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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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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!

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

 

Corona Tools

 

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

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

NeighborWoods® Month with ACTrees and Corona Tools

 

NeighborWoods10th color resized 600#Treechat celebrates Annual National NeighborWoods® Month with ACTrees to focus attention on the value of trees in our communities this October. Fall is a time when most of the country’s weather accommodates good tree-planting, though many people may not have tree-planting in mind.

On #Treechat this week, we will learn about participating in National NeighborWoods® Month by volunteering, hosting a local event, or donating to help plant trees during October. This year marks the event’s 10th Anniversary and we expect it to be the biggest yet with more trees in the ground and volunteers engaged!

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Join @CoronaTools and #Treechat co-partner Anthony Le, Program Coordinator at Alliance for Community Trees (@alliance4trees) for this week's topic, 10th Annual National Neighborwoods® Month (@NeighborWoods). 

The live chat begins Tuesday, August 19, 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 

Register your event -Register, download free tools and templates, and order local support materials at www.NeighborWoodsMonth.org

Volunteer - You can also donate your time.  To volunteer at a local community tree planting event or an ongoing tree care initiative, contact an ACTrees member organization near you.

For instructions on planting your own tree, click here.

USDA Forest Service Approved - USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recognizes the value of urban trees and encourages everyone to get involved in National NeighborWoods® Month

Support the Event! - You can make a donation to honor the 10th Anniversary of National NeighborWoods® month or Sponsor an event in your community  

Pre-Register to win a Mini-Grant - To celebrate this special 10th anniversary of National NeighborWoods® Month, Corona Tools is giving away $1,000 worth of tree tools! Register your NeighborWoods® events by August 31, 2014 for a chance to win $1000 worth of tools from Corona Tools

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!

Salvias Add Color, Movement to Garden with AHS and Corona Tools

 

Mealycup Sage

Easy-care garden plants, Salvias or sages as they are called interchangeably, are a large genus that includes annuals, biennials, perennials and small shrubs. Colorful Salvias can serve as the mainstay of the spring to summer, or late summer to fall garden border. Salvia is one of the many beloved members of the Mint Family, and has attributes like aromatic leaves that are paired two-by-two down square stems, two-lipped, bright flowers filled with nectar, and a long bloom season. 

Salvias, including the familiar kitchen sage, produce spikes of small, densely packed flowers atop aromatic foliage and are heat- and drought-tolerant beauties. They bloom in shades of blue, violet, red, pink, and white. Different varieties fill in the garden from 18 inches to 5 feet tall. 

Join the American Horticultural Society this week to chat about your favorite late summer and fall blooming Salvias on #Plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Digital Communications Manager Charlotte Germane of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) @AHS_Gardening for this week's topic, Salvias add color and movement to your late summer/fall garden. The live chat begins Monday, August 18, 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 

Late Summer Color -Salvia can be tender or hardy, but no matter where your garden is, use salvias for a burst of late summer color that persists in to the fall.

Wide Variety - With almost 1,000 species in this genus, you can find colors and heights that add to your garden picture – and it’s likely the deer won’t photobomb your picture. Salvias are often deer-resistant, although of course it depends on the species, the herd of deer (and how hungry they are). Ask your neighboring gardeners which salvias their deer ignore.

Culture for Sages - Salvias need full sun and well-drained soil. If you’re growing them as perennials, cut them back in winter to keep them from getting too woody.

Native Wildflowers - Some salvias are native to the Midwest, Southeast, and Texas.

Bee Forage - Salvias will feed the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds and add an aerial ballet to your garden.

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!

Preserving the Harvest with Rodale Institute and Corona Tools

 

Summer is abundant!  Sometimes the season is more productive than we can eat all at once. 

Preserving the Harvest with Rodale InstituteAs a home gardener or just a savvy summer shopper, you can learn how to preserve the taste of summer for colder months rather than wasting the harvest. 

Join us and learn how to simmer, sauce, can, pickle and freeze your harvest now, for a little bit of sunshine this winter.

This week chat about Preserving the Harvest as  one key to 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, August 11, 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 

Almost any harvest can be saved

Preserving can be simple and fun

Safety first! By following instructions closely, preserving is made safe for your family

Use your family’s favorite recipes, you can be sure that none of what you preserved goes to waste

Preserve Summer! Winter can be long and cold, so simmer, sauce, can, pickle and freeze your harvest now, for a little bit of sunshine this winter!

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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!

Your Favorite Garden Tips and Tricks

 

Proven Winners Mosaic Magic Pinterest Boaard

 

Don't try to re-invent the wheel in your garden and landscape; instead, learn from Proven Winners, Corona Tools and your fellow gardeners on this week's #Plantchat! Share favorite gardening tips, learn new shortcuts, contribute easy ways of doing things, tweet no-fail growing and planting secrets, and generally get "in the know" this Monday. Get even more ideas from the Proven Winners Pinterest Boards, for example, "DIY Garden Projects" like the Mosaic Magic at right. Give and Take, Share and Learn on this special edition of #Plantchat

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvela, of Proven Winners @Proven_Winners for this week's topic, Garden Tips. The live chat begins Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, 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 

Growing Plants Planting and Maintenance shortcuts and tips make it easy to succeed! 

Garden Organization Just like any project, organize garden areas and tools with containers, organizers and know-how. 

Plant Identification How to recognize Plant Families, starting with flowers and fruit for easiest Plant I.D. 

Money Saving Tips Gain insights from experienced frugal gardeners and get more bang for your gardening buck with a bit of familarity. And check out the Proven Winners Pinterest boards

Clean Up Whether the end of the day or the end of the season, clean up is a vital step to an organized garden.  

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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!

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