March 27 2017
The city council of Troy, Michigan, recently agreed to hire an eco-green company to maintain city properties, even though their bid was $30,000 more expensive than what the city typically spends. EQ G
March 27 2017
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor recently made a joint announcement of an increase in the statutory fines related to the H-2B program. The average penalty incurred by H-
March 25 2017
A two-year research project by Erfan Vafaie, an entomologist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Overton, Texas, was completed recently, and he suggests some treatments for protecting the ...
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March 24 2017
In Ridgewood, New Jersey, local efforts at conserving water are focused on limiting irrigation, but the interconnected nature of water systems has raised an additional difficulty. The local utility, R
March 23 2017
A recent report from the Labor Department is showing how hungry employers are for new hires as we go into spring. For February, 235,000 new positions were added across the country, higher than expecte
March 23 2017
When it comes to what people want in their outdoor living spaces, there are a few features that generally come out on top. People like fire, whether it’s a built-in fire pit or an outdoor kitchen. ...
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March 22 2017
The weather has been erratic all over the country and Wichita, Kansas, is no exception. Temperatures have dipped, which might not be great news for the local landscapes. It’s gone below freezing ...
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March 22 2017
In California, lawn mowers and leaf blowers may soon be the prime source of air pollution. In three years’ time, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) expects that gardening equipment will surpas
March 21 2017
The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) recently teamed up with the Colorado Community College System to help generate more skilled employees for a labor-starved green industry. They b
March 21 2017
Last spring, Super Naturals, a landscape company in Carbondale, Colorado, was hired to work at the home of an Aspen real estate agent. The company reached an oral agreement with the owner, Joshua Sasl
March 20 2017
A current D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case about company liability could have lasting ramifications for green-industry companies that make use of temp agencies. The case, Browning-Ferris Industries ...
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March 20 2017
The latest attempt to solve the two-year state budget crisis in Illinois could have lasting ramifications for the state’s green industry. The current deal under consideration, Senate Bill 9, or just
March 18 2017
Dawn Sheehan from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, is suing two local landscape companies, Pine Brook Farm, Inc., and Home Grown Outdoor Finishes. The complaint: negligence per se, recklessness, and negli
March 16 2017
Two educational forces in the green industry recently announced they will be teaming up to bring irrigation information to landscape professionals. The radio show The Water Zone, sponsored by Toro Irr
March 16 2017
Rocco Guadagna, owner of Vision Lawn Care and Snow Plowing Inc., in Tonawanda, New York, has a young son who’s turning two. Guadagna wants to honor Rocco Jr.—who has been diagnosed with Down ...
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March 15 2017
After a few years, he decides that mowing lawns and doing other landscape maintenance chores isn’t really his strongest service area. He decides to focus on other aspects of his enterprise that will ...
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March 15 2017
They typically begin with: “You won’t believe how this crazy thing was put together…” Jeff Krenner, owner of Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls, LLC, in Buford, Georgia, has one. Called ...
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March 15 2017
Getting audited by the IRS is the financial equivalent of a root canal —without an anesthetic— so people tend to think of all audits as bad things. However, the water audit that a Certified ...
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March 15 2017
henever I do hard physical labor, pain is the usual result. An afternoon spent moving firewood logs results in an evening nursing sore calf and abdominal muscles. But that’s okay with me. I kind ...
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