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Latest ASLA 1st Quarter Survey Shows Improved Business Conditions, Significant Jump in New Work Inquiries;
More Firms Plan to Hire

Business conditions are starting to look up for landscape architecture firms, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects' first quarter 2013 Business Quarterly.

Southern California HOA and Landscape Company Team Up to Create Water-Wise Environment

By installing smart irrigation controllers in January 2012, the Shadow Canyon community in Tustin Ranch, Calif., saved two million gallons of water by January 2013, despite record-level summer temperatures.

CLCA's Executive Director to Retire
Sharon McGuire, the executive director of the California Landscape Contractors Association, announced on May 2 that she would be leaving her post as of June 9.

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Riding Mower Injuries Most Common in May

Mowing on steep slopes or on embankments can present significant danger to riding mower operators, creating conditions that can tip riding mowers over and injure the user, or worse. About 90 mower-related fatalities were recorded between 2007 and 2009, the most recent years for which the Consumer Product Safety Commission has confirmed fatality records.

Green Spaces Boost Well-Being, Says Study
The researchers found that even when compared to big life factors like marriage and work, living in a greener area had a significant effect on life satisfaction. Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, photo by Steve Kelly

Park Service Reports
Green Park Plan Status

"The Green Parks Plan is comprehensive. It makes us look at how we can conserve energy and increase our reliance on renewable energy, improve water use efficiency, limit the waste we generate, mitigate the effects of climate change, change what we buy and how we manage facilities." --National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis

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Soil-Applied Herbicides:
Are they Superweeds' Kryptonite?
A recent report examines the theory that weed populations cannot develop a resistance to herbicides if they are applied in the soil instead of on the foliage.

Rule of Thirds for a
Water-Efficient Yard

The right mix of hardscape, lawn and plants can produce a green landscape that doesn't require a lot of water.

Housing Index Loses
15 Markets in May

The index that tracks sustained improvement in metropolitan housing markets fell to 258 from 273 in May, as four new markets were added to the list and 19 were dropped earlier this month. Newcomers included the geographically diverse metros of Dothan, Ala.; Elizabethtown, Ky.; Salisbury, Md.; and Salem, Ore. (pictured).

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National Landscape Architecture Design Award Goes to Margie Ruddick, ASLA

The National Design Awards from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum were launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council. Today, Cooper-Hewitt has 10 jury-selected award categories, including landscape architecture.

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Pollinator Gardens Promote Plant Health

Plants that draw pollinating fauna are gaining increased focus among farmers and landscape designers alike. Attractive plantings like the milkweed, which draw monarch butterflies, are important for maintaining the ecosystem and plant health.

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Abu Dhabi Hosts Landscape Industry Summit

A quick recovery from the global financial crash and continued growth in the Middle East and North Africa region has increased demand for landscape products and services there. Spending on major projects, including theme parks and other tourist attractions across the region, is expected to reach $3 trillion, and new investments in the UAE construction industry could provide the landscape sector as much as $3.8 billion in new projects this year.

New EPA Stormwater Regulations to Favor
Urban Redevelopment
The EPA is crafting new rules that would impose more severe stormwater retention requirements on newly developed urban sites than those applied to redevelopment projects. The different approaches are meant to further encourage a recent trend favoring urban redevelopment over new construction.

Planning Chicago
By D. Bradford Hunt, dean of the Evelyn Stone College of Professional Studies and vice provost for adult and experiential learning at Roosevelt University in Chicago; and Jon DeVries, head of Roosevelt's real estate program.

IAGI Announces
2013 Installation Winners
The International Association of Geosynthetic Installers has announced the 2013 IAGI Installation Award winners, which were presented during a special reception at Geosynthetics 2013. The awards recognize IAGI members who make significant contributions to the field of geosynthetics installation.

EPA Expands Urban Waterway Revitalization

Two years ago the EPA launched the Urban Waters Federal Partnership in an effort to reconnect urban communities; following the success of the original seven communities, 11 more have been added to the program.

GCSAA Scholarship Program

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's scholarship competition is now under way. Last year the GCSAA awarded scholarships to 17 college students as part of the program.

NRMCA Excellence in
Quality Awards
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is now accepting applications for their Excellence in Quality Award contest. In order to participate a company must be a NRMCA producer member in good standing. Companies can enter as a company or a division.

Solar Power for New Home Construction
PermaCity's Herb Mendelsohn said that solar thermal heating makes good use of sunlight to heat your water. Other benefits include tax credits and a simple payback in about five years.

Developers Go Green

Robert Kleiman, co-CEO of Structure Homes, predicts that in the next few years appraisal levels of houses will go up, as long as those homes perform with no energy bills.

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Green Building Challenges and Lessons Learned

Interior designer Beth Holden said she used to encounter difficulty in educating clients about green building practices. More and more home owners are now seeking that information.

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