Landscape

Pencil in hand, hands in the dirt, eye on the sky -- that's the life of landscape distributors, designers, and installers. When you're busy creating environments that people yearn to immerse themselves in, you don't want to have to hunt for information. We've pulled it all together here, from the best plants for the job to the best ways to keep your labor force engaged and motivated.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 05 2017

A research report to be released soon points to a connection between fungicide usage and prevalence of Nosema, a fungal pathogen, in bumblebees. The study is unique in that it is the first to consider multiple factors on a landscape scale associated with bumblebee decline. In total, 24 such variables were factored into the analysis and included things such as habitat, land use, and pesticide us...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 21 2017

Your input is very important to researchers! A research collaboration led by Dr. David Byrne, Texas A&M, will be submitting a proposal to conduct research on the use of remote sensing to assess plant traits.
 
These researchers would like to better gauge the interest of the industry in using remote sensor technology for monitoring purposes (such as for abiotic and/or dise...

Craig Regelbrugge November 21 2017

Dr. Steve Bronars, an economist who advises AmericanHort and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, has analyzed the just-released USDA Farm Labor Survey results and has provided us with a chart of the expected 2018 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for those using the H-2A visa program. These ne...

Tal Coley November 21 2017

New regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concerning electronic logging devices (ELDs) are creeping up and set to take effect on December 18.
 
These changes, set in motion with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century transportation bill in 2012 (also known as MAP-21), included a provision requiring the FMCS...

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2017

The latest immigration policy showdown is unfolding this week. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce as early as November 6 whether or not it will extend “temporary protected status” (TPS) for over 300,000 individuals who fled natural disasters or human conflict in El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and Nicaragua. The Central American TPS designations have been in p...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 10 2017

Boxwood producers and landscape managers:  your help is needed to direct future research! Please consider completing a short, less than five-minute survey to help identify attractive groundcovers as potential boxwood companion crops.
 
Dr. Chuan Hong, Virginia Tech, and his team ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 25 2017

Tennessee has become the second state to pursue establishment of a quarantine to restrict movement of boxwood and Sarcococca that could be infected with boxwood blight. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently held a hearing to discuss the proposal.
 
Citing the significant risk to nursery production and landscapes, the quarantine was deemed necessary for pro...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 12 2017

The Whitefly biotype Q Task Force (WTF-Q) coordination council met recently in Florida to discuss future direction. The coordination council is made up of two representatives each from industry, the regulatory community, and the research community, as well as a USDA-APHIS coordinator. AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) co-chair the industry part of the coordination coun...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 28 2017

Is there a pest problem that’s been giving you grief because you can’t find adequate control tools? Now you have the opportunity to tell someone about it – someone who may actually be able to find a workable solution.
 
The IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program conducts research studies to develop efficacy and crop safety data to support new and expanded pest...

Craig Regelbrugge August 15 2017

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) maintains voluntary industry consensus standards governing tree, shrub, and other woody plant management practices. The so-called A300 standard is developed by an accredited standards developing committee of which AmericanHort is a participating member. The A300 standard is organized into 10 sections, several of which are under review and potential revi...