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NALP and Lawn Care Companies Partner to Boost State Advocacy Efforts

Advocacy is one of the key focuses of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. While there are a lot of matters being fought for at the federal level, some of the toughest battles are at the state and local levels. These misinformed and misguided policies can seriously impact lawn care companies and threaten their businesses. […]

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Four Ways to Keep Crews Engaged in Safety

When it comes to the workplace, it’s essential to encourage and enforce safety among employees to create a more comfortable and secure environment. However, it can be hard to keep your employees engaged in safety training. When your employees are not committed to establishing a safe work atmosphere, they put themselves and their co-workers at […]

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Level Up: Parterre Garden Services Focuses on a Customer Intimate Model

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Parterre Garden Services, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was created when landscape architect Greg Lombardi was looking for a way to provide high-end, high-quality maintenance for the properties he had designed. Lombardi met Jason Harris 21 years […]

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How I Do It: Preserving an Ancient Art Form

Dry stone walling originated in England and requires considerable skill as these walls do not use mortar. The nonprofit Stone Trust provides workshops to preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling.   Back in 2019, Chappy Manzer, owner of Manzer’s Landscape Design and Development, Inc., based in Peekskill, New York, and […]

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Pitfalls To Avoid When Working With Landscape Architects

If you want to establish strong relationships with landscape architects outside your company or strengthen the current ones you have, there are a number of mistakes you can avoid making.   “What I have learned is that many of the LAs we deal with have had negative experiences with contractors that want a shortcut,” says […]

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REPLAY: From the Source: Answers to Improve Your Business

In this replay episode of the 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, pose questions for each other. In this podcast, the panelists discuss their questions for each […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Overcoming Foot Traffic at The Carolina Inn at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Carolina Inn is an upscale hotel located on-campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is known to host university-related gatherings, including alumni weddings and other private events, which lead to the hotel’s need for a landscaping update. Due to the hotel’s distinguished location and entertainment duties, the client brought on […]

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Safety Culture: How to Run Effective Safety Training Across Multiple Locations

If your lawn or landscape company has multiple locations, whether it’s a few cities or a few states over, consistency can be a challenge to ensure that each team receives the same level of safety training. Individual instructors have their own experiences, capabilities and biases so trainees at different locations can receive different messages. You […]

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Faces of the Industry: Sharon Chao

When Sharon Chao was recruited out of college by Gachina Landscape Management, based in Menlo Park, California, the company only had 60 employees. The company was growing with one accountant and Chao was brought on to help with payroll. Since then she moved up to accounting manager, controller and is now director of finance. Previously, […]

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Business Smarts: The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Overhead

When you’re looking to improve your company’s efficiency, one aspect you can consider is outsourcing some parts of the business that make up your overhead. Just like how you’d bring on a subcontractor to handle some of the tasks that aren’t your company’s specialty, outsourcing certain departments allows you to pass on duties that need […]

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