Landscaper Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 List of Best Jobs

While national data shows more students are getting high-school diplomas, college enrollment rates continue to decrease. But some jobs don’t require a college degree. Landscaping is one of them … and it’s trending in 2020. College Attendance Continues to Drop Nathan Grawe, a Carleton College economist based in Minnesota, predicts the college-going population will drop […]

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Top 5 Lawn and Landscape Trends of 2020

A great landscape needs a great foundation. What’s better than a great foundation? One that has a modern twist via technological advances. That could be why foundational elements combined with new technology are the themes that make up this year’s list of lawn and landscape trends, according to NALP. Crafted using the expertise of professionals across […]

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Meet NALP’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Neil Bales of LandPatterns

Before Neil Bales became NALP’s 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, he was following in his older brother’s footsteps at the prospect of working together. Though his brother eventually went into ministry, Bales says he knew he’d found home in the green industry. Most of all, he’s been inspired by the people—including not only clients […]

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Top 10 Stories of 2019

NALP strives to help its members better run their lawn and landscape businesses. We want to grow your professionalism, as well as industry professionalism. So we publish weekly stories about how you can best tackle employee and business issues. The information we share comes from industry experts and your fellow member companies. To celebrate the […]

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What does it mean to you to be an NALP member?

What does it mean to you to be an NALP member? Every time we do a member story, you tell us. And, quite frankly, your answers make us smile. We take great pride supporting our members throughout the year–whether it’s by offering peer networking or mentoring opportunities, educational events and webinars, insightful blog and magazine […]

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How to Streamline Your Payroll Process

People are your greatest asset—and your people need to get paid. You have some decisions to make to make the payroll process go smoothly. First, how will you keep track of employees’ time so hourly workers are compensated fairly (and accurately)? How often will you pay employees? And, will you use a payroll service or […]

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January Landscape of the Month: A Phased Approach to a Cohesive Landscape

The owners hadn’t been planning on purchasing a house. But one day, they were dropping their kids off at a friend’s place and noticed an open house sign down the street. Curious, they decided to take a look, and they immediately fell in love with the property, decided to buy it, and moved from their […]

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December Landscape of the Month: Pebble Terrace & Garden Pavilion

The R.P. Marzilli & Co. team began working with a prominent client in the Boston area in 2004, the same year that the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 88 years. Call it a momentous year. Fifteen years later, the property is an evolving, sprawling space with a series of intriguing themed […]

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Get Organized! What a Landscape Company Org Chart Should Look Like

A landscape company org chart helps assign responsibility and accountability to your employees. It establishes a personnel framework with levels of oversight. You should write a job description for every position on the organizational chart. As we addressed in Aligning Your Organization, create a future organizational chart that includes positions you’ll need as you grow. This […]

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Inside the Minds of Current Landscape Students—Your Future Employees

Sure, you know what you’re thinking about the job openings you need to fill at your landscape business and the work you need to get done regardless of if you fill them or not. But do you know what your future employees are thinking? We asked current horticulture students who are attending NALP’s National Collegiate […]

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