How I Do It

Landscape of the Month: Designs By Sundown’s New Headquarters alongside South Platte Park & River

Designs by Sundown is used to building out beautiful landscapes for high-end clients in Colorado, but this project was something special. Now it was their turn. They had built a new headquarters alongside the South Platte Park & River in Littleton, Colorado, and owner Mike Hommel wanted to use it as a place to showcase […]

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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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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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Gachina Landscape team talks about customer expectations.

How Gachina Landscape Management Aligns Customer Expectations

Sometimes you learn more from mistakes than you do from successes, says H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina, president and co-founder of Gachina Landscape Management headquartered in Menlo Park, California. That was the case when one of the company’s branches secured a difficult client. While the company was initially quite proud to announce they landed this very large […]

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3 Ways to Improve Employee Onboarding for Better Retention

In the past three years, NALP member Ben Carruthers, owner of Carruthers Landscape Management Inc., in Dallas, says the company has become more “HR-focused” than ever before. He’s been working with Human Resources “Harvester” Steve Cesare, of The Harvest Group, on a number of ways in which the company can improve their employee onboarding process—among […]

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How to Recruit Young People to the Landscape Industry

When it comes to hiring more labor, NALP member Lisa L. Kuperus, vice president of Farmside Landscape & Design in Wantage, New Jersey, says it must be a multi-faceted and ongoing effort. In this tight labor market—and with the industry’s struggle to receive H-2B workers—there is no time to become complacent. “We absolutely must have […]

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