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 October 13 2014

Ask a nursery or greenhouse grower, landscape professional, or other horticultural business owner the biggest business challenge they are facing, and odds are the answer will be “finding labor.” Many industry businesses struggle to find the human talent they need to sustain their business, let alone expand. It’s a challenge across the spectrum – from field and crew workers to foremen, designers...

Joseph Albano October 13 2014

2014 marks the tenth anniversary of a very active hurricane season that saw four tropical cyclones make landfall in Florida. With that dubious anniversary in mind, growers should dust off and review their storm response plans.

Tropical cyclone systems are among the worst single weather event that a grower in the Southeast will likely face. Close to 300 hurricanes have made landfal...

Kathleen Kelly October 13 2014

by Larry Mersereau, CTC

Remember when you used to be able to write a marketing plan for the coming year and pretty accurately predict what was coming? Well those days are gone my friend. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be planning anymore. It just means that your plan is going to be more of a fluid document than it used to be.

The basics of marketing ar...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

By Beatrice Wolper

We are raising a generation of winners. They win at everything they do. They win trophies for playing, for showing up, for “trying,” for listening, and for being. No one loses. Ever.

But, in the long run, we are not doing them any favors. Unless they learn how to lose, how to face adversity, and how to face defeat, they may not be able to face failur...

Joe Bischoff October 02 2014

AmericanHort and SAF submitted joint comments on behalf of the horticulture industry this week in response to proposed changes to the U.S.-Canada G...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

Pamela J. Bennett

Ever wish you could carve out a few more hours each day to focus on really important issues? Do you feel that at times you have to do it all? We know that one person can't accomplish every task necessary to run a successful business. In order to be a successful manager, one must learn effective delegating skills. How well do you delegate?

Delegati...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

By: Risk Control 360

Set the example of excellence by your actions.
By their actions, supervisors set the pace and greatly influence employees’ interest in safety. Supervisors’ actions, not their words, reflect their commitment to safety excellence. Supervisors’ examples should reflect sincerity, alertness, and a drive toward excellence.

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McRae Anderson July 30 2014

We can have an excellent horticultural service company, award winning projects, beautiful sales materials, and excellent selling efforts, but we can still will have a problem: we believe that sales and marketing is for our sales and marketing staff.

Because of this misconception, we carry an enormous liability. If our accounting personnel are negligent or unresponsive, people who ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

by: Stanton Gill, Brian Kunkel, Karen Rane, Deborah Smith-Fiola, and Suzanne Klick

Introduction
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is expanding its territory rapidly, and this invasive species has developed a palate for many species of plants. The BMSB has spread into over 40 states (www.stopBMSB.org),...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

By Brian Minter

In the 1980s and 1990s, gardening was one of the fastest growing leisure activities in North America. Almost everyone was either busy in their garden or certainly had some interest in growing plants. However, as the new millennium arrived, with all its optimism, something unexpected happened – the interest in gardening flattened and has been on a decline eve...

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...