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New herbicide suspected in tree deaths
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A recently approved herbicide called Imprelis, widely used by landscapers because it was thought to be environmentally friendly, has emerged as the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country. Conditionally approved for sale last October by the EPA, Imprelis is used for killing broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover and is sold to lawn care professionals only. More



Surviving an immigration audit
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David Cox was at his desk in September 2009, when his receptionist announced an unexpected visitor, a special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. Mr. Cox is chief executive of L.E. Cooke Company, a fourth-generation, family-owned nursery in Visalia, Calif., that grows deciduous trees and shrubs. The agent handed Mr. Cox a letter and informed him he had three days to produce I-9 employment-eligibility forms for all current employees. More

Soil sampling with an iPad
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Precision Earth. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Would you guess it's an iPad app for soil sampling? Didn't think so. More

Lambert's names Steve Stamos as new COO
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Steve Stamos brings more than 30 years of construction, engineering and real estate development experience to Lambert Landscape Co. as the firm's newly appointed chief operating officer. Most recently, Stamos was president of his own consulting company, but his resume includes years with well-known Las Colinas Development as project engineer and construction manager, and Hillwood Development, where he was vice president of land development. More

Amid drought, companies tout bottled rainwater
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Getting into the Central Texas rainwater collection business doesn't seem like the brightest move in the middle of a drought. Earlier this month, in a sprawling warehouse that once served as a shrimp farm, partners in Agana Rain Water flipped the switch on a conveyor belt that fills half-liter bottles with rainwater collected from the roof. Theirs is one of at least three companies that capture rainwater in scorched Central Texas. More



Adding water features to service package can garner large profits
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Few additions to real estate offer the tranquility, formality and opulence the way water features do. Waterfalls, pondless streams, fountains and other aquatic focal points add the element of running water to a property, anchor a successful landscaping plan and can literally transform residential and commercial landscapes into something truly extraordinary. But a lot goes into planning for — and successfully selling — these hardscape features. More

USDA grants protection to 40 new plant varieties
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 40 new varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include the Dazzle variety of perennial ryegrass. More

Video: The beautiful tricks of flowers
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In a visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing 'landing-strips' to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps and even mimicking other insects in heat. More

TCEQ drought information update
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From the monthly report to the Texas Drought Preparedness Council, this page has a map of Texas displaying the location of public water systems that were enforcing restrictions on water use due to drought or other water shortage as of the first of the current month. More



Reliable water supply essential for Texas growth
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The plague of drought has captured Texas headlines. On the heels of withering droughts in 2006 and 2009, today nearly the entire state endures drought conditions. Reservoirs are running low, and some near-dry, as water levels in rivers and aquifers continue to plummet. All of this is occurring less than a year after higher than normal precipitation levels in 2010. More

Growers must convey the value of trees
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It's time for trees to be the powerhouse of the industry. Sales have been minimal while nursery burn and compost piles have been excessive. It's been a frightening and maddening situation. As the downturn slowly rights itself, albeit painfully slowly, tree growers need to push the message of the value of trees to anyone with a pulse. Trees are a necessity, not a luxury. More

Texas' permanent drought
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No doubt about it: This drought is ugly and getting uglier. Farmers and ranchers are desperate. Towns are literally running out of water. Wildfires, linked to the ultra-dry conditions, are rampant. Trees are stressed to the limit. It's so parched that cattle are dying from drinking too much water! But one thing that's been missing from news coverage is acknowledgement that our water supply problems are systemic, bigger than just one drought. More

What impact does the desire for discounts have on garden centers?
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Ah coupons! The love/hate marketing tool used by garden centers everywhere! You love the traffic they can generate and hate the headaches that come with redemption. For better or for worse, these slips of paper aren't going away anytime soon. In fact, the digital age and consumers' newfound love of frugality have made coupons more relevant than ever. More



For Texas policymakers, drought exposes limits of power
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The Texas drought has escalated into a significant natural disaster. Around the Panhandle, normally one of the most agriculturally productive regions of the state, acres of dry dirt fill would-be croplands. Lakes' levels are falling statewide. Cities are tightening water restrictions, amid the driest October-through-June stretch in Texas history. So what can the government do to help those who are hit hardest? More

Consumer behaviors, attitudes toward 'social commerce'
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Shoppers are willing to interact with retailers through a variety of social networks and retailers have limitless opportunities to capitalize on the momentum, according to the 2011 Social Commerce Study, a joint research project by Shop.org, comScore and Social Shopping Labs. The report, which evaluates shopping directly influenced by social media, polled 1,787 adult online shoppers in April 2011. More

City of Austin expands contract opportunities for small businesses
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A new City of Austin program expands contract opportunities for small firms by giving them the first shot at bidding on small construction projects. Under the Small Business Construction Program, City of Austin construction projects under $50,000 solicited after July 1, 2011, will be reserved for initial bidding by businesses certified as Small Business Enterprises. More

Trends in mobile marketing
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Two of the three fastest moving, ever changing targets to catch are technology and consumers. The third is your marketing. Directly tied to the first two, your marketing has to evolve and move just as quickly. As technology changes, it affects the way your customer interacts with everything in their day-to-day life. Thus, affecting the way you have to market to them. One technology that is making a huge impact on how we market to consumers is the smartphone. More
 


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