Lawn Care Professionals

Lawn care operators are licensed trained professionals who use their horticulture knowledge to fertilize, provide insect and weed control, as well and soil aeration and other services to manage healthy lawns. Many also perform pest control services for ornamental trees and shrubs.

If you are a lawn care expert, or your company performs lawn care services, NALP has tools and resources that can help you grow and manage your business more effectively. We have gathered here for you, some of the top resources but many others exist in the safety or member center sections of our website.

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Lawn Care Week: January 16 - 20

January 2017 is specialty month at NALP. The week of Jan. 16 - 20, is Lawn Care Specialty Week. We are promoting lawn care on social media, presenting new webinars just for you, and highlighting the top tools and resources to help your business. #lawncareweek

Lawn Care Training Resources

Lawn Care Technician Training
The Lawn Care Technician Training is an incredibly helpful resource designed by and for lawn care operators that will have your new technicians up and running in no more than 15 training days while promoting professionalism and growing their knowledge base. The online toolkit focuses on key learning objectives in the areas of customer service, turf I.D., insect I.D., fertilizer and pesticides, proper application techniques, and safe driving.

Safety Training
Personal Protective Equipment for Mixing Chemicals in Lawn Care is an OSHA Quick Card tailgate training that you can use with you team.

Lawn Care Business Tools & Strategies

On Demand Webinars
NALP provides more than 40 new webinars a year, all of which are archived so you and your team can watch them live, or on demand. NALP members can view a complete list of archived webinars. They provide strategies for financial and HR management, sales and marketing, safety, horticulture knowledge and more. Here are a few suggested webinars for lawn care operators.

Lawn Care Business Tool Kit
This toolkit offers resources for every aspect of running a lawn care business from HR to financial, to customer service and training to technical information.

National Lawn Care Month
NALP promotes National Lawn Care Month each April and provides a toolkit of materials that you can use and share with your customers. 

Articles
Get tips and strategies to help your business in the Landscape Professional Magazine, the weekly Essentials e-newsletter, and on our blog. Here are a few recent articles of interest:

Lawn Care Certification

Many lawn care operators choose to increase their marketability by going above and beyond the basic required licenses and they become certified — which increases their technical and business knowledge and skill set.

Here are the top certifications that many lawn care operators often choose, however it is a good idea to review the entire list of options and learn more about the certification process.

Get a Business Mentor

NALP member lawn care operators can sign-up for one-on-one mentoring with an experienced mentor (called a Trailblazer) who operates in a non-competing market. Have questions about specific parts of your business; financial, billing, sales, employee training, equipment and facilities questions? A visit with an NALP Trailblazer will provide answers. Have a look at the list of distinguished Lawn Care Trailblazers that you could be matched with.

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The great thing about NALP’s Trailblazer Program is it doesn’t matter if you’re a one man show or a multi-million dollar company, there is a Trailblazer for you. A small company has different needs than a large company but everyone can use some help once in a while. The key here is recognizing you can use some help and then poof – you meet up with a Trailblazer and now you have a road map to success. We’re all trying to make the grass green, why not learn from one another?

— Michael Kravitsky IV, Grasshopper Lawns, Inc.

Recognition for Your Business

NALP presents awards to lawn care companies through its Awards of Excellence. View a 2016 Grand Award winning lawn care project and consider entering the 2017 awards.

Residential Lawn Care – Grand Award
“15 Hill and Hollow Lane”
Oasis Turf & Tree

Tools to Promote Lawn Care

NALP has great resources to share with clients and the public to help educate them about the benefits of professional lawn care. Here are some great webpages, fact sheets and infographics to share:

LoveYourLandscape.org Is our consumer website. Here are some articles and videos that you might want to share. Browse the entire lawn care section of site as well.

Stay on Top of the Issues

It is important to know how local, state and federal regulations are affecting your business. Here are some resources to keep you up to date:

Issues Dashboard - Check our Issues Dashboard to stay abreast of our work on issues including: local pesticide & fertilizers laws and restrictions, Waters of the US (WOTUS) clean water act, pollinator health, green building codes, water bans or limitations, leaf blower bans-noise restrictions, DOL overtime rule, Lyme disease and H-2B.

NALP Public Affairs Report Card – Review our new quarterly Public Affairs Score Card to see the status and progress of key issues.


Membership in NALP

If you are a member of NALP and have questions about your membership, forgot your log in information, or if you would like to JOIN NALP, you can always email membership@landscapeprofessionals.org, or contact our Membership Director, cheryl@landscapeprofessionals.org or Membership Manager andrea@landscapeprofessionals.org or call the office at 800-395-2522.