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(Some) Nurseries Talk Back about Tree Root Quality

December 6, 2016 by Leda Marritz

This summer we surveyed arborists and designers about the issues they encountered buying trees free from uncorrectable root defects. We published the results of that survey on this blog.To review: nursery-grown trees, especially those in containers, can have root defects such as girdling, circling and diving roots which contribute to...[read more]

Preserving Green Spaces and Waterways in Atlanta

December 5, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

Paving paradise to put up parking lots, roads and houses to keep up with the growing population in metro Atlanta (now over five million) has compromised the city’s green spaces and waterways over the past several decades.Keeping up with urban development’s impact on water quality has led to massive investments in stormwater...[read more]

How Climate Benefits from Trees Scale with Cities

November 30, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Trees influence meteorological and climatic effects at all scales of a city, from pocket parks to entire neighborhoods. However, while research has been done on the effect of trees canopies on urban environments, in general, we are only now beginning to understand how urban canopies affect climate at all scales of the city – from an...[read more]

Sustainable Packaging Coalition debuts new How2Compost label

November 29, 2016 by Waste Dive

Dive Brief:The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), in partnership with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), has debuted a new How2Compost label to give consumers more information about disposal options for products, as reported by Packaging World.Products with the label will be BPI-certified as compostable in...[read more]

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No-Mow Transformations

November 23, 2016 by Matt Scandale

Cities are boldly transforming their landscapes on tiny budgets with the No-Now approach.[read more]

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Great Green Landscaping Practices to Promote Sustainability

November 21, 2016 by Megan Nichols

Green landscaping isn’t just about choosing the plants, flowers, and shrubbery that are the most aesthetically pleasing. This type of gardening methodology looks at the synergistic relationship of choosing the right plants, your water use and the reduction of resources needed to maintain your lawn. In essence, you are a creating your own ecosystem that is rich in the biodiversity of your location.[read more]

The Neighborhood Park: An Underused Oasis

November 16, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In theory, a neighborhood park serves everyone, but the mere presence of a park does not guarantee people will use it. There’s a gender gap and an age gap when it comes to park use, according to a national survey conducted of more than 170 neighborhood parks in 25 U.S. cities, stretching from coast to coast.The RAND Corporation study...[read more]

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]

Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

November 10, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Larimer vision / Larimer ConsenusTo boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together. We need to focus on the ‘software’ of those communities,” argued architect Christine Mondor in a session at the 2016 GreenBuild in Los Angeles. Communities hard hit by...[read more]

Environmental Justice a Growing Concern Among Landscape Architects

November 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Shanghai / FlickrEnvironmental justice, which is about ensuring everyone benefits equally from nature, is a “growing concern” among landscape architects across the globe, said Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop. For example, in the ASLA 2016 Student Awards, 68 percent of the award-winning designs focused on issues of environmental...[read more]

Future Agricultural Technology : Feed the World Sustainably

October 29, 2016 by Sarah Smith

It is no secret that the world's population is growing rapidly. This means that there will be a growing priority to farm in a manner that is sustainable both today and for future generations.[read more]

Whatever the Weather: A Guide to Resilient Design

October 28, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released a guide on resilient design, aimed at helping communities better weather these events, and rebuild quicker when destruction does happen.[read more]