TAG: labor shortage

Issue Brief: Workforce efforts

November 8, 2017By

It may at times seem like there’s no help in sight for the chronic workforce shortage that most industry companies face. But many groups and associations have been working on state and local initiatives to help attract new workers to the industry. In October, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) hosted 40 executives from industry trade associations across the... read more

Wanted: Skilled irrigation technicians

May 12, 2017By
Photo: Irrigation Association

A lack of skilled technicians is taking its toll on the irrigation industry The struggle to find quality workers is hitting irrigation harder than almost anywhere in the green industry. Experts say companies are struggling to keep up with seasonal demands due to a significant shortage of skilled irrigation technicians. “Labor is available,” says Scott King, owner of Preferred Building... read more

Why some companies are turning to Puerto Rico for labor

April 21, 2017By
Landscape workers. Photo: ©istock.com/WoodenDinosaur

Why—and how—some landscape companies are recruiting workers from Puerto Rico. Late last year, William Merkler was on vacation in Puerto Rico, thinking about how he would reconcile his landscape firm’s contracts with the new prevailing wage the Department of Labor told him he must pay his H-2B guest workers this year—a 17 percent increase. “We contacted our clients and told... read more

Labor woes hit Cape Cod

May 24, 2016By

Cape Cod landscape companies—even the ones that don’t rely on H-2B workers—are singing the labor shortage blues. “It’s nuts,” Bob Maffei, owner of Maffei Landscape Contractors in Mashpee, told the Cape Cod Times, referring to the difficulty of finding workers. “We knew it was going to be challenging this year.” Delays in H-2B visa applications have been widely reported across the U.S.... read more

High Performance: Where’s the mulch?

July 13, 2015By

Recently, I’ve been noticing the abundance of nice properties without fresh mulch installed yet. These same properties are typically mulched in the early spring, but this year there seems to be a delay. Of course, there could be any number of explanations. All I know is the mulch is missing, the property looks bad and you can assume that someone... read more