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Sustainable Landscapes: Designing a Sustainable Landscape

Being able to fulfill your customer’s needs in a way that is compatible and complimentary to the surrounding environment is crucial to the overall success of the landscape. A shady back yard on the north side of the house requires different plants than a south-facing front yard. Also, the location of utility lines (above and below ground) and buildings need to be considered. Trees reaching 30 feet or taller should never be planted under utility lines and large trees should be at least 25 feet from homes and other structure (roots need space). Even with these restrictions, there are many possibilities for any given area than there are designers in your city. Plants come in all sizes, forms, textures and colors, and your biggest problem will likely be narrowing the list down rather than running out of choices. (In the rare instance where there is no compatible plant for a certain location, there are numerous hardscape solutions.)...
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Pest of the Month: White Grubs

White grubs are the larvae of adult scarab beetle species. The most commonly occurring grubs in lawns are Japanese beetles, Oriental beetles, green June beetles, European chafers, northern and southern masked chafers and black turfgrass ataenius. There are, however, up to 200 total types of beetles that produce white grubs as their immature offspring....
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Spring Service Schedule

Landscape professionals who properly care for their machines can potentially save hundreds of dollars and increase productivity, said Paul Jurgens, director of customer service for Exmark. “Time and time again, I see people who were trying to pinch pennies on maintenance or cheap parts end up having to buy a replacement engine for their mower,” said Jurgens. “Most of the time, it can be avoided.”...