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The Landscape Professional Magazine

The Growth Handbook

This article was published in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine. 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 […]

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Member Spotlight: Christy Webber, Christy Webber Landscapes

This article was published in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine. 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 […]

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Family Businesses: Working Better Together

This article was published in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine. 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 […]

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Apprenticeship: Mentors vs. Program Managers

This article was published in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine. 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 […]

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Benchmarking for Improved Profit

This article was published in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine. 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 […]

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Landscape Companies with Low Experience MODs Do These 5 Things

This article was published in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine. 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 […]

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Augmenting Fleets with Robotic Mowers

This article was published in the Sept/Oct issue of the magazine. 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 […]

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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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Conquering Slopes with Remote-Controlled Mowers

While not autonomous like robotic mowers, remote-controlled mowers are yet another way landscape companies are augmenting their current labor force with equipment. The Klausing Group, Inc., based in Lexington, Kentucky, started demoing remote-controlled mowers in 2018. Luke Tedder, LIC, business developer with Klausing Group says they tested the Ventrac and Spider units before settling on […]

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Faces of the Industry: Kinson Desmangles

Some landscape company owners start their business in order to help pay for their college education, but for Kinson Desmangles, he started his company to help a local student raise funds for college. This is why Desmangles named his business Academic Landscaping, LLC. The company was started in 2017 with Desmangles and his mentee, Anhuar, […]

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