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Significant Jump in New Work Inquiries, Says ASLA 1st Quarter Business Survey

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects' first quarter 2014 business survey, fielded April 10-30, 2014 with 209 primary firm contacts responding, 80.2 percent of landscape architect firm representatives report stable to significantly higher inquiries for work.

Making Plants More Defensive

Researchers at the University of Missouri, including Scott Peck, recently identified a mechanism in plants that cues bacteria to attack the plants' cells with harmful proteins. Finding ways to suppress this mechanism can lead to plants that are more resistant to infection and have natural defenses that could render bacteria harmless.

Elizabethtown Sports Park

City planners in Elizabethtown, Ky., cultivated a vision for a regional sports facility that grew into a 158-acre complex with 12 baseball/softball fields, 12 soccer fields, extensive lighting and underground infrastructure, parking, pedestrian trails, and more than 20,000 square feet of bioswales that feed more than four acres of detention/filtration basins.

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Town & Country: Beaver Lake Shine

The backyard of this vacation house on Beaver Lake, Neb., needed an extensive makeover to become the vacation destination the homeowners envisioned. The addition of a boat dock, swimming dock, seating area and 200 feet of limestone retaining walls was enhanced by an extensive lighting plan that illuminated the walkways, dock areas, walls and landscape features with 137 separate fixtures.

Alternative Illumination

The Candelier can hang from an overhead tree limb or arbor roof, and comes with a varied number of glowing candle lights around a rustic metal planter.

Summer Forecast

Ninety three percent of respondents to the 2014 Green Industry Benchmark Report, conducted by HindSite Software, a provider of business management solutions for the irrigation and lawn care industries among others, predicted that their company's revenue will grow in 2014.

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L.A. Reigns Again as ENERGY STAR Champ

2000 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles is a 12-story office building certified LEED-EB Silver, and is among the 443 ENERGY STAR(R) buildings in the city.

Large Master Plan Community
Coming to North Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Sun reports the 2,600-acre Park Highlands master planned community, originally approved by the North Las Vegas City Council back in 2006, is moving forward, with construction projected to start in late 2014 or early 2015.

Where they Charge for Wind & Sun

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law SB 1456 on April 21, 2014. The bill reverses a 1977 law that outlawed utilities from charging solar users extra.

Green Roof Industry Grows
by 10 Percent in 2013

The U.S. General Services Administration has 2 million sq. ft. of green roofs for its buildings, including here at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in D.C.

Inventory Shortage Causes Growth
Shortage in March Existing Home Sales

Sales of existing homes declined 0.2 percent from February to March, matching a 20-month low with a 4.59 million-unit annual sales rate and falling 7.5 percent below the March 2013 pace. Shrinking inventories caused home prices to increase 7.9 percent year-over-year, deflating demand among first-time buyers, who have also been slowed by strict mortgage requirements.

March New Home Sales
Fall to Eight Month Low

A record-setting surge in prices contributed to a double-digit decline in the sales rate of new homes in March, according to a Census Bureau report. Sales fell 14.5 percent from an upwardly revised February rate, and dropped 13.3 percent year-over-year.

A Craft Brewed Botanical Insecticide

Over the last few decades, research on neem seed extracts has resulted in identifying several important limonoids that exhibit a wide variety of biological activity as an insecticide and to some extent as a fungicide.

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Total Lawn Care Receives
Healthiest Turf-Roots Award
Total Lawn Care boasts a 13-inch turf-root, winning Holganix Healthiest Turf-Roots Award.

EPA OKs SquareOne(R) Herbicide
SquareOne(R) herbicide has received federal registration from the Environmental Protection Agency and is currently receiving state registrations.

Open House Educates Professionals About Improved Plant Materials

Janet Sluis, developer with Plant Development Services' Sunset Western Garden Collection, introduced new plant material at Spring Open House, hosted by Village Nurseries in Orange, Calif.

Hyundai Construction Shows Off Wheel Loader

Hyundai Construction Equipment HL740TM-9A is a tool master version of the standard model that offers parallel lift. This feature, along with a fork attachment, makes this machine perfect for safe and easy loading and unloading of large and odd-shaped materials, such as piping, or transporting palletized materials like brick or concrete.

Meager Gains Mar March Construction Spending

A slight improvement in private sector construction spending overcame declines in public outlays, leading to a 0.2 percent increase in the construction spending annual rate from February to March. The spending rate, which totaled $942.5 billion, was 8.4 percent higher than March 2013, but economists were expecting larger gains to follow the winter slowdown.

USGBC Announces Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside of U.S.

The USGBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable and green building design, has announced the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the United States.

AASHTO's Centennial Year Spring Meeting

AASHTO, a non-profit association representing highway and transportation departments in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, is preparing for their centennial year Spring meeting.

PLANET Announces New Officers

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced the 2014/2015 PLANET Board of Directors.

Xora Receives Award for Customer Service

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards annually recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

Nashville Will Welcome the IES Street and Area Lighting Conference

The IES has announced that the 2014 Street and Area Lighting Conference will be held September 14 - 17 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

2014 ASCA Executive Summit

ASCA, a trade association dedicated to advancing the needs of the snow and ice management industry, has announced the dates of their 2014 Executive Summit.

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