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How I Do It

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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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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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How I Do It: Hosting an Annual Training Day

Earlier this month, LaBahn’s Landscaping, based El Cajon, California, hosted their first annual training day as an opportunity to educate their crew members on how to provide the best quality landscape maintenance. This new annual training day was brought about by the new company president, Chris Gillespie, LIC, who had done it at previous companies. […]

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How I Do It: Celebrating Earth Day

For landscape and lawn care companies, one could argue that every day is Earth Day. However, holidays can help bring attention to a specific topic. Earth Day is an opportunity to celebrate why you do what you do on a daily basis and educate others in the community about the importance of caring for the […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Employee Waitlist

Can you imagine having potential new hires sign up for a waitlist to be hired by your company? At Local Roots Landscaping based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this is a reality at certain times of the year. Patrick Murray, managing partner of Local Roots, says this isn’t always the case but they do have periods throughout […]

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How I Do It: Being A Woman in A High-Intensity Position

Tara Piergies-Baker has been in the industry since 2004. She was steered towards landscape architecture by her professor Roy DeBoer at Rutgers University thanks to her love of the outdoors and working outside. She took on the role of design/build construction sales manager at Milosi, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, last August and she says it’s […]

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How I Do It: Partnering with a University on Sustainability  

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, based in Caseyville, Illinois, has been working with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for a number of years and the college has been focused on sustainability for some time. Washington University established the Office of Sustainability in 2011. “WashU understands that sustainable landscape practices are more than the right thing […]

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