Employee Issue of the Week

L.G. Scott crew in front of hardscape

How L.G. Scott is Addressing its Labor Challenges

Like a lot of landscape companies, the owners of L.G. Scott have struggled with finding good quality labor over the years. But with the introduction of the NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, they see hope on the horizon … maybe even a solution to labor challenges. Luke Scott, who owns the business with his brother […]

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Why Should a Landscape Pro Consider an Apprenticeship Program?

For many industries, apprenticeship programs are creating viable workforce solutions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5 million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. Today, with the formalization of NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, registered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the green industry […]

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How to Choose a Landscape Apprentice

As NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program™ has continued to gain traction with companies across the country signing on, there has been increased interest in how to choose the right people to participate in the program. Many companies are starting out with a small number of apprentices—often two or three—to see how it goes but are […]

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3 Ways to Break Into the Millennial Minds of Your Landscape Employees

With the proper motivation, training and support system, members of any generation can become capable of remarkable accomplishments. Phil Gwoke‘s goal in speaking to LANDSCAPES attendees at the CEO Forum this week was to bring awareness to what formed and influenced the generations, explore the resulting values and motivations. Then, he gave landscape business owners […]

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3 Ways to Build a Team for Future Growth

Growing a business can be a tricky balancing act. Small companies, especially, must multi-task efforts toward profitability and build a team that can support additional revenue. There are daily operations to manage—accounts to service—while planning to secure the infrastructure and human resources to support growth. Because owners of smaller operations wear many hats, decisions relating […]

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Landscape Gardeners Laying Turf For New Lawn

A Look Inside Landscape Companies Using an Apprenticeship Program

Americans are turning to apprenticeships to develop a much-needed workforce. An apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of skilled crafts practitioners. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5 million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. And the landscape industry is part […]

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How Canopy Lawn Care Recruits and Retains Women in Landscaping

By Maria Pallotta, chief of staff, Canopy Lawn Care, Raleigh, North Carolina One of the most impactful conversations of my career happened during my first week at Canopy Lawn Care. Our CEO, Hunt Davis, had a conversation about one of his long-term goals at Canopy. He wanted our workforce to match the diversity of our […]

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How to Bridge the Generation Gap When Hiring

If you’re like a lot of landscape business owners, then you might be struggling to figure out how to bridge the generation gap when hiring. Whether you’ve already hired new young people—or you’re just looking to attract more of them to your business—then you may have already noticed that there seems to be a disconnect […]

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Greenscapes talks about finding qualified workers.

How Greenscapes Land Care Finds Qualified Workers

Like so many others, Casey Hurd, owner of Worton, Maryland-based Greenscapes Land Care LLC has been struggling with labor. More specifically, he says the trouble is “finding qualified workers.” Hurd, the 2019 NALP Young Entrepreneur of the Year, says he’s learned you must be proactive when it comes to hiring great people. “People aren’t going […]

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Caitlin Clineff, recruiting specialist and company ambassador for Myatt Landscaping in Raleigh, North Carolina, talks about employee recruiting.

3 Ways to Take a More Active Approach to Employee Recruiting

Caitlin Clineff, recruiting specialist and company ambassador for Myatt Landscaping in Raleigh, North Carolina, says these days, everyone is facing a labor shortage in the landscape industry. That’s why we can all benefit from how the industry is approaching employee recruiting strategies. “We have to do something about this ourselves,” Clineff says. The key time […]

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