Landscape

Pencil in hand, hands in the dirt, eye on the sky -- that's the life of landscape distributors, designers, and installers. When you're busy creating environments that people yearn to immerse themselves in, you don't want to have to hunt for information. We've pulled it all together here, from the best plants for the job to the best ways to keep your labor force engaged and motivated.

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

by: Dale Carnegie Training People are a company’s single greatest asset—period. While factors like innovative products, quality services and cutting edge strategies may contribute to success, none of these can be created or implemented properly without engaged employees. Research backs this up again and again. For instance, a Hay Group study found that companies with fully engaged e...

Scott Hunter. CSP December 17 2014

Scott Hunter

The primary reason for the failure of most interviews to identify a truly outstanding candidate is that most interviews focus on the capabilities, background and experience of the prospective employee. This approach ignores the fact that the interviewee is a human being that the employer is going to have to live with day after day.

There is a way to stack ...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Jeffrey Scott

If you want more work, do better work. But you also need to make money at the same time. It is hard for your crews to keep hours in mind while also keeping quality in mind – unless your quality standards become ingrained in their psyche and your company culture. 

To achieve this, you need a feedback mechanism that keeps them highly attuned to your stan...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Jeffrey Scott

No one is ever as efficient as they want to be; however, most leaders don’t know what to do about that. I have researched the best ideas for time management, tested them myself, and collated this list. The techniques in this article will double your effectiveness and allow you to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

1. “Give me two ...

Craig Regelbrugge November 28 2014

Steve Bronars, PhD, a respected labor economist and AmericanHort advisor, has published a chart of expected H-2A program Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for 2015. These new rates are based on recently released USDA farm labor data, and will take effect when the Department of Labor publ...

Charlie Hall November 18 2014

In this segment, AmericanHort Chief Economist, Dr. Charlie Hall talks about the latest economic indicators, including some of the surprises from Halloween and the Mid-term elections. Then he turns his attention to 2015 and what we can expect given what the data are telling us at this point. The bottom line is make sure your pencils are sharpened and you've got your planning hat on!

AmericanHort Contributor November 13 2014

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping and reporting regulation, most employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 log.

OSHA is revising recordkeeping and reporting rules regarding wo...

Charlie Hall November 08 2014

In this segment, Charlie continues with his theme of change — this time talking about the economy and why it has been so volatile this year. A number of factors are to blame, but mostly arising from stuff occurring around the world that are mostly out of our control. Bottom line, there is very little, economically-speaking, that is holding us back from having a great fall season in the industry...

Craig Regelbrugge October 30 2014

“Politics” is a contact sport. When it comes to advocating for your business, you are either on the field or on the sidelines. If you choose to sit on the sidelines, how can you win?

Congress comes back to Washington on November 12 for a “lame duck” session. While it remains to be seen just how productive they’ll be, AmericanHort recently launched three new grassroots campaigns on ...

Ed LaFlamme October 13 2014

We can’t buy it or retrieve it, but we all wish we had more of it: you guessed it, time. The older we get the faster the weeks, months, and years seem to pass. Most people agree there never seems to be enough.

Ever notice just before a vacation you get so much done. Of course that’s because we’re so “time conscious.” We seem to just pounce on the work. As we walk out the door ...

AmericanHort will host a webinar to help green industry businesses and HR professionals plan for the 2021 season using H2 workers, J-1 interns, and other common visa types. Come listen to experts who will share informed opinions on what employers might expect as you navigate the approval process for 2021.

 

This program will feature brief agency updates from Kristi B...

AmericanHort + MPS present Spotlight on Sustainability with Chris McCorkle of McCorkle Nurseries Inc.

Glyphosate-based herbicides have provided efficient, safe and cost-effective weed control for more than 40 years, but recent reports and events have raised concerns over its safety. Come learn about the EPA’s position, the mountain of scientific evidence that supports its safety, and uses in the green industry, including the pro’s and con’s of glyphosate alternatives. Panelist...

This stacked panel of experts will plunge into the current and potential application of exciting new technologies showing promise in automating and innovating the management of nursery stock, and other environments including arboretums and forest stands. New technologies explored during this seminar include drone-based observation and sampling, canopy robotics, and a variety of radio-frequen...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

Review a case study at UC Davis researching nutrient use in container grown crops. This project has received funding from the Horticultural Research Institute. 
 

Presenters: Lorence Oki and Bruno Pitton, UC Davis 

The webinar addresses why you should use sanitation practices at plant production, mechanically transmitted plant diseases, common disinfectants and improved sanitation/hygiene practices through research results. 

Presenter: Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an assistant professor at the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, TN. Her rese...

Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties will give insights and advice on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He'll be explaining how these new regulations are impacting the logistics industry while also taking a closer look at the impact they have on the horticulture industry. This webinar is aimed to help shippers and receivers be more prepared for the upcoming season as motor carri...