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April Building Materials Prices Swell For Fifth Month

Construction materials prices increased 0.4 percent in April and 1.5 percent year-over-year, according to the Department of Labor's Producer Price Index. Materials prices have gone up for five consecutive months, the longest streak in more than two years.

Higher Odds for El Ni?o in 2014

This image from NOAA shows sea surface temperatures. El Ni?o is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific and is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, but has important consequences for weather and climate around the globe.

Jersey Student Sanctuary Union City, High School

Wedged at the junction of J.F. Kennedy Boulevard and 24th Street in Union City, N.J., was a triangular, 17,000 square foot urban area, now transformed into a landscaped gathering space and main entrance to Union City High School. This pedestrian plaza packs plenty of amenities in a small space, but most importantly is designed as an enclave or sanctuary for students, faculty and the community, a respite from the tumult of living in one of the most densely populated cities in the U.S.

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Michels Plaza at Historic Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va.

The design of Michels Plaza at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., offers two bubbling pools at either side of the top row of amphitheater-style seating, with a recirculating fountain at the plaza center. Bluestone (Boxley Block) caps the brick amphitheater seat ledges and pool seat walls. The seating design mimics that of Randolph's Greek Theatre. The tree (right) is a 'Natchez' crape myrtle; the groundcover is periwinkle.

Harvard Kent Elementary Schoolyard, Charlestown, Mass.

This Harvard Kent Elementary school playground design was inspired by the USS Constitution, which floats nearby in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The three-mast frigate, built in 1795, is said to be the "world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat." Three tapered 25-ft. tall aluminum flagpoles (The Flagpole Co.) with nautical flags and internal halyards represent ship masts on the terraced level above the playground. The wood-plastic composite benches were designed by the landscape architect to look like dinghies. Nautical graphics enliven the walls and asphalt. The graphics were designed and drawn by CBA Landscape Architects using Dynaflex paint (Neyra Industries). An artist hired by the contractor did the painting. Two nautical ropes with sailors' knots in long lines mark distances in feet and yards; a ship's anchor, cod and flounder, mussels and lobsters are realistic representations proportionally sized to one another. A 30-ft. ornamental mesh fence (Omega II), which is quite transparent to the eye, protects the continuous planter of native grasses and perennials
along the wall.

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Movers and Shakers
Safeplay Systems, manufacturer of EcoPlay(R) commercial playground equipment, announced new owners and corporate executives. Kent Gregoire has been named CEO.

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Best of Show

At this new multi-million dollar residence in the Crystal Cove area of Newport Beach, Calif., Richard Cohen Landscape & Construction was tasked with turning a backyard of dirt into an outdoors that complemented its surroundings. The mission accomplished, it includes a 40-foot-long pool with Jandy deck jets, a spa with its own fountain featuring three custom-designed, laser-cut panels of one-half-inch-thick solid copper (left), an entertainment area and a dining area under the covered patio. The outdoor deck on the second floor was extended out left about 10 feet and a covered pavilion was added. The project was awarded Best of Show for 2013 in the state of California from the California Landscape Contractors Association.

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Earth Day Project 2014

Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association Metro Milwaukee Chapter members installed a paver patio at the Education Station at Wildlife In Need Center, located in Oconomowoc, Wis. The pavers were donated by Unilock and delivered by their area supplier, The Brickyard.

New Publication by the NRMCA

The NRMCA, which represents producers of ready mixed concrete, has announced a new publication called Improving Concrete Quality.

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NRPA's 2014 National Gold Medal Awards Announced

The NRPA and AAPRA have announced the finalists for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards.

New PLANET Government Relations Consultant
PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced Norman Goldenberg as their newest government relations consultant.

Minor Growth in April Construction Keeps Industry Afloat

The construction spending rate increased 0.2 percent from March to April, marking a third consecutive month of sluggish gains. Despite the modest increases, the spending rate has improved by 8.6 percent year-over-year, exceeding the 5.0 percent increase recorded from 2012 to 2013.

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Extra Buzz About Mosquitoes

As has happened for the last 17 summers, a week of awareness about the dangers of mosquitoes and the significant service of pest-control workers has been slated. Events will include displays, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs.

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2014 Connecticut ASLA Chapter Design Awards

The Connecticut ASLA Chapter's Award of Excellence in residential design went to Louis C. Fusco Landscape Architects for 'Modern Meets Rustic,' Armonk, New York. The firm also won an Honor Award for landscape planning and analysis. Visit this page to see images of the award winning projects.

Home Price Growth Slows in April

Despite upswings in every state and year-over-year home prices increasing in April for the 26th consecutive month, the CoreLogic Home Price Index report released June 2 noted that the price appreciation trend is slowing. The 10.5 percent year-over-year increase in April marked the smallest margin of price growth since February 2013.

AASHTO Announces New U.S. Bicycle Routes

AASHTO has announced the approval of six new bike routes in four states and the District of Columbia.

Texas Town Trims Home Turf Total
Amendments to a water conservation plan in Georgetown, Texas, will limit turfgrass and areas with spray irrigation systems to no more than 2.5 times the size of a new home's foundation. The city's water utility service projects that the ordinance will allow for more residential expansion by reducing per-capita water consumption.

Irrometer Relocates to Riverside

Founded in 1951, Irrometer Company has been a leader in the manufacture of soil moisture measuring and monitoring equipment, with a worldwide distribution network. The company recently moved its facilities to Riverside, Calif.

June Housing Market Index Unmoved Despite Year-Over-Year Growth

Based on current permit, price and employment data, the national housing market is operating at 88 percent of normal economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Homebuilders' Leading Markets Index. The LMI score was unchanged from May, despite the addition of nine metro areas year-over-year. Thirty percent of the metros measured recorded higher scores in June, and 83 percent of the markets have shown an improvement since June 2013.

Fertilizer Now Available Pre-Blended with NutriSmart Soil Amendment

Performance Nutrition has entered into an exclusive agreement with EC Grow to produce and market a fertilizer pre-blended with NutriSmart granular humate soil amendment. It will be marketed under the Award Turf fertilizer brand. Pictured here, Award Turf fortified with NutriSmart, is applied in granular form.

Community Gardens Win Greenery

An online contest to recognize the most worthy gardening projects from community groups and local organizations across the United States brought three such projects $2,500 in plants as winnings.

Maryland Warns Some Counties Underfunded for Stormwater Programs

According to the EPA, urban and suburban stormwater is the source of about 15 percent of the total nitrogen entering the Chesapeake Bay, and is the only source that is still increasing. Better stormwater ('gray funnel') management is necessary, but expensive for local governments. The Chesapeake is on EPA's "dirty waters" list, a result of years of missed deadlines for bay restoration. The bay has lost half of its forested shoreline, more than half its wetlands and nearly 80 percent of its underwater grasses. Here, sailors are picking up trash along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay during "Clean The Bay Day."

N.J. Associations Convey Liability Insurance Worries to Legislators

The growing number of slip and fall injury claims leveled against snow and ice managers, and the subsequent increase in liability insurance premiums to them, prompted a group of members from two industry associations in New Jersey to take their case to their state legislature.

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