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Quality Control: Train Your Team to Identify and Combat Common Landscape Pests

Your field staff are your eyes and ears on your customers’ properties. You can’t be everywhere, and neither can your account managers, which is why it is critical to train your crew members how to identify and address issues they spot in the landscape during their site visits. By having your whole team dedicated to […]

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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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The Davey Tree Expert Company Invests in Their Employees with SEED Campus

The Davey Tree Expert Company is committed to scientifically-based horticulture and environmental services, and to help with that, they are currently constructing the Davey Tree SEED (Science, Employee Education and Development) Campus in Kent, Ohio. This 170+ acre property formerly housed Oak Knolls golf course and Franklin Elementary School on State Route 43. It will […]

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Talent Retention in Turbulent Times: Nurturing New Hires Amidst H-2B Visa Setbacks

If the odds weren’t in your favor and you didn’t receive your H-2B visas this year, your focus has probably been on recruiting enough labor to be fully staffed up for the spring season. However, even after you reach your desired headcount, there is still more work to do. Now comes the task of training […]

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Safety Culture: The Art of An Effective Equipment Rodeo

Whether you call them safety rodeos, equipment rodeos, or some other name, spring training kickoff events can set your team off on the right foot and ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to safety and equipment operations. Kristin Hunt, safety rodeo coordinator for Monarch Landscape Management, based in Houston, Texas, says […]

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Team Building: Three Methods to Keep Your Staff Engaged with Training

Training is a necessary aspect of the lawn and landscape business. It also does not stop with new hires after their onboarding process. “Routine training is super important,” says Justin Gamester, president of Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service, based in Eliot, Maine. “Training is not a one-day thing. Teaching your people to have the customer […]

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Training for Competence: How To Make Sure New Hires Are Trained Properly

This information came from a session during the 2022 ELEVATE conference and expo. Don’t miss the 2023 ELEVATE in Dallas on Sept. 10-13. The average cost of hiring an employee is around $4,000. With this much money or more on the line, it should be a given that you want to do everything in your power to […]

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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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