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.

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...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 15 2017

A county circuit court judge overturned a Montgomery County-wide ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns. The law was passed in 2015 by a county council and was set to take effect in 2018. Agricultural land, gardens, and golf courses were exempted. The judge determined that the law would conflict with current federal and Maryland state regulations allowing the use of pesticides.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 15 2017

The mild winter coupled with the hot and dry weather conditions in the southeast U.S. have resulted in high populations of whitefly this summer. Vegetable and cotton producers in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida are reporting higher than normal populations earlier than normal.
 
Historically, whitefly populations are localized in the Southeast with population surges normally obs...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

The nursery crop insurance program has been much cussed and discussed in recent years. Most consider the program to be challenging and burdensome, with much of the burden recurring year after year regardless of whether you have a claim.  

There is an effort underway to change that.  It started in Florida, which isn’t surprising since most buy-up coverage happens i...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 20 2017

Fresh off Pollinator Week 2017, you can keep the pollinator buzz alive by attending the 2nd National Conference for Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes! This meeting is jointly planned by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University. 
 

  • Who should attend? Leaders of the green industry, university educators, and state government officials.
Jennifer Gray January 27 2017

Boxwood blight (BB) continues to spread throughout the US. The University of Illinois Plant Clinic recently announced its presence in Illinois. The clinic received two boxwood samples late 2016. Both were from northeast Illinois and were collected from recent landscape installations. USDA APHIS confirmed that both tested positive for BB. Univeristy of Illinois Extension personnel are confide...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2017. The HortScholars program is open to any student in a horticulture-related degree program, and includes students pursuing any degree level including associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD. Students wishing to apply may do so online at Am...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Overview
The purpose of the American Standard for Nursery Stock is to provide buyers and sellers of nursery stock with a common terminology in order to facilitate transactions involving nursery stock. For instance, the standards establish common techniques for (a) measuring plants, (b) specifying and stating the size of plants, (c) determining the proper&n...

AmericanHort Contributor January 04 2017

While I have worn many different horticultural hats in the last four decades, I was a landscaper for two of them. Working within the field of landscaping gives a person a special insight to the qualities of a “great” plant. Low maintenance was always a key factor in my selection of everything from annuals to shrubs to trees. Less maintenance meant more money as well as a smaller imp...

AmericanHort Contributor December 02 2016

The federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) protects agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides. The responsibility for providing WPS protections rests with the employer. Horticultural growers are most affected by WPS compared to other less-intensive agricultural producers because they have more workers performing hand-labor with pesticide-treated plan...