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Mark Keightley of Artistic Landscapes Spends His Days Focused on Renovation–One Landscape at a Time

Mark Keightley knows what it means to go big. The owner of Artistic Landscapes, Woodstock, Georgia, prides himself on taking a specific approach to the design/install work in which his company specializes. “You do it as if it was your own,” he says of his philosophy he lives by every day. He now has owned […]

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A Day in the Life for Meticulous Landscaping’s Robert Kraft Starts and Ends With His Management Team

As owner of Meticulous Landscaping Inc., Waretown, New Jersey, Robert Kraft knows plenty about providing landscape services to commercial properties. His company’s expertise includes commercial lawn care, landscape design, construction and installation services, irrigation installation and maintenance, and tree care and snow removal services. He has also learned that touching base with his management team […]

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LANDSCAPES 2019 Keynote Speaker Waldo Waldman Shares Why Landscape Business Owners Should Never Fly Solo

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Rob “Waldo” Waldman knows a thing or two about being a “wingman”—both literally and figuratively. Waldman was a fighter pilot with 65 combat missions and 2,650 flight hours. He’s been deployed worldwide and flew missions in Iraq, Southeast Asia and Kosovo during Operation Allied Force. But he was also a former top-producing […]

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Kevin McHale talks about how to reincentivize employees.

3 Things McHale Landscape Does to Reincentivize Employees

Employee retention has never been much of an issue at McHale Landscape Design, a $20-million full-service landscape and maintenance company based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In fact, the company has many long-term employees who have been with the business for two decades or more—including McHale’s 50 foremen. But Kevin McHale, president, says he was getting […]

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Cody Landscape and transitioning business ownership.

How Cody Landscape is Transitioning Business Ownership

Though his son has grown up around the business—and the industry—Cody Whelchel, owner of Texas-based Cody Landscape, says the process of transitioning business ownership to his son has been more complicated than he anticipated. Currently in the midst of that process, Whelchel, who founded the landscape design, installation and maintenance business in 1986 along with […]

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Nikos Phelps switches to four, 10-hour days weekly to improve work/life balance.

How Utopian Landscapes Switched its Schedule to Help Employees Achieve Work/Life Balance

Landscape business owners often feel like there is an “us versus them” mentality when it comes to employees. They feel like everyone is just in it for themselves. Nikos Phelps, founder of Utopian Landscapes LLC based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, says that he sensed tension building in his company and took a step back to ask […]

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NALP Member Jarod Hynson of Earth, Turf & Wood Talks About His Industry Mentors & More

The first time NALP member Jarod Hynson mowed a lawn with a push mower at 8 years old, the smell of fresh grass, the symmetry of perfect stripes and the sense of accomplishment made the outdoors a place that he wanted to forever call “home.” He started his company, Earth, Turf & Wood, based in […]

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What is Your Biggest Labor Issue and How Are You Trying to Solve It?

NALP seeks to uncover and highlight the important issues facing landscape professionals. And who knows better what’s affecting the industry than those in the thick of it? This week, four landscape professionals share what they’re most worried about when it comes to their largest labor issue. Q: What is your biggest labor issue right now, […]

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How North Point Outdoors Found Its Business Focus

Growing his company through the 2008 recession meant that Dave Fairburn, CEO of North Point Outdoors in Windham, New Hampshire, found he was “saying yes” to nearly every opportunity. He was always afraid to turn work down because he was unsure where it’d come from next. While trying to be all things to all people […]

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How Forming a Local Peer Group Made DeSantis Landscapes Stronger

As is often said, “It can be lonely at the top.” Dean DeSantis, owner of DeSantis Landscapes, a Portland, Oregon-based landscape design, installation and lawn care company, was wrestling with this very feeling. Though he has a great team in place, he felt he had nobody to consult with for higher level advice. Because of […]

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