Industry News

How YardApes Survived Not Getting its Returning H-2B Workers

Like a lot of landscape business owners, Shayne Newman, owner of YardApes, a full-service design, construction and maintenance company, was significantly impacted by the lack of visas to come through the H-2B program this past year. Of the 66,000 available, he didn’t get a single one—and he admits he was unprepared for it to be […]

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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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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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NALP Showcases Landscape Industry Careers at the White House

NALP was chosen, along with five other associations, to attend the Our Pledge to America’s Workers event yesterday at the White House. At the exclusive event with President Donald Trump, NALP reiterated its commitment to grow landscape industry careers. It also shared its plans to expand training opportunities for more than 150,000 people over the next five […]

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The Workforce Shortage is Real … Here’s How the Landscape Industry Plans to Cope

Last week, the National Association of Landscape Professionals, through the Industry Growth Initiative, held a Workforce Development and Recruitment Summit at its office in Fairfax, Virginia, to address the industry’s workforce shortage. Approximately 50 attendees from major regional green industry associations, as well as experts from other major industries attended the event, sharing their respective […]

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Landscape Spending Sets Records

Some might say gardening is something enjoyed only by the older, wealthier retiree. Today’s research proves that is not the case, according to Garden Research’s 2018 National Gardening Survey. In fact, the group found more American households are gardening today (77 percent) than ever before, and increasingly that gardener is much younger. Landscape Spending is […]

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Which 2019 Garden Trend Will Improve Your Business?

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are living among the “Indoor Generation.” What does this mean? It means 90 percent of people worldwide (yes, 90 percent) spend nearly 22 hours a day inside without enough daylight or fresh air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. In A YouGov study, […]

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H-2B Cap Relief Pushed Until After the Mid-Terms

Last week, Congressional leadership reached a bipartisan deal to fund the government through the November mid-term elections. The appropriations committees in the House and the Senate filed a conference agreement on the FY 19 Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense appropriations bills, known as a “minibus”. The […]

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Lawn, Landscape, and Sports Turf Field Day at Virginia Tech

Author Tom Tracy is the Executive Director of the Virginia Turfgrass Council  Turfgrass, horticulture, arboriculture, environmental sciences, and other industry segments can operate in self-imposed isolation. Working towards achieving cohesiveness between different industry segments, Virginia Tech’s new School of Plant and Environmental Sciences conducted the second annual Lawn, Landscape, and Sports Turf Field Day on […]

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NALP Names New VP of Government Relations

NALP has hired Andrew Bray to serve as the association’s new Vice President of Government Relations, effective July 9th. Andrew is a driven professional and a tireless policy advocate with over 15 years of legislative, regulatory, campaign and legal experience.  Most recently Andrew has served as the Vice President of Public Policy at the National […]

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