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How I Do It

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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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How I Do It: Creating an Employee Waitlist

Can you imagine having potential new hires sign up for a waitlist to be hired by your company? At Local Roots Landscaping based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this is a reality at certain times of the year. Patrick Murray, managing partner of Local Roots, says this isn’t always the case but they do have periods throughout […]

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How I Do It: Being A Woman in A High-Intensity Position

Tara Piergies-Baker has been in the industry since 2004. She was steered towards landscape architecture by her professor Roy DeBoer at Rutgers University thanks to her love of the outdoors and working outside. She took on the role of design/build construction sales manager at Milosi, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, last August and she says it’s […]

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How I Do It: Partnering with a University on Sustainability  

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, based in Caseyville, Illinois, has been working with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for a number of years and the college has been focused on sustainability for some time. Washington University established the Office of Sustainability in 2011. “WashU understands that sustainable landscape practices are more than the right thing […]

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Mulhall's Infants at Work program allows employees like Brett Hicks, to bring her son Cannon to the office until he is mobile or six months old.
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How I Do It: Creating a Workplace that Supports New Parents

Having a child is a full-time job. It is common for women in America who return to their jobs after having a baby to find the workforce is an unsupportive environment for them. This isn’t the case for Mulhall’s, based in Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 1956, the company takes the phrase ‘family business’ far beyond […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Engaging Safety Culture 

Monarch Landscape Management, based in Houston, Texas, sends out 180 employees into the field every day. Because their staff is their biggest asset, Monarch works hard to keep their team members safe. Every year Monarch looks at the company as a whole and chooses an initiative they want to take to the next level. Several […]

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The Importance of Mentors and How to Grow in Your Landscape Industry Career

Jay Rotonnelli has been in the landscape industry for 32 years. He has worked his way up through the years holding positions such as supervisor, account manager and co-managed a maintenance department as well. He grew up helping his family on their 31-acre apple orchard. When the property owner came to develop their orchard, they […]

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How I Do It: Making Mulching Efficient and Fun

Mulching is a common task during the spring but Ruppert Landscape, based in Laytonsville, Maryland, has managed to turn this job into an exciting way to kick off the season. This event is known as “Mulcharama” and has been around for about 40 years. They adopted the practice early in the company’s history and it’s […]

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Team Building: Setting Second Chance Hires Up for Success

If you’ve been considering looking into hiring individuals with a past in substance abuse or criminal charges, you may be concerned about the drawbacks or your decision backfiring in some way. While there are some aspects that will be out of your control, there are some methods to set these second chance hires up for […]

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How I Do It: Maintaining a Safety Culture Across the Country

Aspen Grove Landscape Companies services a number of commercial clients across the U.S. through their family of regional landscape companies located in various markets. They have also consistently earned the ‘Best of the Best’ award in the NALP Safety Recognition Awards. This distinction is earned by companies who have maintained the Overall Safety Achievement Award […]

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