Business Advice & Stories

Meet NALP Member Chris Lee of Earthworks

Chris Lee admits he can’t pinpoint exactly what got him into the landscape business. But he is certain that the opportunity to “do his own thing,” and to “put his stamp on something bigger than himself” were driving factors. Since founding Earthworks Inc., in 1979, Lee—who serves as president—has adapted and evolved the business many […]

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Landscape America talks about overcoming a growth bottleneck.

How Landscape America Overcame a Growth Bottleneck

A savvy business owner knows he or she constantly needs to be on the lookout for a growth bottleneck. If they want their businesses to continue to grow and perform, they need to remove these “hold-ups.” But what if the owner is the bottleneck? That was exactly the case for Doug McDuff and his business […]

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Mark Borst talks about employee referral rewards.

How Borst Landscape & Design Makes Employee Referral Rewards Work

Like so many other landscape professionals, Mark Borst, owner of Borst Landscape & Design in Allendale, New Jersey, says the labor pool in his area often feels quite dry. It’s an ongoing struggle to find qualified workers. That’s why, about seven years ago, Borst began experimenting with employee referral rewards.  Since that time, refining the […]

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Meet NALP Member Krisjan Berzins of Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape

A high school summer spent working on the grounds crew at a local golf course set Krisjan Berzins on a path toward the green industry—he just didn’t know it yet. At the time, he says he was just trying to earn some summer income. “One of the best perks was that we’d start really early […]

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How to Be a Better Branch Manager at Gachina Landscape Management

Switching companies—or even just positions within the same company—always brings a new set of challenges. For Bill Horn, East Branch Manager for Gachina Landscape Management in Menlo Park, California, 30-plus years with the same company had him used to a certain way of doing business. Horn brought his ideas to Gachina and had to find […]

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Bret Achtenhagen discusses how higher wages were possible by setting higher employee expectations.

Employee Issue of the Week: Higher Wages = Higher Expectations

Like so many other landscape business owners, Bret Achtenhagen, president and CEO of Bret Achtenhagen’s Seasonal Services in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, was struggling with attracting, hiring, onboarding and retaining quality individuals to add to the company’s production teams. As a result, Achtenhagen says the company was growing faster than its ability to develop foremen and other […]

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Ben Collinsworth converts his business to a digital workplace.

How Native Land Design Transitioned to a Digital Workplace

Located in Austin, Texas—where technology is basically a way of life (and most certainly a way of business)—Ben Collinsworth, owner and founder of Native Land Design, says he felt embarrassed that his company appeared to lag in that arena. Watching friends outside of the industry transform their businesses with technology inspired Collinsworth to do this […]

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Bob Grover

Meet NALP Member Bob Grover of Pacific Landscape Management

Bob Grover was a self-described “outdoorsy kid” growing up. “I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s,” he explains. “We had three television channels. Kids’ TV shows only happened on Saturday mornings. There were no video games. We went outside and played. I had the fortune of living on 1 acre in suburbia. It was […]

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Nikos Phelps switches to four, 10-hour days weekly to improve work/life balance.

How Utopian Landscapes Switched its Schedule to Help Employees Achieve Work/Life Balance

Landscape business owners often feel like there is an “us versus them” mentality when it comes to employees. They feel like everyone is just in it for themselves. Nikos Phelps, founder of Utopian Landscapes LLC based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, says that he sensed tension building in his company and took a step back to ask […]

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NALP Member Jarod Hynson of Earth, Turf & Wood Talks About His Industry Mentors & More

The first time NALP member Jarod Hynson mowed a lawn with a push mower at 8 years old, the smell of fresh grass, the symmetry of perfect stripes and the sense of accomplishment made the outdoors a place that he wanted to forever call “home.” He started his company, Earth, Turf & Wood, based in […]

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