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Top dressing and the power of organic matter Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 05:00 AM

Adding organic matter to a lawn or professional turf is arguably the most beneficial, natural soil treatment that science has to offer for lawn care. By returning soils to this natural process and applying ¼” to ½” of screened, highly microbial compost from your local professional organics recycler, you’re restoring the soils to their natural state. Compost top dressing will provide optimal soil water usage and storage, reduce runoff, restore soil structure, and deliver long-lasting biological power.

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Communicating with employees about COVID vaccines Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 04:00 AM

Several leading landscape industry organizations have partnered to provide a fact sheet about COVID-19 and vaccines that company owners can share with employees. The fact sheet, which is customized for the landscape industry, offers basic information about the dangers of the virus, discusses the importance of vaccination, and debunks myths about the vaccine.

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Landscape Career Pathways continue, though smaller due to pandemic Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 03:00 AM

The pandemic and related restrictions have limited the Landscape Career Pathways Programs in the last year, but Pickens Technical College has been able to continue its Urban Horticulture and Landscape Management Program with some modifications for safety and compliance with new rules.

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Mitigating stress as a business owner: Cindy McCord Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 03:00 AM

Being a business owner is the biggest personal development component in my life,” says Cindy McCord, president and owner for 15 years. Over those years, McCord has realized how important it is for her to continually practice self-awareness, especially as the company grew. To modulate stress, “the most important thing is to manage the inner voice and thoughts in my own mind,” she says.

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Mitigating stress as a business owner: Matt Hiner Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 02:00 AM

Matt Hiner founded his company to help others have a peaceful outside area on their own property. After all, he used his own outdoor living space to relax and de-stress. Who knew that after opening his business, it would feel like he was starting over each year for multiple years?

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How do you support landscape contractors? Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Thursday, March 04, 2021 12:00 AM

Attention ALCC Associate members:

At Colorado Green magazine, we are discussing the ways that the landscape industry supports each other during challenging times. We hope to share some resources with landscape contractors on how they can rely on their network to help them be successful.

We know that the supplier community offers more than just products, often including free resources to customers. We invite you to tell us about resources that your company offers beyond your signature products and services that can help landscape contractors succeed. Do you offer classes for CEUs? Online tools? Apps to show techs how to use your irrigation controller? Informational handouts that contractors can give to clients after install to help new trees do well? Do you have marketing expertise and tips to share?

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ALCC community remembers Tom Trench Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 05:00 AM

“Fabulous!”

Among the recollections of Tom Trench that were shared in recent days, one anecdote was shared repeatedly. When he entered a room or answered the phone and ALCC peers asked, “How are you, Tom,” his reply was always a booming, “I’m fabulous!”

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Get motivated with peer networking Email
Written by Jeffrey Scott   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 04:00 AM

Recently, one of my long-term peer groups met with me via Zoom and shared some extremely useful tips (below). Some had doubts that a Zoom meeting could be productive and inspiring, but by the end of it, everyone was jazzed.

My friend Jason Craven, CEO of the $30M business Southern Botanical, was a guest speaker at this meeting, and he was inspiring. Here are some takeaways from our peer group meeting:

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New Plant Select plants for 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 03:00 AM

Plant Select®, a collaborative effort between Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and horticulturists around the world, announced three new introductions being promoted for 2021 and is giving additional promotion to two other plants that Plant Select previously introduced. Now entering its 24th year, Plant Select is a leading source of plants that thrive in the High Plains and intermountain region. These plants provide gardeners and landscape professionals with smart, stunning and successful gardens using less water and fewer resources, ultimately having a more positive environmental impact.

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PPP changes meant to improve access for smallest businesses Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 02:00 AM

The White House and the US Small Business Association (SBA) have announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The goal of the changes, according to the announcements, is to promote better, more equitable access to relief funds and to support the “smallest of small businesses.”

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In memoriam: Tom Trench Email
Written by ALCC   
Monday, February 22, 2021 12:00 AM

Tom TrenchIt is with great sadness that ALCC shares the passing of Tom Trench, longtime ALCC member and past board president. Tom is survived by his wife Debbie, daughters Jennifer and Laurie, and granddaughters Alyssa and Annabella, as well as a myriad of loved ones and friends. His loss will be felt across the Colorado green industry.

"We were shocked and saddened to hear of Tom's passing," said John McMahon, ALCC CEO. "He was a valued member of our industry, and it is clear by the outpouring of love we've seen that he had a tremendous impact on many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues."

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DOL abruptly ends PAID program Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 04:00 AM

The US Department of Labor has closed the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program, effective January 29, 2021 when it was announced. The program ended less than three years from its launch date in 2018.

From the DOL release: 

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the immediate end of its Payroll Audit Independent Determination program launched by the department’s Wage and Hour Division in 2018. The program allowed employers to self-report federal minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act to avoid litigation, penalties or damages, and prohibited affected workers from taking any private action on the identified violations.

“Workers are entitled to every penny they have earned,” said Wage and Hour Division Principal Deputy Administrator Jessica Looman. “The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program deprived workers of their rights and put employers that play by the rules at a disadvantage. The U.S. Department of Labor will rigorously enforce the law, and we will use all the enforcement tools we have available.” 

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Noisy yard became a peaceful haven Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 03:00 AM

Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes, Inc. (RMCL) has been working on a clients’ Vail property for eight years. The homeowners originally contracted RMCL’s construction division to build water features on this high-elevation, mountainous site and subsequently hired RMCL to plant and maintain gardens on the property.

“The clients’ goal was to have thick, vibrant gardens full of color to soften the hardscapes of cascading water,” says Lauren Crary, maintenance & gardening account manager at RMCL, who has been managing this site for the past three years. “They also wanted the gardens to blend into the surrounding wildflower areas and have some ornamentals closer to the home.” RMCL uses annuals, perennials and shrubs to create the color and naturalized effect the clients wanted. The homeowners also wanted to harvest organic produce from their yard by growing climate-appropriate edibles.

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