Landscape

Pendulum for turfgrass regulations can swing both ways

November 18, 2015By

The pendulum can swing two ways when it comes to turfgrass regulations, and sometimes they’re both in the wrong direction. When I read that a governing body wants to ban lawns based on misinformation or pressure from outside interests for quick-fix solutions I’m quick to come to the defense of turfgrass and lawns, mostly because of all the environmental benefits... read more

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What were Californians thinking?

May 14, 2015By

When Californians removed lawns back in 2015 they created a vast oasis… of nothingness. Joe Queenan wrote a column titled Let’s Get Rid of All the Lawns in the April 24 Wall Street Journal. In it, he says that lawns are, “arguably the most foolish, destructive, annoying entity on Earth.” This rebuttal is an idea of what could happen if everyone... read more

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U.S. National Arboretum opens ‘Grass Roots’ exhibit

October 17, 2014By

“The environmental benefits of turfgrass are numerous, yet often overlooked by the media,” states Dr. James Beard, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University and author of the newly released book “Turfgrass History and Literature – Lawns, Sports and Golf.” Joni Mitchell’s lyrics to “Big Yellow Taxi” from the early 70s, “ … you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, they paved paradise,... read more

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Marlins Park, ValleyCrest Landscape Development receive Environmental Improvement Award

January 9, 2013By

Marlins Park and ValleyCrest Landscape Development have been named the recipient of an Environmental Improvement Grand Award by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). The award recognizes superior landscape projects that increase public awareness of environmental improvement and exemplify consistent use of quality materials and workmanship. The Grand award is the first-place level in the competition. Considered to be the most... read more

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STMA expands education offerings for 2013 conference

November 12, 2012By

The Sports Turf Managers Association’s (STMA’s) 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held Jan. 15-18, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and will feature increases in all educational offerings made available to attendees. Nearly 1,500 sports turf managers —from high schools and parks districts to Major League Baseball and NFL groundskeepers—will converge on Ocean Center Convention Center for more than... read more

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