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How I Do It: Creating a Leadership Development Program

As your lawn care or landscape company grows, you’ll need leaders to step up and fill new roles. Naturally, you want to reward your team members who have been with you on the front lines, but some of them may need some fine-tuning before they’re ready for a management position. Often you are faced with […]

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How I Do It: Taking Advantage of the DoD SkillBridge Program

Each year nearly 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed in over 140 military installations in the U.S. and overseas, will separate from active duty and re-enter the civilian workforce or pursue higher education. For the past two years, Environmental Management Inc. (EMI) based in Plain City, Ohio, has been able to tap into […]

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Seabreeze Property Services Provides Guaranteed 40-Hour Weeks for Their Snow Season

If you offer snow removal as a service you are all too familiar with the demanding hours and unpredictable nature of snowstorms. As a result, the wintertime can be particularly challenging to provide reliable hours for your employees. Seabreeze Property Services, based in Portland, Maine, has also dealt with the retention struggle during the snow […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Snow Plow?

Sometimes they call it white gold. And there is no denying that snow plowing can be a lucrative business, but it comes with its own set of challenges. So, if you operate in a market where there’s enough snow, should you be offering snow removal as a service? Four industry professionals weigh in on the […]

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Liquid aeration is applied to the top of the lawn and it soaks in over time.
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How I Do It: Core or Liquid Aeration?

It is understood that fall aeration is beneficial for lawns and helps prepare them for the following spring. However, one question that is coming up more is what type of aeration services to provide your clients. Core aeration has been the standard for years, but more companies are adding liquid aeration as an option or […]

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Looking Sharp: Strategies for Company Uniforms

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but whether you like it or not, first impressions do matter. If you only have one opportunity to convince a potential client of your professionalism, the last thing you want is inadequate uniforms undermining your efforts. Doug Delano, LIC, co-owner of Level Green Landscaping, based in […]

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How I Do It: Selling and Creating Showstopping Seasonal Displays

Seasonal displays can provide a pop of color and cheer when most of the landscape is becoming dull during the fall and winter months. Learn what companies offering this service have to say are the major selling points and how they avoid creating the same old display year after year. What Sells Seasonal Displays? Aaron […]

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(From left to right) Christopher Brown, co-founder of Teed & Brown, Stephan Saia, president and CEO of EPSI, and Adrian Santos, director of grounds maintenance for EPSI.

NAVIGATE Is a Learning Experience for Both the Mentee and Mentor

When trying to grow your company, you may think you’re on your own, but this isn’t the case. NALP’s NAVIGATE program provides you the opportunity to connect with industry mentors, knowns as Trailblazers, who have learned things the hard way so you don’t have to. NAVIGATE is free to NALP members and offers three different […]

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Business Smarts: Should You Have a 4-Day Workweek?

With the labor market becoming increasingly tight, lawn care and landscape company owners have to consider a number of ways to differentiate themselves. One option is to offer the perk of 3-day weekends by working on a 4-day, 10-hour workweek. Landscape companies that have opted to go this route have reported their staff is better […]

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Business Smarts: The Pros and Cons of a 4-Day Workweek

Landscaping is a demanding industry. One possible way to help provide a better work-life balance for you and your crews is moving to a 4-day workweek. Various industries have been considering and implementing a 4/10 schedule as a way to provide more flexibility to their employees. With many landscape companies often already working 10 hours […]

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