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Association Support Goes Both Ways
Across the country landscape contractors are gearing up to attack the months ahead and garner as much business as possible. This is where the landscape associations are so important, but also where so many of them are failing their membership.

Box District Park, Chelsea Mass

This aerial view of Box District Park in Chelsea, Mass. was shot from the roof deck of the former box works (now housing). The new housing, built in tandem with the park, is still under construction. The strong diagonal organization of the lower plaza places equal importance on both Highland Street (left) and Gerrish Avenue (right). Walls and curbs terrace the site from Library Street (above), down to Gerrish Avenue. The linear park packs a lot into the space-- green space, playground, little splash pad, picnic nook, symmetrical, rectangular raised planters--yet feels roomy: Note the BigBelly solar-powered trash and recycling receptacle (right and left), the Madrax bicycle rack (right) also.

Creekside Memorial Park--the Last Stop

The proposed Creekside Memorial Park is tucked between Hidden Valley open space and Camino Tassajara in the Tassajara Valley, Calif., east of San Ramon.

In-Depth Perimeter Lighting Webinar
Register for the in-depth webinar "Perimeter Lighting" on March 20 or March 21. The webinar, using the CAST LED Perimeter Lighting System, explains the essentials of perimeter security lighting; how to achieve up to 90 percent savings in material, labor and energy; and how to add this service to your existing business.

Zeon Zoysia Fairways for 2016 Rio Games
Zeon is a medium to fine textured zoysiagrass that is not only being used for golf courses, but for residential lawns, sports fields and on high-end commercial sites. The turf breeder says it's a low water user and stands up to heat, drought, insects and disease.

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Blue Clauses
Careful water management requires using minimum water volumes and maintaining proper soil moisture. Devices such as ground moisture sensors take the guesswork out.

Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park

At the point where the main path at Atlanta's Fourth Ward Park goes over the pond the hardscape transitions to structural concrete. llumination over the water is from rectangular 2.4-watt LED rope lighting (Efficient-Tec International, 'RL-3000') on custom-fabricated steel cable railings (Owens Welding). Water plants around the pond are 'Scarlet hibiscus, spiderlily, water canna, Tuckahoe, pickerelweek, 'Blue Flag' iris and 'Chairmaker's' bulrush. The raised planters have a variety of grasses: "Inland Sea' oats, 'Sugarcane' plumegrass, soft rush, pink muhly, 'Cheyenne Sky', 'Heavy Metal' and 'Shenandoah' switchgrasses; 'Hameln Dwarf' and 'Tall Tales' fountain grasses; 'The Blues' little bluestem, Indian grass and 'Purpletop.'

Sustainable Landscape Classes In Illinois

The University of Illinois Extension will offer a spring sustainable landscaping series from 6 to 7 p.m. every other Tuesday, March 12 through May 7, at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, in Rockford, Illinois.

NY Law To Promote Native Plants

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed law three "green" bills, one intended to increase the city's native biodiversity. The biodiversity measure mandates that the parks department adopt a policy favoring plants native to New York over exotic plants, which can out-compete native species and drive animals dependent on them into extinction, on all city-owned property. Dozens of species of native grasses, flowers and trees are in decline throughout the city. This marks a trend of cities looking to better control plant life in their territory.

Weather Outlook Predicts Possible Late-Winter Snow

Missouri landscape contractors who struggled all summer through a drought are now working overtime to plow snow and sleet that fell during late-winter storms. Landscape contractors in northern states often run snow removal businesses during the winter months. But over the last few years, Mother Nature has been unreliable.

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Fleet Tracking For Small Business

GPS vehicle tracking can help even a small landscape contractor company cut down on fuel costs and employee efficiency. There are many fleet management solutions available, including GPS Insight ( (shown above)

Dark Skies In Oregon

Dark Skies ordinances are an attempt to limit "light pollution" by restricting outdoor lighting, and such rules are spreading across the US. The ordinances usually don't mandate the elimination of outdoor lighting, but rather tend to restrict where light can fall. This is a growing trend that landscape lighting professionals should follow.

New Mexico Erosion Control Permit Requirement

In the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, homeowners, developers, contractors, business owners, engineers and architects now have to obtain an erosion sediment control permit and have it authorized by a professional engineer.

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Have Concrete, Will Travel

A plaza and promenade for local light rail and bus travelers in West Valley, Utah, was revitalized with a vibrant, park-like atmosphere that includes a concrete riverbed, seating, shade and gathering space. Three Bomanite imprinted concrete bridges with a refined six-inch boardwalk plank pattern cross the stream.

Construction Materials Prices Climb in January, More Increases Expected

January's large price increases for gypsum, insulation, lumber and plywood offset declines in asphalt, steel mill products, and iron ore costs to boost the construction materials' price index by 0.7 percent for the month, and 1.3 percent year-over-year.

Toro, Caterpillar Earnings A Mixed Bag

Caterpillar and Toro released earnings statements in recent weeks that show accelerated losses and mild gains, respectively, as both firms were impacted by the mild winter and uncertainty in the worldwide marketplace. The outlook for both companies in 2013 remains cautiously optimistic, as growth is expected to ramp up later in the year.

Transparent Concrete's Future in America Unclear
Italian company Essroc Italcementi Group unveiled their trademarked i.light concrete in 2010 at the Shanghai World Expo, using the panels to build the Italian Pavilion (pictured). The transparent effect is most evident when seen from the outside at night.

Guthrie Green Urban Revitalization Through Open Spaces
The Guthrie Green urban garden offers a dramatic nightscape, backlit by the skyline of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. SWA's landscape design transformed the site into a lively new urban park offering gardens, interactive fountains, a lawn amphitheater, an outdoor stage, and a cafe pavilion.

January Construction Spending Falls, Ending Nine Months of Gains
Spending on construction declined 2.1 percent between December and January, according to a federal report, with decreases in public and private spending alike.

IECA Webinar Series

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is a non-profit, member organization that provides education, resource information and business opportunities for professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry.

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The ICPI supports segmental concrete pavement systems, and the producers, suppliers, contractors, design professionals and consultants within the industry.

Green Star Awards

Last year the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, received an Honor Award in the Hospital or Institution category.

Scholarship in Ornamental Horticulture
The Robert and Shirley Mangum Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications from Montgomery County residents interested in pursuing studies and careers in the fields of ornamental horticulture, floriculture, greenhouse growing, interior landscaping and related studies.

ASIC Annual Conference
The ASIC was founded in 1970 and provides a forum for irrigation design professionals to meet, exchange information, advance skills and techniques in irrigation design, as well as installation and product application.

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Plant and Pest Management
Zamioculcas Zamifolia has a common name as ZZ plant and requires low to medium level light. Before watering, the soil should be allowed to dry. The plant is becoming popular because of its hardiness and low maintenance features. Its major problems are occasional scale and mealybugs.

ASLA Asks Members to Support LWCF

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) was founded in 1899, and is the national professional association for landscape architects. The Society's mission is to lead, educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of cultural and natural environments.

Fit To Be Trimmed
Trimming hedges not only enhance aesthetics, but can actually improve the health of the tree by stimulating production, removing dead limbs, and aiding in pest control. For your convenience, trimmers have been arranged by cost.

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Reduce Water Needed to Maintain Vigorous Plants
Soil Moist must be incorporated into the soil at the root level of the plant/green good. Do not top dress or place on the surface. This product can be used for containers, baskets, flower beds, window boxes, trees, shrubs, turf and perennials and should be kept out of drains.

Cook With Gas, Wood or Charcoal on a Single Grill

Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill is a gas grill that also cooks with charcoal and wood. Changing fuels is as easy as opening a drawer. When empty, the special perforations and angled design of the Hybrid Fire Grilling Drawer diffuses the heat from the burners for convenient gas-only cooking. Place a bed of charcoal or wood in the hybrid drawer for an authentic live fire cooking experience.

New LED Conversion System
King Luminaire K200 LED Conversion Kit offers an effective way to transition from traditional HID to high performing, energy efficient and sustainable LED. The engineered system allows toolless conversion in a few simple steps. Utilizing the Flat Array LED engine with a shallow prismatic lens, this system is available in 40 - 75 watts and comes in type II and V light distributions.

The Digital Issues are Available
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