2023 - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Year: 2023

Natural Disasters and Their Impact on Insurance Rates

You only have to skim the headlines to read about a new natural disaster impacting some part of the country, from hurricanes to wildfires. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there have been 23 weather extreme events in America that cost at least $1 billion through August 2023, overtaking the year-long record total […]

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How I Do It: Dealing with Truck Repairs and Maintenance Delays

Landscape professionals depend on trucks, mowers and other equipment to accomplish their work. But trucks and mowers often need maintenance or repairs to continue performing properly. “Not doing the work due to not having equipment is something we work hard to avoid,” says Nelson Alvarado, fleet manager at Russell Landscape Group, headquartered in Sugar Hill, […]

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Level Up: Everyone Rows the Boat at GreenSweep, LLC

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Kyle Narsavage, president and owner of GreenSweep, LLC, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, started mowing when he was seven years old. “By middle school, I knew I wasn’t going to work for anyone else and this […]

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Lessons Learned On Tour with EarthWorks, Inc.

EarthWorks, Inc., based in Lillian, Texas, is a full-service landscape management company with four offices and more than 400 employees across the state — a market position they achieved with no acquisitions and no outstanding debt. The company will hit $40 million in annual revenue this year. Founded in 1979, the company started in the […]

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Encouraging Equipment Operators to Use Fleet Technologies in the Landscaping Industry

Guest content Fleet technology is greatly transforming the way landscaping businesses operate. Fleet management solutions provide enhanced efficiency and operational optimization through transparent, real-time data and automated workflows. However, in an industry where autonomy plays a significant role, equipment operators may harbor reservations about embracing new tracking-type technologies. The imagery of manicured lawns and beautified […]

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Hello, Goodbye: How to Reduce Employee Turnover

This information came from a session during the 2023 ELEVATE conference and expo. Don’t miss ELEVATE in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Nov. 3-6, 2024. Employee turnover can be a frustrating roadblock that prevents your company from being able to scale effectively as you continually have to replace your existing workforce. Angela Hieronimus, director of engagement and success […]

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Building Your Team: Cultivating Career Growth – Strategies Used by Top Businesses

Investing in professional development not only benefits your employees but it also helps your lawn or landscape company reach greater heights. Often, companies that emphasize professional development for their employees don’t settle on just one method but rather a variety of different tools to support and grow their team members. “The importance of developing our […]

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The Agronomist: The Work You Do Is Award-Winning

I get to do some very cool things in my job, not the least of which is to represent the landscape industry in organizations dedicated to the stewardship of pesticides. In this case, I am referring to The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance, a group consisting of cooperative extension folks, pesticide safety educators, registrants (a fancy name […]

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Faces of the Industry: Jacob Hong

Jacob Hong started mowing lawns with his brother when he was 13 years old, but it wasn’t until he was in college that he realized he could have a career in the landscape industry. “I felt it was the best of both worlds,” Hong says. “A little bit of business along with working outside. Initially, […]

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Changing the Game: Five Business Lessons Learned from Disruptors

“It’s only crazy if it doesn’t work” is an attitude that entrepreneurs who are looking to disrupt their markets should have. The only way you can go about challenging the status quo and introducing innovative approaches to your business is to be willing to try things that others have dismissed or thought to be impossible. […]

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