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Students in it to win it on NCLC competition day

Teams hustled to complete their hardscape installations on Friday, March 16.Photo: Jill Odom As spring break drew to a close, most college students were having one last hurrah before classes started back, but the students from 61 schools at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) were giving it their all in various green industry tests…

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Before you shove in a shovel, call 811 to avoid trouble

Every nine minutes, an underground utility is damaged because someone didn’t call 811. This statistic is from the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), and if this number sounds alarmingly frequent to you, it is because many are unaware that they need to call 811 before they dig. April is National Safe Digging Month and while the…

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Story Of A Landscape: Master-Planned Project, Custom Pool Earn Industry Kudos

Darlington Designs hasn’t always constructed swimming pools. The design/build firm located in Glassboro, New Jersey, only added them to its repertoire a couple years ago, so to receive national recognition for one of its pool projects is extra special for owner/designer Simon Darlington. Darlington, who says the pool is one of the most-challenging his company…

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Mass, group, repeat: Organizing plants to your advantage

Photo: Pixabay When it comes to designing a landscape your customers will treasure for years to come, it’s true that a lot of thought must go into the planning. Understanding and implementing techniques such as massing, grouping and repeating patterns can help add depth and dimension to an area, and it can also help bring…

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“Is That Fungus On My Lawn?” – How to Recognize and Treat Invasive Fungi

Any homeowner who is passionate about lawn care recognizes the importance of proper watering and fertilization. But what they may not realize is that over-watering or using a fertilizer that contains too much nitrogen can lead to fungal lawn infections. Even something as common as a period of heavy rain can develop invasive fungi in…

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Story Of A Landscape: Replacing Existing Retaining Walls For New Patio

This story begins like so many others do: the clients contacted South Windsor, Connecticut-based Bahler Brothers, Inc., about building a patio. There was an existing plan, designed by another landscaper. Oh, and the plan called for building the patio on an existing retaining wall system. Things got much more complicated when designer Jen Kloter and…

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