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As 2011 comes to a close, TNLA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Green Matters a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Texas begins cracking down on invasives
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From Aug. 23, 2011: Several years after an invasive species ban was created in 2005, Texas is beginning to crack down on the sale and distribution of the plants. And due to the plants being listed broadly by species, confusion is arising, says Jim Reaves, Texas Nursery & Landscape Association's director of legislative and regulatory affairs. A recent TNLA member was fined for growing a sterile variety of purple loosestrife, a species on the noxious plant list. More



Surviving an immigration audit
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From July 20, 2011: David Cox was at his desk in September 2009, when his receptionist announced an unexpected visitor, a special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. Mr. Cox is chief executive of L.E. Cooke Company, a fourth-generation, family-owned nursery in Visalia, Calif., that grows deciduous trees and shrubs. The agent handed Mr. Cox a letter and informed him he had three days to produce I-9 employment-eligibility forms for all current employees. More

New herbicide suspected in tree deaths
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From July 20, 2011: A recently approved herbicide called Imprelis, widely used by landscapers because it was thought to be environmentally friendly, has emerged as the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country. Conditionally approved for sale last October by the EPA, Imprelis is used for killing broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover and is sold to lawn care professionals only. More

Texas' record drought stressing its green industry
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From Sept. 13, 2011: Weather has been extreme around much of the United States. But Texas would likely win a state-to-state game of oneupmanship. The year began with record freezes and ice storms. That was followed by an unseasonably dry spring, which quickly turned into a searing summer that had Texans measuring the number of days over 105 degrees instead of the usual measure of over-100 days. More



Turk's cap named new Texas Superstar
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From June 14, 2011: Gardeners, hummingbirds and butterflies have it made in the shade with Turk's cap, the newly designated Superstar by Texas AgriLife Research. And "made in the sun too," as the plant tolerates full sunlight as well, said Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research horticulturist and chair of the Texas Superstar executive board. More

Why it's hard to find pumpkins this fall
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From Oct. 11, 2011: The perfect storm for pumpkin crop failure began with last year's successful crop production. Yields were up and demand was mediocre which, of course, drives down the value of the harvest. Faced with ongoing labor issues, the rising costs of cardboard packaging and fuel to run every piece of equipment needed to produce a pumpkin crop, many farmers were enticed to plant their pumpkin fields with field corn instead. More

213 Texas counties designated as primary natural disaster areas
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From June 28, 2011: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 213 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas after one of the worst droughts in more than a century. The state sustained excessive heat, high winds and wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres. The drought, wildfires and other natural disasters caused 30 percent or more loss of forage crops, pasture, corn, oats and wheat in these counties. More



Best watering methods for drought-stricken trees
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From Sept. 13, 2011: With a forecast of triple-digit temperatures and no rain in sight, the trees in your yard likely need a little TLC, and water is the best way to show the love. Texas Forest Service has released a video and companion information packet designed to help residents know how much and how often they should water their trees. More

Soil sampling with an iPad
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From July 20, 2011: Precision Earth. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Would you guess it's an iPad app for soil sampling? Didn't think so. More

Home Depot, Lowe's in a war of roses
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From May 3, 2011: As spring blossoms open, a fierce flower fight is heating up in the aisles of home-improvement megastores. More
 


 


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