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Team Building: How to Deal with Workplace Conflict

People are bound to disagree at one point or another regardless of the industry they’re in. As a lawn care or landscape company owner, it’s natural for conflict to occur in your business but the important thing is not to ignore it. Sometimes unaddressed conflicts can result in unproductive gossip, a toxic work atmosphere and […]

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Finding Fulfillment with Tom Shotzbarger: Season 2, Episode 11 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 11 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape and Macey Wollenberg, 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 […]

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Business Smarts: Route Density Practices to Avoid

Route density is a key to becoming more profitable as a lawn care company, but there are some practices that might not be worth the effort. Below are some methods that other companies have opted not to use when it comes to increasing their route density for their business. Door-to-Door Sales Often thought of something […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Providing Commercial Landscaping for a BMX Park

In Houston, Texas, a client wanted to develop the largest BMX exclusive park in the world. This was part of their ongoing efforts to invigorate North Houston and create spaces for people to visit. They brought on Yellowstone Landscape to help with the revitalization of this space, which was formerly a wastewater management plant. The […]

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Developing Emotional Intelligence in Landscape Leadership

As a leader, it’s important to adopt the use of emotional intelligence to retain good employees. Without a positive work environment, production and efficiency can be low. “In today’s work environment, people want to be heard and understood,” says Angie Carignan, human resources manager for Belknap Landscape Company. “It’s one thing to nod and smile, […]

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Technically Speaking: To Deadhead or Not to Deadhead

Nothing is quite luxurious as having a landscape filled with beautiful flowers blooming and if you’re wanting to extend the length of the blooming season for your customers, deadheading can help achieve this. Deadheading is the practice of removing spent blooms from flowering plants. It refreshes a plant’s appearance, controls seed dispersal and redirects their […]

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From OK to Outstanding with Steve Mulvany: Season 2, Episode 10 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 10 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape, and Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape, talk with Steve Mulvany, president and founder of Management Tools Inc. Mulvany’s company […]

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Member Spotlight: Adrian Martinez, New West Landscape Management, Inc.

Adrian Martinez, president of New West Landscape Management, Inc. based in Concord, California, was introduced to the landscape business at a young age. His first job was working as a gardener and he quickly learned to love the work as he was constantly surrounded by gardens and open spaces. Martinez joined New West Landscape Management […]

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Faces of the Industry: Ellie and Juan Lamonaca

Ellie and Juan Lamonaca, owners of Conserva Irrigation of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, never thought they’d get into the irrigation industry at first. They had always wanted to be entrepreneurs and were keeping their eyes and ears open for different franchising opportunities. “We always thought of the green industry as a recession-proof business,” he says. “We […]

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Landscape Safety: Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

Working in the heat of summer can cause lawn and landscape workers to become sick from occupational heat exposure if proper preventative measures are not taken. There are a range of heat-related illnesses that can affect anyone regardless of their age, physical condition, or experience working in the heat. Most outdoor fatalities, 50 to 70 […]

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