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Double duty

November 10, 2017By

What you can learn from a landscape company that survived the year both of its owners were deployed. “Oh boy, what do we do now?” Larkin Scott III recalls having this thought in the summer of 2015 when he found out that he’d be deployed for the third time in his role as a Black Hawk pilot with the Virginia National... read more

GreenCare for Troops Guide: Freedom isn’t free

November 8, 2017By

Troy Clogg’s father was a World War II veteran, and this fact drives his participation with GreenCare for Troops and other military nonprofits. “Freedom isn’t free,” says Clogg. “It’s taken for granted what people give so that we can worry about whether the grass is cut or a tree is planted right. I have a lot of respect for the... read more

GreenCare for Troops Guide: Doing the right thing

November 8, 2017By

As a business owner in a military community, Bill Lillie sees his fair share of families and disabled veterans dealing with hard times—trying to juggle basic daily tasks, such as grocery shopping or shuttling kids to and from school. As a longtime volunteer for GreenCare for Troops, he wants to help take lawn care off that mile-long list. Along with... read more

GreenCare for Troops Guide: Start somewhere

November 8, 2017By

For business owners and individuals alike, part of the difficulty of beginning a volunteer activity might be getting over the initial intimidation. Paul Fraynd, co-owner of Sun Valley Landscaping in Omaha, Neb., has some useful advice. “Just start,” he recommends. “Giving back is hard until you get there, and then you’re glad you did it.” The company started its relationship... read more

Handbook Q&A: Chris + Sarah Coleman

September 20, 2017By

Chris + Sarah Coleman Four Seasons Nursery & Landscape Services Bel Air, Md. LM: What’s your approach to an employee handbook? SC: The handbook was one of the first things we wrote up when we purchased the company from my mother-in-law four years ago. I took what I knew from being in a totally separate industry and the experiences and... read more

Handbook Q&A: Jay Long

September 20, 2017By

Jay Long Vice president of human resources, Ruppert Landscape Laytonsville, Md. LM: What’s your approach to handbooks? JL: Developing our policies and procedures and getting them down in an official handbook has been, and continues to be, an ongoing process. The first few years we were in business we were focused on the basics of our everyday business—keeping customers and... read more