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An Honorable Profession

One of the best things about being in the landscape industry is the people. There is something about working with plants and the outdoor environment that gets right to the core of life. Salt of the earth kind of stuff.

April Letters: "Sully -- Stamped Into Our History"
Francis Sullivan. A man I admire. There are a few people, from those very impressionable days of our youth when we were first trying to get this thing off the ground, that left a lasting impact on my life.

In Steel & Stone: 90210 9/11 Memorial

Contributing to the lighting for the pathway at the entrances to the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial are six basalt stone water features, each with three submersible 2-watt 3500K LEDs, which up light the stone and catch the play of the flowing water from the column basins.

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Lighting Elements Showcase: Tea House/Starter Plaza, South Korea

The 3.4 meter tall gold abstract sculpture of a horse was designed by Rotraut Uecker. The horse "floats" on a raised pool of water. Fire elements and fiber optic lighting add dramatic effects. LED fiber-optics in one-meter lengths (12-watts) show off two pools and the steps to the raised patio landscaping and walkways.

Scale Insects Threaten
City Trees

Troublesome bugs known as scale insects (pictured) may be tiny, but they can take down an oak tree. Considered pests, the creatures tend to flock to cities where they damage and sometimes kill trees by sucking out their sap.

Treehouse Transplant
After three years in the Midwest, the Brown family returned to their Atlanta home having promised their three daughters a new tree house and zip line in their wooded backyard. After some DIY trial and error, the parents were able to keep their promise - with a little help from an HGTV reality show and Belgard Hardscapes.

Improving Markets List Expands for Seventh Straight Month

Thirty-four new markets were added to the NAHB's improving markets list and 19 were dropped from it in March. Notable additions include such diverse locations as Birmingham, Ala.; Santa Barbara, Calif. (pictured); Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Bloomington, Ind.

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San Antonio Offers Rebates For
Water-Wise Lawn Renovations

Based on the amount of water it takes to maintain grass, San Antonio officials estimate that every customer who gets the rebate would reduce their outdoor irrigation by 4,000 gallons of water a year. If so, the program would pay for itself, because the cost of conserving water is less than finding new water supplies for San Antonio.

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Construction Spending, Jobs Grow in February
Construction spending grew by nearly eight percent year-over-year and industry jobs increased in 35 states in February, according to the AGC. The improved spending numbers are fueled mostly by private sector projects; federal investment in construction dropped 1.1 percent in February and 10 percent from a year ago.

Survey: Lack of Skilled Construction Workers
Slowing Recovery

More than 50 percent of builders responding to an NAHB survey have paid higher wages or subcontractor bids to secure projects, and consequently raised home prices, due to the labor shortage. Moreover, 46 percent of the builders surveyed experienced delays in completing projects on time; 15 percent had to turn down some projects and 9 percent lost or cancelled sales due to the lack of workers.

Ode to PLANET Earth
The United States has been celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd since 1970, when Democrat Senator Gaylord Nelson made the suggestion. Denis Hayes took the holiday international in 1990, organizing events in 141 nations. Today, 192 countries participate, and the tribute has expanded to an entire week.

Pennsylvania Offering Rebates For Gas-To-Electric Lawn Equipment Exchange

Purchase of new electric or battery-powered lawn equipment (such as John Deere's electric lawn mower, pictured) must be completed by June 1, and the rebate information must be mailed into the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership by June 15. To claim the rebate, residents need to send a copy of a receipt, the UPC code from the product box and the rebate coupon they received from select area True Value stores.

NRMCA Awards
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), which represents producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry, presented a variety of industry awards at their annual convention last month in San Antonio, Texas.

Hunter Industries
Platinum Member IA

The Irrigation Association has announced Hunter Industries as their inaugural platinum member. Hunter Industries, founded in 1981, is a global manufacturer of products for the irrigation, landscape lighting, and custom molding sectors.

Lighting Elements Showcase:
State Street, Chicago

Lightscape: A Multisensory Experience on State Street is a unique installation of color and light choreographed to music in downtown Chicago's busy shopping and business district. The project was commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, which sought a year-round decorative lighting solution that could be adapted to changing seasons without excessive maintenance.

Facebook Plans Green Roof
for New HQ

Artist Frank Gehry, one of the world's most prominent architects and designer of the newly-approved Facebook building, is known for designing iconic modernist buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Spain (pictured). His recent work includes one of the world's largest green roofs, at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.

Berkeley Lab Showcases 'Cool Pavements' to Counter Urban Heat

On a sunny summer afternoon, urban air can be two to five degrees Fahrenheit warmer than rural air nearby. Elevated air temperatures associated with the "urban heat island" effect make air conditioners work harder to keep buildings cool, straining the power grid. The effect can also degrade air quality by accelerating the formation of smog.

Bright Lights in Philly

LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) is an annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. It is co-owned by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), along with AMC, Inc. who also produces and manages the event.

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Online Survey = iPad Mini
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), founded in 1962, directs, funds, promotes and communicates horticultural research. Their latest research will provide one lucky landscape or nursery professional an iPad Mini for participation in an online survey.

Locinox Awarded with the Trends Gazelle 2013 Award as Fast Growing Company
Locinox USA Electro-magnetic locks are used for intelligent security. With the "N-Line" profile, these locks can be finished in an easy and aesthetic way.

A New World View

Hi-Spy Viewing Machines models are robust, heavy-duty products built to sustain intense usage, extreme weather and, to a great extent, vandalism and other forms of abuse.

Designed by Kids, Built by Volunteers: New Playground in Mesa

Playworld Systems donated approximately $60,000 in playground equipment in memory of Wayne Anderson, president of Dave Bang Associates, a Mesa-based distributor of Playworld Systems' products, who passed away last June. The park is named Wayne Anderson Commemorative Park in his honor.

Portable Mats for Vacation - Bahamas via Rochester
The portable Beachrings2 system is easily rolled out from the hard pavers to the umbrella area.

Pool Corporation Reports Record 2012 Results

PoolCorp enjoyed a successful 2012 campaign with SCP Distributors and Superior Pool Products. Their one-stop shop provides pool and spa equipment, plumbing and electrical supplies, pavers, lighting, fencing, water features, outdoor kitchens and grills.

Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center

The new early education center in Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital has play equipment and a multitude of spaces for creative play and fun for the toddlers and preschool-age children of the hospital's staff. The open space includes a racetrack, for running or riding one of the tricycles the center maintains. About 550 feet of artificial turf was added to the center of the track for individual play and conducting group activities.

Plaza Contenta in Santa Fe

Avantgardens, a landscape and paver contractor, was responsible for training and overseeing paver installation by 10 young workers from Youth Works. This non-profit organization trains young men and women who have not finished high school to acquire useful skills such as applying stucco, laying bricks, and tree and plant installation.

Lighting Elements Showcase: Downtown Decatur

A comprehensive restructuring of downtown Decatur, Ill., began in 2011, and will continue through 2014. New plans involve relocating the state highway route that bisects the downtown; reducing traffic lane widths; providing additional on-street parking; constructing new sidewalks with special paving; and new streetscape amenities.

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