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Guest-worker crisis worries landscaping industry

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"The landscape companies I have met here are livid," she said. The object of their anger? Uncle Sam. In 2016, Congress failed to renew a provision of immigration law. The result was a significant reduction in the number of foreign temporary workers who are granted H-2B visas. Previously, workers who had earlier received a visa, which allows them to work up to 10 months per year in the United States, could return to their employers without coming under the annual limit. Youngblood said the action -- or inaction - effectively lowered the number of H-2B workers from about 350,000 to the annual cap of 66,000.

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Tags:  H-2B  hardscape contractor  immigration  landscape contractor  sfgate.com  workforce 

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Revenue Is Vanity, Profit Is Sanity, but Cash Is King

Posted By MNLA eNews, Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Being able to speak a common language about finances is critical to the growth and continued health of your business. It is important to have a means of reporting, analyzing and interpreting the data in ways that make sense to everyone invested in its operations. Here are five impactful ways you can increase your and your team’s financial intelligence, and boost your organization’s bottom line.

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Tags:  business  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  profit 

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Outdoor Recreation Areas for Client’s Landscapes

Posted By MNLA eNews, Wednesday, December 27, 2017

It’s time to convince your clients to create backyards for their homes that can replace expensive vacations, including recreational opportunities like bocce ball and pétanque courts, putting greens and even chess boards. Your clients might already have swimming pools, but use these other recreational additions to boost their outdoor living.

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Tags:  landscape contractor  landscape design  Turf Magazine 

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Use Pavers to Your Advantage

Posted By MNLA eNews, Wednesday, December 27, 2017

As more homeowners and municipalities seek ways to capture runoff and avoid flooding, permeable pavers are increasing in popularity.  While pavers can be used to create a focal point in a backyard or elegant designs in a driveway, the functionality of permeable pavers appeals to customers as well. 

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Tags:  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  landscape design  Lawn & Landscape Magazine  permeable pavers  trends 

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Landscape Architects Leading the Charge for Climate Action

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, November 17, 2017

Landscape architects are uniquely qualified to process and synthesize complex challenges that yield sustainable, world-changing solutions. We have a significant role to play in the fight against climate change – both in adapting landscapes from the effects of global warming but also by mitigating, or designing against, the causes of global warming.

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Tags:  global warming  landscape architect  landscape design  sustainability 

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Designing and Creating Natural Play Areas for Kids

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, November 17, 2017

Say goodbye to garish play structures in square beds of mulch. Children's outdoor play areas are evolving.  Some trends come and go, according to the whims of the ages. Others make perfect sense on many levels. The latest trends in children’s landscape design fall into the latter category. Today’s designers are moving away from garish play structures arbitrarily plunked onto square beds of asphalt or mulch, and toward lush, organic habitats replete with natural elements. Monkey bars are giving way to tree houses, geometric sandboxes to irregular-shaped sandpits and water features, and the boundary lines between play spaces and the rest of the landscape are fading.

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Tags:  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  landscape design  Turf Magazine 

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Outdoor Living Space Trends Bolster Hardscape Demands

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, November 17, 2017

Demand for hardscape products in the U.S. is expected to increase 5.6 percent per year to $3.5 billion by 2021. Despite slow growth in sales of existing homes, an indicator of home remodeling trends including landscaping and sales of hardscape products (such as boulders, edging and pavers) will see robust growth through 2021, buoyed by strong growth in new housing construction, which will support new hardscaping installations when homes are first built.

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Tags:  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  landscape design  Lawn & Landscape Magazine  trends 

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How skating in a winter wonderland can be right outside the backdoor

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, October 26, 2017

One of the ways landscaping companies can help set themselves apart from the competition is by serving niche markets, and backyard ice rink installations is a niche market indeed. Yet, according to Jim Berns, president of Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. based in Warren, Michigan, it is profitable for his company.

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Tags:  business development  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  landscape design  Total Landscape Care 

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Construction stormwater: When can you remove inlet protection?

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, October 26, 2017

All storm drain inlets that receive runoff from active construction activities must be protected with appropriate sediment control BMPs during construction.

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Tags:  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  landscape design  MPCA  sediment control  stormwater BMPs 

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5 top landscaping trends for fall

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Using member surveys, qualitative data analysis, and customer opinions, the National Association of Landscape Professionals pinpointed the following trends.

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Tags:  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  landscape design  trends 

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