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Go for a fall look with Sustainable Landscape Management Email
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 02:00 AM

Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Colorado has three primary goals for the Colorado landscape industry:

  • Create a blueprint for all professionals who maintain landscapes.
  • Increase water conservation and reduce plant loss.
  • Raise the level of professionalism.

When it comes to maintenance, the basic rule is to apply the right maintenance practices at the right time. One sustainable practice of SLM that applies to this time of year is leaving some leaves in the landscape.

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G&G Equipment named Walker Mower top dealer Email
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 01:00 AM

G&G Equipment was recently named a 2020 Five Star Dealer by Larimer County-based Walker Manufacturing. The Frederick, CO dealer was one of five dealers to win the award this year and the only Colorado dealer to be named in this year’s “class.”

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Welcome to ALCC's news feed Email
Thursday, October 08, 2020 12:00 AM

Welcome to the new ALCC news feed. Here is where you can find all of the latest information from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado: breaking news, event announcements, the latest legislative/advocacy updates, Colorado Green NOW articles, CEO updates, and more. We've put it all in one place, with the most recent news at the top of the feed.

We hope you find this news feed helpful and informative. We welcome your feedback and your suggestions for ALCC programs and services. Email us at [email protected] and let us know how we can help Colorado landscape companies be better by nature.

 
GreenCO announces candidate endorsements Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 05:00 AM

GreenCOAfter several full days of interviews with candidates and careful consideration, GreenCO announced its endorsements for the upcoming election. Some of these Colorado candidates will also receive donations from the GreenCO PAC. 

“GreenCO supports candidates who understand the values and needs of business owners and work with GreenCO to find common-sense solutions to the issues we face,” said John McMahon, CEO of Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC).

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Update on ProGreen EXPO 2021 plans Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 04:00 AM

The ProGreen EXPO partner organizations continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 and explore options for the 2021 event. Organizers have already confirmed many speakers, all of whom have expressed the flexibility to present either virtually or in-person should conditions change.

“We understand that our industry is eager to network, learn, earn CEUs, and explore the trade show again,” said John McMahon, CEO of ProGreen partner organization ALCC. “We continue to explore options that will allow us to present the conference and trade show while making attendee safety our priority.”

There is hope that restrictions may be relaxed when the 100-person indoor capacity limit expires September 30. The ProGreen partners hope to announce a decision in early October, and the green industry will be notified.

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Fort Collins water restrictions include ban on lawn watering Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 03:00 AM

No waterThe City of Fort Collins has instituted water restrictions due to ongoing drought conditions. Among the restrictions is a ban on landscape watering beginning October 1. The ban will remain in effect until an order of the City Manager lifts it; city officials expect that order to be made by November 30. A declaration made on Friday, September 11 declared the water restrictions, which affect both indoor and outdoor water use.

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DOL proposes rule to clarify independent contractor vs. employee status Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 02:00 AM

WorkersThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced this morning that it has issued a proposed rule that would help clarify the definition of independent contractor. The rule includes an "economic reality" test and questions that employers can ask to help them determine classification of the worker.

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Pandemic, storms continue to affect supply chain Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 01:00 AM

PVC pipesEnvironmental factors continue to affect supplies for the landscape industry. Hurricanes in the South and fires in the West have disrupted a market that was already experiencing delays and shortages due to the pandemic. A robust market and increased demand for landscaping services has put further strains the market, according to some sources.

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Education becomes a community opportunity for Tree of Life Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 05:00 AM

Tree of Life LandscapesEach year, the Tree of Life Landscapes team gathers to discuss their strategic plan for the coming year. In 2018, company leaders asked staff, “What do you need for inspiration?” That discussion led them to offering a day of education to benefit not just the Tree of Life team but their green industry colleagues.

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Weather-related messaging available for landscape pros Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 04:00 AM

Snow on green leavesThis week’s weather caught many Coloradans off-guard. The temperature swing’s timing just after the Labor Day holiday weekend also complicated efforts to communicate with and prepare clients for the coming wild weather. Depending on how today’s weather plays out, there may be some tree damage or even sprinkler damage to address in the coming days. [ALCC members: log in to access a downloadable PDF]

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National Preparedness Month is more relevant than ever Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 03:00 AM

Disaster Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Preparedness Month, and several government agencies have partnered to present a disaster preparedness webinar for small business owners. The webinar, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan Today,” takes place Wednesday, September 16 at noon. Registration is now open for this free webinar.

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Small Business Week goes virtual in rescheduled event Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 02:00 AM

Virtual meetingThe US Small Business Association has announced its annual National Small Business Week (NSBW), rescheduled from its original May date. “Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation” is the theme of what has now become a virtual conference scheduled for September 22-24, 2020.

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Landscape contractors invited to Colorado Springs Utilities meeting Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 01:00 AM

Colorado Springs UtilitiesColorado Springs Utilities will host its Fall State of Utilities Business Customer Meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 AM. The virtual meeting will be hosted by CEO Aram Benyamin and the office team of Springs Utilities. They will discuss issues that impact area businesses and the community.

The meeting will cover Springs Utilities’ sustainable energy plan and implementation of their integrated resource plan, the 2021 budget and rates, and other major projects planned. Business leaders should RSVP online to receive a link to attend the Microsoft Teams meeting and to submit questions in advance of the meeting.

 
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