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What Green Industry Students Look for in a Landscape Career

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 29, 2015 @ 17:06 PM

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Coming up on #landscapechat - the next generation of green industry employees. Get to know the newest crop of professionals and how you can attract them to your company. 

Like all industries, the Green Industry is only as strong as its people. In the June 2015 issue, "In Good Hands", Lawn & Landscape Magazine sizes up the strengths and weaknesses of the next generation of employees in the column "These Kids Today" by Chuck Bowen. Several of the new generation of employees are spotlighted in the magazine, which also features stats at the end of the story.  

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Editor Kate Spirgen @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. P.T.or 2 p.m. ET. This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

Key observations on this topic will include:  

  • Ready, Willing and Able - Find out what fuels their ambitions and drives those students planning to enter into the green industry after graduation.
  • Company Culture - Great pay is good but good company culture can be a deal breaker for students. 
  • Good Pay and Benefits - Students entering the green industry work force want more than a paycheck.  Things like steady pay increases, health insurance and working outdoors tops the list.
  • Green Industry Student Demographics - Toss out the sterotypical student demographic and be surprised who is joining the green industry work force.
  • Internships - Learn why if you want to attract good employees, you better have a great internship program in place.
Join the Conversation
Corona Tools Landscapechat
Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.
They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!  If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries!
photo courtesy of Lawn & Landscape Magazine

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Lawn & Landscape, New Generation of Employees

Big Opportunities in Design/Build Landscapes

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, May, 28, 2015 @ 12:05 PM



LawnLandscapeMag-Waterfall-5-27-2015No matter what aspect of the Landscaping Industry is your forte', Lawn and Landscape Magazine provides resources and a great sounding board throughout the industry. On the upcoming #landscapechat, we visit the resurgent Design/Build segment of our industry and discuss everything from customer wants and design trends, to staffing and bidding challenges. What do today's young homeowners want in their landscapes? How do we educate them as to the value of our services?  What's hot in the industry? Join in and add your experiences to the chat on Wednesday, June 3! 

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Join Chris Sabbarese @CoronaTools, and Kate Spirgen of Lawn and Landscape Magazine on #Landscapechat to discuss the important issue of the resurgence of Design/Build segment of the Green Industry. The live chat begins Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011. 

Discussion Key Points: 

1) Surge in Demand - Consumer confidence is up which means opportunities for design/build jobs are too. 

2) Staffing for Success - Hiring remains a main concern but there are ways to get around it.

3) 2015 Trends - Learn how design trends have changed from the standard flat patio and hot tub!  Hear what else is hot this year.

4) ­­­Something for Nothing - Show customers the passion that you and your team have for your work, find the right clients and be rewarded for your work!               

5) Wearing Your Psychologist Hat - Discuss how knowing your customer and their lifestyle needs are key.

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools LandscapechatDon’t miss out on these exciting topics and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Lawn & Landscape, Design/Build is Back

How H-2B Bill Can Impact the Landscape Industry

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, May, 04, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

IMG_1541Lawn & Landscape Magazine is a significant resource for business owners within the green industry. On the upcoming Twitter #Landscapechat, L&L and Corona Tools discuss the implications of congressional bill H-2B on landscape businesses. 

The H-2B program permits employers to temporarily hire non-immigrants to perform labor or services in the United States. The employment must be of a temporary nature for a limited period of time such as a one-time occurrence, seasonal need, peak load need or intermittent need. Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, with plenty of legalese surrounding the program. 

Cut through the mass of regulations and find out what H-2B means to your company with Lawn and Landscape Magazine and special guest, National Association of Landscape Professionals on this week's #Landscapechat  on Twitter.  

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Digital Content Manager,  Kate Spirgen  @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. P.T.or 2 p.m. ET. Special guest includes Tom Delaney, Director of Government Affairs @the_NALP to discuss The Impact of H-2B. This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

Key takeaways for Understanding the Impact of H-2B will include:  

  • Why the green industry uses the H-2B program
  • The impact of immigration legislation and H-2B on the green industry
  • Understanding the latest ruling on immigration
  • Where H-2B stands now and a forecast for next season
  • The next steps for Washington DC and green industry
  • What you can do to help

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries!

photo courtesy of Lawn & Landscape Magazine

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Lawn & Landscape, Impact of H-2B on the Green Industry

Benchmarking Your Business with Lawn and Landscape and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jan, 07, 2015 @ 12:01 PM

LawnAndLandscape12 3 14 resized 600Lawn & Landscape Magazine is a significant resource for business owners within the green industry. The November, 2014 issue offers case studies, guidance and comparative studies ranging from how much to pay yourself, to varied strategies for growing your business. Setting benchmarks, monitoring labor costs and estimating revenue generated per employee are all considered. Join this invaluable discussion with tips from the experts on growing your business with Lawn and Landscape Magazine on this week's #Landscapechat  on Twitter.  

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Digital Content Manager,  Kate Spirgen  @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. P.T.or 2 p.m. ET. This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

Key observations on the Benchmarking Your Business will include:  

Owners' Earnings - Jim Huston, reknowned columnist and consultant, offers monthly salary guidelines for owners of companies of various sizes, with advice on how much to pay yourself. 

Setting and Examining Benchmarks - Review labor, equipment and time issues during this chat and employee revenue targets.

Discussion of how to pay  - Case studies for monitoring labor costs. Consider paying by the job instead of by the hour, and evaluate the applicability of piece-rate to your employees.

Experts' Tips on Proprietor's Draw  - Basing your proprietor's draw on realistic parameters, and not what is in the checkbook 

Average Annual Expenditures - Survey results for Average Cost of Products and Services

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries!

photo courtesy of Lawn & Landscape Magazine

Topics: #Landscapechat, Corona Tools, Lawn & Landscape, Benchmarking Your Business

Irrigation at Issue with Lawn and Landscape Magazine + Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Sep, 01, 2014 @ 15:09 PM

July2014issueLawnLandscapeMagThe water irrigation issue of the July 2014 Lawn and Landscape Magazine spotlights companies who are making the switch from landscape maintenance to water management. Traditional landscaping services are drying up, while at the same time, other clients want water conservation efforts and they’re willing to pay for them. The market is there and it makes sense to make the transition in order to stay in business. 

Services such as subsurface drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting can have margins of 30 percent, an attractive incentive to go with the flow.  

Joint the discussion of options on this week's #Landscapechat  on Twitter. 
 

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Brian Horn @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, September 3 at 11 a.m. P.T.or 2 p.m. ET. This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

Editor Chuck Bowen asked "some of the smartest water people I know just what water means for the landscape industry now and in the future." 

Demands from the West Vast reserves of freshwater that sit just north of his home state of Ohio are under constant threat of being trucked or sucked west.

Three Case Studies:

Enviroscape in Calif. shifted the focus of his company from traditional landscaping to water management and now approximately half of his revenue comes from such services as subsurface drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting.

Lambert’s in Texas installed a 20,000-gallon cistern to catch the water pouring off the roof. It uses that water – instead of the city’s – to mix its fertilizer blends, saving approximately $800 a month.

 

Garden Works in Calif., includes water management as part of every client contract. Creating the water management program, training staff and earning certifications took about seven years to implement company-wide.

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Safety meeting photo courtesy of TLC Magazine

Topics: #Landscapechat, Corona Tools, Lawn & Landscape, irrigation

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