March 2022 - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Month: March 2022

Short Term Pain = Long Term Results: Season 2, Episode 45 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 45 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus at Include Software and Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape talk with each other. In this podcast, our hosts talk about the changes that take place when spring arrives. They touch on communicating with your team, setting expectations, and how […]

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Meet Jim Funai, Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2022

Jim Funai, Ph.D., plant science and landscape technology professor at Cuyahoga Community College, has been named the Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2022 by the NALP Foundation. Funai attended The Ohio State University and was studying engineering at first because he didn’t know there were career paths in the landscape industry. After searching for […]

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Spotting Signs of Trouble During Irrigation Startups

As temperatures warm up across the country, the time for conducting spring irrigation startups has started or is just around the corner for your landscape company. Russ Jundt, founder of Conserva Irrigation, based in Glen Allen, Virginia, calls this process summerization because it is the opposite of winterization and there is far more to summerizing […]

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Jenn Myers with some of the individuals enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program at Civic Works Landscape Program headquarters in Clifton Park.

NALP Develops Pre-Apprenticeship Program with Civic Works

Over the last two years, NALP has been working with The Corps Network and Jobs for the Future to develop a pre-apprenticeship program at Civic Works in Baltimore, Maryland. Working together, these organizations have been mapping Civic Works’ existing landscape program to the NALP Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program (LMAP), and initiating and supporting employer engagement […]

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Maintenance Matters: Extending the Life of Handheld Equipment

Sponsored Content There’s no specific season when your handheld equipment is more likely to break down, but you definitely don’t want it to happen during the spring busy season. Being proactive with your equipment maintenance is the key to preventing early wear and tear. “Any of the products are subject to two major causes of […]

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Level Up: Weller Brothers Landscaping’s Success Credited to a Dedicated Team

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Like many others, Cole and Brent Weller got into the landscape industry by mowing their neighbors’ lawns. “We’re the kids that started cutting grass in high school, the only difference is that we never quit,” says […]

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Photo: Aamna Anwer, Sustainability Coordinator - Office of Sustainability at Washington University in St. Louis

How I Do It: Partnering with a University on Sustainability  

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, based in Caseyville, Illinois, has been working with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for a number of years and the college has been focused on sustainability for some time. Washington University established the Office of Sustainability in 2011. “WashU understands that sustainable landscape practices are more than the right thing […]

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‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’: One Young Professional’s Journey in the Landscape Industry

Brooke Garcia began her college journey at Kansas State University in the College of Architecture. While inside the studio, she would see other students taking classes outside studying plants. Uninspired by architecture, she knew she wanted a career path that would still allow her to be creative. When she saw landscape design listed as an […]

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Lawn and Landscape Companies Adjust to Rapidly Rising Gas Prices

As if labor challenges and supply chain issues weren’t enough, the recent increase in gas prices is another topic keeping lawn and landscape company owners up at night as they try to adjust to this newest complication. The highest recorded average price for regular unleaded gas was hit earlier this month at $4.33, according to […]

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Working with Difficult Clients: When to Stay and When to Go

As a lawn care or landscape company providing a service, you are bound to encounter difficult clients. While you can’t control another person’s behavior, you can control how often you end up working with these individuals and how you respond to them. If handled properly, you can even transform these ‘problem’ customers into loyal proponents […]

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