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Weekly round-up

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Here’s a collection of some of the best stuff we found this week. Enjoy!

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January 6th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

2012 landscape and garden trends

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The Garden Media Group has released its predictions for next year.

It’s annual Garden Trends Report outlines what consumers want when they head out to their gardens. It’s a quick read, and something any green industry professional can find useful when planning for the next 12 months.

Some highlights:

  1. Folks in urban settings are looking to garden in new places — balconies, tree lawns and vacant lots.
  2. Local is tantamount. Farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture and buying from the business down the street continue to grow in popularity.
  3. Anything, plants or technology, that can save water is a hit. Not only are people more conscious of their water use, but they are increasingly limited by their local governments on how much they can legally use.
  4. People want their service providers and the brands they buy to support good causes.

There’s plenty more in the full report, which you can download here.

As you continue your plannig for 2012, keep these in mind and think about what your customers want from you.

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December 27th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Turf wars

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Glendale, Calif., is telling its residents, sorry, but the artificial turf must go. The city has banned fake grass in the front yard over concerns about potential environmental hazards, such as lead leaching out of the plastic and into the soil and heat island effect.

In recent months, we’ve heard from contractors in Houston and Boston who have said artificial turf is becoming more popular. It will be interesting to see if the trend reverses in years to come.

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December 20th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Water-saving tech

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A new gadget could save multi-family buildings lots of water. It lets individual apartments track their own water usage and get charged accordingly, instead of aggregating everyone’s consumption and charging a blanket rate.

The technology, developed by an Atlanta-based team of researchers, was recently profiled in The Atlantic:

24 million apartments don’t have an individual water meter. Instead, the water bill is tallied by the entire building. That means that it is difficult to encourage efficiency through a price signal because people aren’t paying for the water they actually use. In the past, if you wanted to install individual meters for every unit, you’d have to cut into the water pipes and stick those meters inside. That’s expensive and time-consuming. The Soneter meter, by contrast, clamps on outside the pipe, meaning it’s easier and cheaper to install.

By making individuals aware of how much water they use, the thinking goes, you can get them to take more responsibility for their consumption.

Sounds like a great way for commercial landscape companies to help out their property managers keep tabs on their water use, especially in drought-stricken states Georgia.

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November 23rd, 2011 at 9:48 am

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Weekly round-up

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Here’s a short list of the best stuff our editors have found this week.

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November 18th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Water water everywhere

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Even if you don’t live in Southern California, water is a big deal. Ever try growing grass without it?

ValleyCrest recently launched a blog on water management. It’s (naturally) well-designed and has a list of contributors that any contractor would be wise to follow: Richard Restuccia, Kelly Duke and Eric Santos, just to name a few.

Ostensibly, the blog is for property managers and other folks ValleyCrest courts for work, but it’s also a great resource for landscape contractors and designers who want to learn more about water use and how it impacts not only their business, but the business of their own customers.

They’ve arranged their content into four areas: innovation, trends, technology and resources, so there’s something for everyone – from the very technical to the less so. So even if it’s raining today – or maybe if it’s raining today – where you are, take a minute and check it out.

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June 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 am