Natural Alternatives to Turf

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My recent post on replacing turf with an edible landscape attracted many comments, especially through Linkin. While I prefer the use of edibles, I certainly realize not everyone wants to tend a food garden. Grasses and many natives are perfect … Read More

Wasted Yards to Mini-Farms

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Urban gardening continues to be an expanding trend. We are seeing more and more turf areas being replaced by some type of landscape, often food oriented. This does not break my heart. I feel most small yards (turf) are useless … Read More

Monrovia Falters…Industry Feels the Tremors

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Monrovia’s recent sales woes may indicate that a new marketing message is needed to revive a shell-shocked consumer. I now look back at my years working for the Oregon nursery industry and realize it may have been a Golden Age … Read More

Green Streets/Bioswales/Rain Gardens

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After at least a century of hard engineering solutions for urban rain/storm water run-off, communities are turning more and more to using a plant-based technology that mimics nature’s wetlands and ponds. Portland, Oregon, has played a leading role in supporting … Read More

A Landscaper Looks at Sustainability

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In my recent post , New Opportunities in Sustainable Landscapes, the discussion centered on new landscape directions for the industry. This post looks at how one landscape firm looks at creating a different landscape, one focused on sounder environmental principles. … Read More

Trees Saving the Planet?

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The New York Times is reporting that a new research report, being published in today’s issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that trees are growing faster, perhaps in response to the atmosphere’s added carbon dioxide. … Read More

Going Green – Point Tipped

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This is an article I wrote several years ago, but with a few minor changes, it still applies to the nursery and landscape industries…maybe even more with the downturn in sales. The green industry needs to market its “greenness!” Point … Read More