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Professional Development

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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Gather Round the Campfire at ELEVATE!

One of the major benefits of attending NALP events is the opportunity to network with other industry peers. If you’re planning to attend ELEVATE, make sure to head to the expo show floor, which opens at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. Here you’ll find experts who offer the equipment, products and technology solutions you […]

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Team Building: Selecting Education that Interests Employees

Providing continuing education for your employees calls for investment from your company. To make sure your efforts are worth it, work with your team to select training that is relevant and interesting to them. Companies like Fine Earth Landscape, Inc. and Green Lawn Fertilizing/Green Pest Solutions have been paying for their employees’ continuing education from […]

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Team Building: Offering Education Opportunities to Staff

One of the keys to retaining your staff is investing in them. Taking the time to provide education opportunities through your organization not only shows you care but provides employees a path to learn, improve their skills and move up the career ladder. “Offering continuing education helps to create a more engaged team member,” says […]

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Team Building: Plan Your Training

If you’re heading into the off-season, take advantage of this time to plan your training opportunities for your crews. NALP offers a number of different training options that can help make the most of the slower months while providing professional development opportunities for your employees. Benefits of Training Offering ongoing training helps team members retain […]

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Team Building: Encouraging Good Etiquette

Manners matter. You may think proper etiquette is something everyone already knows but it might surprise you how people have different ideas when it comes to this concept. Next time you have a staff meeting, ask your employees what they think etiquette is or ask them to provide examples. This can give you a good […]

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Landscape Management Certificate Program Helps Produce Qualified Labor Pool

NALP’s Landscape Management Certificate Program was introduced in January this year and already almost 200 individuals have enrolled in the program. Additionally, 39 people have already completed the program and earned their certificate. The certificate program provides training for landscape technicians on installation, irrigation and maintenance. These three modules can be taken separately or together. […]

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Popular Podcasts: What Are You Listening To?

Podcast popularity has continued to grow and with it, there are a wealth of options to listen to. While there’s plenty of entertainment and true crime podcasts to go around, there are also landscape industry-specific podcasts where you can gain insights from other peers. Also, sometimes it’s good to look outside the industry and see […]

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NALP’s Trailblazer Program Rebranded as NAVIGATE

NALP’s Trailblazer Mentoring Program is being expanded and it is also getting a new name as well. Moving forward, the mentoring program will be known as NAVIGATE. “Don’t worry, our Trailblazers haven’t gone anywhere,” says Corey Ruple, AVP, membership and database operations for NALP. “NAVIGATE mentors are our industry Trailblazers. These are an elite group […]

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Why Networking Matters and Where to Do It

Networking is a buzzword you’ve probably heard thrown around since you started working in your career. While you’ve heard of it, do you know how and why you need to network? Networking has a lot of preconceived notions. Some might have never gotten value from it. But it’s important to understand it’s not throwing business […]

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