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Gov't Shutdown, Market Unease Triggers October Homebuilder Confidence Dip

The single-family homebuilders' confidence index declined two points in October, falling to 55 from September's downwardly revised reading of 57. The index, which turned positive in June and peaked in August, waned due to the government shutdown and the economic uncertainty that followed.

Philly's Field of Dreams:
Bayard Taylor's Hit Playground

In 2012, a local charity led an effort to convert Bayard Taylor Elementary School's play area, formerly a dilapidated blacktop lot, into a functional and friendly playground for the school's K-5 students. The playspace filled a long-standing need in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa., which lacked an outdoor play area or park within a 10-block radius around the school.

2013 GIE Numbers Grow

This year's Green Industry and Equipment Expo featured, among other things, a 19-acre outdoor demonstration area and over 55 companies participating in the New Product Showcase.

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Shadow Inventory Continues Steady Decline

About 939,000 homes in the U.S. were in some stage of foreclosure as of August 2013, compared to 1.4 million in August 2012, a 33 percent decrease of the "shadow inventory". August was the 22nd consecutive month with a year-over-year decline. The foreclosure inventory declined 3.2 percent from July 2013 to August 2013, and delinquent homes represented just 2.4 percent of all homes with a mortgage in August, compared to 3.3 percent in August 2012.

$4M Splashpad Receives Award from National Association of County Parks and Recreational Officials

Vortex says the Blue Heron Bay Splashpad(R) at Independence Lake Park, in Whitmore, Michigan, is the largest in North America. The splash park is divided into three areas: a toddler zone, a family area and an interactive zone featuring a 15-ft. "spider" sprayer.

PGMS Added Member Benefit

PGMS, an organization for grounds professionals, has introduced a new member benefit, and will post member resumes on the Career Center section of the PGMS website.

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Landscape Company Helps Community Stay Warm

Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina. It is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The average daily temperature in January is 41 F. On average, there are 69 nights per year that drop to or below freezing.

PLANET Awards Announced

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced the winners of the National Landscape Awards of Excellence.

New Testing Method Debuts for Permeable Paver Infiltration

International standards group ASTM has released a new method to measure the surface infiltration rates of permeable unit paving systems. The process involves a slow pour of a measured weight of water into a pipe fastened to the paving surface.

IF Announces E3 Program Winners

The IF, a 501(c)(3) organization established by the Irrigation Association, has announced the 2013 E3 program winners.

Brick "Grower" BioMason Earns Green Award

Founded in 2012, BioMason is developing a formula to "grow" bricks with microorganisms and chemical treatments instead of traditional, kiln-fired methods. Based on a study of coral structures, the process creates cementitious material in ambient sea temperatures with low energy and material inputs, eliminating CO2 emissions from production.

Look Before You Pump Campaign

The OPEI, a non-profit trade association that represents manufacturers and their suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment, has announced the 'Look Before You Pump' campaign.

World Architecture Festival Awards 'Landscape of the Year' to Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Paul Thompson, Landscape Architects, for the Royal Botanic Gardens' Design

The World Architecture Festival Awards jury said the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, Australia "brilliantly summarize the great variety of Australian flora...a strong unifying set of journeys through the various landscapes."

''Sprawl'' Moving Toward Walkable Urbanism, Reports Urban Development Study

Metro Atlanta's walkable urban places are attracting an increasing share of new development, and have seen a rise in rent premiums over drivable suburban areas. Walkable community development is having a significant impact on economic growth and real estate and building development in the Atlanta region, and across the nation.

NRMCA Certifies First Gold Level Sustainable Concrete Plant

The NRMCA, an association that represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and companies that provide their materials, has certified the first gold level sustainable concrete plant.

Utah Foots Tab to Reopen Its Nat'l Parks

This spectacular view of Zion Canyon is from the 1,488-foot rock formation known as Angels Landing. Utah officials report Zion National Park alone lost 72,000 visitors during the first 10 days of the partial government shutdown.

Restoring Wetlands in California

The Bolsa Chica Lowlands restoration project used vinyl sheet piling for groundwater barriers. Tests by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have concluded that vinyl sheet piling surpasses steel and wood in long-term durability because it is far less likely to corrode and succumb to parasitic infestations.

Bladerunner Farms to Develop Resource-Saving Turfgrass

Habiturf grows along the northeast corner of the 23-acre George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas at Southern Methodist University.

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Will Melting Landscapes Stabilize?

Sunken roads, broken and shifted building foundations, huge potholes in parking lots, buckled grounds and slopes, leaning trees ("drunken forests" of Denali National Park) and coastal erosion are all clear evidence of the ravages of the thawing permafrost in Alaska and other northern regions.

Growing Fall Grasses

The use of an all-natural water conservation agent when seeding or sodding a lawn is a relatively new technique, but according to one horticulturist, it can significantly reduce the amount of water, energy and fertilizer needed to grow a healthy turf.

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