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Welby flower trials continued in 2020--with adjustments Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 05:00 AM

MirageTM Rose Bicolor Salvia greggii by Darwin Perennials Despite the cancelation of their annual event due to COVID-19 concerns, Welby Gardens continued with their 2020 summer flower trials. A total of 584 plant varieties were grown for evaluation, and voting was done over the course of a week by visitors to the facility. It was an unusual year in every aspect, and voting resulted in numerous ties.

Cyber crimes are a real threat--is your company prepared? Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 04:00 AM

cyber attackThe importance of securing your company's IT system and data have never been more important. With staff working remotely during the pandemic, new vulnerabilities arise. Business owners can help close up security gaps by stressing cyber safety as they do physical safety at work. 

In late July, the city of Lafayette suffered a cyber attack that took down their computer network. The small city paid a $45,000 ransom to the attackers in order to regain access to their files. Similar attacks have happened in small and large towns across the US, as well as at public libraries and medical centers. Taking the time to set up proper security protocols in your company can help prevent you from becoming the next victim.

Payroll tax deferral option set to take effect September 1 Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 03:00 AM

payroll taxOn August 8, President Trump issued an executive order allowing workers who earn less than $4,000 in a two-week period to defer payroll taxes between September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. It is important that employers are aware of this order and that they may need to make adjustments to payroll processing beginning in September.

PPP loan forgiveness opens, but changes are anticipated Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 02:00 AM

working on businessThe US Small Business Administration (SBA), opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process on August 10. Loan forgiveness applications are now available at sba.govThe PPP loan program closed on August 8.

Some experts are cautioning business owners against applying for loan forgiveness right away. Just as the rules around applying for PPP funds changed after the program launched, some anticipate upcoming changes to the forgiveness process.

Lifescape earns a spot on the Inc. 5000 list Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 01:00 AM

financial growthFor the sixth consecutive year, Lifescape ColoradoDenver, earned a place on the Inc. 5000 list, which tracks the fastest-growing privately held companies in the US. Lifescape was the only Colorado landscape company to make the list in 2020, and it was one of eleven green industry businesses featured. 

Registering 58% three-year growth, award-winning Lifescape appeared at No. 4,907 on the list this year. The company provides full design/build/maintenance services to residential and commercial landscapes. 

Proposed ordinance would change Colorado Springs utility locates Email
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 05:00 AM

Worker diggingColorado Springs Utilities has proposed an ordinance change for the City of Colorado Springs concerning underground damage prevention safety. As a home rule entity, the city would establish its own utility locates program and would be responsible for enforcement.

Denver offers free PPE for small businesses Email
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 04:00 AM

surgical maskCity and County of Denver launched a program to help small businesses access PPE related to reducing the spread of coronavirus. Last week, a registration form was made available for businesses to register for a free personal protective equipment (PPE) kit.

Overlooked trees that do well in Colorado Email
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 03:00 AM

Fagus sylvatica ‘Fastigiata’ (Dawyck), Upright European BeechIn each issue of Colorado Green magazine, Dr. James Klett at Colorado State University (CSU) recommends plants and trees that have been proven successful in Colorado’s conditions. In the July/August issue of the magazine, Klett repeated some recommendations for trees. When asked why he was repeating the recommendation, he noted that despite the recommendations, the plants’ success in CSU’s woody plant evaluations, and availability at local nurseries, landscape companies seem slow to use these trees.

Safe + Sound Week 2020 offers increased online resources Email
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 02:00 AM

safetyThis week, August 10-16, is Safe + Sound Week, an OSHA initiative that celebrates successful safety programs and encourages workplace safety across the nation. This year, in light of pandemic restrictions, many events are being offered online as webinars.  

CSU online horticulture degree shows remarkable growth Email
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 01:00 AM

Online courseThe official launch in fall 2017 for the Colorado State University (CSU) online Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture enrolled 25 students, and the first student graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the online program in fall 2018. As of spring 2020, enrollment in the online program was 102.

Mountain Roots is a testament to sustainability Email
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 05:00 AM

Alyse PiburnAlyse Piburn’s love for gardening was passed down through the generations, as both of her  grandmothers were gardeners. But it wasn’t until later that she found her career in gardening. She first worked in the service and hospitality industries—snowboarding was a passion—in the mountains. But one summer she was in between jobs and began landscaping with her mother’s business in Grand Lake. “It felt like everything clicked,” Piburn recalls. “I’d been an outdoor person. I loved working outdoors and loved plants. How did I not know about this sooner?”

Landscape design in the time of coronavirus Email
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 04:00 AM

Ivy Street Designs projectDuring the first half of May, Colorado Green magazine talked with six Colorado companies and asked how the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders affected landscape designs for their clients. The companies are located across the state and represent different types and sizes of green industry companies.

Pandemic affects trial gardens evaluation event Email
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 03:00 AM

CSU trial gardensToday, Dr. Klett announced that due to coronavirus precautions, the traditional evaluation day event for the CSU flower garden trials has been canceled. In order to move forward, industry evaluators are encouraged to visit the gardens the first week in August to submit their evaluations.

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