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The Importance of Systemizing Your Training

Just like any sports team, you are only as good as your training. If your team doesn’t have a firm understanding of the fundamentals and regularly builds on that understanding, your lawn or landscape company will continue to struggle with quality and efficiency. “Operation tempo is so high in the spring that trying to hit […]

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Exploring Different Landscape Companies’ Training Models

Training is critical to your landscape company’s overall success, but it is often a task that falls by the wayside during the busy season. Thankfully, there’s no one right way to train your team. What works for your operations may not be a good fit for another landscape business, but you can always gain inspiration […]

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How I Do It: Enhancing the Client Experience Via Employee Development

‘Don’t forget to grow’ is a key behavior within Stay Green, Inc.’s core values. While they have hosted many trainings, leadership development programs and vendor partnership events over the years, they have taken this to the next level with their Grow Summit 2024. This event is the launch of the company’s new annual off-site event. […]

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Sparking Creativity: The Value of Hosting Design Summits

It’s typical to host a spring kick-off to get your field team geared up for another season, but do you take the same time to focus on your design team? Mariani Landscape, based in Lake Bluff, Illinois, has been hosting a design retreat for several years, but this was their first time to host one […]

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Team Building: Six Training Program Tips

When hiring, finding individuals with a background and skills in the landscape industry is highly desirable. However, any employer can tell you these types of hires are few and far between, but you can go about building your own skilled workforce with a strong training program in place. As labor challenges continue, more landscape company […]

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Building Your Team: Cultivating Career Growth – Strategies Used by Top Businesses

Investing in professional development not only benefits your employees but it also helps your lawn or landscape company reach greater heights. Often, companies that emphasize professional development for their employees don’t settle on just one method but rather a variety of different tools to support and grow their team members. “The importance of developing our […]

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Leaders in the Horticulture World: Longwood Gardens Fellows

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Recertification FAQs and Industry CEU Opportunities

Being Landscape Industry Certified can help you win more work, expand your career opportunities and help you build a better business. NALP also provides marketing materials, logos and more for Landscape Industry Certified individuals to promote their expertise. If you or your team members have taken the time to become Landscape Industry Certified, you want to […]

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Team Building: Selecting Education that Interests Employees

Providing continuing education for your employees calls for investment from your company. To make sure your efforts are worth it, work with your team to select training that is relevant and interesting to them. Companies like Fine Earth Landscape, Inc. and Green Lawn Fertilizing/Green Pest Solutions have been paying for their employees’ continuing education from […]

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Team Building: Offering Education Opportunities to Staff

One of the keys to retaining your staff is investing in them. Taking the time to provide education opportunities through your organization not only shows you care but provides employees a path to learn, improve their skills and move up the career ladder. “Offering continuing education helps to create a more engaged team member,” says […]

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