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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 February issue.

2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends SurveyASLA predicts 2014 trends
Landscape architects report that consumer demand remains strong for “attractively designed residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing,” according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the ASLA. Sustainable and low-maintenance designs also continue to be popular. “Outdoor living spaces”—kitchens and entertainment areas—are in demand this year, as is outdoor recreation. (Photo by Marion Brenner) Read more>

Bumble and honey bee$3 million pledged for pollinator health
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced it will provide $3 million in technical and financial assistance to help improve the health of bees; the funds will be targeted in five Midwestern states, including Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Funding will be provided to interested growers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to promote conservation practices that provide honey bees with pollen and nectar while also providing benefits to the environment. (Photo of bumble bee and honey bee by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University; Bugwood.org) Read more>

Snap-onSnap-on offers hort certification
Tool company Snap-on has added Horticulture Certification its technical education program, stating, “Horticulture is a fast-growing industry that requires specific job training and qualifications, and career opportunities exist for those skilled and educated in the proper use and safety of horticultural tools.” The course covers four areas: safety, pruner and lopper design, applications and tool maintenance. Read more>

Bandit IndustriesBandit expands dealer network
Bandit Industries has added seven new dealers to its network in North America, serving customers in northern Louisiana, central and southern Mississippi, central and southern Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, eastern Tennessee, central Virginia, western Kansas and South Dakota. The dealers include Equipment Inc. (Jackson and Hattiesburg, Miss.; and Mobile and Shreveport, La.); A-Ok Power Equipment (based in Santa Barbara, Calif.); Fairbank Equipment Inc. (western Kansas and South Dakota); Stowers Machinery Corp. (eastern Tennessee); Chipper Pro LLC and Forest Pro Inc. (central Virginia); Quality Equipment and Parts Inc. (Lake City, Fla.); and Forestry 21 Equipment (Alabama). Read more>

People News

Edmund CarmodyCarmody named sales director
Edmund Carmody has been named director of sales, turf and ornamental, for Koch Agronomic Services LLC. Read more>

 

Passings

Reese KikkaReese Kikka
Reese Kikka, North American sales rep for Danziger Flower Farm, passed away March 3. Read more>

 

 

Hot Products

A.M. Leonard Poly ScoopPoly tools
A.M. Leonard has released a new line of poly tools, including the Poly Scoop with Extended D Grip, the Poly Scoop with a 48-inch long handle, and the Poly Scoop Fork with a 48-inch long handle. Both scoops offer a 20 percent increased capacity from previous versions; with their longer reach, these two new models reduce bending during scooping to protect your back. Super-durable and strong to handle high impact, each scoop has a fiberglass handle core that further increases strength and rigidity. From landscaping to cleaning decks to unloading pickups, these tools are ideal as they will never rust, rot or break; plus, their non-stick surface makes snow removal, scooping mulch or clearing gravel even easier. The fork is 40 percent lighter than a steel model, and the all-poly, eight-tine construction is tough and durable. Read more>

Blue-MaxCoated aluminum sulfate for hydrangeas
Blue-Max™ coated aluminum sulfate from Everris is designed for easier production of blue hydrangeas, delivering a sustained supply to plants with just a single application. Blue-Max is 100 percent coated using Everris’ proprietary E-Max Release Technology™; the polymer coating’s thin weight allows for a higher percentage of aluminum sulfate, often making it possible to reduce application rates and frequency and minimizing the risk of root burn. Read more>

AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide from BioSafe SystemsBroad-spectrum herbicide
AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide from BioSafe Systems is a newly formulated organic weed control for use in greenhouses and nurseries. AXXE provides a rapid burn down of weeds within hours of application and then biodegrades quickly, leaving no harmful residue behind. AXXE does not volatilize and will not migrate through soil making it a powerful and effective treatment that is safe to use in all areas of production, both inside and outside. OMRI Listed for organic production. Read more>

Eco-Lite Products, MAX Grow LightsGrow lights
New from Eco-Lite Products, MAX Grow Lights. The Max600 LED Grow Light uses only 125 watts per unit and draws only .87 amps per unit. The growing area for each Max600 is 16 square feet. No internal or external fans are needed to keep the Max600 cool. Just one Max600 is needed for both flowering and growing. The advanced technology of the Max600 gives the ability to evaluate plant health without removing the plants from the light. Read more>

Raymond EvisonŽ ClematisRaymond Evison pot wrap
Raymond Evison® Clematis is introducing an informative and colorful pot wrap for its 2-gallon clematis program in 2014. In addition to an attractive retail exterior presentation, the pot wrap is notable for its wealth of growing and pruning information printed on the inside that makes gardening easy, with step-by-step guides that gardeners will understand. The wrap was custom-designed and produced for the designated containers by HIP Labels of Greensboro, N.C. Consumer-focused point of purchase signage will supplement the pot wrap for added retail impact. Read more>

Quickattach clips from Horticultural Marketing & PrintingLabel clips
Made from a flexible, high-grade plastic, new Quickattach clips from Horticultural Marketing & Printing quickly snap onto tree and shrub branches. The clip’s patented arrow design firmly keeps tags in place, yet they can easily be flipped so consumers can read the reverse sides. Quickattach clips are a cost-effective alternative to cumbersome wire ties, or elastic strings that are difficult to attach. They’ll attach to limbs up to ¾ inches in diameter. They’re long lasting, weatherproof and resistant to cracking in cold or high-UV conditions. Read more>

Upcoming event
What: California Spring Trials
When: April 5 to 10
Where: Various sites in California
Sponsors: Participating growers
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Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential LandscapesBuy this book!
Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes
“Going green” is no longer a choice; it's a necessity. Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small-Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes gives site designers and landscape architects the tools and information they need to become a driving force in the quest for sustainability. Advocating a regenerative design approach in which built landscapes sustain and restore vital ecological functions, this book guides readers through a design process for new and redeveloped sites that not only minimizes damage to the environment but also actively helps to repair it. With attention to six global environmental challenges—including air pollution, urban flooding and water pollution, water shortages, invasive species, and loss of biodiversity—along with guidance on how to meet these challenges, Designing the Sustainable Site is a practical design manual for sustainable alternatives to small-scale site and residential landscape design.
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