Rocks, Blocks and Beyond...
June 14, 2012
Brooke Rockwell

I Need to See Your License and Proof of Insurance
Landscape contractors need to be licensed in order to work in certain states, while many states have no licensing requirements. Within the states that require licensing, some only require fees, while in others education (two to four years) is mandatory. Do these requirements help or hinder your business?Read More

From the Drawing Board
This month Landscape Designer Katie Creighton offers some advice for creating a more welcoming entrance for clients' homes. For problems such as narrow walks, cluttered spaces or confusing pathways, Katie has the solutions. Read More

String Lines and Laser Levels
What are all the steps from setting up a laser level to using it to pitch the patio? Where do you put your string lines and how do you apply them to the construction in various applications? If these questions sound familiar, the pros at provide the answers. Read More

American Nurseryman's Current Issue

Tough Groundcovers for Tough Sites
The dream job presents perfect soil, abundant sun and sufficient natural moisture to sustain healthy plants. For the rest of your projects, however, you'll need to select tough plants that can withstand the whims of Mother Nature—and continue to please your clients Read More


Equipment East is a LiuGong Certified Cummins Service Provider
A member of the LiuGong Construction Equipment dealer network, Equipment East has attained Certified Cummins Service Provider designation. This allows Equipment East to provide its customers with enhanced customer service and support. Read More

Request for Hall of Fame Nominees
The American Rental Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2013 Hall of Fame induction. The induction will be held during The Rental Show, which will take place February 10-13 in Las Vegas. Read More

Burton to Retire from STIHL
Peter Burton, vice president of sales and marketing for STIHL, Inc., will retire in July after 30 years with the company. Burton said, "What I am most proud of is being able to help build a team of people who share that dedication and to encourage a high level of communication and cooperation among all the members of our unique distribution system."Read More

Van's Equipment Represents Hyundai in Colorado
Van's Equipment has been named an authorized Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. dealer in the Colorado market. It will carry the complete line, including wheel loaders, excavators and skid steers. Read More

Notes from SWT Design
Brock Piglia has joined SWT Design in the marketing and business development division. Co-founding Principals Ted Spaid and Jim Wolterman said, "Brock brings a unique skill set of marketing and business competence with knowledge and experience in landscape architecture as well." SWT was also recognized during the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Central States Conference for its work on several projects. Read More

New Members for John Deere Green Tech
Russ Perron, John Hutchinson and Kelly Duncan have joined John Deere Green Tech as district sales managers. Read More

WaterSense Label for Cyber-Rain Weather-Based Controllers
Cyber-Rain's line of weather-based controllers has been independently certified to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense specification for weather-based irrigation controllers. Read More

MaxLite Offers Lighting and Technology University
To help industry professionals better understand developments in the lighting industry, MaxLite has created the "MaxLite Lighting and Technology University" to develop and deliver seminars, webinars, video conferences and other presentations on the latest LED lighting technologies. Read More

Promotions and New Faces at Husqvarna
Husqvarna announced several promotions and new additions to the company. Recent hires include Chris Banks, Ed Cancela, Randy Silver and Christopher Trevitt. Ryan Wood was promoted to district sales manager for Central and West Texas. Peyton Carroll has been promoted to district sales manager; his territory includes the greater Houston area in Texas. Read More

Landscape Ontario Congress Turns 40
From its humble beginnings four decades ago, Landscape Ontario Congress has evolved into a vital education and networking event, attracting close to 13,000 industry professionals. Congress 2013 will return to the Toronto Congress Centre from January 8 to 13, 2013. Read More

Urban Trees Flourish
Thirty London Plane trees planted in the Barclay Capital Grove at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts have reached a three-year milestone of healthy growth. The trees were planted with an underground tree support system provided by DeepRoot. Read More

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June 21
Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association Field Day. Union Bridge, Md. For more information, visit
June 21-22
Irrigation Foundation Faculty Academy. Pewaukee, Wis. For more information, visit
June 23-24
Idaho Green Expo at Expo Idaho, Garden City, Idaho. For details, visit
June 24-29
14th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference. Fort Worth, Texas. To learn more, visit
June 29-30
FNGLA Annual Convention. Jacksonville, Fla. For details, visit
June 27
Landscape Contractors Association Networking Breakfast. Sports Legend Museum, Baltimore, Md. To learn more, visit
June 28
PGMS Cincinnati Branch Sugar Bay Daylilies Farm Tour. Sugar Bay Daylilies Farm, Warsaw, Ky. For more information, visit
June 28
PGMS Cincinnati Branch Sugar Bay Daylilies Farm Tour. Sugar Bay Daylilies Farm, Warsaw, Ky. For more information, visit
July 2
Plant ID & Sensitivities. Urban Garden Center, Pearl City, Hawaii. To learn more, visit
July 4-10
30th Perennial Plant Symposium. Boston, Mass. For details, visit
July 8-13
Design for Watersheds, Ecosystems & Infrastructure. Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Warren, Vt. For details, visit
July 8-10
PLANET Renewal & Remembrance; Legislative Day on the Hill. Arlington Cemetery and Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, Va. To learn more, visit
July 10
Design Inspirations from New England's Wild Landscapes. Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass. For details, visit
July 10-12
PLANET Annual Leadership Meetings. Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, Va. For details, visit
July 11
Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association Summer Field Day. Lockwood Farm, Hamden, Conn. To learn more, call 800-562-0610 or visit
July 11
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Erosion/Sediment Control But Were Afraid to Ask. Reno, Nev. For more information, email or visit
July 14-17
OFA Short Course. Columbus, Ohio. To learn more, visit
July 11
Green Works Summer Twilight Meeting. Marijke's Perennial Gardens Plus, Starksboro, Vt. For more information, visit
July 12-13
Post-Fire Land Restoration. Reno, Nev. To learn more, visit
July 17
Plant ID Clinic. Davis Tree Farm, Valley City, Ohio. For more information, visit
July 18
Tree & Shrub Planting. Urban Garden Center, Pearl City, Hawaii. For details, visit
July 18
Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals Summer Get-Together. Northeast Nursery, Peabody, Mass. For more information, visit
July 18-19
MLNA Summer Conference. Kansas City, Miss. For details, visit
July 20
Up By Roots: Healthy Trees & Roots for the Built Environment. Atlanta, Ga. To learn more, visit
July 20
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado 50th Anniversary Celebration. Wellshire Inn, Denver, Colo. For more information, visit
July 22-25
Recent & Future Innovations in Erosion & Environmental Control. Hamilton, New Zealand. To learn more, visit
July 24
Plan Reading & Math for Landscape. Urban Garden Center, Pearl City, Hawaii. For more information, visit
July 25
Green Works Summer Twilight Meeting. Vermont Wetland Plant Supply, Orwell, Vt. To learn more, visit
July 26
Landscape Design Tour. Bachman's, Plymouth, Minn. For more information, visit
July 26
Landscape Shrub Identification & Usage. Penn State Extension of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa. For details, visit
July 26
Great Ideas Summer Conference & Trade Show. Elm Bank Horticulture Center, Wellesley, Mass. For more information, visit
July 31-August 2
PANTS (Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show). Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa. For more information, visit
August 1
Green Works Summer Twilight Meeting. Shelburne Farms Inn, Shelburne, Vt. For details, visit
August 2-3
Nursery & Landscape Professional Training & Exam. Ira Nelson Horticulture Center, Lafayette, La. For more information, email or visit
August 7-9
2012 All-America Selections Summer Summit. East Lansing, Mich. For more information, visit

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