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Students’ Energy and Focus Stands Out During 48th National Collegiate Landscape Competition

Quiet focus radiated from the 650 students participating in 30 different competitive events at the 48th National Collegiate Landscape Competition, presented by NALP and powered by STIHL, hosted at BYU in Provo, Utah, on March 15. As they created landscape designs on computers, identified various plant species and navigated various obstacle courses with machinery, students […]

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Team Building: Overcoming Concerns About Adopting Cultural Fit Hiring

If you ask a lawn or landscape company owner some of their keys to successfully retaining their employees, hiring for cultural fits is typically among their advice. “That’s well and good for them,” you might think. “I don’t have that luxury.” Edward Coady, CEO of Mainely Grass, based in Bedford, New Hampshire, says they started […]

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Industry Professionals Inspired by Students’ Passion at NCLC Career Fair

As soon as the doors opened, students dashed into to secure their seats for the opening ceremony of the  48th National Collegiate Landscape Competition, presented by NALP and powered by STIHL, on March 14. This year’s NCLC is hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and Dr. Michal Stark, associate dean of the College […]

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Talent Retention in Turbulent Times: Nurturing New Hires Amidst H-2B Visa Setbacks

If the odds weren’t in your favor and you didn’t receive your H-2B visas this year, your focus has probably been on recruiting enough labor to be fully staffed up for the spring season. However, even after you reach your desired headcount, there is still more work to do. Now comes the task of training […]

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Faces of the Industry: Brian McGrady

Brian McGrady served in the Marine Corps for 20 years before retiring at the rank of gunnery sergeant. A fellow Marine introduced him to the landscape industry, and he has been in the industry for roughly five years now. “We have always had similar goals and values,” McGrady says. “He knew that this would be […]

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Protecting Your Business: Ingraining Defensive Driving Tactics

Even with the best route density, your crews spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel. One way to help reduce the risk of accidents occurring while they’re out in the field is to train them in defensive driving tactics. “No matter how skilled a driver is, the road is littered with potential hazards, […]

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Business Smarts: Growing By Connecting with Industry Peers

One of the popular benefits of joining NALP is the ability to connect with your industry peers. While it can be tempting to play things close to the vest and not open up to other lawn care or landscape companies, those who do choose to share and connect have found it extremely valuable.   “There’s […]

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Level Up: K&D Landscaping Grows Aggressively By 25 to 50% Annually

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Justin White, owner of K&D Landscaping, Inc., based in Watsonville, California, was born into the landscaping business as his parents started the company in the 80s. “I never really planned on taking it over,” White says. “It […]

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How I Do It: Beating the Sunday Scaries

It’s probably happened to everyone at least once in their career. That creeping feeling of dread on Sunday as you begin to consider all of your tasks ahead of you on Monday. This sensation is dubbed the ‘Sunday scaries,’ and at Grow and Company, based in Houston, Texas, they are working to reduce this phenomenon […]

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Boosting Productivity: The Roles and Traits of an Executive Assistant

An executive assistant can be a godsend to your landscape or lawn care company if you hire the right fit and define their role well. One big question is when you should add an assistant. This is mostly a case-by-case situation. Taylor Milliken, owner and president of Milosi, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, says it depends […]

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