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Author: Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.

NALP Members in the News: Davey Tree Expert Company, McHale Landscape Design, Schill Grounds Management, SavATree and Ewing

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news. Davey Tree Expert Company Opens Biochar Facility The Davey Tree Expert Company has announced the opening of its biochar facility in East Dundee, Illinois. This facility will recycle wood waste from client properties and turn it into biochar, an environmentally friendly soil additive. “Biochar […]

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Tree Care: Stop the Spread of Crape Murder

It’s February, which means in the South, crape myrtles have all of a sudden started sporting rather severe buzzcuts. Despite its extreme prevalence, this type of ‘pruning’ is the opposite of beneficial for the plant.   As a landscape professional, you know better than to practice topping innocent crape myrtles, better known as crape murder. […]

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The Benefits and Challenges of Owning a Landscape Business with Your Spouse

Many couples love the fact they can run a landscape company with their spouse. However, this work dynamic has its own set of challenges to be aware of. “Working with your spouse within the landscape industry — or any business, for that matter — can be incredibly rewarding, but it also requires careful navigation to […]

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Team Building: Adding a Pawsitive Influence in the Office

Dogs are touted as man’s best friend, so should they be welcome in your landscape company’s office? Troy Clogg, owner of Troy Clogg Landscape Associates, LLC, based in Wixom, Michigan, says that he’s always had a dog by his side and because he brought his dog to work, it only seemed fair to let others […]

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Tree Care: Warning Signs of a Tree in Decline

While the groundhog may have predicted an early spring, there’s still a good bit of time before your clients’ trees break dormancy. However, the last thing they want to see after a long winter is a barren tree when it should be budding. Rather than having this unpleasant surprise, you can identify the symptoms of […]

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Business Smarts: When and How to Implement Price Increases

The discussion of money can be a touchy subject for your client base, and in some cases, it may make you reluctant to raise your prices at all. Jud Griggs, a landscape design/build sales and marketing consultant with The Harvest Group, says landscape company owners should review their pricing at least twice a year. “You […]

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Business Smarts: Is Early Ordering a Good Fit for Your Lawn Care Company?

Early ordering can allow your lawn care business to have the products you need on hand before the season starts and offers savings as well. However, determining if these programs are viable for your company, as well as how much to order before the season, will depend on a number of factors. Who Should Early […]

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Strategic Spaces: Navigating the Design/Build Process for Phased Landscape Projects

In times when your clients might be less likely to spring for a major landscape project or if their budget is on the smaller side, offering a phased project can be a good compromise. “When the scope exceeds the client’s budget at the time of installation, and the client values the quality your company provides, […]

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Three Keys to Successfully Work with Your Spouse

Running a business can be hard, but who better to partner with than your spouse? These work dynamics, when done right, can be a beautiful balance of one another’s talents. However, there are pitfalls. You can avoid some of these troubles with these three practices. Define Your Roles One of the first steps to working […]

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Business Smarts: The Importance of Conducting Regular Price Reviews

The pricing of your services can be a tricky business as while you’d like to be able to set it and forget it and never have to approach your clients about your work costing more, doing so will only hurt your lawn or landscape business in the long run. Jud Griggs, a landscape design/build sales […]

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