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Immigration Reform

Small business is a significant player in the immigration reform challenge.

"Let me tell you who has been left out in this battle for immigration reform. In this bill, it's small business." Doug Stump, president of American Immigration Lawyers Association referring to the added financial costs to small business that the Senate bill could create.

Water Lounge, Spa, Infinity-Edge Pool, Low-Water Use Plantings Complement New San Diego Area Home

The home's entertainment area includes covered porches, a built in curving bar, oversized fire pit, seatwalls, raised patio spaces and a 60-ft. pool with fire bowls. The paving is Lithocrete concrete with hidden 1/8" construction joints. The joints are small and consistent throughout and don't distract from the clean look. Large Baja Cresta Rojo boulders punctuate the paving and seatwalls.

The Power of Pavers:
Education & Surfacing Standards

Numerous examples of concrete pavers outperforming life span projections can be found in the U.S. These projects have an assortment of different dimensions and paver types, base materials and subgrade characteristics, all of which are working above and beyond the specifier's initial expectations. About 130,000 square feet of concrete paver parking areas and roadways in this Inverness, Ill., office development have required no maintenance through 33 years of harsh winters.

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June Construction Spending Improves Despite Monthly Dip

Total construction outlays in June were $883.9 billion, down 0.6 percent from May but up 3.3 percent over June 2012's level. Despite the dip, spending reached the second-highest level since August 2009.

New Home Sales Surge to Five-Year High

Sales of new homes increased by nearly 40 percent year-over-year in June, as the housing market continues to gain momentum across all sectors. Despite the improvements, the current annual sales rate of about half a million units remains well off the peak of the 1.28 million-unit rate set during the housing boom.

National Stormwater Calculator Launched

The Environmental Protection Agency has designed and launched a national stormwater calculator to aid in reducing runoff.

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Movers & Shakers
Victor Stanley welcomed Charlene Vera and Claire McFarland to their growing team of corporate business developers. Vera joined the customer service department in February 2012. After months of training she kicked off her new endeavor as corporate business developer with travel to Nashville early this year. McFarland joined the team in February 2013, bringing with her 20 years of experience in retail, sales and development.

North End Opportunity Farm

Carolinas Irrigation Association and the Green Industry Council of North Carolina saw an opportunity for workers at North End Opportunity Farm in Charlotte. This gave volunteer landscape contractors and irrigation consultants an opportunity to reach out to enhance this project and add to its success.

Pooling Resources in Lebanon

Based in Lebanon, Francis Landscapes is a professional firm comprised of landscape architects and planners. Founded in 1987, the firm provides full planning, design and supervision services in landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design.

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Richmond Floats a Solution to Underwater Homes

Richmond, Calif., has proffered an idea to ameliorate the underwater mortgages of its citizens--a plan sure to incur the wrath of banks.

Goat Droppings . . . the "Parting Gift"

Congressional Cemetery in D.C. is temporarily employing a herd of 100 or so goats for perimeter clean up of vines, poison ivy and other ground cover considered invasive. Note: The boxy markers are cenotaphs, honoring Congressmen who died in office during the early decades of our nation's history. The cenotaphs were discontinued in 1876. Mass. Sen. George Frisbie Hoar (1826-1904) presaged their demise with the comment, "The thought of being buried beneath one of those atrocities brought new terror to death."

Industry Interview: The ICPI Talks Segmental Concrete

The ICPI was founded in 1993, and is the North American trade association representing the interlocking concrete paving industry. Twenty years later, permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) are commonly used for commercial and residential hardscapes, as well as streets like the one above.

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Bay County Insecticide Program Treats 2,500 Damaged Trees

Jeffrey Merkle with Bay Landscaping injects trees along Adams Street in Bay City, Mich., for emerald ash borers. This treatment is part of an ongoing project through the Bay County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program.

ASCA On Demand

ASCA, the industry's professional association that focuses solely on arboricultural consulting, is offering a four-part tree appraisal webinar series.

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Packin' in the People
Welcome to LASN's Downtown issue. In this issue we celebrate several projects that bring communities together. Slower traffic, centralized amenities, the feeling of harmony and a sense of place, downtowns are an evolving phenomenon that are sometimes very cool, and more and more are being touted as the sustainable foundation for human growth and expansion.

LC/DBM Magazine Invites Landscape Contractors to Showcase Their Projects in Upcoming Green Issue

LC/DBM, the magazine that equips landscape professionals for success, has put out a call for submissions for their November issue, the theme of which is the ever-changing world of "green." Send us information about your latest projects that emphasize sustainability to be considered for inclusion in this issue.

Brick in Architecture's 2013 Awards
The Brick in Architecture's (BIA) 2013 Best in Class awards span ten categories of buildings and projects that represent the most interesting and innovative uses of clay brick in modern construction. Architectural and design firms can enter their best material to be judged by a jury of their peers, provided clay brick products comprise more than 50 percent of a project's principal exterior or paving material.

Port of Tacoma and EPA Settle Wetlands Violations

The Port of Tacoma's clearing and filling of two "jurisdictional wetlands" may have arisen from what constitutes a wetlands, and a directive to eradicate an invasive snail species.

Irrigation License Extended in Illinois

The IA, a leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals, applauds the extension of the irrigation contractor license.

Transportation Safety Grants Available

The NHTSA announced the availability of $2 million in pedestrian safety grants for 22 cities in an effort to reverse the trend of rising fatal incidents.

Making Green through Green Pest Removal

A non-poisonous, chemical-free, trap-free method for ridding an area of burrowing rodents, such as gophers and moles, can be a new source of revenue for landscape companies.

Attn: Landscape Architecture Firms of New England

LASN invites all landscape architecture firms based in New England (or with offices in New England) to participate in the "Landscape Architecture Firms of New England," our highly pictorial presentation for the Nov. ASLA Show issue. This issue coincides with the ASLA meeting taking place in Boston this year, and honors the work being done by landscape architects based in New England. LASN will be in Boston for the show, and will distribute the issue to the attendees (in addition to the regular mailing).

It's easy to participate in the "Landscape Architecture Firms of New England" feature.

I.T. for R.O.I

A Pew Research Center survey points out that almost 60 percent of American adults say that they research products and services online before making a decision to buy them.

"Water My Yard" Web Program Seeks to Tame Texas Overwatering

Studies have shown homeowners typically apply twice the water needed to maintain lawns, wasting water and the energy needed to pump it even in a 'wet' year. A new web-based program in north Texas is showing homeowners under local water restrictions exactly how much water they need to keep lawns healthy.

Angels Baseball Gives CLCA Chance for Fun

California Landscape Contractors Association (Orange County Chapter) members Doug Henderson of Boething Tree Farm and Bronwyn Miller of Eyescapes enjoy watching the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeat the Houston Astros, 6-5 on Aug. 17.

Green Office and Irrigation Demonstration Gardens

Super-Sod just completed construction of a one-of-its kind sustainable site in middle Georgia. The intention is that this site will serve as a smart water-use model and educational center, as well as a new sales center for the area,.

Don't Blame Spiders

In the U.S., the brown recluse spider has a range from the southern Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico. They've been found from southeastern Nebraska to central Texas and east to northwestern Georgia. Unless transported, they are not found west of the Rockies.

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