Davey Will Recycle Wood Waste Into Biochar Soil Additive At New Facility
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by Christine Menapace
6d ago
Photo: Davey The Davey Tree Expert Company is proud to announce the opening of its biochar facility in East Dundee, IL, that will recycle wood waste from client properties and turn it into an environmentally friendly soil additive, biochar. “Biochar is a carbon-rich charcoal-like substance that offers many benefits to the soil,” said Jim Zwack, vice president and general manager, Davey Institute. “Incorporation of biochar into the soil can help resist soil compaction, improve infiltration and retention of water, hold nutrients, and absorb salts. It also doesn’t decompose, unlike compost, so it ..read more
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USDA Invests $70 Million To Defend Against Plant Pests & Diseases
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by Christine Menapace
2w ago
Credit: USDA The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing over $70 million in 374 projects that will strengthen the country’s defenses against plant pests and diseases, safeguard the U.S. nursery system, and enhance pest detection and mitigation efforts. Jenny Moffitt, Under Secretary for USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs, highlighted that these funds provide states, universities, tribal organizations, and partners nationwide the tools they need to protect U.S. agriculture, our natural resources, and food security. “With our partners throughout the country, these projects will ..read more
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This Spring Will Bring Billions Of Cicadas In Rare Brood Convergence
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by Christine Menapace
1M ago
A Brood X cicada that emerged in 2021. Photo: AdobeStock/Michael Before the winged insects have even appeared, at least one major news outlet is already reporting: 2024 belongs to the cicadas. Why? For the first time since 1803, a 17-year brood and a 13-year brood will emerge from their underground slumber at the same time, creating billions of cicadas starting in late April and early May this year. Brood XIII is shown by blue dots, and Brood XIX is shown with red dots. Credit: CicadaSafari.org The 17-year Brood XIII will emerge in northern Illinois, while the 13-year Brood XIX will emerge in ..read more
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Dead Deer In A Yard?
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1M ago
By Christine Menapace From the December 2023 Issue   So you found a dead deer on a client’s property? What happened and what should you do? The deer could be a victim of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), or Bluetongue Virus (BT). All these diseases are fatal to deer (in most cases) and there are no treatments or vaccines. Chronic Wasting Disease According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CWD is a proin (a rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder) that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer, and moose. It has been detected in Canada and at ..read more
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Deterring Deer
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1M ago
By Christine Menapace From the December 2023 Issue   If your landscaping business is located in an area with deer, this single factor affects plant selection as much as water, sun, and USDA zones. And these days, as human development decreases wooded areas, and natural predators are reduced, deer populations and their common ranges are increasing in some areas despite diseases like CWD and EHD. The University of Minnesota Extension points out that white-tailed deer is one of the few species that has a bigger population today than it did before European settlement. (Credit: Adobe Stoc ..read more
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Have Client Properties Gone To The Hogs!?
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by Turf Editors
1M ago
By Rusty Thompson From the December 2023 Issue   As landscaping professionals, we know that dealing with wildlife-related yard problems can be a daunting task. Here, we’ll explore insights into identifying various forms of wildlife damage and effective control strategies, for pests that cause damage to lawns, including feral hogs, armadillos, and moles. Most states require a wildlife or animal control license for wild hog management. (Photo: Adobe Stock / Natureimmortal)Signs of Wild Hog Damage When it comes to identifying wild hog damage in a lawn, there are a few key indicators to ..read more
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Bartlett Partners With Firefighters To Bring Gifts To Children In Need
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by Christine Menapace
1M ago
Earlier this month, Bebe Fiore Decrescenzo of Bartlett Tree Experts’ Human Resources Department was joined by 10 firefighters from the Stamford, CT Fire Department at a local Walmart store to purchase gifts for children in need. This year marks the 44th anniversary of Bebe’s annual holiday toy donation on behalf of Bartlett Tree Experts. As in years past, more than 20 shopping carts full of toys were purchased with donations from Bartlett employees, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., Chairman and CEO of Bartlett Tree Experts, and the Company. Decrescenzo, who joined Bartlett Tree Experts at the Company’s ..read more
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From Famous Christmas Tree To Habitat For Humanity Home
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by Christine Menapace
1M ago
Home for the holidays. It’s a special time of joy and togetherness. And for some families living in Habitat for Humanity homes, the holidays are ingrained in the very heart of their home. Each year since 2007, lumber milled from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been used to help a family build their Habitat home. Tishman Speyer, the owner and operator of Rockefeller Center, generously donates that lumber to Habitat. Company staff members then build alongside a family, turning a Christmas tradition celebrated by millions into a place for smaller, but no less joyous, celebrat ..read more
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More Accurate Heat Mapping & Tree Planting In Philadelphia
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by Christine Menapace
1M ago
A new high-resolution heat map of Philadelphia, PA from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) more closely resembles the actual heat people feel on a hot urban summer day—and reveals how local landscape features affect temperature and humidity. The data for the new heat map was gathered in the summer of 2022 when multiple partner organizations—including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), community groups, and city residents—mapped Philadelphia’s “urban heat island” as part of a federally-funded study to uncover how heat varies across neighborhoods on a hot summer day. The measurements taken ..read more
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Were You Awarded An Inflation Reduction Act Grant?
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by Christine Menapace
1M ago
Did you receive an Inflation Reduction Act award letter in September? Are you positioned to take advantage of incoming funding opportunities from states and regranting organizations? Now is the time to prepare so that shovels can hit the dirt as soon as the money hits the bank account, say experts at PlanIT Geo, developers of  TreePlotter™ Software Suite. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program encourages projects that plant trees and increase the benefits of tree canopy, create and support long-term and sustained urban and community forestry program ..read more
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