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The secret life of soil Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 05:00 AM

soilWhen you are ready to feed your body, would you rather feast on a plate of food balanced with different food groups, colors, flavors and smells, or a handful of manufactured vitamins and nutrient supplements? If you prefer a meal of “real food” to thrive, you’re no different from plants. 

The best source of real food plants need to live lies within the soil. Plants crave fertile soil replete with small crawly and wiggly animals, weird-looking, barely visible fungi and microorganisms too small to see.  

Sadly, degraded soil worldwide has raised concerns about sustainability for food. 

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8 things your snow contract should cover Email

snow removalIt’s that time of year again—time to negotiate snow contracts.

Snow and ice management is a special subset of landscape services that has its own unique contractual issues.  When you’re finalizing contracts this season, make sure you have these eight key stipulations:

No. 1 - Who is liable
Defining who is liable in snow and ice agreements is top priority. Consider how to limit your liability on the site. If the client only wants snow and ice management for 4 inches or more of snow, but a resident slips and falls after a 1-inch storm, do you as the contractor, have liability?

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Get the latest recommendations for cool-season color Email

The Best of Show Pansy – ‘Freefall XL Purple Face’ from Floranova In late spring, the Colorado State University published the latest results from it’s pansy/cool season flower trial. This trial evaluates the plants’ ability to overwinter in the Northern Colorado climate.

The Best of Show Pansy – ‘Freefall XL Purple Face’ from Floranova
Vibrant flowers covered the plant all over including not just the top but the sides as well. Plants were vigorous and sturdy as well as being covered by blooms. White centers really made the dark purple flowers stand out. This entry also won the Best Trailing Pansy category.  

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Colorado companies place in Lawn & Landscape Top 100 Email

Top 100In late May, Lawn & Landscape published its list of the Top 100 landscape companies. Several Colorado businesses made the list, as well as a number of companies with a business presence in the state.

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OSHA training video to help prevent strains and sprains Email

videoThe US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers a number of training videos as well as online interactive training tools. Landscape companies that offer hardscape services may use the following video to train laborers in preventing sprains and strains at the worksite.

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