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The Edge Magazine

2021 Judges Award: Made in the Shade

In Wilmette, Illinois, a granite cobble drive leads to a home with 25 mature trees and sweeping planting beds filled with flowering shrubs and perennials. The client wanted a colorful landscape they could enjoy with friends and family so they hired Chalet Nursery in 2017 to take on the maintenance. Their work on this property […]

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Meet Bruce Wilson, NALP’s 2021 Lifetime Leadership Award Winner

This year’s Lifetime Leadership Award winner has truly been in the industry for his entire lifetime. Like many others, Bruce Wilson first started out by mowing grass as a kid. “Ironically, my father made me quit mowing lawns and get a job because he thought that it would be good for me to know what […]

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Meet Andrew Ziehler, 2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates before him, fellow entrepreneur Andrew Ziehler also started his business in a garage. While he didn’t go on to the tech industry, Ziehler has made notable achievements in the landscape and lawn care industry, so much so that he has been selected as this year’s Young Entrepreneur of the […]

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Meet Loriena Harrington, 2021 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

This year’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year recipient Loriena Harrington developed an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. From selling Girl Scout cookies at 8 years old to mowing lawns and being a golf caddy at 12 years old, Harrington says she was always motivated by the sale. From the age of 14 to her […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Snow Plow?

Sometimes they call it white gold. And there is no denying that snow plowing can be a lucrative business, but it comes with its own set of challenges. So, if you operate in a market where there’s enough snow, should you be offering snow removal as a service? Four industry professionals weigh in on the […]

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Faces of the Industry: Hope Cooper

Hope Cooper, plant purchaser and nursery manager for Bella Terra Landscapes & Garden Center, based in Ellendale, Delaware, got into the industry in 1997. Her best friend was a grower for Frank J. Smith Nursery in Millsboro, Delaware, and got Cooper a job at the garden center. Cooper was in the restaurant business for a […]

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Ladders and Safety

Do you know someone who has fallen off a ladder? Did it happen on one of your jobs? Was it you? Was there an injury? Perhaps it has never happened to you and you have only heard about it while cringing through the gory details. I believe we all recognize that ladder use is an […]

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Member Spotlight: Greg Cole, Cole Landscaping, Inc.

Greg Cole, president of Cole Landscaping, Inc., based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, originally started out framing homes but when his boss went bankrupt, he ended up starting a landscaping job. Within a year he was running two crews and when he asked for a raise and only received a 50-cent increase, he struck out on his […]

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Level Up: How These Companies Are Stepping Up Their Game

With the off-season just around the corner, you might already be thinking about how you can step up your game and grow next year. The off-season is a great time to reflect upon how you performed as a company and what you can change for the next season. But what does it take to get […]

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Giving Your Company Website a Digital Facelift

While most customers come from referrals and word of mouth, people who are looking for a lawn care or a landscape company without a suggestion from a friend or family member are going to be searching online. Even if a potential client has received a referral, some still like to check out the business’s website. […]

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