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Organic Fruits + Berries with Rodale Institute and Corona Tools

 

RodaleInstituteBerries resized 600Fruits and berries freshly picked from the garden taste even better when there is no pesticide residue on them! Many small fruits like strawberries produce a heavy yield in a small area. Bush fruits like blueberries and raspberries produce reliably year after year. Dwarf and Columnar fruit trees can also find a place in even the smallest gardens. This week #Plantchat covers growing berries and fruits organically. 

Learn how to extend the season with early and late varieties, how to control pests before they become a problem, and how to keep the soil fertile and restore Nature's balance.  

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman of Rodale Institute @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic, Organic Fruits and Berries. The live chat begins Monday, Septembe 15, 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  

RodaleInstiteFruitBerriesRaspberries resized 600Organic Growing -Organic fruits and berries can tricky to grow successfully, but it’s worth it!

Most Important - 3 most important things about growing fruits and berries organically?  Compost, compost & compost! 

Restore Nature's Balance - Restore balance to natural cycles to reduce pest and weed pressures.  Pesticides and herbicides only disrupt the cycle further.

 Integrated Pest Management - IPM is a good first step toward a more environmentally friendly agriculture, but producing organic tree fruits in the Northeast is certainly not impossible. In fact, Rodale Institute has been growing organic apples for more than 30 years.

Relative Pest Populations - In the Northeast, we face twice as many fruit growing diseases as the West Coast. We have more than 60 insect pests to combat, many of which our West Coast friends have never even seen.

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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!

photos courtesy of Rodale Institute

Trees At 9/11 Memorial with Bartlett Trees and Corona Tools

 


BartlettTreeExperts Sept 11 Memorial resized 600The 13th anniversary of September 11 was commemorated this month, and our thoughts are once again with all those who lost loved ones on that tragic morning. We look back and remember the names, faces, and lives of the men, women, and children who were killed, and look for ways to ensure that each and every one of them is not forgotten. One of these ways is the planting of trees. 

BartlettTreeExperts Sept11TreesAtMemorial resized 600Trees symbolize immense and enduring strength as they stretch from the earth to the sky, offering protection under their spreading boughs. Trees have been planted to surround the 9-11 Museum, open during this year's anniversary or the first time. Bartlett Tree Experts and Corona Tools invite you to join us in remembering September 11 and all that this day means with a discussion of the trees planted around the memorial. Join us for this moving 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, September 16, 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

Memorial Trees - Hear the story of the trees that beautify the National 9/11 Memorial. 

Learn about their care – which began long before they arrived at the site in 2010 – and the unique challenges of working at this site. 

Photos bring the Memorial Trees to Life -See some amazing photos and videos of the trees at the Memorial.

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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!


Drought and Conservation with SDCWA and Corona Tools

 

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As California's "once in a generation" drought continues, reservoir water and groundwater reserves are at record lows. Will the tropical moisture streaming from Hurricane Norbert bring much needed rainfall this week? Will it help? 

San Diego County Water Authority offers educational programs to help build awareness of important water issues. By teaching children about our local water resources, our programs help instill a knowledge and appreciation of this natural resource and foster an understanding of the need to protect our environment and use water wisely. For more than 30 years, the school education program has been a core component of the Water Authority’s community outreach efforts. 

SDCWA ThisisSeriousAD 9 10 14 resized 600SDCWA also offers Adult and Community Education. The Speakers' Bureau is a free service to the community with topics such as water reliability, water transfers, legislation, and construction projects. 

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Join @CoronaTools and partner San Diego County Water Authority's Conservation Program Manager Jeff Stephenson tweeting as @SDCWA for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, September 10 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

On the live Twitter #Landscapechat find out more answers to these 5 key takeaways:

Simple Explanations: How do water agencies work? 
Locating Resources: Where do water agencies get their water? 
Implications: What does the drought mean to San Diego County? 
Restrictions: What are some of the mandatory restrictions in place? 
Programming: What are some of the programs SDCWA has in place to promote conservation? 

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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 SDCWA 

Favorite Fall Plants with Proven Winners and Corona Tools

 

ScarletBrocadeSedum PW FallWhat are some of your favorite fall-flowering plants? Why is autumn such a good time to plant? Pry yourself away from the latest football game and join us on Twitter for #Plantchat

Plants with several seasons of interest are best, especially for small gardens where every square inch counts! Warm soils mean faster root growth, and late fall soils (after the hot summer sun) have warmer temperatures than in spring (after the cold winter snows and rains). And if your perennial or deciduous ornamental shrub drops its leaves, there is less chance that it will dry out while it is rooting in place. Soils are easier to work in fall, and plants that are planted in the autumn are larger and better grown next spring, having picked up another whole season of growth. 

Don't miss some of our fall-flowering or fall-fruiting favorites, such as Scarlet Brocade Sedum or Stonecrop, pictured. Get tips and hints from the team at Proven Winners on #Plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala, Jane Beggs-Joles and Shannon Springer representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Favorite Fall Plants. The live chat begins Monday, September 8, 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 

Fall is such a great time in the garden, it would be a shame to  miss the chance to make it as fabulous as summer.

Many plants wait until fall to bloom, providing late season interest

Ornamental interest Several other plants have renewed interest in fall in the form of rebloom, fruit, or foliage

Late Season Fragrance Fall is not thought of as a time for fragrance, but several plants contribute late season fragrance

"Fall is for Planting" Campaign Fall is a great time for planting, with a few notable exceptions 

 

 

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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!

Irrigation at Issue with Lawn and Landscape Magazine + Corona Tools

 

July2014issueLawnLandscapeMagThe water irrigation issue of the July 2014 Lawn and Landscape Magazine spotlights companies who are making the switch from landscape maintenance to water management. Traditional landscaping services are drying up, while at the same time, other clients want water conservation efforts and they’re willing to pay for them. The market is there and it makes sense to make the transition in order to stay in business. 

Services such as subsurface drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting can have margins of 30 percent, an attractive incentive to go with the flow.  

Joint the discussion of options on this week's #Landscapechat  on Twitter. 
 

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Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Brian Horn @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, September 3 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

Editor Chuck Bowen asked "some of the smartest water people I know just what water means for the landscape industry now and in the future." 

Demands from the West Vast reserves of freshwater that sit just north of his home state of Ohio are under constant threat of being trucked or sucked west.

Three Case Studies:

Enviroscape in Calif. shifted the focus of his company from traditional landscaping to water management and now approximately half of his revenue comes from such services as subsurface drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting.

Lambert’s in Texas installed a 20,000-gallon cistern to catch the water pouring off the roof. It uses that water – instead of the city’s – to mix its fertilizer blends, saving approximately $800 a month.

 

Garden Works in Calif., includes water management as part of every client contract. Creating the water management program, training staff and earning certifications took about seven years to implement company-wide.

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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

Communities Caring for Trees in Tree City USA

 

fall4[SMALL]The Arbor Day Foundation's TREE CITY USA program provides direction, assistance and national recognition to local  communities by presenting a framework for sustainable urban forests. Small towns, boroughs, townships, big cities, villages and military installations participate in the Tree City USA program, which provides a foundation for tree care or expands innovative community tree programs or projects.  Is your community a Tree City USA? Find out and join us for this great topic on #treechat 

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Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Arbor Day Foundation with Coe Roberts @ArborDay.  The live chat begins Tuesday, September 2, 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

Reduce Costs Explore how urban trees help storm water management and erosion control.

Cut Energy Costs - Learn how to cut energy costs by 25% with passive solar management by deciduous trees.

Boost Property Values Understand how trees can increase property values by 7 to 21% with properly placed trees.

Build Stronger Community Ties - Discover the benefits of increasing connections between neighbors and lower crime rates in cities.

Honor Your Community - Hear about Arbor Day's Tree City USA celebrations and recognition of major achievements. 

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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!


Millennials' Take on Gardening with EmergentPro and Corona Tools

 

girl w sweet pea[small]Some are calling the Millennials "Generation Nice." But The Pew Research Center’s sequence of reports on millennials found not an entitled generation but a complex and introspective one — with a far higher proportion of nonwhites than its predecessors as well as a greater number of people raised by a single parent. Its members also have weathered many large public traumas: the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, costly (and unresolved) wars, the Great Recession. Pew reported that the millennial generation is skeptical of institutions — political and religious — and prefers to improvise solutions to the challenges of the moment.

A report by Morley Winograd and Michael Hais titled “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America" found almost two-thirds (64 percent) of millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring,” the Brookings Institution recently noted in 

Join the young Emergents this week to chat about Gardening and entering the Horticultural workplace on #Plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Brienne Gluvna Arthur @EmergentPro for this week's topic, Discussing Gardening and Horticulture with Millennials.  The live chat begins Monday, August 25, 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 

Gardening and Horticulture with Milliennials - their new favorite passtime

Priorities for Millenials - 64% have stated they prefer making 40K in a job they love vs 100K for a job they don't. 

Millennials and the food they eat - Many are conscious about the food they eat, they are more likely to be vegetarian, vegans or gluten free

Skills and Knowedge - Do millennials know how to grow? Do they have horticultural skills? 

Gardening in Small Spaces -Houses and properties are smaller 

Community Gardening with Millennials -plenty of participation

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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!

The Water/Soil Connection with Ewing Irrigation and Corona Tools

 

EwingIrrigation soil test dirt earth turf resized 600Make the soil/water connection. This week's #Landscapechat starts with soil basics and how an understanding of soil types helps clarify the role of soil in water use. The discussion continues with a discussion of soil testing and then how soil and water holding capacity can be improved. The chat wraps up with information on soil moisture sensors. The chat runs live on Twitter in real time. 

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Join @CoronaTools and partner Ewing Irrigation Social Media and Digital Specialist Laura Ory @EwingIrrigation for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, August 27 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

Role of soil in water use

Understanding soil types 

What soil testing can tell you

Improving your soil

Using soil moisture sensor

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

Tree Inventory with Bartlett Trees and Corona Tools

 


Bartlett TreeInventory DataCollection resized 600On #Treechat this week, Bartlett Tree Experts will discuss the use of Tree Inventories with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for managing the Urban Tree Canopy (UTC). This asset management software improves efficiency, yields information on existing tree status and on planned sites, provides solid date that helps avoid budget cutbacks, and enables different organizations to understand their campuses and work together. 

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Join @CoronaTools and #Treechat co-partner Bartlett Tree Experts Marketing Manager Tina McNulty @BartlettTreeExp along with Bartlett Inventory Solutions Manager Mike Sherwood. Mike is on Bartlett's Tree Inventory Team and has been doing tree inventories for more than 15 years! 

The live chat begins Tuesday, August 26, 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 

Bartlett TreeInventory MapFilterOptions resized 600Tree inventory basics – Learn what a tree inventory is, who needs one and how it can be used to help guide property management decisions 

The challenges of property management – Understand the major challenges property managers face in maintaining trees and how a tree inventory can help

Technology and tree inventories – Discover how tree inventory data is collected and maintained, and find out the newest advancements in tree management

Case Studies – See sample tree inventories from real clients and hear about properties that have had an inventory conducted

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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!

#Landscapechat Archives on Storify with Corona Tools

 

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Three years in review! What chat remains freshest in your memory? Which one made you laugh the hardest? How about the chat when you learned the most new things? The one where you met the most new Peeps?

Chris Sabbarese#Landscapechat on Twitter has been going strong for more than 150 chats, and the great majority are archived on Storify. This week, let's take a look back over the past three-plus years of #Landscapechat with an eye to the future. 

This spring, we bundled all three chats hosted by Corona Tools into the the Green Industry Leadership Network - GILN. Be sure to register online to receive chat reminders via your email. 

 

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Join @CoronaTools for a Roundtable that looks back over 3+ years of #Landscapechats on Wednesday, August 20 at 11 a.m. PT / 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

Broad themes covered during the past three plus years on #Landscapechat:  

Irrigation and Water - issues and solutions

Technology for Green Companies - new and cutting edge apps, sites, technobuzz and more

Volunteerism and Altruism - Including Corona Cares, Homes for Troops, PLANET Gives Back, Neighborwoods, Renewal and Remembrance to name a few

Trade Shows and Events - GIE-EXPO, GWA, Garden Bloggers Fling

Techniques, Challenges and Solutions - Honeybees, winter storm damage, wildfires, winter pruning

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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
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