insects to begin attacking your customers’ lawns. How you go about identifying the damage and treating it properly is crucial so check out the prime suspects that may find their way to your customers’ susceptible turf. Scouting for these insects in May […]

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