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TAG: labor shortage

A think tank for solving landscape’s labor shortage

March 4, 2020By

For the second year, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) gathered landscape professionals together for a forum on the industry’s labor shortage. Company representatives came to Alexandria, Va., to hear presentations on finding and keeping employees in the worst labor market ever, how similar industries such as plumbing and home construction are attracting talent, promoting the industry in schools,... read more

2020 labor situation: crisis or opportunity?

January 13, 2020By
Business newspapers (Photo: Nikolaev/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

For years, demographers, economists, movie-makers, politicians, scientists and others have been famously making false predictions of future events. Remember the doomsday predictions leading up to Jan. 1, 2000, or how the stock market was going to crash if a certain person was elected president of the U.S., or any one of the end-of-the-world predictions? Predicting the future is not easy.... read more

LM 2019 Industry Pulse: Labor report

December 24, 2019By
While landscape companies say work was plentiful in 2019, it was often hard to find workers like those pictured here. (Photo: GreenSweep)

LM Industry Pulse survey respondents say 2019 was a good year for business but a struggle to find people to help complete jobs. read more

Put mowing on autopilot with robotic mowers

September 30, 2019By
LABOR SAVER Installing robotic mowers on residential properties can help cut down on man-hours. Photo: Husqvarna

Implementing robotic mowers is one way to ease the landscape industry’s labor shortage and cut down on man-hours at jobs. read more

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