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Save Water and Money With a Smart Controller

 

EwingIrrigationSmartController resized 600With the disruptions of needed rainfall across the country in recent months, it seems obscene to see sprinklers pouring out water during a shower. Smart Controllers avoid this pitfall. For example, Water sensors shut off irrigation equipment when enough water has been applied. While manual overrides can achieve the same result, rain sensors are another reliable method of eliminating redundancy or overwatering. Soil moisture sensors are still another option and will shut off the irrigation when the soil is moist and irrigation is no longer needed. Evapotranspiration (ET) controllers adjust run times by calculating the correct amount of water to apply, taking the guesswork out of programming watering times. Some ET controllers use broadcast or online-transmitted data based on current weather station information and adjust the watering program. Find out how Smart Controllers save you both water and money on this week's #landscapechat!

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Ewing Irrigation Social Media & Digital Strategist, Laura Ory @EwingIrrigation. The live chat begins Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

How to save water with a smart controller
How they work: What makes an irrigation controller smart?
Different types of smart controllers
Features, options and add-ons for Smart Controllers

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

What You Should Know About Why Trees Fail

 


Has a certain tree been worrying you lately? Residential and urban trees provide numerous benefits, bTreeBartlettut sometimes trees decline and fail. As trees age, they become more susceptible to wood decay and other defects. Many old trees gradually fall apart before they decline and die. The first priority for arborists caring for older trees is evaluating their structural integrity and providing necessary remedial treatments to reduce the risk of branch, stem, and root failures. 

Learn how expert arborists evaluate a tree as they decide whether it can be saved or must be removed. Why Trees Fail is this week's #treechat topic! 

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Bartlett Tree Experts marketing manager, Tina McNulty @BartlettTreeExp. Joining Tina will be tree expert, E. Thomas Smiley, Ph.D., Plant Physiologist and Soil Scientist.  The live chat begins Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This is the Twitter chat were we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Discussion Overview

Why Trees Fail – Hear about the external factors (environment, weather, insects) and tree factors (age, species) that can cause a tree to fail.

Visible Signs – Explore some of the visual signs that can help detect when a tree may fail.

Arborist Evaluations –Understand how arborists analyze and diagnose the health of a tree. 

Preventing Tree Fails – Discover what are some of the options arborists consider for trees that could potentially fail.

Determining Unreasonable Risk – Learn what risk factors arborists weigh to determine if a tree should remain or be removed.

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Treechat

Join us for this information-rich topic live on Twitter! Just sign in, search for #treechat and tweet using the hashtag. You're tweets will appear in the live tweet stream and you will be part of the conversation.  Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the treechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

About Treechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now treechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!


Monarch Butterfly in Crisis: A Plantchat Discussion

 

Monarch AHSButterflies are important pollinators, yet they are facing a population crisis. According to the Natural Resources Defence Blog, "the number of monarch butterflies that migrates across the United States each year and overwinters in the forests of Mexico has dropped to an all-time low. The 2014 Monarch census put the population at 33.5 million individuals. Although the number of butterflies varies from year to year, this estimate is a precipitous drop from a high of 1 billion in 1997 and down from a long term average of 350 million over the last 15 years." This week's #Plantchat focuses on the Monarch Butterfly, and offers tips and strategies on how John Q. Public can help to mitigate their habitat distruction. 

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural Society Digital Communications Manager Charlotte Germane @AHS_Gardening for the topic, Monarch Butterfly Crisis and How You Can Help. The live chat begins Monday, June 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Startling Drop in Monarch Population -Last winter was the lowest number of over-wintering of Monarchs in Mexico. 

One Reason for Monarch Decline -The startling drop in the Monarch population is the farm use of Roundup-Ready soybeans, along with the use of this herbicide to kill milkweed. 

What can Gardeners Do? - Plant Milkweeds in home and community gardens 

Create Monarch Habitats - Home Gardeners can create certified Monarch habitats for both adult monarchs and their immature offspring. 

Participate in the Monarch Count - Become a Citizen Scientist and track/watch Monarchs with Journey North (on Twitter, @JourneyNorthOrg).  

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona ToolsDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

PLANET's Renewal and Remembrance Landscape Event

 

The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for guests. Rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. And it needs help to keep it looking its best. 

On July 28, 2014 PLANET is proud to honor America's veterans and leaders during a day of service, and welcomes volunteers to participate this nationally recognized event, Renewal and Remembrance. Each year, this event draws hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the country to Arlington National Cemetery to spend the day mulching, cabling and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating more than 200 acres.

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Discussion Key Points: 

Renewal & Remembrance – Learn about the nation’s largest lawn care and landscape industry service event, taking place July 28th at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers lime, care for historic trees, and do landscape projects to beautify this national landmark.   

Arlington National Cemetery  - Discover this amazing public green space and learn how PLANET members work with the horticulturists at ANC to create and design the projects that we work on each year. 

Children's Planting Project - Discuss the children's planting project that is a part of Renewal & Remembrance, emphasizing the importance of teaching the next generation about caring for our green spaces and about volunteering.

Lobbying - Hear about lobbying plans on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. regarding landscape and lawn care industry issues. Hundreds of professionals meet with their legislators to talk about important issues.

Virtual Day on the Hill - Explore the use of social media to raise the visibility of industry issues with legislators. Join us for Virtual Day on the Hill on July 29th. Visit the #landscapeadvocacy webpage for more information about lending your voice to the cause.

Join the Conversation

Chat on Wednesday, July 16 on this week's #landscapechat with industry leaders. PLANET Director of Public Relations Lisa Schaumann and Promotional Communications Manager at STIHL Roger Phelps will co-host with Chris Sabbarese of Corona Tools, along with Landscape Management Magazine and other industry organizations.

Corona Tools LandscapechatDon’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in thelandscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

 Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

(Photo credit Arlington House, Wikipedia Commons)


How Urban Forestry is Using Tree Tech

 

Millions of Americans have access to the latest technology in the palms of their hands. Smartphone applications, or “apps,” not only play games and connect to the web–they can also increase awareness and engagement in managing urban forests.  

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Cities and organizations can make use of these apps to recruit and educate volunteers, to receive tree status updates from people on the street, to lead interactive guided tours, and to help residents identify trees in their neighborhoods. Technology is revolutionizing the connection between people and trees, and new ones are being released all the time.

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Join @CoronaTools and #Treechat co-partners Anthony Le, Program Coordinator at Alliance for Community Trees and Raynell Cooper, Geography Major at GWU, & intern for this week's topic,
Tree Technology and Urban Forestry. The live chat begins Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This the Twitter chat were we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Discussion Key Points 

Going High Tech - Discover how technology is being used as an efficient way to share urban forestry best practices. 
App for Urban Forestry - Discuss how citizen engagement, advocacy and the nuts and bolts of tree ID and maintenance are done through apps. 
Getting Tech Savvy - Hear about ACTrees monthly webcast series that covers best practices, creative programs, tech and more! 
Organizing the Conversations - Explore how ACTrees utilizes Twitter hash tags to share stories & news related to a certain topic
Available Programs  - Learn about the programs like i-Tree that helps urban foresters to calculate the impact trees are making for the community.  

Join the Conversation

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Corona Tools Treechat

Tech topics are hot and important to help link volunteers and urban forests. It will be an hour packed with information and insight on new apps and technology and how to connect volunteers and trees. Come and join us!

About Treechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now treechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Soil Biology is Key to Healthy Plants in the Garden

 

Soil productivity is a function of soil biology and the activities of soil organisms. Living in the soil are plant roots, bacteria, fungi, viruses, algae, protozoa, mites, nematodes, earthworms, ants, maggots and other insects and insect larvae (grubs), plus larger animals. In fact, the volume of living organisms below ground is often far greater than that above ground. These organisms are responsible for the decay of organic matter and cycling of both macro- and micro-nutrients back into forms that plants can use. 

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 This week chat about Soil Biology as the key to plant health on #plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman, of Rodale Institute @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic, Soil Biology is Key to Healthy Plants in the Garden. The live chat begins Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Compost - Learn how you can use quality compost for most soil health problems, instead of buying chemicals.

Healthy Soil = Understand why Healthy Plants = Healthy People

Avoid Dead Soil - Discover how widely used synthetic chemicals kill soil microbiology, promoting erosion and chemical run-off.

Ubiquitous Chemicals - Hear why those same chemicals are also toxic to humans, and are found in breast milk and umbilical blood.

Photosynthesis Discuss how it fights climate change, turning C to O2 – plants are of no use to humans if we are not around to eat them.

Tips and Resources - Get the latest tips and information from the Rodale Institute for achieve growing success and healthy, living soil. 

Join the Conversation

Plantchat logo on Corona Tools

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Trees: Growing a Forest at Ground Zero

 

On 9/11, 2001 the whole world stopped to watch in horror, the events that took place at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight 93.  After the twin towers fell, the massive business center hub was reduced to rubble and became known as Ground Zero. Having been devoid of life in the years since the attacks, trees now stand in sections of the space, bringing renewed life and hope to all who visit the 9/11 Memorial.

911 Tree Memorial on landscapechat

Following the amazing journey of the lone surviving tree to the introduction of the 9/11 forest into the Ground Zero, producer/ director Scott Elliot has been documenting the story. Audiences will see the planning and building of this truly remarkable forest which took place over the past 5 years.  His documentary, Trees: Growing a Forest at Ground Zero is schedule for release in November 2014 and it's our topic on this week's #landscapechat!

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Andrew Spiering, a landscape designer and founder of @Land8. Joining the discussion will be producer/director of @TheTreesFilmScott Elliott. The live chat begins Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

Documentary Overview - Discover what this incredible story and journey is about and the stars who bring it and the hallowed ground back to life. 

Documenting the Process  - Explore how this documentary came about from the producer/ director and will bring this piece of the 9/11 Memorial site into the spotlight.

Design and Construction - Hear about those involved in the project and their featured roles in the film. 

Bringing the Film to Everyone  -  Learn about how where you can see the film when it's released and take part in supporting the film so that many others can enjoy and benefit from it. 

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

9/11 Memorial photo featured in Scott Elliot documentary

Benefits of Community Forests and Tree Campus USA

 

Tree Campus USA on Corona Tools TreechatVisit any college town in the US and it's hard to miss the amount of pride the entire community has in its school and town. From team banners and flags adorning neighborhood homes to the tree-lined streets that bring a sense of charm and history to the community. Trees play an active roll on college campuses and in their surrounding community. Through programs like Arbor Day's, Tree Campus USA®, colleges and universities around the country are establishing and sustaining healthy community forests that benefit everyone in the community.

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Join @CoronaTools and #treechat co-partner, Coe Roberts, social media specialist at Arbor Day Foundation@ArborDay for this week's topic, replanting our national forests. The live chat begins Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This the Twitter chat were we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Discussion Overview

Tree Campus USA® Overview - Learn what the program is and who participates. 

The 5 Standards  - Discover what the 5 standards are that each college & university must do to participate in the program.

Program Benefits - Explore some of the many benefits of being a Tree Campus USA college or university

Success Stories Hear about some of the amazing things Tree Campus USA schools have done since the program began.

Get Involved - Understand what the process is to take part in Tree Campus USA in your own community

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Treechat

Join us for this information-rich topic live on Twitter! Just sign in, search for #treechat and tweet using the hashtag. You're tweets will appear in the live tweet stream and you will be part of the conversation.

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

This topic is as hot as the fires destroying our trees and so important for people to learn about what's being done to replant our national forests.  It will be an hour packed with information and insight on why we should all be concerned about restoring them. Come and join us!

About Treechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now treechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!


Keeping Safe in the Landscape

 

When it comes to work, there's nothing worse than an accident on the job site.  Not only the pain and discomfort the comes form an accident, but being off work trying to recuperate can cost you, and your company dearly.  Each June, National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month to help everyone to think about safety first.  And it's our topic on this week's #landscapechat!

Corona Tools Landscapechat TLC Magazine Safety Meeting

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Lisa Schaumann, director of public relations at PLANET @PLANET2005. Joining the discussion will be Patty Vaugh, editor of @TLCMagagazine to help weigh in on this very imprortant topic!  the The live chat begins Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This is the Twitter chat where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps, each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.

Discussion Overview

Safety in the Landscape - Discover what are some of the biggest safety concerns for landscape workers. 

Working in the Sun - Learn some of the latest statistics and safety information for those who work in the sun, including heat exhaustion and melanoma.

On-the-job Safety Training - Understand why companies take safety so serious and help to train employees to protect themselves. 

Equipment Safety - Explore what makes equipment safety so important and how contractors can help to avoid life or limb accidents. 

Lyme Disease Hear why this topic is becoming a big safety concern for landscape contractor .

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Landscapechat

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #landscapechat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the landscapechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Landscapechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now landscapechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Safety meeting photo courtesy of TLC Magazine

Power of Volunteers in Urban Forestry

 

Corona Tools Treechat Tom MartinWhen was the last time you stopped to appreciate a tree in your community? Urban trees provide community members with numerous benefits.  But they also require additional care given the harsh conditions they are growing in.  Cities are rallying their community members to come out in force, and give back to the trees which give so much to each of us.  Through the power of volunteers, urban forests can flourish and it's our topic on #treechat!

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Anthony Le, Program Coordinator at Alliance for CommunityTrees @Alliance4Trees. The live chat begins Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.  This is the Twitter chat were we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Discussion Overview

Importance of Urban Forests - Discover why urban forests are vital for our communities and our well-being. 

Challenges With Urban Trees - Learn about the challenges urban trees face that can affect the overall health of the trees.

Community Volunteers - Understand why communities are reaching out to it members to help care for their trees. 

Volunteer Training Hear about ACTrees tree care training programs provided to communities throughout the country.

You Can Help - Explore ways you can get involved in your community by becoming a volunteer. 

Join the Conversation

Corona Tools Treechat

Join us for this information-rich topic live on Twitter! Just sign in, search for #treechat and tweet using the hashtag. You're tweets will appear in the live tweet stream and you will be part of the conversation.  Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the treechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

If you have ever asked yourself, "do people really sell stuff on social media" then this topic is for you!  It will be an hour packed with information and insight that you do not want to miss!

About Treechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now treechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!


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