TAG: regulations

Five Questions: Mike Caprio

April 19, 2019By
Mike Caprio (Photo: Seth Jones)

Mike Caprio Regional business consultant Lawn Doctor, Holmdel, N.J. 1. What all does your job entail, and do you enjoy it? I provide business, agronomy, financial and human resources support to our franchisees in the Southeast. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, Lawn Doctor offers custom lawn care solutions to residential and business consumers. I’ve been with... read more

Navigating regulations at the municipal level

August 31, 2016By

Regulations at the municipal level can have a profound impact on your business. How to pull the strings your way. With the 2016 election quickly approaching, business owners everywhere are wondering who will win the presidential race and how the political makeup of Congress will change. And no wonder: The decisions of the voters will determine legislation that helps or... read more

Government Affairs: Northeastern states ratchet up their regulation of invasive plants

March 1, 2016By

Two recent actions by Pennsylvania and Maryland are tightening controls on invasive plants in those states. Five other states in the Northeastern U.S. have laws and regulations that ban certain plant species that have been deemed invasive: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Maryland The Maryland Department of Agriculture published a regulation on February 5 (see page 284)... read more

Government Affairs: Landscape contractors will face new federal regulations in 2016

February 3, 2016By

The Obama Administration, now in its last year, is trying to push through a number of new regulations that will affect landscape contractors before time runs out. Here is a run-down of the new regulatory packages that may impact your business and one that may not. New Pesticide Rules One of the latest regulatory changes proposed by the Environmental Protection... read more

Government Affairs: Complying with truck/trailer safety regs

August 12, 2015By

As the government relations consultant for the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA), one of the most frequent calls I get is from members who have just had one of their trucks pulled over by the police and been given a huge fine for violations of state and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Fines in these instances often will run... read more

Government Affairs: The bamboo battle intensifies

January 5, 2015By

State and local governments are beginning to outlaw bamboo as a nuisance or are regulating how and where it can be planted. Bamboo has often been used as landscape “problem solver.” Certain species of bamboo grow quickly, forming a dense screen that can reach 40 feet or more. The straight bamboo canes offer an interesting visual backdrop and the narrow... read more