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Beetle-killed trees studied as fuel source
Some of us used it for paneling, with its beautiful, gray-blue streaks lending a bit of color to the room where we kept the ping-pong table. But a consortium of academic, industry and government professionals led by Colorado State University are working on using “beetle kill”—the waste wood resulting from devastating infestation by pine beetles in the Rocky Mountains—as a source for biofuels. A $10 million grant from the USDA will fund the study. And while we all hope the researchers are successful in finding a way to turn beetle-killed trees into a renewable source of clean fuel, we also hope there’s progress in stopping the beetles before they provide too much fodder. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University; Bugwood.org). Read more>
Freedom Tree Farms joins HGTV HOME Plant Collection growers
Tennessee-based Freedom Tree Farms is the newest grower partner to join the HGTV HOME Plant Collection family; the company is among the largest wholesale growers east of the Mississippi. Freedom Tree will grow shrubs, annuals and select perennials designed for the South for the Expressions Annuals™, Essential Perennials™ and the Smart & Stylish Shrubs™ Collections. Read more here and here.
Parrotia persica named Urban Tree of the Year
The Society of Municipal Arborists has named Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ as its 2014 Urban Tree of the Year. The international group states that a tree must be adaptable to a variety of harsh growing conditions, as well as exhibit strong ornamental traits, in order to qualify for this designation. Native to northern Iran, the Persian ironwood tree has become widely used in the U.S. and Canada. Read more>
Jacto selects lease financing partner
TEQlease Capital, a private equipment lease finance company, has become the preferred financing resource for Jacto Inc. Through this relationship, TEQlease Capital will provide lease-financing solutions for Jacto Inc. customers in the U.S. Jacto Inc. is an industry-leading manufacturer of agricultural sprayers and backpack sprayers. Read more>
Dosatron names Lundgren regional sales manager
Christopher Lundgren has been named regional sales manager - horticulture for Dosatron International Inc. Read more>
Point source drip emitters
Hunter Industries has introduced a new family of pressure-compensation drip emitters for its micro irrigation line, designed for quick installation. Available in three inlets—self-piercing barb, 10/32 thread, and ½-inch female thread. The barb and 10/32 thread models are offered in .5, 1, 2, 4, and 6 GPH models; the ½-inch female threaded model is available in 1 and 2 GPH, and they’re color-coded for fast flow identification with coined edges for easy gripping. Read more>
Professional strength cleaners
GreenClean Acid Cleaner and GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner from BioSafe Systems are professional strength products that lift away organic deposits, calcium and harsh minerals. GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner also removes stubborn grease and oils. Keep your greenhouse clean with both of these cleaners and use them to sanitize and disinfect most hard surfaces, including concrete, tile and stainless steel. Read more>
For the dog lovers in the bunch: This Dachshund garden bench from Garden Decor Accents holds a maximum weight of 300 pounds. Made of polyresin, the bench itself weighs 51 pounds, measuring 53 inches long by 10 inches deep and 25 inches high. Read more>
Finally: Wendell’s work is never done