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.

AmericanHort Contributor July 12 2015

Heading into 2015, we’re experiencing many of the same weather patterns that disrupted our economy in 2014. In spite of this, forecasts for 2015 remain positive in terms of wage rates, employment, housing starts, and business and local government purchasing. Join Charlie in this segment as he gives his view of what’s ahead in 2015, what does it mean for the green industry, and then closes with ...

Craig Regelbrugge July 02 2015

The Supreme Court has wrapped up an exceptionally busy spring with a number of high-profile cases. One such case was the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies case of King v. Burwell. The Court found in favor of the Administration, holding that, under the terms of the ACA, the IRS can provide federal subsidies to individuals in states where the health insurance exchange is run by the feder...

Craig Regelbrugge July 02 2015

Where will nursery, greenhouse, and landscape workers come from in the next year, or 5, or 10? Surely some will be “homegrown” as they always have. But just as surely, many will come from other countries. Which countries? And does it matter?

While hope springs eternal, Congress is showing few signs of grappling with immigration reform anytime soon. We all know that foreign-born wor...

AmericanHort Contributor July 02 2015

On June 29, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published their final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). According to the EPA, the “Waters of the United States” rule will protect s...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

by Roberto Lopez and Wesley Randall

Peak young plant production (liners and plugs) occurs in late winter to early spring to meet spring and summer market dates. Unfortunately, this is also when the outdoor photosynthetic daily light integral (DLI) is at seasonally low levels, especially in northern latitudes. Research from Michigan State and Purdue Universities indicates a DLI of...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

By Dewayne L. Ingram and Charles R. Hall

Any real estate agent and most homeowners appreciate the fact that trees and shrubs enhance the property values. In addition, landscape woody ornamentals have been documented to provide measurable and lasting environmental benefits, including reducing energy use, diminishing water runoff, cleaning the air, and sequestering carbon. This last ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

By Donna C. Fare

Significance to Industry: These results can assist producers in developing irrigation management strategies that minimize nutrient effluent as well as produce a quality container grown tree. Overall, plants had more height and trunk growth when irrigated mostly in the afternoon compared to early morning irrigation. Reducing the volume of irrigation ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

By Bryan Zlimen

One of the most common types of collection matters I see in the Green Industry is subcontractors who aren’t getting paid on a job. If you work as a sub, knowing who you can collect from, what collection tools are available to you, and taking care to reduce disputes can make a big difference in your bottom line.

Collecting from General Contractor...

Craig Regelbrugge June 11 2015

In the wake of a 2009 court decision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011 began requiring Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for certain applications of pesticides in or near water. This new permitting layer has been controversial since EPA has for 30 years implemented and overseen a comprehensive regulatory framework for pesticide applications under the Federal Insecticide, Fungi...

Craig Regelbrugge May 04 2015

Not often do grower groups agree with the Obama administration on budgetary priorities. On pollinators, we have found some common ground. AmericanHort and nearly 50 other organizations and companies sent a joint letter on April 24 to key Senate and House approp...

AmericanHort will host a webinar to help green industry businesses and HR professionals plan for the 2021 season using H2 workers, J-1 interns, and other common visa types. Come listen to experts who will share informed opinions on what employers might expect as you navigate the approval process for 2021.

 

This program will feature brief agency updates from Kristi B...

AmericanHort + MPS present Spotlight on Sustainability with Chris McCorkle of McCorkle Nurseries Inc.

Glyphosate-based herbicides have provided efficient, safe and cost-effective weed control for more than 40 years, but recent reports and events have raised concerns over its safety. Come learn about the EPA’s position, the mountain of scientific evidence that supports its safety, and uses in the green industry, including the pro’s and con’s of glyphosate alternatives. Panelist...

This stacked panel of experts will plunge into the current and potential application of exciting new technologies showing promise in automating and innovating the management of nursery stock, and other environments including arboretums and forest stands. New technologies explored during this seminar include drone-based observation and sampling, canopy robotics, and a variety of radio-frequen...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

Review a case study at UC Davis researching nutrient use in container grown crops. This project has received funding from the Horticultural Research Institute. 
 

Presenters: Lorence Oki and Bruno Pitton, UC Davis 

The webinar addresses why you should use sanitation practices at plant production, mechanically transmitted plant diseases, common disinfectants and improved sanitation/hygiene practices through research results. 

Presenter: Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an assistant professor at the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, TN. Her rese...

Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties will give insights and advice on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He'll be explaining how these new regulations are impacting the logistics industry while also taking a closer look at the impact they have on the horticulture industry. This webinar is aimed to help shippers and receivers be more prepared for the upcoming season as motor carri...