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Welcome to 'Sprout,' American Nurseryman's e-newsletter published on the first and third Thursdays of each month. For even more, be sure to read our June issue.

Win a free trip to the Irrigation Show and Education ConferenceHunter offers trip to Irrigation Show
Headed to Austin? You could be, if you win Hunter Irrigation’s Smart Irrigation Month promotion—and a free trip to the Irrigation Show and Education Conference, November 4 to 8. No purchase is necessary to participate; it’s Hunter’s way to “get as many people talking about Smart Irrigation Month as possible,” according to Troy Leezy, the company’s marketing manager. Visit the link provided below: While on the page, you’ll have the opportunity to join the discussion about smart irrigation and share photos of your best conservation-focused projects. You can also see a new video that goes in-depth about retrofitting with water saving products and practices, as well as try out the Hunter Water Savings Calculator. Read more here and here.

NetafimNetafim wins 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award
Gotta love the Swedes. The Stockholm International Water Institute, in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, has named Netafim the 2013 Stockholm Water Industry Award laureate. The commendation will be presented at a World Water Week ceremony in the Swedish capital on September 3. Read more>

BASF and Becker UnderwoodBreaking the cycle of resistance
BASF and Becker Underwood have launched a YouTube clip that explains—very concisely—how beneficial nematodes work. The 2-minute video doesn’t go into great detail, but it makes the point. Just be sure you have a strong resistance to the ick factor—not because of the video itself, but because of the creepy, scary pictures that may pop up on the side, suggesting you watch something about a spider … See it here>

American Society of Landscape Architects awardsASLA announces 2013 honorees
The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced its roster of award recipients for 2013; presentations will be made at the group’s Annual Meeting and Expo November 15 to 18 in Boston. Top honors went to Warren T. Byrd Jr., who will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect. Byrd taught full time at the University of Virginia for 26 years, at the same time building and maintaining a thriving practice: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in Charlottesville. The Landscape Architecture Firm Award will go to Reed Hilderbrand, Watertown, Mass. Read more>

Japanese knotweedThink first before removing weeds
Oh, your clients will love this. Gardening expert Karen Snetselaar, PhD, professor of biology at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, is advising that gardeners learn more about invasives before yanking them from their gardens. For example, it’s not a good idea to mow Japanese stiltgrass—a weed that’s rapidly invading the Mid-Atlantic states—because mowing disperses seed. Pull it instead. On the other hand, pulling Japanese knotweed (pictured here) will only allow the weed to produce more plants from the tiniest shred of root. Timing and education are critical, Snetselaar says. Makes sense, of course, but how many homeowners have the patience? Looks like a business opportunity, though … (Photo courtesy of Britt Slattery, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Bugwood.org) Read more>

58th Annual SNA Research Conference58th Annual SNA Research Conference
The country’s largest running woody ornamental research meeting, the SNA’s annual Research Conference will be held this year in conjunction with SNA 2013, August 5 and 6 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Presentations on hundreds of topics in 13 categories will cover field and container grown plant production to economics and marketing to propagation to water management—and everything in between. Read more>

IGC ShowIGC Show early-bird registration ends soon
If you’re planning to attend this year’s IGC Show in Chicago (August 20 to 22), be sure to take advantage of early-bird registration: Not only could you save $200 off IGC Know2Grow Retail Conference Passports and get discounted reserved spots on the Chicagoland Garden Center Tour (not to be missed), you could be in the running to receive one of 10 Apple iPads. It’s true! June 30 is the deadline. Read more>

Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association Summer MeetingIt’s Christmas in July!
The Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association Summer Meeting, which will be held at Blue Ridge Christmas Tree Farm in Annville, Penn., is right around the corner—July 25 and 26. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for education, demonstrations, farm tours and fun. Early-bird registration deadline is July 1, so don’t be a Scrooge—sign up today! Read more>

Hot Products

Festuca glauca Beyond Blue from Skagit GardensHelenium ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’Beyond Blue; ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’
Intense, powder blue, threadlike leaves are the outstanding feature of Festuca glauca Beyond Blue from Skagit Gardens. The dense tuft that spreads to 18 inches remains blue throughout the season, and showy, upright blue-green flowers on slender stems reach to 12 inches. Hardy to Zone 4, Beyond Blue complements annuals and perennials and is easy to grow in a sunny location. Plus: Helenium ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’ features orange and gold blooms on an upright and compact plant reaching 12 to 18 inches in height and spreading to 24 inches. Hardy to Zone 4, the plant is long blooming and starts earlier than most of its type. Read more>

Sedum ‘Marina’ from Terra Nova NurseriesLeucanthemum ‘Snowbound’‘Marina’; ‘Snowbound’
Sedum ‘Marina’ from Terra Nova Nurseries is one of the bluest S. telephium available to date; it features oblong, blue-gray leaves that tint purple in summer, and produces rose-pink flowers in late summer. A low-spreading habit makes it suitable for containers; given full sun in zones 4 to 11, the average size is 10 inches tall (with flowers reaching 12 inches) by 24 inches wide. Plus: Leucanthemum ‘Snowbound’ features a neat, short habit and produces masses of single white daisies from late spring to mid-summer. Grown in full sun in zones 5 to 8, ‘Snowbound’ reaches 15 inches in height (with flowers topping out at about 18 inches) and spreads to 28 inches. Read more>

‘Sunshine’ ligustrum from the Southern Living Plant collection and Western Garden Collection‘Sunshine’ ligustrum
‘Sunshine’ ligustrum from the Southern Living® Plant collection and Western® Garden Collection is a fast grower, ideal for use as a low-growing hedge. It performs well in full sun and partial shade. A sterile, nonblooming cultivar (meaning it won’t reseed into the landscape!), its eye-catching golden foliage stays sunny year-round. Growing 3 to 4 feet tall with a similar spread, ‘Sunshine’ is hardy to Zone 6. Read more>

Echo CS-303TTop handle chain saw
Echo Inc. has introduced the CS-303T, its new 30.1cc top handle chain saw available in 12-inch and 14-inch bars. The saw features an automatic/adjustable oiler, a side-access chain tensioner, a vibration reduction system, a purge bulb and an inertia chain brake. Lightweight and well-balanced, the CS-303T starts easily on the ground or in the tree. Read more>

Bandit Industries Beast recyclers Models 2680XP, 3680 XP and 4680 XPXP-Series Beast recyclers/horizontal grinders
Bandit Industries has introduced a new XP-series line of Beast® recyclers, including Models 2680XP, 3680XP and 4680XP. Models now feature angled front infeeds with larger infeed drive chains. Track Beasts feature height-adjustable pans for adjusting feed angle. A new rail system on the return side of the infeed replaces the roller system, significantly reducing load on the tail shaft. These machines also offer a new “Big Mouth” option that increases the height of the opening into the mill. An extra-large, 32-inch-diameter feed wheel is optional and includes a brush deflector to better direct material into the machine. Read more>

ETG-26 dual tine grapple rake from Worksaver IncDual tine grapple rake
The ETG-26 dual tine grapple rake from Worksaver Inc. is designed for use on 30 to 80 hp front loaders or skid steers with the “universal” attaching system. The ETG-26 features two upper grapples that are 20 inches wide; lower tines are spaced 10 inches apart; overall width is 72 inches. The tine grapple is ideal for piling, loading brush and handling other materials while leaving dirt behind. The upper grapple design provides clamping force to hold material securely, featuring greaseable pivot points for long service life and a shield plate to protect the hydraulic cylinders. Read more>

TurfEx offers four models of broadcast push spreadersPush spreaders
TurfEx offers four models of broadcast push spreaders, featuring heavy-duty polyethylene construction and accurate material feed systems. The units are designed to help turf care professionals boost productivity and reduce material waste. Models TS65 and TS85 offer 75- and 120-pound capacities, respectively, and come with powder coated frames. Models TS65SS and TS85SS have matching specifications, but are equipped with stainless steel frames for superior corrosion protection. All products in the line boast precise distribution of granular materials, including fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide and seed, with a maximum spread width of 12 feet. They include a manual on/off lever and positive-locking gate that reopens to the calibrated setting for each use. Read more>

Shuttle O miticideVeggies added to Shuttle O label
OHP Inc. has added greenhouse vegetables to its Shuttle® O miticide label; production ornamental growers now may use the product on fruiting veggie varieties including eggplant, groundcherry, pepino, pepper, tomatillo and tomato. Shuttle® O is effective on a wide range of species including two-spotted spider mites, spruce spider mites, citrus red mites, European red mites and Pacific spider mites; the product is not yet registered for the new use pattern in California and New York. Read more>

Motion-activated deer repellentMotion-activated deer repellent
Havahart has expanded its line of Spray Away products to include the new hose-free, motion-activated Elite II deer repellent. The new Elite II uses solar-powered, infrared sensors to detect an animal’s heat and movement up to 35 feet away. Once detected, the Spray Away system instantly emits a sudden burst of water combined with unexpected noise and motion that effectively repels unwanted animals without harming them.  The robustly designed, low-maintenance Elite II is powerful enough to protect areas up to 1,900 square feet. Instead of a hose, the product uses a large, durable water basin that holds enough water to release approximately 35 spray activations. Spray distance can be adjusted and protects against pest animals of all sizes from deer to raccoons to squirrels. Read more>

Magnum Mole TrapMole trap
Keen Mill Inc. offers the Magnum Mole Trap, designed for use by golf courses, professional lawn care providers, pest control companies and homeowners; effective at taking care of moles and easy and safe to use. Proven quality mole trap made in the USA that gets results. Built with durability and reliability and made to be user friendly. Read more>

Finally: Before the storm

Before the storm

Upcoming event
What: 46th Annual Summer Field Day
When: August 13
Where: Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio
Sponsors: Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio
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The Pronouncing Dictionary of Plant NamesBuy this book!
Do Latin plant names leave you tongue-tied? Do Latin plant names leave your customers tongue-tied? Put the power of perfect pronunciation in your back pocket—or theirs—with the newest edition of American Nurseryman’s The Pronouncing Dictionary of Plant Names. More than 500,000 copies of this little dictionary have been sold since its first edition! This edition features 300 additional plant names, bringing the total number of names to more than 3,000. We’ve also made the type size bigger and we’ve incorporated a new, easier to-understand system of phonetic spelling. All entries include a brief description of the plant name origin, meaning, plant category or common name equivalent. Read more>

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