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The Landscape Professional Magazine

Q+A with Jon Cundiff, NALP 2020 Lifetime Leadership Award Winner

Each year, NALP presents a member with the Lifetime Leadership Award who had dedicated his or her life to the landscape and lawn care industry. This year, Jon Cundiff, president of Weed Man Kansas City in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is this year’s winner. With more than 30 years in the industry, he is also a […]

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Meet Claire Goldman, Winner of the 2020 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Claire Goldman, principal, and head of design and business development for R&R Landscaping in Auburn, Alabama, is the winner of the 2020 Woman Entrepreneur Award of the Year. This award recognizes an NALP member who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, ensured advancement of the landscape industry by actions and endeavors, and serves as a […]

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Member Spotlight: Christy Webber, Christy Webber Landscapes

Christy Webber, owner of Christy Webber Landscapes, based in Chicago, Illinois, says she’s a country girl and her love for the outdoors drew her to the landscaping industry. “I grew up in the country, but I wanted to live in city because I’m gay and wanted to be around people like me so that just […]

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The Growth Handbook

Have you thought about how to grow your business? Is there a right way to go about growth? Considering this is one of the most-searched-for business topics on the internet — and entire books are dedicated to it — there’s no simple answer. But we’re diving into the services and strategies used by some successful […]

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Family Businesses: Working Better Together

Many landscaping companies say they are family-focused or treat their employees like family, but what is it like to work with actual family members? These five companies share their experience of working with relatives and the lessons they’ve learned over the years keeping the business running with their kin. Stephen Hillenmeyer, CEO of Hillenmeyer Landscape […]

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Apprenticeship: Mentors vs. Program Managers

In the past year, since launching the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, 52 companies have enrolled and the first apprentices are beginning to graduate from the program. If you are thinking about participating in the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program but aren’t quite clear on how to staff and manage the program, one aspect to consider is […]

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Benchmarking for Improved Profit

As an owner, it’s your job to become a data scientist and learn how to manage your landscape business like any other business: by the correct numbers and benchmarks. This will allow you to become a successful investor in your own business! Start by getting a handle on these seven benchmarks: 1. Five-year trends. The […]

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Landscape Companies with Low Experience MODs Do These 5 Things

Landscape companies with a low Experience Modification Rating (XMOD/EMR) typically exhibit similar best practices when dealing with work-related injuries. Their proactive approach helps close claims faster and return employees to work sooner than their counterparts. The XMOD/EMR is a unique number assigned to a business that is made up of their historical loss figures and […]

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Augmenting Fleets with Robotic Mowers

When robotic mowers were first presented to the market, many landscapers couldn’t imagine they would be playing a major role in their business, but as years have passed more landscape maintenance and lawn care companies are adopting the autonomous mowers. Some have added this new tool in the toolbox due to the ongoing labor shortage. […]

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Meet Darrell Bley, the Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2020

Darrell Bley, curator and horticulture instructor at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, received more than 16 letters of recommendation from former students, colleagues, and industry leaders for the title of Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2020. In those letters, there were many reoccurring statements, including the fact Bley is the first to arrive […]

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