Rocks, Blocks and Beyond...
August 9, 2012
Brooke Rockwell

What Keeps You Up at Night?
A look at the results of a recent survey of Landscape & Hardscape Design-Build readers finds that thereís one thing that keeps many of you from getting a full night's sleep. Read More

From the Drawing Board
If you've got a kitchen project coming up, be sure to check out this month's From the Drawing Board. Designer Eric Leith Hagberg provides a quick review of the details you need to consider when designing outdoor kitchens, such as permits, setbacks and measurements. Read More

In Your Own Words
Compensation for Top Employees
Vtscaper questions the best way to compensate your top employees. When an employee asks for more, on top of a benefit package that includes a new truck, vacation time and 401(k) match, how do you respond? Read More

Fleet Management
John Dolce, an experienced fleet manager, talks about repairing equipment, purchasing new versus used equipment, continuing education and fleet management tips in this SIMA interview. Read More

Anatomy of a Wall Failure
The near-catastrophic failure of a retaining wall taught clients an expensive lesson and provided one design-build company an exceptional opportunity. Read More


Hardscape Contractor Executive Workshop at HNA
For 2012, HNA is introducing a workshop program designed for experienced contractor owners and executives. This year's workshop, "Juggling for Success in Hardscapes—Sharing Best Practices,"will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from noon to 3 p.m. Read More

ValleyCrest Employees Rewarded for Safety
ValleyCrest Landscape Companies celebrated its 2012 National Safety Awareness Day by presenting new work trucks to four deserving employees. The program reinforces the company's commitment to workplace safety by encouraging employees to perform accident-free throughout the year. Read More

Two Best in Show Titles for Ledden Palimeno Landscape Co.
Joe Palimeno of Ledden Palimeno Landscape Co. will remember his first year exhibiting at the Singapore Garden Festival, as his company was named Best in Show for its exhibit, The Modernist Garden. Ledden Palimeno also took Best in Show at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show for its 'Ohana Ho'olaule'a exhibit. Read More

Schreder Lighting Adds Horvath to Team
Daniel Horvath has been named sales engineer at Schreder Lighting US. He will be responsible for coordinating the engineering of lighting products for special custom applications and performance. Read More

Ruppert Landscape Partners with ABC
of Metro Washington

Ruppert Landscape and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington partnered to host a summer networking event at Ruppert's corporate headquarters. Chris Davitt, company president, said, "Our involvement with ABC affords us the opportunity to interact with other contractors and customers who are serving our industry." Read More

Benchmark Landscape Continues Winning Streak
Once again, Benchmark Landscape has been recognized for excellence by the California Landscape Contractors Association during the Annual Beautification Awards Program. This year, the company earned six awards. Read More

Paladin is Gold-Level Supporter of
I Make America Campaign

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced that Paladin Attachments has joined the ranks of the I Make America campaign’s gold-level company supporters. I Make America was launched in September 2010 to improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. Read More

NJLCA Takes Part in Renewal and
Remembrance and Legislative Day on the Hill

Jody Shilan, New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association executive director, and Chris Hricik, the association's vice president, made the journey to participate in PLANET's Renewal and Remembrance and Legislative Day on the Hill in Washington. "This day truly makes you appreciate that you can actually meet with your representatives and effect change in this great country," Hricik said. Read More

NTEA New Model Truck Product Conference
National Truck Equipment Association members can get an early preview of next year's truck and product offerings from leading chassis manufacturers at the NTEA's New Model Truck Product Conference. The conference will be held September 11-13 in Dearborn, Mich. Read More

Shasta Landscaping Earns CLCA San Diego Chapter President's Award
The California Landscape Contractors Association San Diego Chapter's President's Award was presented to Shasta Landscaping, Inc. for its green roof project at the Charles David Keeling Apartments at UC San Diego. The company was also awarded for work at the Origen Model homes in Mission Valley. Read More

Extreme Dream Come True for Toms Creek Nursery and Landscape
Brandon Vaughan of Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping in Denton, N.C., was named the winner in New Hollandís 2011 Extreme Dream contest and recently took possession his prize, an L218 skid steer loader. The loader was presented to Vaughan by Greensboro Tractor Co., a New Holland dealer in Greensboro, N.C. Read More

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August 14
Tap Root Speaker Series: Sustainable Plants in the Public Landscape. St. Louis, Miss. For more information, visit
August 14-16
A Plant's Family Tree: Relationships Within the Plant Kingdom. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine. To learn more, visit
August 15
Are You Working IN Your Business or ON the Business? Webinar. For more information, visit
August 16-17
Design Seminar. Riverside, Ill. To learn more, visit
August 19-23
StormCon. Sheraton Downtown, Denver, Colo. For details, visit
August 16-19
TNLA Nursery & Landscape Expo. George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. For more information, visit
August 22
How to Use Facebook as a Complement to Your Website & Other Marketing. Webinar. To learn more, visit
August 22
Irrigation 101. Irrigation Supply, Avon, Ohio. For more information, visit
August 23
Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association Summer Field Day. Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville, Ind.. For details, visit
August 23
Green Works/VNLA 2012 Summer Meeting &: Trade Show. Horsford Gardens &: Nursery, Charlotte, Vt. To learn more, visit
August 23-24
Landscape Management Network Workshop. Chicago, Ill. For details, visit
August 23-25
Farwest Show. Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore. To learn more, visit
August 24-25
Speaking of Gardening Symposium. North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, N.C. For details, visit
August 27-28
Landscape Management Network Workshop. Baltimore, Md. For more information, visit
August 28
Plant Materials Conference. Wes Watkins Center, OSU, Stillwater, Okla. For details, visit
August 29
Marketing to the Right Customers. Webinar. For details, visit


August 29
Successful Plant Combinations. Klyn Nurseries, Perry, Ohio. For details, visit
August 30
Bulbs in the Landscape: Expanding the Palette. APLD Educational Webinar. To learn more, visit
September 4-18
Native New England Shrubs. Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass. For more information, visit
September 6-7
Fall Tour 2012. Bozeman area in Montana. For details, visit
September 8; 12; 15
ACLP Irrigation Workshop. Mesa Community College, Mesa, Ariz.; University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Phoenix, Ariz.; Pima Community College, Tucson, Ariz. For details, visit
September 13

New England Nursery Association Centennial Celebration. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass. Call 508-653-3112 for more information.
September 13

2012 Michigan Snow Conference &: Expo. Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich. For details, visit
September 13
Clean Water Summit 2012—Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: The Essential Role of Soil. Chaska, Minn. For more information, visit
September 13
18th Annual Women in Horticulture Luncheon. Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood, Colo. For details, visit
September 13

Montgomery County Landscape Update. Montgomery County 4-H Center, Collegeville, Pa. To learn more, visit
September 13-14

NAA Tree ID, Evaluation &: Selection. Lied Lodge &: Conference Center, Nebraska City, Neb. For details, visit
September 13-14
Landscape Management Network Workshop. Boston, Mass. For more information, visit
September 16
Understanding Botanical &: Horticultural Names. Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass. To learn more, visit
September 16-22

2012 APLD International Design Conference. San Francisco Bay area, Calif. For more information, visit
September 18
Montreal Botanic Gardens Tour. Montreal, Que. For more information, visit

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