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May Construction Spending Makes Moderate Gains

Construction spending in May was lifted by a 1.8 percent rise in public construction projects, the biggest rise in nearly a year, after two straight months of declines. Public construction spending in May touched its highest level since November 2012.

Retaining Walls, Simplified: Modular Installation Patterns
Multi-height retaining wall systems (MHRWS) use standard segmental units like Anchor(TM) Highland Stone(R) (Pavestone, pictured) to create attractive wall facings. Spacing out common bond lines makes the wall look more natural and adds appeal to hardscape projects.

By George! That's an Entertaining Fountain...and Versatile, Too

The water feature design at Washington Harbour in Georgetown includes a 7,600 sq. ft. fountain pool, an existing tower and an overflow pool. There are 41 custom ChoreoSwitch(R) aerators, three central burst jets and 42 sequencing LEDs.

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It's in the House

Immigration reform is now being debated and shaped by the House of Representatives, where the Republican majority plans to make big changes to the bill passed by the Senate.

Entertaining Spaces

For this remodeled San Francisco Bay Area home, the pool plaster was slightly colored gray to add reflection to the water's surface; Robert Mowat's homage to Thomas Church, who liked to add a bit of lampblack to his pools to achieve this affect.

Call for Speakers

This is a formal invitation to share your knowledge and expertise by presenting a seminar or workshop at the 2014 Landscape Architects' Expo (LA Expo) February 13 - 14, 2014, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. To view the submittal guidelines, please click here. The deadline to submit is Monday, July 22, but sooner is better. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead!

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The Fountain at Bon Secours Heart Institute--a Richmond, Virginia Landmark

The Bon Secours Heart Institute in Richmond, Va., is built into a steep slope, with 65 feet of grade change. Higgins & Gerstenmaier proposed a water feature that would address the grade change, screen the parking lot and create a highly visible identity for the institute. This view shows all three intermediate pools and the fieldstone veneering. The backdrop for the fountain is a 10-foot tall cast-in-place concrete retaining wall.

Trees in the City
The first step in zoning for trees is to set aside a percentage of land on each building site, so trees will have a place to grow their roots and spread their branches. Twenty percent is a good number.

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The Landscape Expo, now in its 5th year at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, will host the annual educational conference and expo October 16th - 17th.

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Texas Town Pushes Permeable Paver Placement

Residents and hardscape installers can take advantage of an ordinance change that promotes the use of pervious and permeable surfacing over traditional impervious surfacing in West Lake Hills, Texas.

New Home Sales Return to 2008 Levels

New single-family home sales climbed 2.1 percent in May, returning to a 476,000-unit annual sales rate not reached since July 2008. The May rate is 29 percent higher than May 2012. Home prices and unsold inventories also increased in May, and although the figures remain below pre-recession levels, the housing market appears to be on a path toward sustained growth.

IDA Call for Nominations
The International Dark-Sky Association is calling for award nominations to recognize exceptional people who have positively impacted the nighttime environment.

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Registration Open for 2013 Pest World

Registration for the National Pest Management Association's 2013 PESTWORLD is now open.

American Trails Webinar

American Trails will host the webinar ''Building Your Trail Right the First Time!'' as part of the advancing trails webinar series.

Xeriscaping Lands at Palm Springs Airport

About eight acres of lawns, trees, shrubs and planting beds will be replaced with drought-tolerant plants and decorative pavers at the Palm Springs International Airport, according to a plan approved by the city in June. The renovation will reduce water use at the airport by more than 17 million gallons every year, cutting the airport's $100,000 annual water cost.

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A Green Roof for WVU's Competition Submission

The plan for a group of collegians from West Virginia University to compete in the Solar Decathlon received assistance from a supplier of green roof products.

Conservatives Feel Duped by Some Anti-Immigration Factions

The activist groups, NumbersUSA, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) favor lower legal and illegal immigration rates. In their efforts, they have sought and received the support of Republican lawmakers.

Technology Meets Ecology with Two New Botanical Products and Eco-Line

Eco-Mite(TM) is a contact miticide and insecticide derived from botanical plant oils and extracts. Eco-Mite controls phytophagous mites, eggs and nymphs and other piercing-sucking insects, including aphids, mealybugs, scale crawlers, thrips and whiteflies.

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AXXE(R) Weed & Grass Control Approved in California
AXXE Weed & Grass Control, a non-selective herbicidal soap for organic gardening, is now approved for sale in California, according to BioSafe Systems. The most effective herbicide certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute, it can safely be used around children and pets to help maintain weed-free patios, walkways and driveways.

Program Provides Help with H2B Issues

If questions and concerns arise after completing H2B filings, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification has an ombudsman program to help resolve them.

Landscape Company Adds Edible Landscapes to their Plate

Hermes Landscaping of Lenexa, Kan., refashioned their office's grounds, which now include many edible plants. The company hopes to turn their experience into new business.

Leaf Blowers Make Noise Inside Nyack Village Hall
If Nyack, N.Y. takes action to enforce a noise ordinance, it will be harder to uphold the ordinance with undocumented and out-of-town landscaping crews, than local, authorized companies.

Morrone Bio Innovations Receives Patent on Herbicide Active Ingredient

In California, Morrone Bio Innovations has been issued a patent by the United States Patent & Trademark Office for sarmentine, the active ingredient in its new bioherbicide, currently identified as MBI-011. Sarmentine is one of three herbicidal products that MBI has under development for commercialization.

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Columbus, Ohio's Scioto Mile

Stretching along the riverfront from the Arena District to the Whittier Peninsula, the reinvigorated Scioto Mile reconnects downtown Columbus to the Scioto River through parks, boulevards, bikeways and pedestrian paths.

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