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Reflecting on 27 years of advocacy with Tom Delaney

February 11, 2016By

Before Tom Delaney steps down as government affairs director for NALP, he shares what he’s seen over a few decades of advocacy. If you’ve ever used the H-2B program’s returning worker exemption, you’ve benefitted from Tom Delaney’s work. If you’ve ever operated under a state pesticide preemption law, you’ve benefitted from some of his efforts. These are just two examples... read more

Bruce’s View: Build a culture of empathy

February 11, 2016By

You’ve probably heard the quote, often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Empathy improves relationships. The ability to detect what others feel and experience has many upsides. “Learn to crawl behind the eyes of the customer” is a commandment I’ve used for many years when discussing how to serve... read more

February 2016: Equipment technology advancements

February 11, 2016By

In what area of the industry do you foresee equipment technology advancing the fastest over the next five years? Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “Probably with GPS systems for self-driving trucks, mowing equipment, snow removal, maybe eliminating employees in all sorts of ways.” Adam Linnemann Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping Columbia, Ill. “I think commercial mowers will... read more

Editor’s Note: Make the connection

February 11, 2016By

It’s less than a week since Winter Storm Jonas dumped prolific amounts of snow along parts of the East Coast, burying 14 states in more than a foot of snow. Even several days later, I’m still seeing messages pop up on my social media feeds from snow and landscape company owners thanking their crews for literally working around the clock.... read more

SafetyWatch: Winter walkway hazards

February 11, 2016By

Winter walkways hazards include personal hazards, bystander hazards and property hazards. 1. Personal Hazards You could get an electric shock if snow blower paddles grab a live electrical cord. Additionally, cords or other obstructions can fling at you or a bystander, causing injury. Your hand or foot could be injured if you came into contact with the moving paddles. Never... read more

Fearless experimenting equals success for entrepreneurial brothers

February 11, 2016By
headshot: Bob and Jim Hawkinson

Brothers Bob and Jim Hawkinson run their Florida-based landscape business with entrepreneurial eyes and innovative spirits. The Hawkinson brothers have always been inventors at heart. From cofounding their company, Total Lawn Care, nearly 34 years ago, to constantly dreaming up better ways to do everyday things, they’ve never been satisfied with the status quo. “Every piece of equipment we’ve ever... read more