Rocks, Blocks and Beyond...
October 12, 2012

Brooke Rockwell

Going … Going … Gone
If you're in the market for some equipment or tools, check to see if there are any auctions in your local area. You might be surprise by what you can find, and it can be a fun way to spend the day. Read More

From the Drawing Board
Deer can turn your client's landscape into an all-you-can-eat buffet. Designer Michal Commanday provides some ideas for plant selections and design strategies to help curb their appetites. Read More

Irrigation: What Would You Do?
A client has a 75-foot strip of "yard" next to the house, but an outside faucet is the only water source. Log on to Design-Build Site and let Dirt Boy know what you would do. Read More

In the Market for a New Truck?
Jason Bramwell offers a look at new models from five manufacturers: Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Isuzu and Ram. Make sure you've got the right hp, the right hauling capabilities, and enough room for you and your crew. Read More


PLANET to Host Design/Build Symposium
The Professional Landcare Network will host a Design/Build/Installation Symposium November 15 through 17 at the Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas. Presentations include Selling Skills for the Landscape Professional, Outdoor Lighting: The Visual Connection to Gardens After Dark, New Technology Trends, and Mastering the Business Side of Design-Build. Read More

Gray Water for Irrigation
The Water Environment Research Foundation's Fall 2012 Progress Newsletter reported that most landscape plants irrigated with household gray water are as healthy as those watered with freshwater. The findings are based on a long-term study. Read More

Archer & Buchanan's Cattail Fence Earns Award
Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. announced that its design for a sculptural fence has been honored by the Society of American Registered Architects. Pennsylvania Council. The fence is constructed of 300, 10-foot steel blades. Read More

The Make it in America Challenge
A $40 million multi-agency Make it in America Challenge is hoping to accelerate the trend of insourcing, where companies bring jobs back and make additional investments in the U.S. The competition is being funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. Read More

Permeable Pavements in Cold Climates
An ongoing three-year study of the performance of various types of permeable pavements is being conducted at the Living City Campus at Kortright in Vaughan, Ont., through a research collaboration between STEP and the University of Guelph. The results of the study will be used to develop or refine policies and guidelines on the appropriate use and design of permeable pavements for stormwater management. Read More

Hone Your Fleet Management Skills
The Fleet Management Symposium will be held March 5 and 6, in conjunction with the Work Truck Show 2013, and will focus on best practices and strategies to improve fleet performance at all levels. Read More

Trends for 2013-2014
The Garden Media Group reports on the top 12 garden/horticulture and lifestyle trends for 2013-2014, "The Year of Bliss." Find out what's new in plant colors; how water features will fare in the coming year; and what features your clients may be asking for. Read More

Millican, Thornsburg Join Husqvarna Team
Gene Millican and Dave Thornsburg have joined Husqvarna. Millican is the new district sales manager for the eastern region, covering Alabama and Mississippi. Thornsburg is serving as the district sales manager for Alaska and Washington. Read More

NENA Turns 100
The New England Nursery Association celebrated its 100-year anniversary in September. NENA past presidents joined fellow members on a tour of Tower Hill Botanic Garden's property. Read More

CCNY, Rutgers Top "Parks for the People" Design Competition
Student and faculty design teams from the City College of New York and Rutgers University were honored for their work in Parks for the People, a student competition to reimagine America's National Parks. Other finals were Cornell University, Florida International University, Kansas State University, Pratt Institute, Rice University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington. Read More

BIA Tech Notes for Accessible, Permeable Clay Brick
The Brick Industry Association created and updated two Technical Notes for clay brick pavements: Technical Note 14E, "Accessible Clay Pavements" and Technical Note 14D, "Permeable Clay Brick Pavement." Read More

Landscape Projects Earn Sustainability Certification
Eight projects have achieved certification under the nation's most comprehensive rating system for sustainable design, construction and maintenance of build landscapes. The projects were part of a two-year pilot program that applied the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) guidelines and met the requirements. Read More

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