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Report: Landscape Product Market to Rebound Through 2017

A new report from The Freedonia Group predicts about seven percent annual growth for the landscape products market through 2017. Increases in construction, existing home sales and new home builds will drive the expansion, which will be especially potent for the residential outdoor living sector, including decorative products, permeable pavers and outdoor lighting.

Portland Neighborhoods Seek to Become Pesticide-Free
Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service provide workshops at learning gardens, free expert advice, videos, guides and more to help residents take the healthy lawn and garden pledge to avoid using pesticides and grow a garden that's beautiful, abundant, and safe for children, pets, forests and streams.

Planters with Pop

The Greenbo XL flowerbox, designed to hang securely on any balcony railing up to six inches wide, won the 2012 Red Dot Design Award. Greenbo products are manufactured using sustainable and recyclable materials.

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American Trails Webinar Series Continues

American Trails, a non-profit organization that works to advance the development of diverse and high-quality trails, is continuing their webinar series.

A Touch of Poison

Poison ivy grows throughout all U.S. states east of the Rocky Mountains. It is normally found in wooded areas, especially along edge areas where the tree line breaks and allows sunshine to filter through. It also grows in exposed rocky areas, open fields and disturbed areas.

June Existing Home Sales Slip, Prices Keep Increasing

The rate of existing home sales declined 1.2 percent from May to June, but low inventories and 16 consecutive months of median price increases year-over-year indicates that market conditions remain primed for more growth.

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28th / 31st Avenue Connector

Nashville Metro Public Works developed the 28th/31st Avenue Connector as a highly visible, sustainable "complete street," meaning the design not only accommodates vehicles and transit, but pedestrians and cyclists within a limited right-of-way, plus "green street" stormwater management.

Suburban Chicago Wayfinding Design: Downtown LaGrange, Illinois
LaGrange signage branding includes cast bronze replicas of the village seal and arched-top CAD/CAM cutout grass motifs, with hand-painted verdigris patinas that evoke the prairie.

Deaderick Green:
Creating Tennessee's First Green Street

The Deaderick Street sidewalks, here looking west toward Legislative Plaza, have a continuous flow of street trees: Pistacia chinensis, 'Highbeam' overcup oak and 'Princeton' American elm. Eleven-foot tall pedestrian LED columns (Forms+Surfaces) are used to highlight special events throughout the year by changing the color of the shields. At right by the bike racks is a solar-powered computerized parking-space station. A parker just enters the space number (indicated at the center of each curb space) and pays, with no need to display the receipt in one's vehicle.

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Construction Materials Static in June

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for construction materials, which measures prices for raw supplies, like concrete, and everyday industry inputs like diesel fuel, declined just 0.1 percent in June. Prices increased 1.5 percent year-over-year, reflecting increases earlier in 2013 that are still being absorbed by the market.

Suburban Chicago Wayfinding Design: Information Kiosks, Downtown Naperville, Illinois

Materials for the information kiosks include 6061 aluminum tube and plate construction finished in high-grade exterior grade paint in a bronze color, fluorescent lamps for internal lighting of the map cases and LED lights.

Building Business Through Outdoor Design Centers

Blue Max Materials opened a new outdoor living design center in Charlotte, N.C., at the end of 2012 to showcase the possibilities of residential hardscapes for contractors and homeowners alike. The space draws customers to a central location to view a variety of hardscaping options in a natural, inviting setting.

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Concerns over Loss of Wetlands and Prairie

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports its researchers used satellite data to discover 7.2 million acres of wetlands and fragile land have gone under the plow between 2008 and 2012. Among the wildlife habitat threatened by spreading row-crop agriculture, says EWG, is the Prairie Pothole region, an oasis for bird breeding and migration.

Home Prices Keep Rising While Ownership Slips

The cost of homes in the U.S. continues to rise, led by 16 consecutive months of year-over-year price increases among existing homes. While new home construction has started to increase to meet the growing demand, national homeownership is declining, and median rental prices hit an all-time high in June.

IF Calls for Student Sponsorships

The IF, a 501(c)(3) organization established by the Irrigation Association, is calling for student sponsorships for their E3 program.

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Outdoor Barbecue Grill Hood Available

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens barbecue grill hood is available in 36-inch, 48-inch and 60-inch widths to work with various outdoor kitchen designs. The stainless steel exterior design is easy to clean and eliminates grease traps.

Rugby Unveils New Eliminator LP Dump Body Design

All Rugby Eliminator LP models are available with fold-down sides and feature EZ-LATCH(TM) upper tailgate mechanism, which releases the tailgate quickly and keeps it more secure when closed. New features also include a front corner post, standardized cabshields throughout the line, understructure with installed wire harness loops and bolt-on tarp hooks.

APSP Announces New President & CEO

The APSP, an association that represents swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, designers, builders, installers, and more, has announced Richard Gottwald as new president and CEO.

La Playa(TM) Portable Beach Umbrella Makes a Splash for Summer
Available in an octagon shape and in six and seven foot diameter sizes, Santa Barbara Designs' La Playa Umbrella comes with its own carrying case for easy transportation from cabana to surf.

Rain Bird Supports Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization that inspires people to plant trees, has received a donation of 1,000 trees from Rain Bird.

EPA Proposes New Electronic Data System

The EPA has proposed a new rule to modernize the Clean Water Act reporting system. The goal is to increase efficiency, ease the burden of states, and improve public access to data.

Uncommonly Built

For this fountain in Centennial, Colo., Colorado Hardscapes handled almost every detail, including the concrete work, the piping and the mechanical system. Xypex waterproofing treatment was added to the cast-in-place concrete used to form the floor and walls of the basin. Four hundred linear feet of schedule 80 water lines were run. A custom brass water ring with 20 jet nozzles was installed around the outer bowl. Custom waterworks were created for the interior of the fountain. The lighting includes 55 niche-mounted lights with 15 underwater junction boxes, 19 freestanding lights with 10 junction boxes, a custom control panel and lighting controllers.

Filing H-2B Applications

In order to take part in the H-2B program, an employer must establish that there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the work, that the employment of H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers, and that the need for the prospective workers' services or labor is temporary.

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