TAG: research

HRI now accepting research project proposals

May 14, 2018By

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of AmericanHort, is now accepting research project proposals designed to improve green industry efficiencies and profitability. Proposals for the 2019 grant cycle are due no later than May 31. Grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $35,000. Researchers are encouraged to seek out matching funds as part of the proposal application process,... read more

Government Affairs: Congress moves ever so slightly toward a better understanding of industry labor issues

October 5, 2017By

  Last month, I spent two days in Washington D.C. with about a hundred green industry company owners and state and national association staffers to push forward the industry’s agenda with Congress. The effort was organized by AmericanHort, a national association that represents nursery and greenhouse growers, landscape contractors and garden centers across the county. Company owners and association staffers... read more

SIMA to expand salt application standards

February 23, 2017By

A new collaboration led by the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) aims to expand the Sustainable Salt Initiative (SSI) by setting recommended industry standards for salt application in winter snow and ice events. As part of the alliance, Viaesys Inc. will provide salt tracking research and the University of Waterloo will perform data analysis. The expanded initiative was sparked from... read more

Houzz: 79% of landscape pros see improved revenues in 2014

February 26, 2015By

Houzz launched its Houzz Renovation Barometer, a quarterly index that tracks confidence in the home renovation market among industry professionals. Landscaping professionals somewhat led the pack in the inaugural Barometer Study, with 79 percent of contractors reporting revenue increases in 2014. Some of their other feedback from 2014 included: 83 percent of landscape professionals reported 2014 revenues were at or... read more

Study shows 96% of consumers value online reviews

January 16, 2015By

Software Advice, an advisory resource for field service software buyers and a part of the Gartner brand, released a new study regarding how online reviews impact consumers when selecting lawn care services, alluding to why businesses should prioritize building a positive online profile. The results come from a seven-question online survey of 1,239 U.S. residential service customers, conducted over seven days. A... read more

Study shows 60 percent of T&O professionals favor neonics

December 10, 2014By

A recent report provided neonicotinoids are the primary tools used by turf and ornamental (T&O) professionals to control destructive insect pests. The report, titled “The Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Turf and Ornamentals: The Value of Neonicotinoids to Turf and Ornamental Professionals,” is one in a series that will be released over the next few months as part of a... read more