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Register early for 2011 Expo Education Conference
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Don't miss the early registration rates for the 2011 Expo Education Conference! Sign up today to attend two Keynote Presentations and up to five breakout sessions. With over 20 breakouts to choose from, there is something for everyone. Breakout topics include: Sales & Marketing, Landscape, Retail, Pest Management, Trees and Other Living Things and Irrigation. For a full class listing, click here.

CEUs are available from: the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, Texas Department of Agriculture, International Society of Arboriculture, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Teachers receive CPE credits and 50 percent off! Visit the Nursery/Landscape Expo website or call (512) 579-3860 to find out more today.

The Pre-Trade Show General Session Education on Friday and Saturday morning will get your day off to a great start! Breakfast, coffee and great speakers; all free with the cost of admission to the trade show! Our Pre-Show speakers, Ken Schmidt and Charles Marshall are full of energy and ready to give you the information that you need to take your business to the next level.
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75 percent of Texas now at worst drought level
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Three-fourths of Texas is now baking in exceptional drought, the worst level, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Three months ago, only 15 percent of the state was experiencing exceptional drought. One year ago, nearly 83 percent of the state was drought-free. More

Your best customers could be your employees
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Have you ever considered that your best customers could quite possibly be your employees? If you're hiring people who garden (and you are, right?), they're probably buying plants and other garden supplies from you on a regular basis. Hopefully, they're buying plants from you to grow at home that they will only become more familiar with and enthusiastic about so that they can tell customers of that plant's terrific-ness. More



Corpus Christi wants to be greener
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Sylvia Samaniego has been wanting to see more trees in Corpus Christi for nearly a decade. She said she wants Corpus Christi to be designated a Tree City, invest in an urban forester and adopt ordinances that encourage planting. More

Food gardening sales total $3 billion for second year in row
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According to the recently released results of National Gardening Association's 2011 National Gardening Survey, consumers spent nearly $3 billion for the second year in a row on food gardening last year while sales for other types of lawn and garden activities saw a small decline. In 2010, sales for vegetable gardening, fruit trees, berries and herb gardening totaled $2.990 billion and $2.989 billion in 2009. More



Suit filed over herbicide
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A Pennsylvania homeowner and an Indiana golf course company have filed a class-action lawsuit against DuPont charging that the company was negligent or reckless in putting a new weed killer on the market. The suit asserts that the herbicide, Imprelis, is killing trees, shrubs and ornamental plants across the country. More

Get your feet wet: Add water features
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If you find yourself vying for increasingly rare contracts these days, consider offering your landscape clients something extra. Water features will help you stand out from the crowd. Before you think water feature installation is too complicated to add to your menu of services, keep in mind that they come in a variety of forms, sizes and price tags. Not only that, but they remain a popular landscaping trend. More



Hackers shift attacks to small firms
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Recent hacking attacks on Sony Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. grabbed headlines. What happened at City Newsstand Inc. last year did not. Unbeknownst to owner Joe Angelastri, cyber thieves planted a software program on the cash registers at his two Chicago-area magazine shops that sent customer credit-card numbers to Russia. MasterCard Inc. demanded an investigation, at Angelastri's expense, and the whole ordeal left him out about $22,000. More

Extension agent: Webs on trees
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Many Victoria residents have expressed concern with a veil-like web seen on tree trunks. This is common during the summer months, and it is the result of barklice. Barklice (Archipsocus nomas Gurney) grow to about inch long, with adults having shiny black wings. Immature barklice, or nymphs, appear dark gray and pale banded between abdominal segments. More

Stop surprising, delighting customers — just solve their problems!
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What brings customers back to a brand, creates loyalty and strengthens financial performance? Price incentives? Loyalty programs? Big investments to build brand awareness? As much as creative marketing and promotions can help a product, service, or company stand out, it always comes down to a simple premise: Did you solve the need that triggered the customer to act in the first place? More
 


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