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Professional Development

Team Building: Three Methods to Keep Your Staff Engaged with Training

Training is a necessary aspect of the lawn and landscape business. It also does not stop with new hires after their onboarding process. “Routine training is super important,” says Justin Gamester, president of Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service, based in Eliot, Maine. “Training is not a one-day thing. Teaching your people to have the customer […]

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Team Building: Six Training Program Tips

When hiring, finding individuals with a background and skills in the landscape industry is highly desirable. However, any employer can tell you these types of hires are few and far between, but you can go about building your own skilled workforce with a strong training program in place. As labor challenges continue, more landscape company […]

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Building Your Team: Cultivating Career Growth – Strategies Used by Top Businesses

Investing in professional development not only benefits your employees but it also helps your lawn or landscape company reach greater heights. Often, companies that emphasize professional development for their employees don’t settle on just one method but rather a variety of different tools to support and grow their team members. “The importance of developing our […]

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Four Ways to Invest in Your People

93% of employees are willing to stay with a company if it invests into their careers, according to Zavvy. It’s obvious that investing in your employees communicates you value and appreciate them, but there are numerous methods you can use to convey your level of investment. Turnover is often higher at organizations where employees feel […]

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Leaders in the Horticulture World: Longwood Gardens Fellows

Sponsored Content By Katie Testa, communications associate at Longwood Gardens Founded in 1906 by industrialist, conservationist, designer, engineer, and philanthropist Pierre S. du Pont, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, brings joy and inspiration to everyone through the beauty of nature, conservation, and learning. Located just 30 miles from Philadelphia, our Gardens span more than […]

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Make the Most of Your NALP Membership by Getting Involved  

So you joined as an NALP member. Now what? Past president Bob Grover, LIC, owner of Pacific Landscape Management, can easily tell you the next step is to lean in. “I have gotten so much out of everything I participate in, whether it be NALP, my local Chamber of Commerce or any charitable organizations I […]

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How I Do It: Offering English Second Language Classes to Employees

When Lisa Yost Galvin took over Tenleytown Lawn & Landscape, based in Washington, D.C., after her husband, Peter Galvin, passed away in 2021, she had to learn numerous aspects of the business, including marketing, landscaping and finance. An additional challenge was the fact that the majority of her team only spoke Spanish. “I had so […]

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Get a Better Understanding of the Art of Finance with Pricing for the Green Industry

If you’re like many landscape professionals, you got into this industry because you love being outside and enjoy working with plants and growing your people. As you launched your business and refined your skills, one aspect that might have been neglected is the company’s financial side. The book, Pricing for the Green Industry, 4th edition, […]

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Recertification FAQs and Industry CEU Opportunities

Being Landscape Industry Certified can help you win more work, expand your career opportunities and help you build a better business. NALP also provides marketing materials, logos and more for Landscape Industry Certified individuals to promote their expertise. If you or your team members have taken the time to become Landscape Industry Certified, you want to […]

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Take Time to Refresh Your Pruning Practices

If you’re an experienced landscape professional, it’s easy to think once you’ve mastered a technique like pruning, there’s no need to revisit the matter. However, this mindset can cause you to hold on to obsolete pruning practices. “We’re working with living plants, which are dynamic organisms,” says Jen Kettell, owner of Radiant Leaf Consulting and […]

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