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The Edge Magazine

Technology & Culture: Shaping the Future of Landscaping

The landscaping industry is undergoing a significant transformation with the integration of technology, a new approach to work culture and a move towards environmentally friendly practices. These changes are making a positive impact on businesses and generating engagement among the next generation. Powered by Technology The impact of technology on the landscaping industry is increasingly […]

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How to Cater to Younger Generations of Clients

Depending on who you talk to, millennials and younger generations can make up anywhere from 25 to 80 percent of their customer base. While no generation is a monolith and people shouldn’t be stereotyped based on their age, it is important to understand what matters to younger generations as they become a larger section of […]

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Changing the Game: Entrepreneurs 35 and Younger Share Their Outlook on the Industry

Some common threads you’ll often find in entrepreneurs’ stories are a desire to be their own boss and a background of starting side hustles from a young age. For instance, Quinn Kampf, 26, owner of White Pine Landscaping, based in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, started his first business when he was six. He dabbled in […]

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Building Your Team: Integrating Technology to Recruit and Retain Employees

Adopting more technology in your operations not only helps with your company’s efficiency, but can also communicate to new hires that you are a forward-thinking business. Rather than having the mindset of ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’ integrating new types of technology shows your commitment to innovation and can make tasks less demanding. […]

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Protecting Your Business: Focus on Safety Training When Onboarding

Statistically, the first six to 12 months with a landscape company are the most dangerous period for new employees. By taking the time to ensure proper safety training from the start, you can help lower this high incidence level for your new hires. While it may seem like common sense to include safety training in […]

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Wild violets proliferating in a thin, weak stand of turfgrass.

The Agronomist: Cultivate a Healthy Lawn to Control Weeds

This coming Labor Day will mark the sixth anniversary of my second career of government relations. Before that, I was in lawn care, working for myself and for others over the course of thirty seasons. I use the word ‘season’ instead of ‘years’ because, in the lawn care industry, we mark time in terms of […]

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Meet the First Kevin Kehoe Student Leader of the Year Award Recipient

Throughout his life, Kevin Kehoe, Aspire co-founder, made charitable contributions to the NALP Foundation as a scholarship ambassador and as the lead champion of the annual NALP Foundation Scholarship Reception, held in conjunction with the NALP National Collegiate Landscape Competition. He stressed the importance of giving to and supporting students to attract the next generation […]

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Meet Reese Nelson, Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2023

Reese Nelson, Ph.D., a horticulture professor at Brigham Young University – Idaho, has been named the Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2023 by the NALP Foundation. Nelson spent his undergrad at BYU – Provo and earned his advanced degrees at BYU – Idaho. Nelson is actively involved in NALP, spending his time coaching the […]

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Fight Back Against Negative Lawn Care Stories

It seems like everyone is in attack mode these days and our industry isn’t spared. Lately, lawns have come under attack in the media and on social media from people who don’t understand how they fit into a healthy ecosystem and benefit the environment.  As we well know, turfgrass is a hard-working member of the […]

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Faces of the Industry: Sarah Greene

Sarah Greene has 20 years of experience in the landscape industry. She has been an account manager, floriculture manager, business development manager, garden manager, landscape designer and consultant. Greene acknowledges that her career path has been unconventional, but she was intentional about taking on all these different roles. She notes that her different jobs have […]

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