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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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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

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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