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HARDSCAPING

To help hardscaping needs on a jobsite, Paladin Attachments has introduced the Bradco Hardscape Grapple.

IRRIGATION

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

It’s obvious that aggregate is a necessary part of life. It’s used in homes, on ...

LIGHTING

Landscapers shine a new light on a seating area and water fountain.

PLANTS

Edible plantings are becoming quite a popular trend in North America, according to the latest ...

WATER FEATURES

Landscapers shine a new light on a seating area and water fountain.

Natural Stone Could Be Saving Grace for Drought-Stricken Areas this Spring

Natural Stone Could Be Saving Grace for Drought-Stricken Areas this Spring

It’s obvious that aggregate is a necessary part of life. It’s used in homes, on roads, and in countless other applications. But one less obvious segment of the aggregates industry ...

Bradco Hardscape Grapple to Ease Back-Breaking Jobs

Bradco Hardscape Grapple to Ease Back-Breaking Jobs

To help hardscaping needs on a jobsite, Paladin Attachments has introduced the Bradco Hardscape Grapple.

[Infographic] Creating the Ideal Outdoor Kitchen

[Infographic] Creating the Ideal Outdoor Kitchen

Do you know how to create the ideal outdoor kitchen? When it comes to creating an outdoor living space, there are certain elements that can really make a space shine.

Miami Realtors Name Top Five Landscaping Trends for 2014

Miami Realtors Name Top Five Landscaping Trends for 2014

Landscapers know a great deal about landscaping, but it can never hurt to listen to outside resources.

How To Buy the Right Design Software

How To Buy the Right Design Software

If you ask any landscaper, buying design software is not always a fun, quick or simple task. In fact, buying design software for a business can be a long-term decision ...

Green Globes vs. LEED v4

Green Globes vs. LEED v4

Late last year, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) identified the Green Building Initiatives’ rating program, Green Globes, as an acceptable standard for green buildings.

Study Shows Americans Love Edible Plants

Study Shows Americans Love Edible Plants

Edible plantings are becoming quite a popular trend in North America, according to the latest report from the National Gardening Association.

[Video] Netafim Smart Controllers Use Historical, Current Weather Data

[Video] Netafim Smart Controllers Use Historical, Current Weather Data

Netafim USA has introduced a new line of web-based, smart controllers for landscapers. Tucor developed the Netafim Landscape Controllers exclusively for Netafim.

IA, ASIC Release Revised Landscape BMPs

IA, ASIC Release Revised Landscape BMPs

The Irrigation Association and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants released an updated version of its Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices.

Spotlight Features

Spotlight Features

Landscapers shine a new light on a seating area and water fountain.

SWAT Seeks Public Comment on Version 2.2 of Check Valve Protocol

SWAT Seeks Public Comment on Version 2.2 of Check Valve Protocol

Smart Water Application Technologies (SWAT) released the Sprinkler Head Check Valve Testing Protocol Version 2.2.

Best Plants for Privacy Screens

Best Plants for Privacy Screens

Old standbys like viburnum and boxwoods remain popular for creating living screens, but there are many other varieties that add interest, beauty and privacy to the landscape. Consider these ...

Proven Winners Names Historic Kentucky Governor’s Mansion as Signature Garden

Proven Winners Names Historic Kentucky Governor’s Mansion as Signature Garden

The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion was recently named as a Proven Winners Signature Garden. The mansion is one of six designations and joins Mackinac Island’s Hotel Iroquois, Charlotte’s Duke Mansion, The ...

[Infographic] How To Build the Right Gazebo

[Infographic] How To Build the Right Gazebo

If a client comes to you asking to place a gazebo in a residential or commercial property, do you have all of the answers?

10 Most Common Lawn Care Myths

10 Most Common Lawn Care Myths

Spring is in the air, and with April being National Lawn Care Month, PLANET, The Professional Landcare Network, has debunked a few common lawn care myths.

How To Create Privacy with Plants

How To Create Privacy with Plants

8 tips to combine function with aesthetics for a living privacy screen

What Clients Want in 2014

What Clients Want in 2014

As landscapers begin to start planning and designing outdoor living areas for clients in the spring, they should be aware of the top outdoor living trends for 2014.

Heritage Curb Gives ‘Old-World Look’ to Landscapes

Heritage Curb Gives ‘Old-World Look’ to Landscapes

Williams Stone Company has introduced an all-natural, environmentally friendly granite curb.

Irrigation Association Creates Online Resource to Help California Drought

Irrigation Association Creates Online Resource to Help California Drought

The Irrigation Association recently took several steps to help support the water crisis in California. On Jan. 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and directed state ...

Perennials & Annuals Mobile App Helps Landscapers On the Go

Perennials & Annuals Mobile App Helps Landscapers On the Go

Landscapers out in the field are getting a little extra help with Allan Armitage's gardening app for Android and iPhone platforms.

Tips to Help Trees Survive Drought

Tips to Help Trees Survive Drought

Drought can take a toll on any landscape across the country, but plants can be resilient with a little help.

How To Prep for Spring Rush

How To Prep for Spring Rush

Spring fever is in the air, and landscapers are starting to get the itch. With snow melting and green grass appearing, it’s hard to resist the urge to plant, plant, ...

Tip: Give Clients Plant Care Info

Tip: Give Clients Plant Care Info

What's worse than spending hours installing expensive plants for a client, only to come back months later to see all of the plants are dead? You might be a horticultural expert ...

How To Construct Red-Hot Fire Features

How To Construct Red-Hot Fire Features

Design, material and marketing tips for constructing red-hot fire features

Top Outdoor Design Trends for 2014

Top Outdoor Design Trends for 2014

Residential landscapes designed for entertaining and relaxing are still a popular trend through 2014, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey.

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth

New York landscaper makes a splash with refreshing water oasis. Working in a constrained area, Jeffrey Ingrassia – owner of AquaFX – and his crew constructed an aquatic retreat for ...

How Rock Features Add Variety with Little Maintenance

How Rock Features Add Variety with Little Maintenance

Rock features can add variety to landscapes and help cut down on maintenance. B&D Rockeries has put together a series detailing how rock elements can add texture to a landscape ...

First Editions Collection Adds Variety

First Editions Collection Adds Variety

To add more variety this spring season, Bailey Nurseries has added a few varieties to its First Editions collection.

Drafix Software Releases PRO Landscape Version 20

Drafix Software Releases PRO Landscape Version 20

Drafix Software has released the latest version of its PRO Landscape design software. PRO Landscape Version 20 coincides with Drafix’s 20th and is designed for landscape designers, contractors, architects and ...

Tips to Proper Paver Maintenance

Tips to Proper Paver Maintenance

Pavers can be an integral part of many landscapes. Whether they are incorporated into the floor, countertops or firepit, pavers serve a large purpose in the landscape industry, so ...

How To Bring the Inside Out

How To Bring the Inside Out

If true beauty lies within, why do so many landscapers focus solely on the outside? Andrea Wilson Mueller and Michael Mueller, Total Landscape Care’s 2014 Landscapers of the Year, shaped their ...

Trex Adds Outdoor Lighting to Collection

Trex Adds Outdoor Lighting to Collection

To add more variety to landscape lighting, Trex Company has introduced Trex Outdoor Lighting.

Blending Hardscape Materials & Features

Blending Hardscape Materials & Features

From a kitchen and fire feature to covered and open seating areas, this outdoor living space has it all.

Study Tests Permeable Paver Potential

Study Tests Permeable Paver Potential

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) tested the abilities of permeable pavers. The organization conducted a study in Wilmington, Massachusetts to determine how to reduce the quantity of stormwater runoff into ...

Top 5 Elements of a Successful Public Park

Top 5 Elements of a Successful Public Park

There are many different types of public parks today. From dog parks to skate parks to splash play parks, there is something out there for everyone. Planning and designing a ...

Ringdale Adds In-Ground ActiveLED Lighting

Ringdale Adds In-Ground ActiveLED Lighting

Ringdale is continuing its growth of its retrofit line with the launch of in-ground ActiveLED lighting.

LED Retro-Fit Line to Include Indoor, Outdoor Options

LED Retro-Fit Line to Include Indoor, Outdoor Options

Lightcraft Outdoor has expanded its LED Retro-Fit products line. The line will now include both indoor and outdoor, 12v and 120v LED options.

Dealing With Drought

Dealing With Drought

Most people might think drought comes once a year during the summer months. However, drought can happen anywhere at anytime, and California is facing one of its fiercest droughts in ...

Vectorworks Releases Residential Garden Design Training Guide

Vectorworks Releases Residential Garden Design Training Guide

Nemetschek Vectorworks has released its publication of a training guide, Residential Garden Design with Vectorworks Landmark, Sixth Edition.

iluma Under Cabinet, Rail Lighting Designed for Easy Installation

iluma Under Cabinet, Rail Lighting Designed for Easy Installation

Utilizing “LED Lighting Simplified” connection technology, iluma Under Cabinet and Rail Lighting from i-lighting can be used inside or out.

World’s First Vertical Forest Nearly Complete

World’s First Vertical Forest Nearly Complete

What was once only a design on paper is slowly turning into reality for one building in Milan, Italy.

Tips for Working with Small-Space Landscapes

Tips for Working with Small-Space Landscapes

Public green spaces are essential for every community. However, many towns leave their smaller areas empty and unused (or underused) because they have trouble figuring out what to do with ...

Bailey Nurseries Adds Variety of Plants to 2014 Collections

Bailey Nurseries Adds Variety of Plants to 2014 Collections

With a new year comes a variety of new plants for Bailey Nurseries. The company has introduced many varieties of flowers and plants to several of its collections.

30 Plants to Deter Unwanted Visitors

30 Plants to Deter Unwanted Visitors

If clients are trying to find better protection around their home, they don’t always have to turn to abundant lighting and video cameras.

Access Fixtures Adds Two Square Bollard Lights to Collection

Access Fixtures Adds Two Square Bollard Lights to Collection

Introduced by Access Fixtures, two Square Bollard Lights have been added to the collection and both feature 30-watt Xicato light modules.

How To Keep Trees Healthy

How To Keep Trees Healthy

Maintaining tree health will keep clients happy and landscapes looking beautiful. Virginia Tech University put together a basic infographic to help remind landscapers what needs to be done to keep ...

Fragrant Plantings

Fragrant Plantings

If you’re not including fragrance in your planting plans, you’re missing the opportunity to enhance the landscape on a different sensory level.

3 Tips To Start Building Fire Features

3 Tips To Start Building Fire Features

Want to start offering fire features, or are you looking for ways to improve your techniques? Check out these three tips from a Pittsburgh landscaper.

How To Detect Tree Damage Caused by Winter Weather

How To Detect Tree Damage Caused by Winter Weather

With snow and ice covering much of the north from the last winter storm, individuals are slowly emerging from homes to assess the damage.

IA Details Differences in LEED v4

IA Details Differences in LEED v4

When it comes to meeting LEED v4 certification, landscapers might find themselves overwhelmed with the recent changes.

Bringing the City Home

Bringing the City Home

How landscapers blended modern and suburban styles for an entertaining landscape getaway

10 Steps to Landscaping with Rock Gardens

10 Steps to Landscaping with Rock Gardens

Rock gardens can be a popular for clients if done correctly. According to B&D Rockeries, rock gardens have been around since 785 A.D. when the Japanese invented them. The ...

Bailey Nurseries Adds to First Editions Collection

Bailey Nurseries Adds to First Editions Collection

Bailey Nurseries has introduced two varieties to its First Editions collection for 2014.

First Editions Sees Addition of Gladiator Crabapple for 2014

First Editions Sees Addition of Gladiator Crabapple for 2014

The Gladiator Crabapple has been added to the First Editions collection from Bailey Nurseries.

Bailey Nurseries Adds Eternal Sunshine Abelia to Collection

Bailey Nurseries Adds Eternal Sunshine Abelia to Collection

Bailey Nurseries has introduced Eternal Sunshine Abelia to its First Editions collection.

How To Enhance Holiday Landscapes

How To Enhance Holiday Landscapes

Adding holiday lighting to your business can go a long way for you and your clients. Holiday landscaping can range from very large projects to small ones.

Peace Tree Farm, Cultivaris Intro Lavender Plant for 2014

Peace Tree Farm, Cultivaris Intro Lavender Plant for 2014

Peace Tree Farm and Cultivaris have introduced a new plant for 2014.

Not Going with the Flow

Not Going with the Flow

Landscapers break away from a structured design and create a luscious retreat.

Head Over Heels Added to 2014 Easy Elegance Collection

Head Over Heels Added to 2014 Easy Elegance Collection

Bailey Nurseries has introduced a new rose to its 2014 Easy Elegance rose collection.

Two Plants Added to First Editions Collection for 2014

Two Plants Added to First Editions Collection for 2014

Bailey's Nurseries has added two flowers to its First Editions collection for 2014.

eBook Gives Insight to Fencing, Decking Projects

eBook Gives Insight to Fencing, Decking Projects

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking has provided a free, downloadable eBook.

Wildlife-Resistant Plantings

Wildlife-Resistant Plantings

When it comes to picking plants, choosing some that are less appealing to animals could save your landscapes.

Endless Summer Collection Expands

Endless Summer Collection Expands

Bailey Nurseries has expanded its Endless Summer Collection.

2014 Plants Added to First Editions Collection

2014 Plants Added to First Editions Collection

First Editions has introduced three new plants into its collection for 2014, including Jetstream Hydrangea, Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea and Lotus Moon Pearlbush.

How To Deter Deer

How To Deter Deer

The snow is beginning to fall in some areas of the country, and snow can cause a variety of pests and problems – including deer.

Plants You Can Walk All Over

Plants You Can Walk All Over

Whether you're looking to complete a pathway or just add flowering foliage around trees, you'll need plants that can handle some foot traffic. So, turn to groundcovers and walkables.

How To Set Yourself Apart with Hardscape Projects

How To Set Yourself Apart with Hardscape Projects

Many homeowners are unable to envision or afford all of the elements needed to create the perfect outdoor living space; they rely on professionals to point them in the right ...

Making Waves

Making Waves

Already rigorously regulated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), aquatic herbicide application gained a whole new level of scrutiny when, in 2009, it was wrapped into the ...

How To Create Safe Landscapes

How To Create Safe Landscapes

Landscapers can have a direct affect when creating a landscape design that is safe for clients and public spaces.

Spring Into Autumn

Spring Into Autumn

Cool weather doesn't mean the end for the landscape season. Try these plant varieties that flourish through the fall.

[Video] Control Irrigation Anywhere, Anytime

[Video] Control Irrigation Anywhere, Anytime

Help clients save money and water by providing a sprinkler system that can be controlled from any mobile device.

Creating Paradise in Heart of City

Creating Paradise in Heart of City

One horticulturalist in Grand Rapids, Michigan has designed, created and installed "Back to Eden", a 1,400 square-foot living abstract "painting".

Make Fall the New Busy Season

Make Fall the New Busy Season

For many landscapers, their workflow starts to slow down when the leaves hit the ground -- but why? Here are ways to keep your business busy during the fall.

How To Create Energy-Efficient Landscapes

How To Create Energy-Efficient Landscapes

Working with clients to help save them hundreds on a power bill each year can all be done with energy-efficient landscaping.

Shore Solution

Shore Solution

A new irrigation system and native plants save this community thousands.

Iconic New York Building Goes Green

Iconic New York Building Goes Green

One well-known building in New York City has created a campaign to become more sustainable, which included installing four green roofs.

SECU Branches in North Carolina to Receive Landscaping Templates

SECU Branches in North Carolina to Receive Landscaping Templates

With the help of local botanical gardens and architects, SECU branches in North Carolina will be receiving new landscaping templates.

10 Landscaping Materials to Not Forget About

10 Landscaping Materials to Not Forget About

Donald Pell, a Houzz Contributor and landscape designer, has come up with a list of 10 materials to use in landscape designs.

Are Irrigation Systems Beneficial?

Are Irrigation Systems Beneficial?

One team at the University of Georgia conducted experiments to test the benefits of irrigation systems.

Boston Garden Designed to Be Impractical

Boston Garden Designed to Be Impractical

One garden designer encouraged onlookers to wonder aimlessly in his 7,500-square-foot creation in Boston.

7 Ways to Improve Landscape Design

7 Ways to Improve Landscape Design

When it comes to creating the perfect landscape design, landscapers should keep these seven tips in mind.

Benefits of Using Ornamental Grasses

Benefits of Using Ornamental Grasses

Using ornamental grasses in a landscape can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. Monrovia gives a few examples.

IA Sets Date for Next Agricultural Webinar

IA Sets Date for Next Agricultural Webinar

Continuing its five-part webinar series, the Irrigation Association has set the date for its next free agricultural webinar.

Government, Cities Take Interest in Green-Roof Technology

Government, Cities Take Interest in Green-Roof Technology

Hundreds of green initiatives will be discussed at the World Energy Engineering Congress, including a new green-roof-surfacing system.

Monrovia Adds Nine Varieties for 2014

Monrovia Adds Nine Varieties for 2014

Monrovia has introduced nine exclusive and semi-exclusive varieties for 2014 that were discovered by partners, arboretums and its own nurseries.

Four Elements of Landscape Design

Four Elements of Landscape Design

When it comes to creating the perfect landscape design, landscapers need to fully understand the environment first.

Colorado Garden Designed to Reduce Stress

Colorado Garden Designed to Reduce Stress

One Colorado garden is producing more than just flowers with the help of a landscaper and volunteers.

Schools Join Nationwide Turf Trend

Schools Join Nationwide Turf Trend

Schools and daycares across the country are beginning to see the benefits of using turf on playgrounds.

Line of Roses Feature ‘Distinct Flower Appearance’

Line of Roses Feature ‘Distinct Flower Appearance’

After being bred for more than 20 years in the Netherlands, this new line of "decorator roses" blooms in a variety of colors and is set to launch in 2014. ...

‘Cranberry Crush’ Chosen as Retailer’s Choice Award by SNA

‘Cranberry Crush’ Chosen as Retailer’s Choice Award by SNA

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has selected Hibiscus Summerific “Cranberry Crush” PP21984 for its 2013 Retailer’s Choice Award.

Amber Jubilee Takes Europe By Storm

Amber Jubilee Takes Europe By Storm

First Editions Amber Jubilee Physocarpus opulifolus is making a name for itself in Europe.

Tips for Choosing Paver Shapes & Patterns

Tips for Choosing Paver Shapes & Patterns

Creating the perfect outdoor living space is more than just deciding where the patio will go and how big it will be. Patio design takes careful consideration of styles, colors, ...

Landscape Design Competition Seeks Entries

Landscape Design Competition Seeks Entries

Designers gear up, because a new competition is looking for entries. Suburbia Transformed 3.0 is a new residential landscape design competition put on by the James Rose Center for Landscape ...

$10 Million Water Park to Provide Hope

$10 Million Water Park to Provide Hope

Hundreds gathered in Wyandanch, New York to hold an opening ceremony for a new water park. Unlike other water parks, however, this one is has a great deal of meaning ...

Honey Bees Get New Home in Missouri

Honey Bees Get New Home in Missouri

The people of Kansas City, Missouri should start seeing a few more honey bees buzzing around after the help of a few volunteers.

Fire-Resistant Landscaping Saves Utah Homes

Fire-Resistant Landscaping Saves Utah Homes

Wildfire season is far from over, and the pressure is on for several states to try and protect more homes and businesses from burning.

4 Ingredients for the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

4 Ingredients for the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

A dash of concrete mixed with a pinch of nature and grilled well on the open flames can cook up an inviting outdoor kitchen if all of the elements are ...

IBHS Offers Wildfire Protection Tips

IBHS Offers Wildfire Protection Tips

Wildfires are continuing to spread out West, and one fire in particular is causing a great deal of damage. The Silver Fire in Southern California is spreading rapidly, and the ...

Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm

After Hurricane Sandy left a devastating mark on much of the East Coast, many landscapes were in need of renovation.

How To Create Fire-Resistant Landscapes

How To Create Fire-Resistant Landscapes

After 19 firefighters lost their lives near Yarnell, Arizona this summer from a wildfire, many people have turned their attention on how to prevent these extreme fires. Reports show there ...

How To Maximize Small Spaces

How To Maximize Small Spaces

NYC Landscaper and interior designer, Amber Freda, has offered a few valuable and helpful steps in maximizing a home’s design. With not-so great views and awkward furniture that doesn’t seem ...

Edibles for Every Landscape

Edibles for Every Landscape

Fruits and veggies are more than just good for you: They’re good for your business. You might not think cucumbers are cutting-edge or tomatoes are trendy. But a new movement ...

6 Principles of Lighting Water Features

6 Principles of Lighting Water Features

Whether it’s a three-tiered fountain, a rambling stream or a spectacular waterfall, lighting shows off water’s magical qualities after dark. But you can’t just install a spotlight and call it ...

Reflect on Nature

Reflect on Nature

The Lan Su Chinese garden brings harmony and culturally symbolic plants to Portland. Pass the chained bicycles, rose-adorned street signs, people who “Keep Portland Weird” and a pair of lions ...

Outdoor Lighting to Match a House Plan’s Architectural Style

Outdoor Lighting to Match a House Plan’s Architectural Style

When your clients comb through house plans for hours and finally decide on the perfect one, it’s important to remind them that the exterior design is equally important as the ...

Add Elements of Living Artwork to Your Portfolio

Add Elements of Living Artwork to Your Portfolio

Living pictures — cuttings of assorted succulents woven together in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes — have caught on among garden designers and landscapers this spring as an ...

Artistic Hillside

Artistic Hillside

To sculpt a luscious retreat where the homeowners could host VIP parties, while also having space to camp out with their young daughters, Tobi Wilde, Glorious Earth Landscapes’ landscape designer/earth ...

Five Tips to Keep Trees Healthy

Five Tips to Keep Trees Healthy

There is more to keeping trees healthy on a property than just having it look nice for the neighbors and passers-by. Unhealthy trees can cause dangerous accidents and costly property ...

Should LEDs be EPA Energy Star Qualified?

Should LEDs be EPA Energy Star Qualified?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program has been listening to a new source about LED lighting. Soraa has been urging the company to address light quality, specifically ...

Get Creative with Outdoor Spaces

Get Creative with Outdoor Spaces

Europeans have got the hang of things when it comes to outdoor living. Outdoor dining in countries like France, England, Germany, Italy, Greece and Switzerland is very common, and each ...

Plant Food Features Fewer Salts, Lower EC

Plant Food Features Fewer Salts, Lower EC

BioSafe Systems has released BioSafe Plant Food for the professional landscape market. BioSafe Plant Food (10–4–3) provides N–P–K, calcium, magnesium, plus micronutrients for healthier, higher quality plants.

How To Care for Palm Trees

How To Care for Palm Trees

Imagine relaxing on a sunny, salt-laced beach, and you probably have palm trees in the backdrop of this fantasy paradise. Their tropical allure makes fronds a popular addition to outdoor ...

Nature’s Sanctuary

Nature’s Sanctuary

Inviting backyard welcomes wildlife, garden tours. Soothing water features and aromatic foliage attract local – and fluttering – visitors to this eco-friendly property outside of Washington, D.C. Starting with large ...

New Paver Design Costs Pennies

New Paver Design Costs Pennies

Wouldn’t you like to offer your client a new, unique hardscaping option for just pennies? Believe it or not, this new technique exists and it’s called urbanite. Broken slabs happen ...

Get Paid for Water-Friendly Landscaping

Get Paid for Water-Friendly Landscaping

Can you imagine installing a water feature and then getting paid by the government to do it? That thought has become a reality for the citizens of Minnehaha Creek Watershed ...

Scorching Heat Key Concern this Summer

Scorching Heat Key Concern this Summer

Landscapers up and down the West and East coasts are trying to find new ways to save water, but some people are saying it’s not the drought that’s the problem ...

Cold Weather Slowing Business Down

Cold Weather Slowing Business Down

Temperatures across the country are fluctuating left and right, and landscapers are trying to keep up. Last year, temperatures were through the roof in March, and this year, some cities ...

Impatiens Not Looking Good for 2013

Impatiens Not Looking Good for 2013

Impatiens may not be a landscaper’s first choice this spring. Downy mildew is spreading like wildfire up and down the West and East coasts from Canada to Texas.

Top 5 Hardscaping Trends for 2013

Top 5 Hardscaping Trends for 2013

With the steadily improving residential real estate market and recent uptick in sales reported by home improvement retailers, many homeowners are investing more in enhancing their outdoor living spaces this ...

Branch Out with Trees for an Edible Landscape

Branch Out with Trees for an Edible Landscape

When planting a new tree this spring, think beyond shade, privacy and ornamental value. Nut and fruit trees can provide all of those as well as great-tasting food. You may ...

Roslen Launches netAQUA Web-enabled Irrigation Controller

Roslen Launches netAQUA Web-enabled Irrigation Controller

Roslen Eco-Networking Products has released the netAQUA Web-enabled Irrigation Controller on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com. The netAQUA can be controlled from anywhere in the Internet world from any computer, tablet ...

Hardscaping Creates More Usable Space

Hardscaping Creates More Usable Space

Building experts say homeowners are turning the old design mantra of bringing the outside in on its head. Instead, they're keeping the outside where it is but making more use ...

Hardscape Photo Gallery

Hardscape Photo Gallery

Find inspiration for your next hardscape project in our new photo gallery. Landscapers from across the country submitted their best hardscape project photos, and we've featured them all on our website. ...

Project Seeks to Harvest Fog for Irrigation

Project Seeks to Harvest Fog for Irrigation

The man-made mist is part of an effort to help slum-dwellers in Peru harvest moisture from the air. With a small grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, UW students and ...

Blends in With Nature

Blends in With Nature

Surrounded by a forest of green, this patio, fire feature and outdoor kitchen area provides a welcoming spot for relaxing year round. For a lasting hardscape against the climate conditions ...

Plant Trends for 2013

Plant Trends for 2013

Enhance your planting projects with hardy new varieties. Every year, growers debut hundreds of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Some plants have been discovered recently in wild populations, while others ...

Underhill Introduces Novo Converter for Multi-Wire Controllers

Underhill Introduces Novo Converter for Multi-Wire Controllers

Novo, a compact two-wire converter from Underhill International, is designed to quickly transform any standard multi-wire controller to two-wire operation by using a “plug and play” feature.

Crystal-Clear View

Crystal-Clear View

Enjoy this intricate hardscape while inside or out. Whether it’s the antiqued edges of the gently distressed pavers or the soothing blue ripples of the pool, this Knoxville, Tennessee, project ...

Symposium Promotes Region’s Biodiversity

Symposium Promotes Region’s Biodiversity

In his award-winning book, “Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” botanist and author Tim Spira, Ph.D., brings to light the tapestry of plant life native to the ...

Photo Contest

Photo Contest

Whether you lay pavers, install fire pits or create cozy outdoor patios like this one from RYCO Landscaping, we want to see your hardscape projects!

Outdoor Living Trends

Outdoor Living Trends

American homeowners increasingly are drawn to adding outdoor rooms for entertaining and recreation on their properties, according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society ...

Don’t Fear the Audit

Don’t Fear the Audit

Irrigation audits give landscapers a new tool to reduce customer costs and use water more efficiently. For many business owners, audits are about as popular as broadleaf weeds on a ...

Paver Patterns

Paver Patterns

This functional art can add pizzazz to your hardscape design. With so many landscape professionals adding hardscaping to their portfolios, it’s important for you to strike out on a path ...

Night Light

Night Light

Landscapers shine the spotlight on plants and hardscaping features. To give these clients an inviting backyard they could enjoy even after the sun went down, McKay Landscape Lighting in Omaha, ...

Exceeding Limitations

Exceeding Limitations

Overlooking the Newfound Lake in Alexandria, New Hampshire, this backyard retreat serves as the perfect spot for restful afternoons and fire-lit evenings. Natures Elite Landscaping (natureselitenh.com) constructed the sitting area ...

O, Christmas Tree

O, Christmas Tree

Landscapers fight obstacles to light up a city. Timberland Outdoor Services illuminated St. Paul’s parks, streets and holiday season with towering beacons of light.

Common Design Mistakes

Common Design Mistakes

If you're planning to fork over big bucks to create the outdoor living space of your dreams, or even do it yourself, you can't afford mistakes. The more time you ...

Ornamental Trees

Ornamental Trees

Outstanding ornamental tree choices for every landscape. Royal Raindrops Crabapple (Malus ‘JFS-KW5’ PP 14375). Bright pinkish-red flowers, purple foliage, orange-red fall color and tiny persistent red fruits offer four-season appeal.

Don’t Murder Crape Myrtles

You may have seen the protest signs: “Stop Crape Myrtle Murder!” It seems for every vibrantly blooming and well maintained example of Lagerstroemia adorning properties from Texas to Savannah, there ...

Healing Grounds

Healing Grounds

To extend a healing, tranquil environment beyond the hospital walls, Benchmark Landscape (benchmarklandscape.com) installed a $2.5 million sustainable landscape at Palomar Medical Center West in Escondido, California.

Serene Surroundings

Serene Surroundings

Keeping this outdoor room from going for a swim. Overlooking the Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers, this refreshing pool and patio rests on a bluff 60 feet above the water ...

Secrets to Winning Designs

Secrets to Winning Designs

Is there really a secret to great landscape design? We talked with four award-winning professionals to get the scoop on how they manage to create beautiful and functional landscapes. Two ...

Compost Operation

Compost Operation

Rhode Island may not be one of the largest states in the country, but its geographic location makes it one of the most nutrient rich. In fact, it’s an ideal ...

All-America Announces Winners

All-America Announces Winners

Announced in the fall of 2011, the AAS Display Gardens contest was created to celebrate the 80th anniversary of All-America Selections. By September of this year, 15 gardens met the ...

Perennial Winners

Perennial Winners

These drought-tested natives are resilient and colorful. The winners are From AES’ first-hand experience comes the following winners. The selection criteria: (1) drought resiliency, (2) attractive plant form and blossoms, (3) ...

Flair for Details

Flair for Details

Ryan Youngblood sets high standards for design/ build and estate-maintenance projects that clients appreciate. Serving a roster of high-end residential landscaping clients is a tightrope walk. A good example, says ...

Hardscape Tools & Techniques

Hardscape Tools & Techniques

A level start is the key to success.Between bidding a hardscape job and wowing customers with the finished product, a lot can go wrong with the installation if you don’t ...

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up

You already know groundcovers are problem-solvers. They retain moisture and control erosion. They provide habitat for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. And they’re tough as nails. “Once established, many ...

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

More ways to save and reuse water are being employed in landscape design. With the rise of municipal water restrictions and push for sustainable practices, more contractors and designers are ...

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Chicago-area residents left the frenzy of the city for a glimpse into a peaceful town with this stop on the “Through the Garden Gate” tour, which featured seven unique garden ...

Rainwater Harvesting Resources

Rainwater Harvesting Resources

American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association Classes, workshops, symposiums, find a professional in your town or become a member: arcsa.org Firestone Building Products Will host a seminar on rainwater harvesting at this year’s ASLA ...

Elemental Design

Elemental Design

As an artist, landscape architect Bruce John Riddell “paints” his canvases with sweeping strokes – big and bold, not only in how he handles physical area, but in his conceptual ...

Making Hardscape Easy

Making Hardscape Easy

These pavers and materials won't put you off to a rocky start. Go green Pine Hall Brick’s StormPave permeable clay pavers in a Rose color can help qualify in six ...

Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve

With the breathtaking Lake Wylie as their background, TG&R Landscape Group worked with this hillside’s natural incline to lay a hardscape masterpiece.

Plants for Waterscapes

Plants for Waterscapes

From upright marginals to surface floaters, aquatic plants offer seasonal interest and soften the edges of manmade ponds. Plants provide habitat for fish and other aquatic life, improve water quality ...

Famous Coach Talks Trees

Famous Coach Talks Trees

Former Auburn University football coach Pat Dye tells how his love for Japanese maples led to owning a nursery with more than 6,000 of these beautiful, hardy trees.

Online Calculator Estimates Green Roof Benefits

Online Calculator Estimates Green Roof Benefits

The “Get More Green” calculator, from American Rivers at green.americanrivers.org, allows visitors to enter an address via Google Maps, and determine the square footage of a building’s roof.

Green Roof for Harrah’s Cherokee

Green Roof for Harrah’s Cherokee

When the expansion to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel is completed, guests will be welcomed under a green roof situated atop the canopy at the casino’s main entrance. The LiveRoof ...

Paver Driveway

Paver Driveway

Step-by-step to a permeable paver installation that minimizes runoff, which can pollute waterways. Success lies in attention to the details.

Hot Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

Hot Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

From masonry kits to pizza ovens, here are outdoor kitchen trends you can build on.

Hillside Transformation

Hillside Transformation

Challenging terrain becomes a space to relax and renew. By breaking down this property’s obstacles one phase at a time, Idaho Classic Landscape & Sprinklers created a design that lit ...

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Because of a steep slope rendering this backyard almost inaccessible, Patricia St. John, APLD, St. John Landscapes, designed three retaining walls 2 to 3 feet high to terrace the landscape. ...

Hardscaping in Stages

Hardscaping in Stages

Building hardscape projects in phases is growing in popularity because it allows customers to achieve their dream yard over a period of time with financially digestible, staggered payments. Contractors like ...

Smart Controllers

Smart Controllers

When put to the test, these irrigation controllers can reduce water use 15 to 30 percent and prevent over-watering. In the beginning, there was heaven and earth. Rain came as ...

Definite ‘Wow’ Factor

Definite ‘Wow’ Factor

Spacious design leaves client glowing Medea Landscape Studio (medealandscapestudio.com) jazzed up this disconnected, confined landscape using the classical elements – earth, water and fire – but there’s nothing traditional about the ...

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental varieties have become the go-to plant for many landscapers.

Healing Landscapes

Healing Landscapes

Learn the key elements for transforming a backyard into a true sanctuary. How interest in healing gardens has bloomed into a landscape design trend.

How to Protect Frost-Sensitive Plants

How to Protect Frost-Sensitive Plants

In the midst of cold winter weather, keeping frost-sensitive plants alive can be a challenge. Here are tips on how to protect your clients’ plants until the spring from FloraTerra ...

Mavericks

Mavericks

Landscape designers, architects and contractors share a common appreciation for the natural world and the creative ways it can be shaped to suit our needs and desires. But, there are ...

Seashore Sensation

Seashore Sensation

Multiple gardens, outdoor living areas for challenging space. Transforming the landscape around this mid-1800s house into a modern, relaxing spot for the clients and their extended family was no easy ...

Best Irrigation Rotors

Best Irrigation Rotors

Technologies such as smart controllers, central control and drip irrigation systems continue to improve irrigation system efficiency by using less water to keep landscapes looking their best.

Favorite Foliage

Favorite Foliage

Foliage, earthworms, bacteria in soil, a vertical garden and lights for deck posts are among the landscaping topics featured.

Lighten Up

Lighten Up

If you operate even a small landscape business, you may be surprised how adding low-voltage lighting design and installation is such a natural fit.

Hardscape Certification

Hardscape Certification

Hardscaping certification gives landscapers a competitive edge. “Getting certified is like putting money in your pocket,” says one contractor.

Festive Flair

Festive Flair

Adding a touch of holiday color to avoid a winter whiteout.

Tasty Transformation

Tasty Transformation

This once hardscape-heavy landscape is given a more natural makeover. With an asphalt driveway covering nearly 1/3 of the total property, barren planting strips and extensive red brick areas, this ...

Rebirth of a Landmark

Rebirth of a Landmark

A year after a historic flood, the gardens at the Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort are more vibrant than ever. In the first two days of May 2010, flooding caused by ...

Pacific Prairie

Pacific Prairie

Eco-friendly design reminds homeowners of the American Heartlands. From billowing grasses to sandstone unearthed during site preparation, this tranquil landscape contrasts, yet complements, its neighborhood setting dominated by palm trees ...

Plant Trends You Can Grow With

Plant Trends You Can Grow With

New choices that meet the needs now—and in the future. These top picks among plant offerings will enhance your reputation as an expert in sustainable landscape practices. Buzzwords you’ll hear ...

Bright Ideas in Lighting Choices

Bright Ideas in Lighting Choices

Light up outdoor spaces with these lighting choices.

Install an On-Surface Dripline

Install an On-Surface Dripline

Drip irrigation can be used almost anywhere spray, rotary or impact sprinklers are used, but on-surface drip systems are becoming increasingly popular for bedding areas because they take less time ...

Sun Lovers

Sun Lovers

12 Easy-care plants that can take the heat. the sunny garden can pose a challenge to the most experienced landscaper. These plants that not only tolerate hours of direct sunlight, ...

Christmas Lighting Trends

Christmas Lighting Trends

Judicious color, LEDs, animation and creating a natural look can separate your holiday lighting services from the competition. Christmas is a holiday filled with traditions, but that doesn’t mean your ...

Elegant Views

Elegant Views

A front and backyard designed with water in mind. In response to the close proximity of their clients’ Mediterranean-style house to the road, Native Landscapes, from Wilmington, North Carolina, designed ...

Koi Ponds Profitably

Koi Ponds Profitably

Koi pond installations can be money makers but require expertise. Here’s how to test the waters. Client + pond installation contract + water + fish = profit. Simple enough, right?

Companion Plants for Autumn

Companion Plants for Autumn

If you’re looking for the perfect foils to freshen up the late season landscape, combine these autumnal-colored annuals, season extending perennials and evergreen or ornamental grasses with existing plantings.

Playtime Paradise

Playtime Paradise

Tropical-themed play area for clients’grandchildren. Greenday Creations in Miami, Florida installed a landscape where the homeowners’ grandchildren could have “the best day ever” enjoying an island-like retreat at their private ...

Planting Around Trees

Planting Around Trees

Maintaining turf in the shade under established trees can be an ongoing battle. Mowing over large surface roots is hard on both the tree and the mower. And grass growing ...

Celebratory Setting

Celebratory Setting

To design a landscape that would not only enliven the backyard, but also serve as the location for the wedding of the homeowners in Hudson, Wisconsin, The Greenskeepers created a ...

Healing Haven

Healing Haven

Two landscape crews teamed up to give a handicapped couple a backyard retreat they could easily access and maintain. With both homeowners wheelchair-bound – one a double-amputee from the Vietnam ...

Create the Perfect Patio Plan

Create the Perfect Patio Plan

Think outside the rectangle, and other tips from our experts. Patios of the past: Rectangle concrete slabs laid outside a sliding glass door. Today, your clients are more discerning, and ...

Making Rooms for the Views

Making Rooms for the Views

Input on the master plan allows landscapers to create unique outdoor spaces. “The house was new construction, so we essentially had an open palette to work with,” says Andrew Demus, ...

Vertical Gardens Take Root

Vertical Gardens Take Root

Vertical gardens serve many purposes and showcase various looks depending on the designer and location. Learn how they may inspire you to view spaces in a more open way and ...

International Inspiration

International Inspiration

Inspired by their travels through Europe, the homeowners of this project longed for a formal English garden of their own. To achieve this style, Ryan Youngblood, president of Artistic Landscape ...

Going with the Flow

Going with the Flow

Cipriano Landscape Design created a one-of-a-kind feature with rock croppings and two waterfalls fashioned from 1,000 tons of Pennsylvania chunk Karney stones.

Great Plants for Small Spaces

Great Plants for Small Spaces

Get maximum impact in limited spaces with these compact versions of popular cultivars. Creating a first-class design for a small garden isn’t simply a matter of using fewer plants than ...

Benefits of Certification

Benefits of Certification

Pretend for a moment that you’re a customer looking for a contractor who installs irrigation systems. Would you prefer to contact Contractor A at www.irrigationinstaller.com instead of Contractor B at ...

Terraced Approach to Tricky Slope

Terraced Approach to Tricky Slope

Southern Environmental Landscaping Contractors overcame many challenges, including persistent rain, to achieve the property owner’s vision for this backyard retreat.

Pools with Pizzazz

Pools with Pizzazz

His passion for creativity and understanding clients’ needs drives Scott Cohen’s designs of innovative oases. There is much more that sets Scott Cohen apart from the competition. His focus on ...

Landscapes that Anticipate the Future

Landscapes that Anticipate the Future

One of the most talked about demographic trends in America is the aging of the Baby Boom. If you are looking for the future of landscaping, you need look no ...

New Irrigation Products

New Irrigation Products

Spray, control and pump water with these irrigation products that will help you complete your next project efficiently.

Harmonious Design

Harmonious Design

Drawing from nature, MINT Landscaping used stones, water and plants to create a landscape that seamlessly blends into the forest.

Winter Hardy Plants

Winter Hardy Plants

Winter landscapes don’t have to be lackluster. A planting plan that includes specimens such as Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae with its lemon-colored edges, the waving plumes of Feather Reed Grass, and ...

Creating a Luxurious Vacation at Home

Creating a Luxurious Vacation at Home

Creating a luxurious vacation at home.

Man on a Mission

Man on a Mission

Larry Cammarata is utterly evangelical about sustainable landscaping. The road to redemption, he says, is paved with three simple commandments. Understanding the complexities of sustainable landscaping can feel like digging ...

Patio Takes the Plunge

Patio Takes the Plunge

Hardscaping is the star of this Fremont, Indiana lake house’s outdoor living space, containing more than 120 tons of related materials. The retaining walls are a single row of natural ...

Creating a Tranquil Cove

Creating a Tranquil Cove

The designer faced many challenges when he installed this koi pond at a home in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

New Lighting Products

New Lighting Products

Brighten your projects with the latest lighting products and technologies.

Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge

In the big picture of landscape design, border plants often steal the show despite being assigned a supporting role. The woody plants may be the bulk of the garden, but ...

Landscaping for Children

Landscaping for Children

Lessons learned from public spaces can help your projects be more profitable.

Extending Blooms from Season to Season

Extending Blooms from Season to Season

Chart out the seasons and make sure you have a favorite perennial blooming in each stage.

Remarkable Remotes

Remarkable Remotes

A sampling of new “smart” ways to more easily and precisely control irrigation systems.

Native Perennials Go Uptown

Native Perennials Go Uptown

Native perennials are showing up in some surprising places these days, and for good reason. Landscape pros from San Francisco to Las Vegas and Chicago to New York are taking ...

Transforming a Challenging Hillside Space

Transforming a Challenging Hillside Space

The California project makes use of the hillside and invites exploration of the garden. It also provides conversation areas for entertaining.

Installing Firepits

Installing Firepits

Tips and ideas for how to sell and install fire pits. From Hollywood celebrities to New Jersey plumbers, Americans are rediscovering a forgotten past time: warming their hands over a ...

Selling & Building Water Features

Selling & Building Water Features

If you run a landscape business, you probably have the skills, crew, tools and creative ability to provide a range of water features for your clients. There are plenty of ...

Caring for Crape Myrtles

Caring for Crape Myrtles

It seems for every vibrantly blooming and well maintained example of Lagerstroemia indica adorning properties from Texas to Savannah, there is one with its limbs hacked off by the uninformed. ...

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Whether landscape curbing is your full-time job or an add-on service you offer as part of a larger portfolio, the curbing business is booming.

Outdoor Kitchens

Realtors will tell you a quality kitchen remodeling is one home improvement project that gives homeowners a good return on their investment. T...

Hardscaping Trends & Learning Resources

Hardscaping Trends & Learning Resources

What customers are looking for and how you can learn more on the latest products and techniques

Irrigation: Fighting the Drought

Drought is a complex natural hazard. Brought on by a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period, usually a season or more, it is typi...

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