landscape careers

3 Ways Students and Landscape Pros Can Get the Most Out of NCLC

Mason Shaffer says attending NALP’s “Student Career Days”—now the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC)—in 2007 and 2008 ultimately led to his full-time landscape career. Today, he is the senior garden designer for Blanchford Landscape Group and Shaffer says it was his interaction with Andy Blanchford, company owner, at the event that put that opportunity in […]

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Get the Tools You Need to Host a Landscape Career Day

The Virginia Turfgrass Council, NALP state association partners, are big users of NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative-funded Workforce Development tools. Their favorite? “The ABCs of Healthy Lawns & Landscapes” coloring book. In fact, Virginia Turfgrass Council members Wes and Paula Bray recently delivered these coloring books and packs of crayons to the Children’s Hospital of the […]

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Using the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program to Attract Talent

The Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program debuted in February 2019. Now, one year later, industry companies are using the program and realizing success. What’s working for attracting apprentices? How are they managing the program within their companies? What lessons can they pass along? Two companies who have used the program–L.G. Scott and Eichenlaub Inc.–will be presenting […]

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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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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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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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How to Build a Winning Team

What do sports have to do with the way you run a business? Quite a lot, says Ross Bernstein, an award-winning, peak-performance business speaker who is the best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books. Bernstein will be leading a 2020 Leaders Forum workshop entitled, “Harnessing Innovation and Technology to Invest in Your Company’s Future: Greatest […]

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3 Ways to Break Into the Millennial Minds of Your Landscape Employees

With the proper motivation, training and support system, members of any generation can become capable of remarkable accomplishments. Phil Gwoke‘s goal in speaking to LANDSCAPES attendees at the CEO Forum this week was to bring awareness to what formed and influenced the generations, explore the resulting values and motivations. Then, he gave landscape business owners […]

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5 Ways to Boost Teamwork and Productivity in Your Landscape Business

Sports teams might have great, extremely skilled individual players, but the only way they win is when they play together. The same is true for teams within landscape businesses. Unfortunately, many landscape employees don’t feel like they are part of a team because the organizations they work for aren’t doing anything to intentionally develop teamwork. […]

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