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Conifers for Winter Interest with PW and Corona Tools

 

PW Anna's Magic ThujaWith the advent of the winter season, gardeners and landscapers are looking for attractive, interesting plants to add color, texture and interest. Conifers are one type of plant that fit the bill. For example, the bright gold Arborvitae (right) named Thuja occidentalis Anna's Magic Ball, provides color and form throughout the year. In fact, visit the "Shrubs for Winter Interest"  on the Proven Winners website to get more suggestions for attractive woody plants for winter gardens.

This week on #Plantchat swap ideas for some of your favorite conifers hints from the team at Proven Winners!

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala, Jane Beggs-Joles and Shannon Springer representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Prepping the Garden for Winter. The live chat begins Monday, December 1, 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 

Botanically Speaking - what is a conifer?

Winter Adaptation - How conifers are adapted to winter

Winter Care - Special attention for conifers during the winter, and why!

Selecting the Best - How to choose the best conifers for your garden and landscape

Join the Conversation

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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!

Landscape and Irrigation Specialists Gather at Irrigation Show 2014

 

Irrigation Show on Corona Tools LandscapechatThe irrigation industry will be heading to Phoenix, AZ., November 17-21 for the 2014 Irrigation Show. It's the largest irrigation exhibition in the world and truly includes everything under the sun in water management systems, products and services. Corona and #landscapechat partners, Ewing Irrigation and Lawn & Landscape along with many chat regulars, will meet up and tweetup on this week's #landscapechat!    

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner @EwingIrrigation Social Media & Digital Strategist, Laurie Ory as they host the Irragation Show 2014 #Landscapechat tweetup! Tweet with us live on the show floor at the Ewing Irrigation booth (519) on Wednesday, November 19 at 11AM PST/ 2PM 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

Key topic discussion points will include:  

Irrigation Show- Get a glimps of the show, its founder, areas of focus and objectives.

On Tap in 2014 - Discover what are the latest irrigation issues and topics being discussed. 

Innovative Products & Awards - See the 2014 innovative products for agriculture, landscape and golf, lighting and specialty products on display. 

Irrigation Educational Sessions - Discover practical techniques, best practices and "how-to's" at irrigation seminars and technical sessions.

Exhibitors at IS 2014 - Check out more than 300 industry exhibitors on display at the biggest irrigation event.

Join the Conversation

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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!

Tips for Winter Tree Care with Bartlett Tree Experts

 

Winter Tree BranchesWinter again takes center stage in the annual cycle of the seasons. The stark beauty of bare branches, the fragrance of winter blooms on woody ornamentals, and the color notes of interesting bark all contribute to the winter landscape. Join Bartlett Tree Experts as they share their hints and tips on winter tree selection and care this week on #Treechat. Find out how to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and hydrated during the winter months, and bring along your questions for the experts!    

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Bartlett Tree Experts with Marketing Manager Tina McNulty @BartlettTreeExp for the topic of Winter Tree Care. The live chat begins Tuesday, November 18, 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

Tree Traits - Tree and shrub traits that add beauty to the winter landscape

Characteristics - Discussion of specific species that can be used for winter interest

Photos and Links - Showcasing the beauty of winter trees and shrub

Prevent Winter Damage - Tips on preventing winter damage

Tree Selection - Base selection on winter interest as well as the other three seasons

Join the Conversation

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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.

Walking for Organic Agriculture to Reverse Climate Change

 

Rodale Organic Planet WalkRecap the Walk for an Organic Planet with Coach Smallwood of the Rodale Institute and learn the goals and the outcomes of this innovative event. Raising both awarness and support of the project, the 162 mile walk from the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA to Washington, D.C. was designed to to hand deliver the RI report to USDA Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack.

The Rodale Institute has proven that regenerative organic agriculture can reverse climate change. Regenerative organic agriculture can actually capture even more carbon than people currently emit into the atmosphere. By working with nature to use photosynthesis and healthy soil biology, we can draw down greenhouse gases and tip the needle past 100% to reverse climate change. It's another great topic and discussion in store on #plantchat!  

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman of Rodale Institute @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic, Recap of Coach Smallwood's Walk for an Organic Planet. The live chat begins Monday, November 17, 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  

Organic Agriculture - Overview of the white paper supporting organic agriculture to reduce effects / reverse climate change

Organic Planet Walk - Learn about the goal, who participated, and what were some of the highlights during the walk.

Washington D.C. Reception  - Hear how the historic meeting went, who was there and what was discussed. 

Response on the Hill -  Learn what the end results were and how effective it was.

Next Steps - Discover how Rodale will continue the push towards organic agriculuture and reversing climate change.

Join the Conversation

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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. 

photos courtesy of Rodale Institute

Planning for Spring Color in the Landscape

 

Spring color on Corona Tools LandscapechatAs wintery weather takes hold in the northern states this mid-November, many are already missing color in their landscape. Blanketed in snow, most are not thinking about what to plant or developing design plans for the next growing season.  Except for perhaps, your landscape contractor.  They know planning for Spring color doesn't happen overnight and are looking to plant growers as a valued resources to aid them in the process.  Planning for Spring color in the landscape is our focus on the next #landscapechat.    

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Join @CoronaTools and special guest, Jeff Gibson of Ball Horticultural tweets with us as @PanAmSeed on #Landscapechat, Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11AM/ 2PM ET. 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

Key topic discussion points will include:  

A Growers Overview - Discover what goes into producing landscape quality plants.

Talk to Your Growers - Learn why landscape contractors should engage with growers during the planning process. 

When the Planning Begins - Hear why planning early helps to ensure the availablity of plants and discover plants being introduced. 

Considering the Planting Environment - Understand the landscape issues during the design stage and select the right plants for the space.

Landscape Planning Resources - Find resources that can help with the planning process and help sell your plans to customers.

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!

photo courtesy of Davey Tree in PLANETs Ultimate Backyard Flickr gallery

Grow Healthy Citrus Indoors with AHS and Corona Tools

 

AHS Citrus 11 10 14The American Horticultural Society and Corona Tools are proud to have two garden greats as #Plantchat co-hosts this week: Citrus expert Kerry Beane, at Four Winds Growers, a leading producer of dwarf citrus trees; and famed garden author Margaret Roach.  

This week there are great prizes for the top tweeters during the #Plantchat hour:  

  • Most active tweeter gets to choose a 1-year old dwarf citrus tree from those in stock at Four Winds Growers and a ComfortGEL Fruit and Veggie Shear from Corona.
  • Second and third most active tweeters each win a Corona ComfortGEL Fruit & Veggie Shear (for pruning and harvesting indoor citrus). 

Bring your knowledge of growing citrus in containers to #Plantchat and bring your questions too!

You're Invited!

Join @CoronaTools and #Plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural Society Digital Communications Manager Charlotte Germane @AHS_Gardening, along with guest hosts Citrus expert Kerry Beane @MyFourWinds, E-Commerce Director at Four Winds Growers, a leading producer of dwarf citrus trees; and famed garden author Margaret Roach @MargaretRoach, who recently wrote about indoor citrus at her popular blog, A Way to Garden.  This week's topic is Growing Healthy Citrus Indoors. The live chat begins Monday, November 10, 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  

Selection - Which citrus do best as indoor container plants? 

Container-grown - Which is the most popular citrus to grow in a container? 

Indoors/Outdoors - What’s the best time of year to move the potted citrus outdoors? 

Yields - How long until your container citrus sets fruit?   

Organic Pest Control - What are easy and organic ways to control pests on indoor citrus?

Join the Conversation

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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. 

The State of the Lawn & Landscape Industry

 

LawnLandscapeStateOfIndustryCover OctoberLike all industries, the Lawn and Landscape Industry is only as strong as its people. The October, 2014 issue of Lawn & Landscape Magazine sizes up the strengths and weaknesses of our green industry and delivers a comprehensive report backed by detailed questionnaires and data collected across a wide range of components. Join the discussion on the state of the industry with Lawn and Landscape Magazine on this week's #Landscapechat  on Twitter.  

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Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Editor Kate Spirgen @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. P.T.or 2 p.m. ET. 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

Key observations on the State of the Lawn and Landscape Industry will include:  

Optimistic about the Future - Landscapers across the country are optimistic about the future of the industry. 95% of those surveyed say they are very or somewhat confident that the landscape industry will grow next year.

Lawn Maintenance Leading - Lawn maintenance was the fastest growing area for lawn and landscape companies in 2014 and 32% of landscapers think it will be the fastest growing service in 2015. 

Design/Build Services - With new home construction and increased property values come more design/build jobs. 55% of contractors said they plan on offering design/build services in 2015, and total gross sales revenue for construction and design has gone up 18% for industry professionals. 

Staffing Challenges - Finding quality employees continues to be an issue for the green industry. It’s the No. 1 economic challenge landscapers wish they could fix, and 84 percent say it hinders their company’s growth in some way. 

Key Concerns, Industry-wide - The biggest concerns in the industry right now are fuel prices, generating good leads and stress.

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!

photo courtesy of Lawn & Landscape Magazine

Prepping the Garden for Winter with PW and Corona Tools

 

FrostOnLeaf resized 600The country-wide switch from Daylight Savings to Standard Time is the annual signal (if you needed one) for gardeners to prepare their gardens for winter. Plant activity is slowing down, and leaves are coloring up and dropping. Winter-blooming Hellebores, Camellias and Edgeworthias are budding up, and holly berries are beginning to redden. It's time to roll up hoses and be sure irrigation systems are drained, as well as to protect plants in nursery pots. Best to rake out and clear away dead (and especially diseased) annuals and vegetable plants from summer, and to protect cold-hardy crops inside winter tunnels in colder climates.   

Perennials are going dormant and tender annuals are history. This is not the time to prune woody ornamentals, but instead make some fresh leaf mold with this year's leaf drop, and fork in well-rotted compost to improve your soil richness. This week on #Plantchat swap some of your area's tips on winter garden prep and get hints from the team at Proven Winners!

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala, Jane Beggs-Joles and Shannon Springer representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Prepping the Garden for Winter. The live chat begins Monday, November 3, 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 

Winter Prep - in most climates, fall is a time to protect, not prune

 

Mulching - the single most important thing to do for your plants

Value of Leaves - leaves are useful and full of nutrients, so don't rake them away and discard them

Neat v.s. Untidy - Leaving the garden a little “messy” for winter is good for wildlife, soil, and your plants

Planning Time! - if your landscape looks dull, start planning how to improve it for a happier winter next year

Join the Conversation

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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!

photo credit Wikipedia

Utilizing Your Garden and Landscape in a Tiny House

 

TinyHouseMvt BeachCottage resized 600It's what you call ultimate downsizing. That's just a small part of what the Tiny House Movement is all about! The Tiny House or Small House Movement is both an architectural and a social statement that advocates better quality of life by living simply.

Living small means people are choosing to stop defining home and self with stuff. It's prioritizing what matters most. And tossing material wealth and so-called prestige out on their heads. Spending less time inside and more time discovering the joys that await outdoors. Whether you maintain a large garden or landscape, or park your home at the seaside.  Living small helps Discover the true impermanence of things. And, who wouldn't love a Tiny Beach House?!? (pictured right)  

You're Invited to Chat

Join @Coronatools for a very special #Landscapechat on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 2pm ET, hosted by Tiny Houses Movement guru Martha Golea @MarGoH2O. This refreshing chat will feature the Tiny House Movement and how some people are living large on the inside by maximizing outdoor space.

Discussion Key Points: 

What is the Tiny House Movement? Learn why it came about, who buys them and more

What is the Focus of the Tiny House Movement? - Understand what makes living small so appealing and how it will change your lifestyle

Making it Work in a Tiny House - Disccover practial info that prospective buyers need to know

Utilizing the Landscape in a Tiny House - Living small doesn't mean living cramped, learn how to maximum living space both indoors and out

Additional Resources for Tiny Houses - learning more about Tiny Houses and links for more information

Join the Conversation

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 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!

Science of Autumn - Why Trees Put on a Colorful Show

 


AutumnColor CSabbareseEnjoying the brilliant leaf color this time of year? Trees are putting on a big show before winter, with maps of peak brilliance offered online like the one at The Weather Channel that tracks peak color for each region of the U.S.  Go behind the scenes with Bartlett Tree Experts and check out the reasons why leaves change color, along with choice tree selections to provide fiery color to the landscape, and how to care for trees during Autumn. J
oin us for this timely topic on #Treechat. 

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Bartlett Tree Experts with Marketing Manager Tina McNulty @BartlettTreeExp The live chat begins Tuesday, October 28, 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

Good species for autumn color and tips for selecting trees

Why leaves change color and lose leaves in autumn; and the factors that influence these changes

Care of trees in autumn and why it is so important

Join the Conversation

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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!

photo by Chris Sabbarese

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