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 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...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014

Every business needs to price its products and services to be competitive yet profitable. In fact, even in today’s economy, you can simultaneously increase your profits and win more sales in competitive bid situations.

Your pricing is strategically important, and to set your pricing successfully, you must know your true costs of doing business. Most accounting systems wi...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Joseph Albano

The Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) is a unique research partnership that provides a means for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to direct funds in a managed way to research emerging and long-term critical issues identified by the green industry like boxwood blight disease and water quality. The ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Many commercial office buildings, health care facilities, schools, and homes are green certified by the USGBC LEED program or the Energy Star program, and many more are in the process of becoming certified. Building owners and managers are very proud of this accomplishment, and rightly so. It takes a lot of time and money for a building to become green certified and start to reap the rewards of...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Many commercial office buildings, health care facilities, schools, and homes are green certified by the USGBC LEED program or the Energy Star program, and many more are in the process of becoming certified. Building owners and managers are very proud of this accomplishment, and rightly so. It takes a lot of time and money for a building to become green certified and start to reap the rewards of...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2014

This year's Forum will be held in Winnipeg, Canada on May 14th and 15th. The first day will consist of research and station updates that will allow attendees to update the group on recent advances, challenges, and opportunities in their research, teaching, extension, or businesses.

The following day will offer an immersion in the sphagnum peat industry through a tour highlighting ...

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...