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NDS touts single-source solution for stormwater issues

NDS touts single-source solution for stormwater issues

NDS, a California-based provider of stormwater management solutions, has introduced the S5 Sustainable Stormwater Solution. S5 is a scalable and flexible single-source solution that is engineered for high performance, offering ...

Condo-dwellers drive Chesapeake landscaping project

Condo-dwellers drive Chesapeake landscaping project

Residents from The Shores at Water’s Edge in Belcamp, Maryland, teamed up with landscapers to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s critical area buffer. The condominium owners received a grant from the non-profit ...

Using alternative fuels could pay dividends over time

Using alternative fuels could pay dividends over time

Whether you’re trying to cut down on fuel costs or you want to create an environmentally friendly company image, finding an alternative fuel for your commercial lawn equipment can be ...

City hopes to save water with ‘Lawn Buster’ program

City hopes to save water with ‘Lawn Buster’ program

As the California drought continues, the city of San Jose has implemented another water-conserving incentive for residents. The program, known as “Lawn Busters,” allows eligible citizens to have their lawns re-landscaped ...

Bio-insecticide targets thrips, whiteflies in greenhouses

Bio-insecticide targets thrips, whiteflies in greenhouses

Vestaron, a developer of insect-control products derived from naturally occurring peptides, recently introduced Spear-T, a bio-insecticide for the control of thrips and whiteflies in ornamentals and vegetables in greenhouses. Field trials ...

Water-wise landscaping: good business gets better

Water-wise landscaping: good business gets better

If you don’t live in the desert or drought-stricken West, “xeriscaping” may be a term you’ve heard but know little about. Isn’t that a landscape of rocks and cacti? Not exactly. “Xeriscaping ...

Native plants add beauty, hardiness, local feel to landscapes

Native plants add beauty, hardiness, local feel to landscapes

Native plants are experiencing a surge in popularity. But what does “native” really mean? “There’s a lot of confusion about the term,” says Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at Lady Bird ...

California water restrictions keep getting tighter

California water restrictions keep getting tighter

The California Water Commission continues to tighten the reins, this week adopting stricter regulations that limit the amount of grass that landscapers may plant for new homes. The new rules restrict ...

Turf-removal rebate funds exhausted, program ends

Turf-removal rebate funds exhausted, program ends

  The popular turf-removal rebate program that many Californians have taken advantage of has come to an end. Hundreds of millions of dollars in rebates have been paid to residents of ...

Edible landscapes’ popularity argues for broadening skills

Edible landscapes’ popularity argues for broadening skills

It seems clear that edible landscaping is more than a passing trend, so landscape contractors may want to do a little homework on the practice. Why take a pass when ...

Texas landscaper’s HOA forces him to remove xeriscaping

Texas landscaper’s HOA forces him to remove xeriscaping

A homeowners association (HOA) in north Texas recently forced a resident to remove his property’s xeriscaping – landscaping specifically designed to require little or no irrigation. Stephen Bender, a landscaper, ...

California homeowner prevails over HOA in replacing lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping

California homeowner prevails over HOA in replacing lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping

After a seven-month conflict with her homeowner’s association (HOA), Carlsbad, California, resident Tracee Buck finally has the water-saving yard she wants. Buck decided to let her lawn die and replace ...

Pollinator project receives funding to focus on rights-of-ways in eight states

Pollinator project receives funding to focus on rights-of-ways in eight states

A new partnership between Bayer CropScience (Bayer) and Integrated Vegetation Management Partners (IVM Partners) is aimed at improving pollinator and wildlife habitats on public rights-of-way across eight states. Bayer has ...

Ornamental grass recognized as ‘Super Plant’ by LSU

Ornamental grass recognized as ‘Super Plant’ by LSU

A relatively new, variegated version of purple fountain grass called Fireworks has joined the henna coleus as one of the “Super Plants of 2015,” as designated by Louisiana State University’s ...

Water conservation: Talking to your clients about strategies and solutions

Water conservation: Talking to your clients about strategies and solutions

Even though it’s National Lawn Care Month, in some areas such as the Southwestern United States, the idea of the wide expanse of lush green lawn is rapidly disappearing. Replaced ...

How to save money, gain expertise with better irrigation

How to save money, gain expertise with better irrigation

World Water Day was March 22, which brings attention to the water crisis in the U.S. and around the world. Landscapers can contribute to water conservation in honor of the ...

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