Business Advice & Stories

Meet NALP Member Doug Delano of Level Green Landscaping

A former high school math teacher who graduated with a degree in philosophy, Doug Delano puts a lot of emphasis on education. He believes in the power of knowledge. So when he came to landscaping as a later career—getting hired at Ruppert Landscape—Delano threw himself into learning as much as he could. However, in 1998, […]

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Meet NALP Member Brett Lemcke of R.M. Landscape

Though he grew up around the industry—his father and uncle started R.M. Landscape, a western New York landscape company—Brett Lemcke says he was never pushed into it. But he loved it. After earning a horticulture degree at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill—and completing an internship at Gachina […]

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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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How LandCare Built a Positive Team Culture

When Mike Bogan took over the helm of LandCare in 2014, it was his goal to remodel the company in a way that would “fit the type of culture” he felt was missing from the industry. It was a positive team culture he experienced in his former role at Brickman, where he spent his last […]

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running a family business

NALP Member Michael Kravitsky IV Shares Tips on Running a Family Business and Tackling Labor Challenges

Michael Kravitsky IV, CTP-CSL, owner and president of Grasshopper Lawns Inc., in Larksville, Pennsylvania, has always run a family business. It got its start in 1964 when Kravitsky’s father (Michael III) joined the Lawn-A-Mat franchise. In 1980, his father went independent and Grasshopper Lawns was born. Kravitsky joined the business full-time in 1980. “For 36 […]

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How Exscape Designs added enhancements

How Exscape Designs Boosted Revenue With Enhancements

Novelty, Ohio’s Exscape Designs built a reputation in the area for providing high-quality design/build work. Owner Bill Dysert says it became apparent to his sales team that the company was being overlooked for smaller enhancements. Dysert says many homeowners in the area just saw the company—which performs residential design/build and maintenance work—as beyond their budgets. […]

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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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5 Recruiting Solutions for the Toughest Labor Markets

Labor is a pain for most professional landscape companies. Where are good people when you need them? The economy is booming—but finding quality employees to capture the market opportunity has never been so difficult. “Our game plan now is to get people to see this is an industry where you can have a career and […]

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How to Build a Positive Landscape Company Culture

Like so many others, Joshua Malik, owner of Joshua Tree in Stockertown, Pennsylvania, says recruiting new hires has posed an ongoing challenge. Malik, whose business is 55 percent general tree care, says finding experienced tree workers has been the most difficult hiring experience. He can remember a time when he was getting several calls with […]

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Meet NALP Member Craig Ruppert of Ruppert Landscape

As one of eight kids—his mom a nurse and his dad an architect—Craig Ruppert, CEO of Ruppert Landscape, says money was often tight. As a teenager in the early 1970s, Ruppert started mowing neighbors’ lawns with his brother, Chris, to earn extra income. “We were motivated and enjoyed working hard,” Ruppert says. “People began to […]

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