Professional Development

Cody Landscape and transitioning business ownership.

How Cody Landscape is Transitioning Business Ownership

Though his son has grown up around the business—and the industry—Cody Whelchel, owner of Texas-based Cody Landscape, says the process of transitioning business ownership to his son has been more complicated than he anticipated. Currently in the midst of that process, Whelchel, who founded the landscape design, installation and maintenance business in 1986 along with […]

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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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How North Point Outdoors Found Its Business Focus

Growing his company through the 2008 recession meant that Dave Fairburn, CEO of North Point Outdoors in Windham, New Hampshire, found he was “saying yes” to nearly every opportunity. He was always afraid to turn work down because he was unsure where it’d come from next. While trying to be all things to all people […]

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Having a Hard Time Recruiting Employees? Try This Strategy from Timberline Landscaping

If recruiting employees is one of your greatest challenges, you aren’t alone. Many landscape business owners say recruiting—and retaining—good talent is an ongoing source of stress. As a result, achieving success in this area might call for some out-of-the-box thinking. Doing just that, Timberline Landscaping in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has created a gap year opportunity. […]

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What This Landscape Pro Did When Growth Increased His Number of Job Openings

As Oasis Turf & Tree has grown rapidly (on average 16 percent a year), so has their need for finding great talent to fill job openings. In fact, on average, the company has had to add six to eight new employees each season. This is in addition to four new production routes. With each new […]

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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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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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