Member Stories

A Day in the Life for Meticulous Landscaping’s Robert Kraft Starts and Ends With His Management Team

As owner of Meticulous Landscaping Inc., Waretown, New Jersey, Robert Kraft knows plenty about providing landscape services to commercial properties. His company’s expertise includes commercial lawn care, landscape design, construction and installation services, irrigation installation and maintenance, and tree care and snow removal services. He has also learned that touching base with his management team […]

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work and home life boundaries

Terra Phelps Talks About Creating Work-Life Balance for Herself and Utopian Landscapes’ Employees

Before coming to work for Utopian Landscapes LLC full-time, Terra Phelps, the “handler” (because she “handles it all”) had already been consulting on various jobs and tasks. As the wife of Nikos Phelps, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based company’s founder and co-owner, she’d offer design advice or contribute to projects, even though she was working for the […]

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hurricane help

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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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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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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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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Mark Borst talks about employee referral rewards at Borst Landscape & Design.

Meet NALP Member Mark Borst of Borst Landscape & Design

In high school, Mark Borst, owner, Borst Landscape & Design, mowed lawns and worked for a local landscaper to earn an income. And for a long time, he was content with being a one-man-and-a-truck type of business. But when he started college, he realized there was so much more to the profession. “I suddenly realized […]

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News from NALP Members: PBI-Gordon, Davey, Sperber Landscape & Jeffrey Scott

Check out the latest NALP members in the news from PBI-Gordon, The Davey Tree Expert Co., Sperber Landscape Cos. and Jeffrey Scott. NALP Members in the News: NALP Supplier Member Doug Obermann of PBI-Gordon to Retire NALP member Doug Obermann, vice president – turf & ornamental and agricultural sales, PBI-Gordon, plans to retire effective Oct. […]

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Meet NALP Member Joe Lewis of EMI

Coming to the lawn and landscape industry from the Marines, Joe Lewis, account manager for Environmental Management Inc. (EMI), based in Plain City, Ohio, has found more crossovers than he ever imagined. His experience and training in the Marines gave him effective training tools to use at EMI. And that’s important, as Lewis believes effective […]

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Meet NALP Member Jack Moore of Grassperson Lawn Care & Landscape

Jack Moore spent three decades in corporate America before he realized it wasn’t what he loved. After many years cooped up in a boardroom and flying on airplanes, Moore relished the idea of a career that would get him outside. In 2017, after looking seriously at 100 different companies in different industries, Moore and his […]

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