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. January 16 2018

A newly published research article compared the uptake and dissipation of two neonicotinoid residues in nectar and foliage of Ilex and Clethra. The research was led by Dr. Dan Potter, University of Kentucky, and partially funded by the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) through the Pollinator Stewardship Initiative.
 
The two neonicotinoids evaluated wer...

Craig Regelbrugge January 16 2018

Amidst a series of bipartisan White House-convened meetings to pursue a deal on border security and a solution for the roughly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as minors and protected from deportation under President Obama’s so-called DACA program came a disparaging comment from President Trump. He questioned aloud why America would want immigrants from some less-fortunate nations...

Craig Regelbrugge January 03 2018

The Tree Care Industry Association, which administers the ANSI A300 Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Management – Standard Practices, has notified AmericanHort of the public review period for the following portions of the A300 Standard:
 

  • Part 2 - Soil Management: a. Modification, b. Fertilization, and c. Drainage;
  • Part 7 - Integrated Veg...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 03 2018

Plant pathologists and the green industry were treated to a trifecta of disease headlines this holiday season.
 
First, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture confirmed that a new boxwood blight quarantine will go into effect February 4, 2018. The new quarantine includes all material currently known to transmit the disease, including Buxus species, Sarcococca

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 19 2017

The collaboration of researchers focused on combatting rose rosette disease (RRD) recently convened virtually to summarize key recent findings. AmericanHort and HRI participated. Some of the key updates reported include:
 

  • Diagnostics of the virus and the mites that transmit the disease both continue to be high priorities for the group. Ongoing efforts seek to develop fi...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2017

The EPA announced on December 14 that by September 30, 2018, the end of the current federal fiscal year, it plans to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to solicit public input on proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard requirements for minimum ages, designated representatives, and application exclusion zones. EPA also plans to issue an NOPR related to the minimum age in...

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...