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Data protection and your landscape company

July 20, 2018By
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For those old enough to remember Y2K, and the worry that came along with it, the recent buzz around the General Data Protection Regulation Act (GDPR) and Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal may have you feeling a bit of déjà vu. While we made it through 2000 without our computers coming alive and terminating us, the recent changes to the GDPR—and... read more

Labor Tip: Stay organized

July 18, 2018By
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At ASI Landscape Management in Thonotosassa, Fla., the human resources team uses an HR software tool to stay organized when it comes to employee information. The program, Bamboo HR, tracks employee records like benefits and time off, and it has employee onboarding features. “It’s an electronic filing system for each and every employee,” HR Generalist Cindy Lara says. “Eventually, we’re... read more

Issue Brief: Renew and remember

July 18, 2018By

Each July, members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) head to the sacred grounds of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for NALP’s Renewal & Remembrance event. Hundreds of volunteers, many of them families, fan out across the cemetery to apply lime, core aerate lawn areas, install irrigation, plant flowers and cable, brace and trim trees. Those who have... read more

Recommender: Backpack blowers

July 18, 2018By
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What backpack blower do you recommend and why? Chad Jones Owner/operator, C-Jones Lawn & Tree Winter Haven, Fla. “The Echo 770 has incredible power, is very comfortable, always reliable and incredibly light. They help our crews work more efficiently. We have owned every major brand of backpack blower over the past 14 years, and these are the only model we purchase... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: July 2018

July 18, 2018By

What’s your best advice for working with residential customers? Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “I’d rather have 1,000 homeowners than two big commercial accounts, but you’d better have the patience to handle them; otherwise, you’ll be in the loony bin within 10 years.” Bill Bemus Bemus Landscape San Clemente, Calif. Chris Joyce Joyce Landscaping Cape Cod, Mass.... read more

How to be a ‘magnetic’ employer

July 18, 2018By
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Unemployment is at record lows, and there are more jobs available than there are people to fill them. Given this scenario, it’s no surprise that the most pressing concern for business owners and managers nationwide right now is how to find the new hires they need and keep the good people they have. So, how can forward-thinking employers successfully compete... read more

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