TLC’s most popular landscaping stories from January 2020

At the end of the year, Total Landscape Care compiled a list of the top 10 stories for each month of the year. Check out which stories were trending on our website in January 2020.

10. Looking into the future: Voices of the incoming workforce

During their internship at Myatt, students learned to perform a safety check on equipment.
Photo: Myatt Landscaping

With the numerous opportunities 2020 will have for the green industryAn important concept to keep in mind is how the incoming workforce can either boost or weaken the flow Labor shortage The industry is ahead.

While it is important to focus on the workers who are currently on-site, it is also important to look to the future and see what can be done now to get more students into the green industry and interest them to increase in this area.

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9. Advice for landscape professionals who want to learn Spanish

A man holding up a ¿Hablas español?  map

Total Landscape Care readers understand the importance of learning Spanish. Without question, learning just a little bit of Spanish can be of great benefit to landscape architects.

If you can speak some Spanish, you can avoid misunderstandings and the costs associated with it, improve employee satisfaction, and create a better sense of community.

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8. Lawn Care Basics: Learn about your types of grass

Dew drops on the grass tips

Photo: Pixabay

When you first start caring for your lawn, you might think grass is grass, but there’s a lot more to it than that. If your customer is looking for the quintessential green lawn, you need to know which type of grass is best for your customer’s region.

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7. Check out some of America’s critically endangered plants by state

America's Most Endangered Plants Map with Endangered Plants listed by state

Graphics from NetCredit

When you think of endangered species, you are probably thinking of exotic animals like pandas or tigers, but species don’t have to be far away, or even animals, to be endangered.

In fact, there are over 800 sites in the US alone that are classified as threatened or endangered under federal jurisdiction, and even more are protected at the state level.

Netcredit used the resources of the US Department of Agriculture to create a graphic highlighting an endangered plant in each state.

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6. 10 ways to improve your communication skills

Stick figures sit over a table with speech bubbles

Photo: Pixabay

Communication is probably one of the most important soft skills you need in a business, especially in landscaping.

Without good communication skills, you may not be able to attract new clients when setting up projects, alienating employees, trying to be constructive, or creating misunderstandings about job site expectations.

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5. Compact tractors: A versatile workhorse for your fleet

John Deere 3032E compact tractor pouring a bucket of dirt and gravel into a pile

Photo: John Deere

As a landscaping contractor, you want to get the best bang for your buck. So if you are looking for a machine to add to your fleet to increase your productivity, Compact tractors can be a good option depending on the nature of your job.

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4. Six landscaping trend predictions for 2020

A hard-designed area with two chairs, surrounded by rock, grass and ornamental grass landscapes

Photo: Sun Valley Landscaping / Colin Conces Photography

Yesterday we covered some of the green industry trends that landscapers expect in 2020. Below are some of the design elements that they predict will be in high demand this year.

As mentioned in the first part, gardening is growing in popularity, but usually people don’t have time to create an outdoor oasis on their own.

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3. Landscaping companies share their 2020 predictions for the industry

Red flowers in containers on a terrace

Photo: Sun Valley Landscaping / Colin Conces Photography

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade and brings with it a number of trend predictions, both for the entire green industry and for landscaping.

We spoke to a group of landscapers about their thoughts on current industry trends and what design elements are in high demand this year. Most of these trends have gained momentum over the years, and some seem more natural at this point.

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2. What you need to know about the 2020 overtime regulation

Once a week written on paper and pen near a golden folder,

On September 24th, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that goes into effect on January 1st, 2020 and increases the minimum wage requirement that is exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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1. Paths Stone can help control water erosion in the landscape

Landscaping stones and plants to control erosion through a drain pipe

Photo: Wholesale of stone solutions

Erosion is a common pain point that can lead customers to use your landscaping to correct the problem.

One solution is to strategically use stone in the landscape to mitigate the effects of water erosion.

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