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Professional Development

Quality Control: Train Your Team to Identify and Combat Common Landscape Pests

Your field staff are your eyes and ears on your customers’ properties. You can’t be everywhere, and neither can your account managers, which is why it is critical to train your crew members how to identify and address issues they spot in the landscape during their site visits. By having your whole team dedicated to […]

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The Importance of Systemizing Your Training

Just like any sports team, you are only as good as your training. If your team doesn’t have a firm understanding of the fundamentals and regularly builds on that understanding, your lawn or landscape company will continue to struggle with quality and efficiency. “Operation tempo is so high in the spring that trying to hit […]

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Exploring Different Landscape Companies’ Training Models

Training is critical to your landscape company’s overall success, but it is often a task that falls by the wayside during the busy season. Thankfully, there’s no one right way to train your team. What works for your operations may not be a good fit for another landscape business, but you can always gain inspiration […]

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Four Keys to Empowering Employees in Your Lawn and Landscape Business

People are your greatest resource at your lawn or landscape company. Many business owners credit their success to the team members they surround themselves with. You can tap into this support system as well if you take the time to empower your employees properly. Provide Training and Resources One main reason employees may not be […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Engaging Employee Growth Track

Career ladders can encourage and compel your team members to pursue a future with your landscape company. At Landscaping Ninjas, based in College Station, Texas, they took this concept a little bit further with a belt ranking system. Daniel Thompson, owner of Landscaping Ninjas, says the belt ranking is just another aspect of their company […]

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How I Do It: Enhancing the Client Experience Via Employee Development

‘Don’t forget to grow’ is a key behavior within Stay Green, Inc.’s core values. While they have hosted many trainings, leadership development programs and vendor partnership events over the years, they have taken this to the next level with their Grow Summit 2024. This event is the launch of the company’s new annual off-site event. […]

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Sparking Creativity: The Value of Hosting Design Summits

It’s typical to host a spring kick-off to get your field team geared up for another season, but do you take the same time to focus on your design team? Mariani Landscape, based in Lake Bluff, Illinois, has been hosting a design retreat for several years, but this was their first time to host one […]

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The Davey Tree Expert Company Invests in Their Employees with SEED Campus

The Davey Tree Expert Company is committed to scientifically-based horticulture and environmental services, and to help with that, they are currently constructing the Davey Tree SEED (Science, Employee Education and Development) Campus in Kent, Ohio. This 170+ acre property formerly housed Oak Knolls golf course and Franklin Elementary School on State Route 43. It will […]

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Business Smarts: Growing By Connecting with Industry Peers

One of the popular benefits of joining NALP is the ability to connect with your industry peers. While it can be tempting to play things close to the vest and not open up to other lawn care or landscape companies, those who do choose to share and connect have found it extremely valuable.   “There’s […]

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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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