Design|Build Professionals

Design/build (DB) professionals use their knowledge of horticulture to design landscape plantings, or softscapes, that integrate with hardscapes - such as patios, decks, walkways, outdoor entertaining spaces, pools and more.

If you are a DB expert, or your company performs DB or construction services, then 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.

Resources Tools & Strategies Certification Guidance Recognition Promotion

DB Training Resources

Safety Training
Here are a few great safety training resources available on our website:

DB 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 DB professionals.

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:


  • DB Tool Kit - The tool kit provides sample HR and financial forms, budget, contracts, safety, sales and other documents that are needed for every aspect of running a successful design build business.

DB Certification

Many DB professionals 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 some certifications that many DB professionals 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 DB professionals 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 DB Trailblazers that you could be matched with.


"The Trailblazer program is probably one of the best resources that NALP has to offer. You are not alone in thinking there must be a better way and wondering who you can turn to for advice in running a successful design build business. You have to know where you are heading and who your target market is. How does your business look to prospective clients, what is the value in doing business with you? There are things that we all do to separate us from the competition – for our company it is mostly it is our design ability and your people that make the difference. A Trailblazer can quickly help identify the challenges you face and together you can craft a plan on how to become the company you strive to be.”

— Joe Palimeno, Ledden Palimeno

Recognition for Your Business

NALP presents awards to DB companies through its Awards of Excellence. View a gallery of 2016 commercial design build and residential design build winning projects and consider entering the 2017 awards to reward clients and staff and promote your company’s commitment to excellence.

Tools to Promote DBI

NALP has great resources to share with the public - and with residential and commercial clients - to help educate them about the benefits of professionally designed and managed landscapes. Here are some great webpages, fact sheets and infographics to share. Is our consumer website. Here are some articles on residential landscape design that you might want to share. Browse the website to find many more.

Here are some articles on commercial landscaping that you might want to share. Browse the whole commercial section for more great content.

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, or contact our Membership Director, or Membership Manager or call the office at 800-395-2522.