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This year brought even more traffic to, which contains the largest landscape industry database in the world. Following are the Web pages that LC/DBM readers visited the most in 2015.

LandscapeOnline Weekly Top 10

Every Tuesday over 57,000 landscape professionals receive this e-newsletter filled with the most relevant stories of the week. Water was a common theme in the first seven most read stories of the year.

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1. Superbowl to Be Played on Draincore2 Sports Field

January 27, 2015
The field at University of Phoenix Stadium is one of the most innovative in the world. Even though the stadium has a roof, which is usually closed to keep the heat out, the field is natural grass planted on Invisible Structures' Draincore2 drainage and conveyance layer. The field is maintained and watered outdoors during the week and rolled inside the stadium for game day.

Photo Credit: Invisible Structures

2. Is El Niño El No Show?

February 17, 2015
In February, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put the likelihood of a fall El Nino at only 50-60 percent and cautioned that even though the tropical Pacific Ocean's sea surface temperature readings resembled an El Nino state, the atmosphere sometimes does not play along, leaving us in a neutral phase.

3. WOTUS Rule Blocked in 13 States

September 1, 2015
The Waters of the U.S. Rule was set to take effect on August 28. Late on August 27, a federal judge in North Dakota blocked it in the 13 states that took legal action against the EPA. This was the first step towards the nationwide injunction that was placed in October.

4. Bracing for El Niño

October 27, 2015
By October, the National Weather Service put the chances of a 2015-2016 El Niño weather event occurring at 95 percent. The southern tier of the U.S. is expected to receive below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation, while the northern tier is expected to receive above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation.

5. Challenging the Myths of Permeable Pavement

October 6, 2015
"Paver Pete" Baloglou of masonry manufacturer Techo-Bloc discusses some of the omissions, contradictions and inconsistencies in the available research data about permeable pavement.

In response to this article, David M. Quinn, LEED AP BD+C, technical representative for Angelus Block Co. Inc., sent a letter to the editor to refute many of Baloglou's assertions, and to point readers to resources to help in "dispelling confusion." The letter can be found at:

6. More Toxic Chemicals to be Added to California's Proposition 65 List

October 6, 2015
California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added glyphosate, tetrachlorvinphos, parathion and malathion to the list of substances considered carcinogens under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

7. Nine States that Are Going Dry

April 28, 2015
California isn't the only state experiencing severe drought conditions. The other eight states struggling for water as of April 14 were Utah, Oregon, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas.

8. Landscaping Products Forecast to Grow 5.3 Percent Per Year to $8.2 Billion in 2019

August 25, 2015
According to "Landscaping Products," a study published by market research firm the Freedonia Group, demand for landscape products is expected to grow to $8.2 billion in 2019. The residential market will lead the way, thanks to the increasing popularity of outdoor kitchens and living rooms.

9. John Deere Finalizes Shemin Deal

March 10, 2015
John Deere Landscapes, which in October officially changed its name to SiteOne Landscape Supply, acquired Shemin Landscape Supply on February 27 of this year, adding 29 more locations serving 18 major metropolitan markets to their over 400 locations across North America.

10. A Little More Illumination

April 21, 2015
Stunning lighting installations from around the nation are showcased in this article. Masterful work on trees and water features are at the forefront of the projects. Top 10
Trees and hardscape articles led the list of those most frequently accessed in 2015 from Landscape Communication's website by LC/DBM readers.

1. Tree Irrigation: Water Where Roots Need It

Joseph H. Fortier, CID, CLIA and Jerry M. Belt, Jr., CLIA, of Mojave Water Management in Las Vegas, Nev., explore the irrigation requirements of trees, and detail specific problems and challenges. These include: compaction, scheduling for tree zones, low-volume drip basics, emitter placement, and more.

2. Driveways on the Steep

The Brick Industry Association outlines best practices for installing driveways on slopes of 10 degrees or more. Topics covered include proper bed preparation, paving assemblies, the types of brick paving surfaces and bases, design considerations, load factors, and paving surface thicknesses.

3. Palm Lighting Particulars

Steve Middleton of Treasure Coast Landscape Lighting offers tips on how to properly install lighting systems for palm trees. He explains how systems should vary and account for different heights and types of palm trees; how to install the wiring networks; what to consider when installing transformers; and the inherent challenges in lighting palm trees given their fast growth rates.

3. Palm Lighting Particulars

Steve Middleton of Treasure Coast Landscape Lighting offers tips on how to properly install lighting systems for palm trees. He explains how systems should vary and account for different heights and types of palm trees; how to install the wiring networks; what to consider when installing transformers; and the inherent challenges in lighting palm trees given their fast growth rates.

4. Ficus Trees: Good for Shade or Just Trouble?

Regulations vary by city, but more and more municipalities are taking steps to remove ficus trees, namely the Ficus benjamina and Ficus microcarpa; valued for the amount of shade they produce, but criticized for the damage caused to sidewalks, hardscapes and other infrastructure. As cities combat an increasingly growing problem, some organizations have come to the defense of the ficus.

5. The Double Life of Porous Pavers -
Curb Appeal with Function

Anne Balogh, of, looks at the many different facets of permeable surfaces including the three types - concrete grid pavers (CGPs) pervious concrete (PC), permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) - limits on their use, accommodating peak flow, and their economic benefits. Also included are key observations and maintenance guidelines from "Field Survey of Permeable Pavement Surface Infiltration Rates."

6. Creating Multi-Purpose Outdoor Rooms

This submission outlines how to install pergolas, the types of canopies and shade materials available, and design additions and amenities homeowners can consider. The writer also covers the basics of lighting a pergola.

7. Keep Your Pavers in Place

Edge restraints play a vital role in holding a flexible paving system together. They also prevent sand migration and can withstand tremendous pressure from trucks and all commercial vehicles. Here is advice on installing edge retraints and the various types; from plastic to metal to landscape timbers, or railroad ties.

8. Identifying Landscape Pests

This article is all about IPM, or Integrated Pest Management. It emphasizes pest prevention measures as a long-term approach, and offers advice on what types of bugs and insects might harm lawns, trees and plants, and how to combat these landscape nuisances.

9. Retaining Walls: Brands, Styles and Options Add Up

In this article, readers can learn about the various retaining wall and anchoring products on the market today, and segmental retaining, conventional and reinforced soil walls. The writer also covers system components required for each type of wall, as well as design consideration, guide specifications and other "build it right" recommendations.

10. Creating Natural Walkways, Patios and Driveways

Another hardscape installation submission, this one deals with surface preparation for natural stones, achieving proper slab pitch, choosing and placing the stone, filling the joints, creating natural stone steps, and achieving lasting stone aesthetics while dealing with site challenges.

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