January 2024 - Page 2 of 4 - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Month: January 2024

Conquering Challenges: Long-Distance Landscaping a Lakefront Property

This project earned David J. Frank Landscape Contracting a Gold Award for Residential Landscape Contracting in the 2023 Awards of Excellence. This modern landscape resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where amenities are hard to find, and long winters limit the timeframe for outdoor projects. The owners of this lakefront property desired a landscape that […]

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Landscape Company Owners Share Their Successes and Failures

As a leader, it’s important to pause from time to time and be reminded about certain concepts, as well as learn new things. Brian Helgoe, CEO & founder of Monarch Landscape Companies; Teddy Russell, owner & CEO of Russell Landscape; and Terell Weg, president & CEO of MSNW Group, discussed lessons they’ve learned running their […]

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NALP Foundation Builds Roblox Game to Reach the Next Generation

The NALP Foundation recently announced their latest awareness initiative, which will focus on young people from ages 5 to 15 through the online gaming platform Roblox. The NALP Foundation is creating a game in partnership with Epic Reach, a global creative and advanced innovation agency. This game, called Landscape Design Empire, will allow players to […]

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Building Your Team: Crafting a Successful Internship Program

Nubia Guiterrez, director of human resources for Mullin, based in St. Rose, Louisiana, says they started their internship program over four years ago and utilized NALP’s internship program guide as the foundation for their platform. “We knew that our industry has a lot of issues in finding people,” Guiterrez says. “So what better way to […]

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How I Do It: Milosi Invests in R&D to Stay on the Cutting Edge

An R&D department sounds like something only multimillion-dollar corporations can afford to have, but Milosi, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, has started a bit smaller by creating an R&D committee at the end of 2022. Taylor Milliken, owner and president of Milosi, says he’s wanted to start an R&D committee for years. “With Create and Innovate […]

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Economist Provides Insights Into 2024-25 at Leaders Forum

Wouldn’t you love to have a crystal ball that tells you exactly what to expect for the next year? Attendees at Leaders Forum in Litibu, Nayarit, Mexico, got the next best thing on Jan. 18 as Taylor St. Germain, an economist with ITR Economics, shared various economic indicators and how landscape company owners can respond […]

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NALP Members in the News: Ruppert Landscape, Bartlett Tree Experts, Landscape Leadership and College of DuPage

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news. Ruppert Landscape Acquires The Greenery Ruppert Landscape has expanded their services in South Carolina with the acquisition of The Greenery of Charleston. The Greenery of Charleston is the leading commercial landscape maintenance and installation provider in the Charleston market and was owned and operated […]

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Inside Landscape Workshop’s Acquisition Strategy Across the Southeast

If you keep an eye on industry news, chances are you’ve read a press release about one of Landscape Workshop’s recent acquisitions. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Landscape Workshop is one of the larger commercial landscaping companies in the U.S. They have also doubled their size in the past five years through organic and acquisitive growth. […]

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Talking with Titans: Phil Key

Phil Key is the CEO of Ruppert Landscape. He recently assumed this role in June 2023 after serving as Ruppert’s president since 2013. He has been working for the company for over 24 years and has over 30 years in the industry. When you first started as an intern at Ruppert, did you ever think […]

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Faces of the Industry: Eddie Ramirez

“Yeah, why not?” was Eddie Ramirez’s response to Mark Chaffin when he suggested Ramirez join him as he started his own landscaping company. That was in 1979, when the two were working together at a restaurant. Chaffin left the restaurant industry and started EarthWorks, Inc., based in Lillian, Texas. Ramirez started as a laborer, then […]

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