Business Advice & Stories

The Top 5 Landscape Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2019

What do your customers crave in their landscapes this year? The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is about to tell you with its official list of the top 2019 landscape trends. Drawing upon the expertise of the industry’s 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care professionals, NALP annually predicts trends that will influence the […]

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Why Every Landscape Professional Should Experience the Industry’s Largest Career Fair

Landscape professionals and horticulture students greatly anticipate the largest landscape industry career fair and student contest, otherwise known as the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), hosted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The event brings together more than 700 students from two- and four-year colleges to demonstrate their skills in real-world competitive events […]

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Employee Issue of the Week: Increase Awareness to Boost Safe Operations

If you walk into the lobby at Raimondi Horticultural Group, in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, you instantly spot the National Association of Landscape Professionals Safety Recognition Awards it won for safe operations. They are on display for all to see. Raimondi’s CEO and president Chris Raimondi says the awards are a visible reminder to employees that […]

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Set Goals in 2019–and Reach Them–With These 5 Tactics

Setting goals for the new year is a fairly typical practice. A new year is a new chapter, a chance to start fresh and place some positive targets out there that you want to hit. Maybe you want to grow your landscape business to a certain level or add a new service or streamline your […]

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Deck the Halls With Something Green

As technology and all things metal and plastic grow, the more simple, natural traditions become cherished. This is especially true around the holiday season, when people have a special emotional and economical connection with landscape plants and trees. Landscape plants have played important roles in holiday social and private traditions, as well as winter solstice […]

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4 Reasons Why You Should Become Landscape Industry Certified

Trying to figure out how becoming landscape industry certified can positively impact your bottom line? That may be tough to quantify. But more commercial and government accounts demand certified landscape industry professionals take care of their properties, so becoming certified can be a competitive advantage for a landscape professional, which can win you the job […]

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4 Ways to Handle Negative Customer Reviews

Service customers often rely on the opinions of their family and friends to make purchasing decisions. In fact, Zendesk says 88 percent of customers have been influenced by an online review when deciding what to buy. That’s why getting positive reviews is essential. However, when you open your business to reviews on websites like Yelp […]

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Experts Forecast 3 Residential Landscape Trends for 2019

Many landscape experts are forecasting their 2019 residential landscape trends to prepare homeowners for the upcoming year. Wondering what residential landscape trends your customers are reading about? Here’s what we’ve seen so you can prepare for what they might ask for in their outdoor spaces in 2019. Residential Landscape Trends #1: Staycations Still Reign Supreme […]

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How to Thank Your Employees and Customers

Last week’s Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder to us all to be thankful. But just because Thanksgiving is over, doesn’t mean you should stop showing gratitude. Many times, landscape business owners find themselves being thankful for things in their personal lives, such as health, family and friends. But there are so many things to be […]

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Improve Culture, Solve Labor Problems

As a business coach at Aileron, one of the biggest pain points Phillip Stoller hears from companies he works with is, “I can’t get enough talent.” “This seems to be a growing trend in the labor market, compounded by strong growth in job creation and job vacancies in the upper tiers of management left by retiring […]

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