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Swiss Family Robinson Meets Urban Jungle
The 'tree' at Container Park in Las Vegas is a GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) and secondary steel structure. For verisimilitude, real foliage - Star jasmine and English ivy - sprouts out the top and is on an irrigation timer. The tree house is made of composite wood decking. The corrugated metal for the tree house roof was "aged" to make it appear as though it had been exposed to the elements for years.

Plugging the Flow
In Southwest Florida, year-round conservation measures limiting lawn watering to twice per week, except where stricter local regulations exist, continue in all or portions of 16 counties. Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties have shorter watering periods than the rest.

Mimosa Kaleidoscope, Morganton, N.C.

Two alleys in Morganton, N.C., were closed to vehicles and converted into pedestrian walkways that connect parking lots to the downtown shopping district. The walls of adjacent buildings were painted to reflect new wall sconce lighting, and local artists were commissioned to add custom wall murals and sculptures. Two of the sculptures, by Morganton artist Dean Curfman, act as removable bollards.

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Friendly in Florida: Repaving Downtown Eustis

The town of Eustis, Fla., transformed its downtown area with about two acres of new streetscapes, renovating the commercial and retail district with two-way streets that include wider sidewalks, parallel parking, flush curb pedestrian crossings, tile mosaics and an expanded tree canopy.

Parent's Inspiration Accessible Playground Fulfilled by Tatum's Garden

Leathers & Associates designed the entirety of Tatum's Playground in Salinas, Calif., including all the custom components: the Broccoli Tree House, Shaky Bridge, the play houses, decks, bridges, barn, tractor, et al. The designers created custom detail drawings for each of the features in preparation for the build. An all-volunteer squad of some 3,000 people constructed the playground. The Oodle Swing, Omni Spinner, Sensory Wall and Roller Table are from Landscape Structures, but all other play pieces--swings, slides, overhead pieces, tunnels, etc., are from Superior International Industries.

Copperwood Elementary School

A Goodman's Landscape Maintenance crew member gives instruction to volunteers on how to install irrigation drip lines to the plants.

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Movers and Shakers
Responding to the resurgence in new home construction, Oldcastle Architectural has created the position of national homebuilder representative and named Todd Jones to educate builders on best practices for using masonry and hardscape products in their home designs and community development. Jones comes to Oldcastle from ULC-Landscape Architects and Contractors, a design/build firm in College Station, Texas, where he served as vice president of operations.

Infill Landscape Codes

"Infill landscape codes," or simply "urban landscape standards," specifically define landscape design components and standards appropriate for tightly compact city environments.This one was developed for Camden, N.J.

John Deere Landscapes Acquires Diamond Head Sprinkler Supply

John Deere Landscapes has over 400 locations across North America and is a leading distributor of wholesale irrigation, landscape lighting, nursery, and turf and maintenance supplies for green industry contractors.

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CASE Expands Construction Equipment Manufacturing in Iowa

Case Construction's SV185 Tier 4 Interim skid loader has a wide range of controls, including standard hand controls, optional foot controls and switchable electro-hydraulic controls.

Volvo Acquisition Strengthens Terex Trucks Brand

The new Terex(R) TA250 dump truck performs in all applications. Equipped with a high capacity cooling system, this proven performer can operate in conditions from arctic to desert work environments.

Housing Affordability Pushed Down by Price Increases

New and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and the end of June were affordable to just 62.6 percent of families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900, according to the NAHB's Housing Opportunity Index. The index declined from the 65.5 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the first quarter.

Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md., Offers Associate Degree in Landscape Architecture

This is the campus of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. Chesapeake's new associate degree in landscape architecture joins just a handful of associate degrees in the field.

What's in a Name?
Atlascopcosaurus, whose moniker was derived from the name of a tool manufacturer, was a small, bipedal dinosaur, which scientists believe was an herbivore that foraged for its food and tried to avoid larger, carnivorous predators.

Homebuilder Confidence Improves for Third Straight Month

A two-point increase in the NAHB's Housing Market Index brought the metric for builder confidence up to 55, one point less than the 2014 high set in January. Estimates of current sales conditions and expectations of future sales conditions were positive at 58 and 65, respectively; despite a three-point increase, the gauge of prospective buyer traffic remained in the negative at a 42 score. Index readings below 50 indicate negative
builder sentiment.

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New Home Starts, Building Permits Set Off July Fireworks

The rate of building permits issued for new homes increased by more than eight percent and housing starts surged by nearly 16 percent from June to July, according to a report from the Census Bureau. June residential construction data, which fell well below industry expectations, was also revised upward in the new report.

Bark If You Want to Go to the Park

Unleashed: Off-leash Dog Park Design Trends and Planning Tips offers a variety of planning and design considerations and other resources for planners and community representatives.

West Nile Virus Expands Territory

The mosquito-borne virus, which is potentially fatal, has infected at least 210 people across 22 states, including 57 in California alone.

Better Plant Growth Using Water Conservation Agent
An ongoing study at a Missouri university has presented strong evidence that soybean plants treated with an all-natural water conservation agent matured sooner, set pods sooner, produced more mature
pods and more root mass than untreated plants.

Pollinators & Neonics Webinar

The NPMA, a non-profit organization that supports the pest management industry, will host a seminar on pollinators and neonictinoids, the pesticide believed to cause death to honeybees.

USGBC & ICC Join Forces

The USGBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable and green building design, has joined forces with the International Code Council, ICC, to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1.

GCSAA Joins Waters Advocacy Coalition

The GCSAA, a golf course management organization, has joined the Waters Advocacy Coalition to support efforts to overturn the EPA's Waters of the United States rule as it is currently proposed.

Singing the Praises of Turf

An annual survey of the nation's leading authorities on natural turf identified four consistent themes: how lawns enhance communities, turf's environmental benefits, common misconceptions on water and fertilizer usage, and the future of drought-tolerant grass.

148 New Biking & Walking Projects in Calif.

The California Transportation Commission has adopted 148 biking and walking projects in the state's 2014 Active Transportation Program or ATP.

JCB Joins ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

JCB, a family owned outdoor power equipment manufacturer, joined the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as a way to support an executive that has been personally affected by the disease.

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