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Faces of the Industry: June Hawkins

June Hawkins has been in the landscape industry for 37 years, but she majored in interior design in college. She also minored in horticulture and art. Her mother always felt Hawkins’s calling was landscape architecture, and Hawkins ended up working for a landscape architecture firm right out of college for 12 years, where she did […]

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Photo: R.P. Marzilli & Company

Go Behind the Scenes at R.P. Marzilli & Company During NALP Field Trip

On June 23-24, learn how R.P. Marzilli & Company grew to $53 million in annual revenue and manages to recruit and retain their employees. Hosts Marty Grunder, president and CEO of Grunder Landscaping, and Frank Mariani, executive chairman of Mariani Landscape, will dive into the company’s inner workings during the sixth annual NALP Field Trip. […]

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Highlights of H-2B with Andrew Bray: Season 2, Episode 51 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 51 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus at Include Software and Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape talk with Andrew Bray, VP of government relations for NALP. Bray is a government relations professional with over 15 years of legislative, regulatory, campaign and legal experience. As vice president […]

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Photo: Weller Brothers Landscaping

Design/Build: Opting To Charge Design Fees

Think of a skilled profession where you don’t have to pay a consultation fee. If you had trouble thinking of a field where this happens, it’s because it’s rare for people to give away their expertise for free. Yet it is a common practice for those who do offer design/build services to not charge for […]

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Spring Check-In: Season 2, Episode 50 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 50 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus at Include Software, Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape and Macey Robinson with LandCare talk with each other. In this podcast, our hosts talk about wrapping up the first quarter and the things they learned last year that have made […]

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Business Smarts: Offering Financing for Clients

Oftentimes when a consumer is making a sizable purchase for a house, a car or other investment, they look for financing to help make the cost more manageable. Yet frequently, landscaping companies opt not to offer their customers any financing options, believing this is best left to the banks to handle. However, offering financing has […]

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REPLAY: Balancing Employee Development and Business Needs

In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Miles Kuperus, system architect at Include Software, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape, and Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape talk with Chris Joyce, president of the Joyce Companies. The Joyce Companies consist of the following […]

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Climbing High: Alisha Amundson’s Experience as an Arborist

If you reach Alisha Amundson’s voicemail, it says she’s either in a tree or assisting another customer. This sums up the majority of this arborist’s day, but she is also a mother and owner of Tree Girl Designs, based in Orlando, Florida. Amundson says getting into arboriculture was fated for her, although she didn’t seek […]

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A Touch on Mental Health with Paul Fraynd: Season 2, Episode 48 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 48 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus with Include Software, Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape and Neal Glatt with GrowTheBench talk with Paul Fraynd, CEO of Sun Valley Landscaping. Fraynd leads the company’s growth and strategy while maintaining core values and operating in a way that […]

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Photo: Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers

How I Do It: Celebrating Earth Day

For landscape and lawn care companies, one could argue that every day is Earth Day. However, holidays can help bring attention to a specific topic. Earth Day is an opportunity to celebrate why you do what you do on a daily basis and educate others in the community about the importance of caring for the […]

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