2024 - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Year: 2024

Level Up: Rossen Landscape Seeks Revenue Growth with Sustained Profit

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Jeff Rossen’s passion for landscaping was born when he was gifted some unhatched Japanese koi eggs. He built his first pond for these fish, and it progressively got bigger each time he rebuilt it. Around 13 […]

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Keep Your Clients’ Trees Thriving: Summer Care Dos and Don’ts

We’re well into the dog days of summer, and while your clients may be fretting about their turf, make sure their trees aren’t being overlooked. Do Water Consistently   Both newly installed and mature trees can struggle during hot, dry periods. “You have to inspect the trees, especially this time of year,” says Manny Nassar, […]

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Protecting Your Business: The Lesser-Known Capabilities of Fleet Tracking Systems

Fleet tracking systems offer far more than just GPS tracking for your crews’ vehicles. This type of technology can improve efficiency, reduce costs and boost overall fleet safety. “Companies without fleet tracking are running at a disadvantage relative to adopters who are improving the safety and efficiency of their fleets,” Joe DiMartino, CEO of Fleetr. “The ROI […]

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Emily Galloway Named 2024 Kevin Kehoe Student Leader of the Year

Emily Galloway, a sophomore at Piedmont Technical College majoring in horticulture technology, is this year’s Kevin Kehoe Leader of the Year Award recipient. Previously, Galloway was a firefighter for four years. She says her start in the landscape industry was a byproduct of her firefighting career ending. Galloway sustained a severe shoulder injury during a […]

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Meet Daniel Greenwell, Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2024

The NALP Foundation named Daniel Greenwell, department head of horticulture and agriculture for Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina, the 2024 Outstanding Educator of the Year. Greenwell dual-enrolled at Tallahassee Community College and earned his Associate of Arts degree before finding his passion for horticulture. He then transferred to the University of Florida and […]

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Common OSHA Safety Violations to Avoid

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mission is to ensure workers have safe and healthy working conditions. As such, they conduct workplace inspections regularly and when standard violations are found, citations and monetary penalties are issued. Below is a list of some of the frequently cited OSHA standards for landscape businesses from October 2022 through […]

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Four Efficiency Strategies to Improve Your Bottom Line

When you aren’t seeing a profitable bottom line in your lawn and landscape business, your first thought might be time to raise prices again. However, as customers continue to deal with increasing costs on every side, it might be a good idea to look at other saving methods first. This isn’t to say you should […]

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Faces of the Industry: Mackenzie Chris

In her six years with Southern Botanical, Mackenzie Chris has been a rising star. She has gone from account manager to senior account manager and then to assistant branch manager. Now, she is in her second year as branch manager for their residential division, which earns over $6 million in annual revenue. Chris is the […]

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Team Building: The Importance of Conducting Stay Interviews

You conduct interviews when you hire an individual, and you may even conduct exit interviews when an employee leaves, but are you also conducting stay interviews? Why They Matter Stay interviews involve talking to your current team members to assess their job satisfaction and why they choose to stay with your lawn or landscape business. […]

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Landscape Professionals Honor Disabled Veterans and the Fallen at 28th Renewal & Remembrance

Scorching temperatures did not daunt over 400 volunteers participating in the 28th Renewal and Remembrance event, presented by NALP and powered by Stanley Black & Decker, on July 15, 2024. “This profession works in any condition, and they’ve more than proven it today,” says Britt Wood, CEO of NALP. “We’re going to have temperatures that […]

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