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December 14, 2012
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  • 3 factors to consider for springtime business
    Use winter to prepare for spring to improve productivity and make the best use of your capital, writes Carolyn Lawell. Think about your clients' needs, plan for those needs with your suppliers and check seed tags to know that you're getting the right product for your project, she notes. "Buying a quality product saves you time and money in the long run," said Michelle Williams, an account manager for turfgrass sod sales at John Deere Landscapes. Lawn & Landscape (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Demand recovers for landscape architects in Ore.
    The demand for landscape architects is beginning to recover in Oregon, according to a third-quarter survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects. About 26% of the respondents said their billable hours were "significantly higher" compared with the same period last year. Separately, the production value of nurseries in the state grew to $742 million in 2011, up from $667 million in 2010. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 tips to make the change to organic lawn care
    Want to be successful with your organic lawn care services? Educate your customers about organics and manage their expectations, says Kristina MacPherson, operations manager at Mahoney's SafeLawns in Woburn, Mass. She offers five tips for lawn care firms that plan to offer organic services, including the need to be realistic about the results of the process. Lawn & Landscape (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • With time running out, Obama and Boehner swap fiscal offers
    President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, traded deficit-reduction proposals this week but wound up apparently no closer to cementing a deal. The deadlock left some observers skeptical about the prospects of getting a deal in place before Christmas. "I think it's going to be extremely difficult to get it done before Christmas, but it could be done," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Google/The Associated Press (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The exotic physics of Santa Claus
    It is theoretically possible for Santa Claus to deliver a gift to every child on the planet in a single night -- but only if he employs an army of helpers and uses exotic relativity clouds capable of warping space time, scientists say. That would allow each helper to spend months delivering gifts, while for those of us outside the cloud, just a few minutes would pass. "I think it’s very possible that a man who ... has flying pet reindeer could have the technology needed to utilize relativity clouds," says doctoral student Danny Maruyama. Popular Science (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well."
--William Osler,
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