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NALP Hosts Advocacy Field Trip

On Sept. 7, 2023, the National Association of Landscape Professionals hosted staff members of the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA to show how lawn care companies safely and effectively apply products to stop invasive species and maintain the health of our green spaces. Bob Mann, senior director of regulatory and technical affairs […]

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How I Do It: Implementing Crew Body Cameras

When you think of body cameras, you probably think of the ones police officers wear in the line of duty. However, this technology doesn’t have to be limited just to law enforcement. Josh Wise, CEO of GrassRoots Tree and Turf Care Inc., based in Acworth, Georgia, started using body cameras for his crews back in 2020 after […]

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Lawn Care: Different Sales Offerings To Consider

Sometimes, there are certain aspects of your lawn care business you have in place because that’s simply how you operated when you first got started. One of those can be how you sell and offer your services. Depending on your core customer base, your current sales model may not be the most effective method anymore. […]

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Benefits and Drawbacks of Plant Growth Regulators

What started as a common tool in the golf industry has begun to make its way into the landscape industry as more companies discover the uses of plant growth regulators in their operations. “PGRs are working for you on the job site, even when you’re not,” says Andy Scott, product manager for PBI-Gordon. “They’re performing […]

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The Agronomist: Want To Improve Your Lawn Services? Become a Horticultural Detective!

Back before I joined NALP, I spent quite a bit of my time training new lawn specialists. That includes teaching problem-solving, a proficiency that takes a very long time to master. While it is very true that some of the problems we encounter in caring for turfgrass are pest-related, many times, the problems are due […]

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Business Smarts: Plant Growth Regulators and Their Potential

You can’t slow down time, but you can slow plants with the help of plant growth regulators. These products can be used in various settings and serve as yet another way for landscape professionals to work smarter, not harder. “PGRs are a powerful yet underutilized tool in the plant health care toolbox,” says Emmett Muennink, […]

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Lawn Care: Methods for Improving Soil Oxygen Levels

Imagine trying to go about your day constantly holding your breath or only being able to breathe through a straw? Not the most pleasant living conditions, right? Likewise, your customers’ lawns could be experiencing something similar if the soil lacks healthy oxygen levels. Signs of Poor Soil Health A number of factors can impact soil […]

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The Agronomist: Cultivate a Healthy Lawn to Control Weeds

This coming Labor Day will mark the sixth anniversary of my second career of government relations. Before that, I was in lawn care, working for myself and for others over the course of thirty seasons. I use the word ‘season’ instead of ‘years’ because, in the lawn care industry, we mark time in terms of […]

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Level Up: ExperiGreen Lawn Care Grows Organically and Through Mergers & Acquisitions

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. ExperiGreen Lawn Care, based in Mishawaka, Indiana, was founded in 2016, and since then, the company has grown to around 350 employees. Dana Irwin, vice president of ExperiGreen, has worked for several different lawn companies, including […]

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Technically Speaking: Controlling Mole Crickets

If you’re located in the Southeast or southern coastal plains, it’s very likely you’ve had properties fall prey to mole crickets at one time or another. Aptly named, mole crickets are related to crickets, but they have enlarged heavy-clawed front legs for digging through the dirt like a mole. They feed on grass roots and […]

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