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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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      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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                  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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                    Meet NALP Member Dean DeSantis of DeSantis Landscapes

                    Although he grew up around landscaping, Dean DeSantis, owner of DeSantis Landscapes in Portland, didn’t initially imagine he’d follow the same career path as his father, who started the business in 1974. At the time, DeSantis was just eight years old and says he spent most of his summers helping out. Even so, he just […]

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