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Professional Landcare Network

Don't miss this unbelievable event

Mark these dates on your calendar, Feb. 21–23. That’s when PLANET members and their families will gather in Las Vegas to attend the second annual Green Industry Great Escape (GIGE). In two short years, what used to be known as the Executive Forum has developed a dynamic all its own. Last year’s event at the […]

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A family affair

  PLANET’s Renewal and Remembrance event in July has become a part of the Kuperus Family and Farmside Landscape summer plans and we always strive to make sure we can fit it in. When we first attended the event, about 10 years ago, we took the family, including our infant son carried on our back, […]

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Student Career Days 2012: Through the Eyes of a Participant

PLANET Student Career Days has come and gone for 2012.  Thinking back to a few months ago…it was filled with fun, excitement, intensity, late nights and early mornings but what a great success it was.  The Pennsylvania College of Technology team started its 1,161 mile journey to Manhattan, Kansas, two days before the events of […]

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When you live the industry

I have spent 50 plus years in this profession, so it’s safe to say this is the only work I’ve ever done. As senior vice president of Government Affairs and Industry Relations for TruGreen, I’m still very involved with the industry, networking with landscape professionals and lawn care operators around the country. Indeed, throughout my […]

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Volunteerism Fosters Growth

When I became PLANET president last year, I truly didn’t have any idea how the year would unfold. As a long-time lawn care professional and supporter of PLANET, I have a vested interest in the industry, and thought that serving as president would give me an opportunity to promote and help improve the industry. Hopefully, […]

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Creating a Cost Cutting Culture

At the beginning of a new year, everyone in the industry takes a closer look at cutting costs regardless of how well they did the previous year. Generally we view cutting costs as more money in our pocket as long as we don’t negatively impact the value of what we deliver. Many of us look […]

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Go for Certification Gold

I recently visited our certification partners to the north. Last summer as an auditor for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior exam test site in Milton, Ontario, administered by Landscape Ontario and this February as a liaison for the International Certification Council (ICC) attending the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) Certification Committee meeting in Halifax, Nova […]

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How to Navigate in Challenging Times: Put a Peer Group on Your Desk

Before the invention of the magnetic compass, people plotted their journey into new territory by dead reckoning or by celestial bodies like the sun or the North Star. Others followed herds of game or their instincts in search of fertile lands. Centuries later, with the introduction of the compass and map charting capabilities, travelers venturing […]

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Sharing the Trailblazer secret

As a member of PLANET, you probably already know about most of the great benefits that they have to offer. Most of us have attended at least a few events that PLANET has to offer, but only a few have taken advantage of what I consider the best kept secret in PLANET. So what is […]

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New Year’s Certification Challenge – Promote and Maintain

From one Landscape Industry Certified professional to another, let’s make a New Year’s resolution to step up our promotions and make sure our customers, peers, friends, and family know that we’re certified and proud! After all, certification can make you and your company more attractive and more in demand. You’ll stand out, but not if […]

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