Business Advice & Stories

3 Ways to Maximize Landscape Fleet Efficiency

The landscape industry is constantly changing. Fluctuating fuel costs, vehicle prices and indeterminate weather during busy seasons all contribute to uncertainty. But for innovative landscape fleets, uncertainty doesn’t need to be foreboding. Instead, it should be an opportunity for fleet managers to hone in on wasteful procedures and replace them with streamlined processes that both […]

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NALP Member Ed Klaas Offers Hurricane Help

Edward Joseph Klaas, II, owner of Southern Sprinkler Systems LLC in Roswell, Georgia, has made an effort to assist in every major hurricane in the Southeast since 2005 when his company’s assistance with Hurricane Katrina left a lasting impact. After Hurricane Dorian left parts of the Bahamas devastated, Klaas teamed up with a local business […]

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3 Ways to Reach the iGen Workforce

If you’re struggling to hire or retain employees, it’s possible you may need to revisit the way you do things. Today, the post-millennial generation (Generation Z) is arriving in the workforce—and their wants and needs are quite different than you might be used to. That means if you’re still employing yesterday’s approach to hiring and […]

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Meet NALP Member Shayne Newman of YardApes

Shayne Newman, founder and president of YardApes in New Milford, Connecticut, credits his upbringing to his ultimate career choice in landscaping. Having spent so much time outdoors as a kid made it seem virtually impossible to choose a career that involved the confines of four walls every day. “I don’t just like being outside; I […]

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How to Price Your Work—and Earn a Profit

There are a couple of effective ways to price your work for profit—and we do not recommend bidding all jobs at the same hourly rate (figured on your overhead and desired profit). In a competitive market, you’ll need to go deeper with pricing. Let’s illustrate how three different companies can price jobs three different ways. […]

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Meet NALP Member H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina of Gachina Landscape Management

For years, H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina, president and CEO of Gachina Landscape Management, was by her husband’s side as he ran the company. A “Game of Thrones” fan, Ishimaru-Gachina jokes that she was like the “hand of the King.” Though she was at home raising her boys, Ishimaru-Gachina’s husband, John, spoke about every aspect of the […]

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7 Ways to Turbocharge Your Landscape Business Growth

What does it take to achieve great accomplishments in the lawn and landscape industry? Here are 7 valuable insights industry consultant Jeffrey Scott suggests to help accelerate your landscape business growth. Landscape Business Growth Truth #1: Nice Guys (and Gals) Finish First Some of the most attractive and compelling leadership traits are those of optimistic, […]

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How to Build Route Density—The Road to Profitability

There are many ways to grow a business. And in the landscape maintenance industry, referrals are a common way to gain new customers. Today, these referrals come from social networks just as often as from noticing a landscaper’s truck at a neighbor’s house. But you can’t depend on referrals alone. Sometimes, referrals come from across […]

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Landscape of the Month: Luxury Lakeside Living by Southern Landscape Group

The dramatic setting overlooking Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Virginia, lent itself well to big ideas, stunning design and creative landscaping. The Coopers were looking to maximize usable outdoor space by building a connected, flowing design that enabled interaction and incredible views for entertaining guests. They wanted luxury lakeside living. Over the course of two […]

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Ben Carruthers of Carruthers Landscape Management

Meet NALP Member Ben Carruthers of Carruthers Landscape Management

During a UPS strike while Ben Carruthers was working there, he needed a way to make some additional money while attending college. He started mowing lawns and quickly found that he liked the outdoor work. In fact, he enjoyed it so much he decided to switch from a business major to horticulture. That ultimately led […]

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