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How I Do It: Composting Green Waste

How often does your company have to haul away piles of green waste from a job to a dumpsite? One alternative is to start composting your green waste. Sun Valley Landscaping, based in Omaha, Nebraska, has been turning their green waste into compost for over 10 years. They sell their compost from their supply yard […]

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How I Do It: The Art of Erosion Control Services

Erosion control may not be a service that results in glamorous photos like installing outdoor living spaces, but it is a critical piece to sustainability and can help open doors to other work opportunities. MMC Land Management, based in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, has been providing erosion control services since 2010, when they began working with homebuilders […]

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Celebrating Arbor Day Shows Hope for the Future

When Arbor Day was first founded in 1872, it was driven by J. Sterling Morton encouraging fellow Nebraska residents to plant trees across the territory. Now the day has become a time to celebrate the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees. “Arbor Day renews my hope and optimism that as a community, we acknowledge trees, […]

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Is Earth Day Still Relevant?

In 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, as a way to bring attention to environmental threats that were going unchecked. That same year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created. Approximately 20 million Americans across the country held demonstrations against the deterioration of the environment. While many believed these rallies […]

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Caring for Pollinator Habitats in the Landscape

If your client has a pollinator garden, prairie or other habitat installed for pollinators on their property, they may think the natural-looking area calls for no maintenance at all. However, competition from weeds and invasive species can degrade these habitats if not properly maintained. A functional pollinator habitat has features including: Pollinators need both nectar […]

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Water Management: Increasing Drip Irrigation Efficacy

As water prices rise and shortages become more commonplace, drip irrigation is often touted as an ideal way to conserve water. However, its efficient use of water depends on proper design, installation and management, just like any other irrigation system. Benefits of Drip Irrigation Drip irrigation can be used for watering vegetables, ornamental and fruit […]

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Boosting Your Business: The Art of Selling Water Conservation to Commercial Landscape Clients

As a landscape professional, part of your business is utilizing your knowledge and educating your clients on opportunities on their property. One of these opportunities is implementing water conservation initiatives. “I feel in our industry our role is to create demand,” says Chad Sutton, a water resource manager with Gachina Landscape Management, based in Menlo […]

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Building Your Team: Share Your Role as a Steward of the Environment When Recruiting

One of the roles of landscape businesses is being a steward of the environment, and you can highlight this purpose to attract more individuals to the industry. You might think job seekers are already aware of how the landscape industry helps care for the planet, but it doesn’t hurt to drive home that concept to […]

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The Shift from Gas to Battery

The decision to transition from gas to battery-powered equipment is a significant choice. This change provides various benefits but also requires a concerted effort to be implemented effectively. For businesses like BrightView, based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and Serpico, based in Hayward, California, their decision to transition to battery power is driven by who they […]

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Exploring the Biophilic Design Trend

Biophilia is the intrinsic human desire to interact with nature. Biophilic designs increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. This concept has been around since ancient times, but the term was more recently coined in the 1980s. The popularity of biophilic designs […]

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