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IECA's 16th Annual Photo Contest
The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) had 90 entries in its 2013 Photo Contest. The preliminary voting took place on Facebook. People "liking" or "commenting on" their favorite photos narrowed down the entry field. Twenty-three photos were chosen as finalists. Those finalist photos were on display at the IECA's annual conference ("Environmental Connection 2013") in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 12-13, 2013. Over 500 attendees voted for their favorites.

Advanced Systems Make Residential Lighting Less Problematic

Landscape architects across the country, via the 2013 ASLA Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements. Of the LAs surveyed, 95.1 indicated lighting features remained a popular residential choice (the figure last year was 93.1).

Detroit's on the Canvas, the Ref's Counting, but "Saved" by the Bell...for Now

LASN has followed the economic travails of Detroit over the years. The imperiled city is now approaching the final act. On March 14, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder granted Washington bankruptcy lawyer Kevyn Orr the authority to operate Detroit's finances. These powers, the equivalency of a bankruptcy judge, allow Orr to deal with city contracts, the public employee unions and vendors, but not the ability to alter city pension funds. Orr's appointment is the penultimate step to avert the more draconian measures of bankruptcy proceedings.

ASLA Survey IDs Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013
Across all six outdoor living categories, 97 percent of respondents rated fire pits and fireplaces as "somewhat or very in-demand" for 2013, followed by grills (96.3 percent), seating and dining areas (96.3 percent), and lighting (95.1 percent).

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Belgard(R) Hardscapes Announces Ultimate Contractor Contest

Belgard(R) Hardscapes, part of Oldcastle(R) Architectural, offers pavers and wall products for outdoor living areas, walkways, driveways, parking areas and retaining walls.

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Quali-Pro Launches NEGATE, A News Post-Emergent Herbicide

Chickweed (pictured) is one of the many weeds the new NEGATE 37WG herbicide (Quali-Pro) is formulated to fight. NEGATE's synergistic formulation allows turf managers to control more than 35 grasses and broadleaf weeds in Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass.

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ANC Technology
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ANP Lighting
This series available in LED and HID has a classic, old world charm with a modern . . .

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Heritage Cast Iron
Cast Iron Fence/Railings from Stewart Collection line the street. Made of solid . . .
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Landscape Contractors Predict Best Year Since Recession

Like many business sectors, landscape contractors have been through a few tough years, but there is evidence that the industry is heading into better times in certain parts of the country. Also, like many industries, landscaping growth is tied to new-home construction and home sales in general.

Netafim Irrigation Smartphone App
Netafim USA has released a free Techline calculator app for use with iPhone and Android devices. This irrigation-system design program calculates and displays project specifications and recommends products for an efficient dripline plan.

Ordinance Mandates Smart Irrigation

With water shortages plaguing much of the US, it's no shock to learn of a new residential irrigation restriction going into effect. But as the drought continues, cities are now demanding that residents use smart irrigation systems as well.

Stand-On Mowers

The stand-on zero-turn mower works well for landscape maintenance professionals who maintain smaller, highly landscaped areas. It's designed to maneuver into tight spots, while providing the operator a place to stand. These mowers handle hillside terrain effectively, while the out-front deck offers clear visibility in and around landscape obstacles.

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Construction Materials Prices Keep Rising in February

Construction materials prices increased 1.3 percent from January to February, a monthly surge equivalent to the gains made over the whole of 2012, according to the AGC. The spike was driven primarily by price hikes for gypsum products, lumber and diesel fuel.

Existing Home Sales, Prices Rise in January

Existing home sales edged up and home prices continued to rise steadily in January, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which is predicting the dawn of a seller's market caused by increasingly limited inventory.

PlayCore Named Calif. Community Champion

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based playground equipment manufacturer PlayCore received the Champion of the Community award from the California Park & Recreation Society on March 8 for their contributions toward building communities through play, recreation, and service.

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Homebuilder Panel Touts Green Spaces, Trails

The BIA's Development Trends Conference for the Southern California chapter discussed emerging housing markets in the area, most notably the rise in student housing needs for California State University Fullerton, which has "grown from no occupancy needs to 20,000 students looking for a bed," said Randal Jackson, ASLA. The school's latest student housing complex (pictured) earned LEED Platinum status in March 2012.

February Foreclosures Up

Overall foreclosure filings - which include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions - were reported on 154,281 homes in February, an increase of two percent from the month prior.

ELA Spring Events
Join the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA) on their spring Eco-Tours, which are field trips to project sites that demonstrate successful implementation of ecological practices.

Landscape Revitalization by Project EverGreen

Project EverGreen is a national non-profit educational organization of green industry contractors, associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies, and other organizations, which are committed to preserving and enhancing green spaces in communities where we live, work and play.

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PLANET Survey Says . . .

The online survey received 2,893 responses from adults, ages 18 and older, with the conclusion that people use their backyards for relaxation (26 percent), planting (17 percent), and spending time with family (14 percent).

DOE Recognizes Top SSL R&D Achievements

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized five research and development project teams at its tenth annual Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop.

AWRA Announces Scholarship
The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is now accepting applications for the 2013/2014 Herbert Scholarship. First established in 1980 as the Endowment-Memorial Fund, for the enhancement of education in water resources, it was renamed in 1994 to honor Richard A. Herbert, a champion for water resources education.

IA Accepting Proposals

The Irrigation Association (IA) is now accepting technical papers and presentation abstracts for the 2013 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, being held November 4 - 8 in Austin, Texas, at the Austin Convention Center.

February 2013 Movers & Shakers
Carrie Van Valkenburg, MLA, has joined SWA-Dallas as director of marketing and business development. She holds a masters of landscape architecture from Cornell University with a concentration in visual representation and a bachelors degree in art studio, concentrating in photography and graphic productions. While at Cornell, she was awarded a National ASLA Student Honor Award and was the recipient of an American Planning Association award for her work on the New Orleans Planning Initiative.

LIGHTFAIR(R) International 2013 Offers Industry's Key Networking and Special Events

LIGHTFAIR(R) International is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from April 21 to 25. It's the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, blending continuing education courses with innovative products ranging from high-end design to cutting-edge technology.

New Walker Manufacturing EFI Video Published

Walker Manufacturing model MBK 23-HP has Electronic Fuel Injection technology and its video can be seen on the company website. The mower has a Kohler OHV V-Twin engine, air-cooled; tilt-up body completely exposes drive train; remote oversized air cleaner for engine; splined PTO drive shaft with quick-disconnect coupler.

Grasspave2 Widens Fire Lane in Toronto
Sand is being filled into the empty Grasspave2 system at Downsville Park in Toronto. The rings of the Grasspave2 are just visible with the sand fill. A worker places the thin-cut sod on top of the sand filled Grasspave2.

Track Your Vehicles and Equipment with GPS Tracking

GPS Insight vehicle tracking devices are an essential tool for business owners who are looking for tighter controls over operations. The tracking systems provides real-time information that can be used to gain operational efficiencies.

The Digital Issues are Available
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