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How I Do It: Switching to a Subscription Service Model

Cash flow is crucial in order to scale your business and one way to help remedy this issue is to switch your operations to a subscription service model. Blades of Green, based in Edgewater, Maryland, has been operating this way for five years now. Brad Leahy, vice president of the company, says he would never […]

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Green Expectations Opens Plant Shop During House Plant Craze

Green Expectations, based in Zephyrhills, Florida, was founded in 1996 and has undergone many changes over the years. One of their latest changes has been the addition of a plant shop and garden center. Derrick Paredes, owner of Green Expectations, started the plant shop in August of 2020 and has taken advantage of the COVID-driven […]

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How I Do It: Designing Virtually with Clients

While the landscape industry was deemed essential early on during the pandemic, companies still had to pivot and change some of their operations to continue doing business safely. One aspect of that is meeting with clients virtually to go over their landscape designs. Josh Robinson, design and sales manager for Todd’s Services Inc., based in […]

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How I Do It: Inside a Gold Safety Award Winner’s Operations

At Duke’s Landscape Management, safety has always been a number one priority for owner Eric Cross. Based in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Duke’s provides commercial landscape maintenance, commercial snow and ice management, landscape design/build and holiday display services. Last year the company earned several NALP Safety Recognition Awards: a gold level – Overall Safety Achievement award, […]

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How I Do It: Implementing Drug Testing

The decision to start a drug-testing program is a nuanced one. While it helps ensure the safety of your employees and customers, it also narrows an already shrinking labor pool. Josh Flynn, CEO of Seabreeze Property Services, based in Portland, Maine, and Gerry Bower, president/CEO of Total Lawn Care, LLC, based in Weslaco, Texas, share […]

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How I Do It: Running a Company from Another Country

Many people experienced working remotely for the first time last year, but it was business as usual for Andy Blanchford, LIC, president and CEO of Blanchford Landscape Group, based in Bozeman, Montana. Blanchford runs his company currently from Germany and plans to for the next three years at least. He has also lived in Okinawa, […]

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How I Do It: Maintaining Employee Motivation

It’s natural for your employees to sometimes lose motivation, but it is your job as the company leader to step up and provide the right morale boost for your team. “It is our responsibility as leaders/coaches/managers to be aware of how our employees are feeling and intervene when we can to lift them up,” says […]

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How I Do It: The Business Case for Brine

If you offer snow and ice removal services during the winter months, chances are you’ve heard of contractors using brine. This tool has been touted as a solution to use less rock salt, but it has also been met with skepticism. Here to clear up some of the mysteries surrounding liquid brine are two companies […]

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Meet NALP Trailblazer Chase Mullin of Mullin

Chase Mullin has always known the value—and reward—of hard work. He grew up working construction jobs within the residential home building field for a family friend. When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Mullin was enrolled at University of New Orleans and immediately jumped into action helping local families to rebuild by installing projects designed by […]

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