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.

Dr. Raymond A Cloyd April 27 2015

Plant protection is important in avoiding damage to horticultural crops caused by insects, mites, and diseases. However, one critical component of plant protection is plant diagnostics or assessing what is causing the problem or problems. Plant diagnostics helps to determine what is directly and indirectly wrong with plants, which then makes it possible to implement subsequent corrective measur...

Craig Regelbrugge April 20 2015

Few are optimistic that the 114th Congress will be up to the job of passing comprehensive tax reform. Yet there are signs that we may see a much narrower effort to simply lower top rates for C corporations. For industries like horticulture, in which many businesses are organized as “pass-through” entities including S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, one-sided ta...

Kathy Fediw March 16 2015

Reprinted with permission from I-Plants Magazine. Visit www.interiorscapeconsultant.com.

At the TPIE show, it was obvious that garden centers are the driving force behind the foliage plant industry. Many, if not most of the growers have expanded and changed their product line in order to appeal to this ma...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

by: Harvey Lang

Media Selection
There is a wide range of media that is used for rooting annual cuttings. Except for geraniums, most spring annuals can easily be rooted in loose-filled media that are filled in common plug flats. This is the most economical way to propagate, especially when flats can be filled with automated equipment. The media should have goo...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

What is pH?
pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of a solution. More specifically, it is a negative logarithm of the concentration of hydrogen ions (H+). A low pH has a higher concentration of H+, while a higher pH has a lower concentration of H+.

Why is pH important?
pH is important because it can affect the ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from the American Floral Endowment

Claudio Pasian, Luis Cañas, and Beth Scheckelhoff
Current collaborators: Michelle Jones, Peter Ling, Francesca Peduto-Hand, Nancy Taylor, Tim Malinich, and Randy Zondag

Background
The Floriculture Industry Roundtable of the Midwest (FIRM)...

Craig Regelbrugge December 31 2014

With the arrival of 2015 comes the swearing in of the new Congress. With Republicans in control of both the Senate and House of Representatives, there is much pent-up demand for legislative action on many fronts, ranging from trade agreements to tax reform to Affordable Care Act relief. But, change is likely to be mostly slow and incremental, since it usually takes 60 votes to pass legislation....

Craig Regelbrugge December 31 2014

AmericanHort was officially launched at the beginning of 2014, and our industry advocacy and research team has been busy ever since. Here are just a few notable accomplishments in the months that followed:

  • A new farm bill. After a series of twists, turns, and a failed attempt, Congress finally passed a new Farm Bill in January. The bill features several extremely imp...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

by: Dale Carnegie Training People are a company’s single greatest asset—period. While factors like innovative products, quality services and cutting edge strategies may contribute to success, none of these can be created or implemented properly without engaged employees. Research backs this up again and again. For instance, a Hay Group study found that companies with fully engaged e...

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...