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Year: 2021

NALP Attends 94th National FFA Convention and Expo

Among the sea of blue jackets at this year’s 94th National FFA Convention and Expo, an oasis of green could be found. From Oct. 27 – 29, sponsors and volunteers from the professional landscape and lawn care industry worked together to again create a booth showcasing the full scope of the industry, and the many career […]

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Learning From the Largest

In the lawn and landscaping business, everyone has to get their start somewhere. But for most companies, the goal is to grow in some form or fashion. The fact is finding the right path to grow can feel daunting. Lawn and landscaping companies can level up and grow in so many ways. They can diversify […]

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On the Same Page: Why Open-Book Management Helps

Imagine you’re the quarterback for a football team, but for some reason, you’re the only one on your team who knows what the points are on the scoreboard. Some of your teammates are convinced they’re up against an unsurmountable lead and have given up while others think they are comfortably ahead and as a result […]

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The Agronomist: Reflecting on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Your Lawn Care Season

Hopefully by the time you read this your lawn care season is drawing to a successful conclusion. A well-deserved rest awaits before you begin the planning process for the 2022 season. But before you put things to bed for the year, I suggest you take some time to reflect upon the good, the bad and the ugly of the […]

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In Memoriam: Dan Stearns

Dan Stearns, professor emeritus of landscape contracting at Penn State University, passed away on Nov. 6, 2021, at the age of 70. Stearns was an NALP Trailblazer and received NALP’s Educator of the Year award in 2019. Stearns earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and his master’s degree at North Carolina State University. Before […]

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Photo: Landmark Landscapes

Landscapes of the Month: Transforming a Tired Lakefront Property Into a Jewel

On Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, a homeowner purchased a dilapidated cottage and run-down property with the intent of converting it into a summer home where their large family could gather. When they heard of how Landmark Landscapes, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, had completed a project for a nearby neighbor that called for a lot of permitting, they […]

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Faces of the Industry: Luis Mata

Luis Mata, maintenance operations manager for Chalet Nursery, based in Wilmette, Illinois, was introduced to the industry at a young age as he started working with his father on a landscape crew throughout high school. “At one point I did not want to be involved in the industry,” Mata says. “I wanted to find something […]

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Business Smarts: The Art of Raising Your Rates

U.S. inflation hit a 30-year high in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Couple this with the need to raise employees’ wages to stay competitive and your gross profit margins have probably been shrinking for a while now. While talking to customers about your increased rates may be daunting, it is an absolute […]

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How I Do It: Taking Advantage of the DoD SkillBridge Program

Each year nearly 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed in over 140 military installations in the U.S. and overseas, will separate from active duty and re-enter the civilian workforce or pursue higher education. For the past two years, Environmental Management Inc. (EMI) based in Plain City, Ohio, has been able to tap into […]

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Changing the Conversation with DE&I with Sherhara Downing: Season 2, Episode 25 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 25 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager with LandCare, talk with Sherhara Downing with Level Comm. Downing is the founder of Level Comm and specializes in creating engaging communication […]

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