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Government Affairs: Complying with truck/trailer safety regs

August 12, 2015By

As the government relations consultant for the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA), one of the most frequent calls I get is from members who have just had one of their trucks pulled over by the police and been given a huge fine for violations of state and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Fines in these instances often will run... read more

Government Affairs: The bamboo battle intensifies

January 5, 2015By

State and local governments are beginning to outlaw bamboo as a nuisance or are regulating how and where it can be planted. Bamboo has often been used as landscape “problem solver.” Certain species of bamboo grow quickly, forming a dense screen that can reach 40 feet or more. The straight bamboo canes offer an interesting visual backdrop and the narrow... read more

IA survey: Irrigation sales on the rise, drought lets up

May 5, 2014By

There’s a growing optimism about current economic conditions in the irrigation industry, according to a recent survey by the Irrigation Association (IA). The survey, conducted annually by the IA to gauge the state of the industry, provided that 70 percent of respondents indicated total sales in 2013 were greater than those in 2012. More than 110 contractors from 33 states... read more

Native plants: Are mandates the answer?

October 3, 2013By

A small but growing number of local governments are now mandating that landscapes in their jurisdiction use only “native” plants. (See this recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.) Further, environmental groups such as the Audubon Society now are promoting the implementation of model native plant ordinances by local governments. What’s behind this movement? Are these ordinances a good idea? What... read more

Learning from Florida

February 27, 2013By

Five tips for dealing with state and local fertilizer regulations. During the last few decades, Florida’s water quality has worsened due to a variety of factors like urbanization, development and population growth. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state’s surface and ground waters have faced excessive nutrient loading due to nonpoint source pollution. This issue has turned... read more

Grasshopper Tree and Landscape to pay overtime fines

January 28, 2013By
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HOLLISTON, MASS.—According to an article by the MetroWest Daily News, Grasshopper Tree and Landscape is being ordered by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office to  “pay more than $169,000 in restitution and fines after it failed to pay former and current employees for overtime work over a two-year period.” To read the MetroWest article in its entirety, click here. read more