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E.J. McCoy, CEO of White Picket Team Management, the parent company of Chorbie
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Services for All: How Chorbie Adds Value and Comfort to Properties

Like many in the industry, the company Chorbie’s origins began with a man, a truck and a mower. Since starting in June 2019 Chorbie, based in McKinney, Texas, has grown to reach $6.2 million in revenue. The business was founded out of what was previously Weed Xtinguishers and Emerald Lawn Care, which began in 2006. […]

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Team Building: Plan Your Training

If you’re heading into the off-season, take advantage of this time to plan your training opportunities for your crews. NALP offers a number of different training options that can help make the most of the slower months while providing professional development opportunities for your employees. Benefits of Training Offering ongoing training helps team members retain […]

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Landscape Management Certificate Program Helps Produce Qualified Labor Pool

NALP’s Landscape Management Certificate Program was introduced in January this year and already almost 200 individuals have enrolled in the program. Additionally, 39 people have already completed the program and earned their certificate. The certificate program provides training for landscape technicians on installation, irrigation and maintenance. These three modules can be taken separately or together. […]

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Train Your Team: Which Path to Take?

With so many different training options offered by NALP, it can be hard to choose the best path for your team. Never fear, we’re here to break down the choices. Landscape Technician Bootcamp (Instructor Manual) Suggested for: Companies that Want to Deliver Training to The Crews Themselves Created last year, the new Landscape Technician Bootcamp […]

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First Impressions: Implementing Effective Onboarding Practices

You put a lot of effort into recruiting and hiring new employees for your team, but the hard work shouldn’t stop there once they’ve signed on. Onboarding is a crucial step that sets new hires up for success. Proper onboarding can also help reduce high turnover rates. For instance, when LandCare restructured several years ago, […]

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Buffalo Center of Arts & Technology
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Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology Creates Pipeline for Skilled Labor

The search for skilled labor in the industry has been a struggle, but the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) and Olmsted Parks Conservancy have recently collaborated together to help one another. Using NALP’s Landscape Management Certificate Program, BCAT’s Landscape Maintenance Technician program offers classroom instruction, in-field training and a paid internship program with […]

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NALP Members Weigh in on Hiring During COVID-19

With an influx of unemployed workers available due to COVID-19 related company layoffs, if you’re looking to upgrade or grow your team, here’s what NALP members are saying about hiring right now. “In the past, maybe there was room for some ‘fluff’ but when you’re operating day to day, week to week, and there are […]

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What is the Biggest Change You've Made Since the Downturn? – Part 2

PLANET recently interviewed a few of our members on how they were surviving in these tough economic times. Here is another interview from Chris Senske of Senske Lawn & Tree Care in Kennwick, WA. “Our lawn care and pest control business has been stable, but we’re down a bit in commercial maintenance, primarily because of […]

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Building a Training Culture

I direct this article toward small businesses that want to develop a training culture, create or access and deliver programs that maximize productivity and profit.   Two facts are important.  First, untrained people typically fail or, at best, under-perform.  Their mistakes and omissions lower your service level, damage your image in the marketplace and eventually, […]

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