March 2023 - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Month: March 2023

Mulch Madness: The Pros and Cons of Various Mulch Material

Mulch has a number of benefits, including maintaining soil temperatures, inhibiting weed growth and conserving water. It can also help create a cohesive look in the landscape. However, the number of options when it comes to mulch material is vast. One question you have to ask your clients is if they prefer organic or inorganic […]

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Business Smarts: Six Possible Service Offerings Your Company Could Add

If your company is growing and looking for methods to boost your revenue, one way to do so is to increase your service offerings. As for what type of service is a good addition depends on customer demand and leaning into what your company is already equipped to handle. Play to your strengths and focus […]

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Water Management: Increasing Drip Irrigation Efficacy

As water prices rise and shortages become more commonplace, drip irrigation is often touted as an ideal way to conserve water. However, its efficient use of water depends on proper design, installation and management, just like any other irrigation system. Benefits of Drip Irrigation Drip irrigation can be used for watering vegetables, ornamental and fruit […]

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REPLAY: Finding Fulfillment with Tom Shotzbarger

In this replay episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape and Macey Robinson, branch manager at LandCare, talk with Tom Shotzbarger, grounds manager for Graver Arboretum.   During a career of nearly 50 years in the green industry, Tom Shotzbarger has […]

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Photo: Jim Funai

Team Building: How to Partner with Colleges and Universities

Successful lawn and landscape companies will often tell you to always be recruiting if you want to alleviate your staffing problems. One recruiting avenue is building strong connections with your local colleges and universities with industry-related programs. Jim Funai, Ph.D., plant science and landscape technology professor at Cuyahoga Community College, based in Highland Hills, Ohio, […]

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NALP Members in the News: Sperber Landscape Companies, LandCare, Davey Resource Group, Green Lawn Fertilizing, Ruppert Landscape and Landscape Workshop

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news. Sperber Landscape Companies Names New CEO Sperber Landscape Companies has appointed Jeff Berg as the company’s CEO. Richard Sperber, who has been serving as the company’s interim CEO, will continue his active leadership in the role of executive chairman. Berg spent 18 years as […]

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Photo: Patrick McBride

Landscapes of the Month: Creating a Healing Environment for a Health Care Facility

Located in Kansas City, Kansas, this client desired to create a world-class healthcare facility that could house multiple divisions with their healthcare delivery system. The state-of-the-art medical facility is designed to provide flexibility and scalability to the healthcare community as well as use sustainable development and landscape techniques to shrink the effect on the environment […]

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Tips for Installing a New Tree to Share with Customers

Arbor Day is almost a month away and if you have clients asking questions about properly installing a tree, you can share these clearcut steps with them. First, discuss with your client what type of tree they’d like to plant. Make sure their desired species can thrive in the climate where they’re planting. Once those […]

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Safety Culture: Step Up Your Ladder Safety

Ladders can be used for a number of tasks in the landscape industry, including pruning trees, cleaning gutters, installing holiday décor, or installing/maintaining interior plantscaping. Even a fall from a relatively low height can result in painful and permanent injuries. According to OSHA, ladders are number four in the top 10 standards most frequently cited […]

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How to Attract Recently Laid-Off Employees from the Tech Industry

For the past several months, the number of headlines about layoffs, particularly in the Silicon Valley realm, has been surging. Multiple factors are behind these layoffs, including tech companies scaling back to pre-pandemic levels or changing their service model, but opportunity also lies in this news. According to layoffs.fyi, 522 tech companies have laid off […]

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