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The Edge Magazine

Building Your Team: Crafting a Successful Internship Program

Nubia Guiterrez, director of human resources for Mullin, based in St. Rose, Louisiana, says they started their internship program over four years ago and utilized NALP’s internship program guide as the foundation for their platform. “We knew that our industry has a lot of issues in finding people,” Guiterrez says. “So what better way to […]

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Inside Landscape Workshop’s Acquisition Strategy Across the Southeast

If you keep an eye on industry news, chances are you’ve read a press release about one of Landscape Workshop’s recent acquisitions. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Landscape Workshop is one of the larger commercial landscaping companies in the U.S. They have also doubled their size in the past five years through organic and acquisitive growth. […]

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Talking with Titans: Phil Key

Phil Key is the CEO of Ruppert Landscape. He recently assumed this role in June 2023 after serving as Ruppert’s president since 2013. He has been working for the company for over 24 years and has over 30 years in the industry. When you first started as an intern at Ruppert, did you ever think […]

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Faces of the Industry: Eddie Ramirez

“Yeah, why not?” was Eddie Ramirez’s response to Mark Chaffin when he suggested Ramirez join him as he started his own landscaping company. That was in 1979, when the two were working together at a restaurant. Chaffin left the restaurant industry and started EarthWorks, Inc., based in Lillian, Texas. Ramirez started as a laborer, then […]

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Boosting Your Business: Discover the Buzz Behind Offering Mosquito Services

Looking for an additional service line that doesn’t call for a lot of upfront investment and has the potential to make money with existing and new customers? Mosquito control might be an offering to consider. Weed Man added mosquito control services in 2019 and launched the brand Mosquito Hero in 2020. In the U.S., Weed […]

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The Agronomist: Seek Out Turfgrass Research to Improve Your Lawn Care Operations

I always looked forward to the time of year when all of the hard work that you put into your customers’ lawns has finally paid off. If you’ve timed your fertilizer correctly – and your customer hasn’t scalped the lawn down to putting green height – the color will last until about Christmas. Hopefully. I […]

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2024 and Beyond

Not sure what 2024 will bring in terms of recession and consumer confidence levels, laws and regulations that impact that industry or even extreme weather? Our experts read the tea leaves to help you prepare. The Economy You only have to skim recent headlines to see the constant coverage of an impending slowdown or a […]

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Protecting Your Business: Rising from the Ashes – How to Recover from Disaster

‘That’ll never happen to me’ can be a common thought as you hear stories of disasters taking place. However, the truth is many incidents happen when people least expect it. While most misfortunes are unforeseen and there’s little that could be done to prevent them from occurring, how you respond to these types of emergencies […]

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A Spotlight on Industry Stars

From synergy in acquisitions, safety, strategic growth or sustainability, these industry companies are stand-outs. Synergy Star Since Mariani Landscape decided to be the best residential landscape company in the world with their “family of family companies” in December 2020, they have added 12 family-owned companies to their organization. They also created the Mariani Premier Group […]

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2023 Judges’ Award: Crafting A Multi-Level Outdoor Living Space

This property, located in the lakeview district of Chicago, Illinois, was surrounded by a harsh urban environment. The homeowners decided to remodel the property, leaving the surrounding area devoid of any landscaping. Desiring a degree of separation from the city and space for more experiences at their home, the client turned to Mariani Landscape, thanks […]

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