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PLANET Green Industry Weekly NewsBrief
July 29, 2009
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Cash for Grass: Las Vegas Residents Get Rebates for Tossing Their Turf
from WABC-TV
Las Vegas is hot and dry, as it should be, since it's in the desert. Years of droughts in southern Nevada have emphasized the point. The area usually only gets about 4″ of rain a year, anyway. Despite that, the allure of Vegas has drawn an estimated 400,000 new residents since 2002. And then all those thousands of newcomers planted pretty lawns and lush landscaping. More

'Reuse' Wastewater so Popular for Irrigation That Indian River County May Bump Up Price
from TCPalm
A surge in demand for recycled wastewater is prompting county officials to expand their piping system and look at increasing their bargain rate of 15 cents per 1,000 gallons. The County Commission recently awarded a $39,100 contract to its utilities consultant, Vero Beach's Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., to study the county's expanding reuse water system and recommend what it should charge. More

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Hey Obama, There Is a Consensus on Health Care Reform!
from the Atlantic
If you haven't been following the debate over health care reform closely, you might have missed something interesting. There is a consensus building over how to pay for health care reform. It doesn't appear in the Democrats' Senate health care reform plan. It doesn't appear in the Democrats' House health care reform plan. But you can find it almost everywhere else: from the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to the front runners of the liberal blogosphere. What is it? More


Family Businesses Are Reeling in Recession
from the New York Times
Using only strips of canvas and a little rope, Scott Peterson walked up a 50-foot flagpole here to remove a star-spangled banner with reds faded pink. His ancestors used the same method: the family business, originally Harold A. Peterson Steeplejack, opened in 1926. More

Survey: Landscape Work Increasing
from Business First of Louisville
The workload at landscape architecture firms are growing, with 32 percent citing normal or above billable hours in the second quarter, compared to 25.2 percent in the first, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ quarterly survey. More

Landscaping Companies Struggle With Rain, Recession
from the Daily Record
Lawns are still being cut, but homeowners in Morris County N.J. are cutting back on curb appeal. Several Morris County landscaping company owners are saying that clients have slowed orders for decks, patios, decorative walkways, retaining walls and other aspects of so-called "hardscaping" that were common in previous summers. More


Rx for Turf
from Grounds Maintenance
When diagnosing turf for possible renovation, you need to recognize the difference between renovation and re-establishment. Renovation usually involves removing the existing turf entirely and starting over from scratch with a new lawn. Re-establishment involves working with the existing turf to improve the health of the plant while mitigating undesirable elements, such as weeds, disease and insect-damaged plants. While both approaches are valid, there are factors involved in each method that you should evaluate carefully before proceeding. More

Synthetic vs. Natural Pesticides
from the Grand Junction Free Press
No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used in the production of organic fruits or vegetables. Does that make the product safer than traditionally produced fruits and vegetables? Synthetically produced pesticides are often considered to be more toxic than natural pesticides but that is not always true. All pesticides, whether organic or synthetically produced, are toxic. Some are more toxic than others. More

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