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 April 03 2018

It started with a Dutch auction side project of green industry professionals more than twenty years ago, and quickly flourished into an international organization founded by growers, for growers, with one common mission: sustainability.
 
MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) was founded in 1995 in the Netherlands. It grew out of a small project with a Dutch auction to address...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 27 2018

An article in the new issue of the Journal of Environmental Horticulture (JEH) summarizes studies conducted to determine the sensitivity of Calonectria pseudonaviculata, the causal agent of boxwood blight, to select fungicides.
 
Boxwood blight has been known to b...

Craig Regelbrugge March 27 2018

Heads up, employers of H-2A and H-2B visa holders – the Department of Labor (DOL) has published its “Annual Update to Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers’ Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging.”  The update took effect March 21, 2018. For details, please see the DOL

Craig Regelbrugge March 27 2018

AmericanHort enthusiastically welcomed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating almost $70 million in new funding for invasive plant pests and disease projects. The funding is intended to prevent the introduction or spread of pests that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and to sustain the infrastructure nece...

Tal Coley March 27 2018

With rising concerns over trucking cost and availability, AmericanHort and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association hosted a widely attended webinar on trucking regulations affecting our industry on March 15. The webinar detailed the recently-enacted Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD) and accompanying hours of service rules.
 
Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties in Colu...

Craig Regelbrugge March 27 2018

The “omnibus” spending bill that Congress passed and the President signed on March 23 contains language that could, but does not yet, spell relief for employers who have been hoping for more H-2B visas. As of mid-March, the Department of Labor had certified almost 77,000 positions to be filled by a temporary H-2B visa worker, but only 33,000 visas are available.
 
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 13 2018

First, a judge ordered California agricultural officials to stop spraying pesticides on public and private lands to control pests. The injunction only impacts applications made by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and not farmers and property owners. Mosquito control efforts are also exempted.
 
CDFA regularly sprays pesticides to control pests deleteri...

Jennifer Gray March 13 2018

Indoor plants where we live, learn, heal and work have far-reaching positive effects on our well-being and indoor environment, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH).
 
To lift up the message, four new #PlantsDoThat infographics focus on the multitude of ways indoor plants positively affect where we live, where we work, where w...

Jennifer Gray March 13 2018

HRI has recently relaunched its Emerging Issues: Boxwood Blight Fund and will use this fund to coordinate development efforts for a standardized evaluation of boxwood varieties’ tolerance of or susceptibility to boxwood blight.
 
In 2012, in response to confirmations of boxwood blight in the United States, HRI established the Emerging Issues: Boxwood Blight Fund and ded...

Tal Coley March 13 2018

AmericanHort, in partnership with the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, will host a free webinar on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, hours of services rules for trucking, and the impact on the horticulture industry this Thursday, March 15, at 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific time.
 
The ELD mandate has created a significant amount of confusion and anxiety ac...

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...