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How I Do It

Stephan Saia (far left) with one of the company's ECS work crews and their director of grounds maintenance, Chris Calvisi (far right).
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How I Do It: Employing and Helping Homeless Individuals

Enterprise Professional Services, Inc. (EPSI), based in Lakeway, Texas, started in 2011 with a mission to provide employment for people with disabilities. They saw an opportunity to help another group of people in 2018 as Austin’s homeless situation was snowballing. EPSI is an AbilityOne nonprofit agency that specializes in custodial, grounds and hospital environmental services […]

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How I Do It: Incorporating Battery Power Into Hardscaping

You typically hear about battery-power equipment being implemented in landscape maintenance operations, but Alfredo’s Lawn and Landscape, based in Austin, Kentucky, has been able to incorporate some battery-powered tools in their hardscaping jobs. Alfredo Aubone, owner of Alfredo’s Lawn and Landscape, says they’ve been using battery-powered blowers for a long time because they’re easy and […]

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How I Do It: Creating a Company Store

Ground Works Land Design, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has a strict uniform policy, as first impressions are very important to owner Tony Nasrallah. The company provides their employees with luxury apparel as it helps boost employee morale and the quality of their work. Recently, the company has taken this a step further by creating a […]

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How I Do It: Being Profitable During Fall Cleanup Season

Sponsored Content Depending on your location, the start of fall cleanup season varies, but sooner or later, the leaves will be falling, and customers will be calling. The question is – are you prepared to make the most of it? Michael Bedell, owner of Bedell Property Management, LLC, based in Milford, Michigan, says since he’s […]

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Team Building: Utilizing a Vanpool for Employees

Depending on your lawn care or landscape business’s location, this could be hampering your possible recruiting scope for employees. One way to broaden your range is by implementing a vanpool program.The Greenery, Inc., based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has had a vanpool program for over 25 years now. Jerry Ashmore, director of workforce […]

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How I Do It: The Importance of Implementing Water Budgets

Water efficiency in the landscape should be a critical consideration when designing, installing and maintaining your client’s property. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, during the week of Aug. 23, 2022, 46.91 percent of the United States is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions. Meanwhile, 99.76 percent of California is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought […]

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How I Do It: Cultivating a Successful Company Culture

In 2017, Ideal Landscape Group, based in St. Louis, Missouri, really started putting effort into cultivating their company culture. Their efforts to create a better culture paid off as this year they were named one of the 2022 Top Workplaces in St. Louis by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. To be considered for this list an […]

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How I Do It: Breaking the Mold of the Average Tree Operation

Like many other companies in the industry, Limbwalker, based in Louisville, Kentucky, had humble beginnings. Cory Petry and Chris O’Bryan started the business with a truck, an old chipper, some chainsaws and climbing equipment in 2004. Now 18 years later, they have 45 employees and more ISA Certified Arborists on staff than any other company […]

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Sun Valley Landscaping Implements Navigator Program to Support Team Members

Last year, Sun Valley Landscaping, based in Omaha, Nebraska, struggled with employee turnover. These employees cited overwhelming personal circumstances that caused many of them to quit. Yet Paul Fraynd, LIC, co-owner of Sun Valley, says he felt like he was failing. “We don’t have a lot of people that leave to go work at the […]

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Team Building: Creating a Talent Acquisition Team

You’ve probably heard the slogan ‘Always be recruiting’ before. But how do you make that motto a reality? For Brilar, based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, they decide to create a dedicated talent acquisition team six months ago. There are five people on the team currently, with two talent acquisition specialists, one talent acquisition associate, a […]

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