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Garden Tool Basics on Plantchat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sun, Jan, 25, 2015 @ 12:01 PM

Corona_CG_tools-1-26-2015[small]Spring Planting! Gardeners across the country are eagerly anticipating the coming of balmy days and moist soil. The American Horticultural Society and Corona Tools are discussing planting tools on #Plantchat this week. By selecting the right tools for the job, gardeners save physical effort, reduce wear and tear on bodies and hands, achieve better leverage, and also save both time and money. Learn how Corona tools are designed for strength and comfort, and how to care for them with "the voice" of Corona social media, Chris Sabbarese.  Contribute your ideas and experience with your favorite tools for planting.

Check out the countdown calendar to Spring!

This week there are great prizes in store for tweeters during the #Plantchat hour.  Just show up and tweet with us and we'll have random winners throughout the chat.  You could tweet yourself with a new Corona or AHS membership!  Come join us for the fun, conversation and prizes and get ready for a new season of planting.

You're Invited!

Join @CoronaTools and #Plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural Society Digital Communications Manager, Charlotte Germane @AHS_Gardening, invite comments this week.  This week's topic is Planting Tool Basics. The live chat begins Monday, January 26, 2015 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  

  • Essential Planting Tools for gardeners - lists for raised beds gardeners, direct sown, small spaces
  • Tool Selection - finding the tool that fits your needs, tasks and goals
  • Tool Maintenance - maintaining your tools are essential for extending the life of your tools 
  • Tool Cleaning -  Tips for properly cleaning your tools
  • Proper Tool Storage - Learn how to store tools in your tool shed
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. 

Tags: #Plantchat, Planting Tool Basics, Spring Planting

Water: 2014 Review and Irrigation Trends in 2015

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jan, 21, 2015 @ 08:01 AM

EwingIrrigation-1-21-2015[small]Ewing Irrigation explores what's new for 2015 on the next #Landscapechat.  Look back over the past year and discuss weather, new products and equipment, conservation techniques, then look ahead to 2015 and what we can expect. Pose your questions, contribute your ideas and join the conversation on the next Water Wednesday on #Landscapechat.

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner @EwingIrrigation with Laura Ory on #Landscapechat this week! Tweet with us on Wednesday, January 21 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;

  • A look back at 2014 water news and trends 
  • Weather Trends 
  • New and efficient irrigation products
  • New trends and what's ahead for 2015 

 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!

Tags: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Ewing's Water Wednesdays

Managing Invasive Species in Healthy Urban Forests

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jan, 12, 2015 @ 23:01 PM

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Invasive species are threatening local trees and urban forests. Invasives employ strategies such as fast growth, rapid reproduction and tolerance of a wide range of environmental conditions in order to survive at all costs. Biogenic vectors and non-native pests and diseases can contribute to the demise of local trees and economic costs. Learn how the ACTrees network is leading the fight against invasive species on #Treechat.
You're Invited to Tweet 

Welcome!  @CoronaTools invites everyone with an interest in trees to enter the hashtag #Treechat on Twitter. Chat partner and ACTrees Program Manager Anthony Le and Sarah Anderson, Manger of Membership and Partnership Services will be tweeting as @alliancefortrees.  The live chat begins Tuesday, January 13, 2015 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

Find out more on this week's #Treechat

Definition of Invasive Species - Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and diseases that can cause harm to the economy, environment, and human health

Opportunities for Education - many opportunities available locally across the countries

Creative Solutions - from bio fuel to goat feed!

Fun and Creative - Tools to use against invasive species

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!

 

Tags: #treechat, Corona Tools, ACTrees, Invasive Species

Winter Warm-Up with Rodale Institute, Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sun, Jan, 11, 2015 @ 06:01 AM

SeedlingsRodale institute has a new event, a sort of Gardening 101 for this time of year, called Winter Warm-Up. While cold weather may keep gardeners house bound, it is the perfect time for planning, purchasing and sowing organic seed inside to get ready for the garden season that will be upon us before too long. Rodale Institute's Seed Starting Expert will participate in #Plantchat on Twitter to answer questions and provide helpful hints and advice for gardens new and old. It's another great topic and discussion in store on #plantchat! 

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman of Rodale Institute @RodaleInstitute and Seed Starting Expert Molly Sweitzer will be joining the chat as the seed starting expert.  The live chat begins Monday, January 12, 2015 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  

5 Key Takeaways for Winter Warm-Up Gardening 101: 

Why grow from seed?

What varieties are easiest to grow from seed?

What do I need to know about selecting seeds for my garden?

Why buy organic seed?

Where can I find organic seed?

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. 

photos courtesy of Rodale Institute

Tags: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Rodale Institute, Molly Sweitzer, Winter Warm-Up

Water Wednesdays with Jain Irrigation and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Jan, 09, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Jain Irrigation Systems LTD is the largest manufacturer of irrigation equipment in the world. Their corporate philosophy is " Leave this world better than you found it." Joining with returning guest University of Florida Urban Conservation Unit, this week's topic is What's New for 2015? 

Join us on #landscapechat - Wed. Jan. 14th @ 2pm EST from UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County U.C.U. on Vimeo

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner Jain Irrigation with VP Richard Restuccia @JainsUSA on #Landscapechat this week! Tweet with us on Wednesday, January 14 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 new programs for 2015:  

Irrigation rebates

FFL Yard Certification

Plants for Pipes

Rain Barrel Workshops

Green Lodging

GI-PMP Training

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!

Tags: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, New in 2015, Water Wednesdays, Jains Irrigation

Igniting A Passion for Trees in Today's Youth: ACTRees, Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jan, 07, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

ACTrees Youth Trees ProgramsSowing the seeds of concern for tree care and protection is an essential responsibility of the green industry. Engaging youth and sharing ways to learn about and to care for trees is vital to fostering the next generation of environmental stewards. Establishing a relationship to the environment and getting youth out of doors provides mental health and well-being benefits. Education and engagement fostered by participating in tree planting and care provides youth with the tools to become advocates for urban forestry and other environmental fields. Learn how the ACTrees network is engaging youth via the Youth Tree Steward grant program
You're Invited to Tweet 

Welcome!  @CoronaTools invites everyone with an interest in trees to enter the hashtag #Treechat on Twitter. Chat partner and ACTrees Program Manager Anthony Le will be tweeting as @alliancefortrees.  The live chat begins Tuesday, December 9, 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

Find out more on this week's #Treechat

The Youth Tree Steward Grant Program  - developed to get youth outdoors, interacting with and appreciating trees.

Age-Appropriate Activities and Events  -  Including youthful participants in fun, hands-on activities and tailored, age-appropriate events

ACTrees Fosters  Conservation and Stewardship - partnerships and grant programs aimed at Youth are designed to develop the potential (and passion) of youth for trees! 

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!

 

Tags: #treechat, Corona Tools, ACTrees, Engaging Youth in Tree Care

Benchmarking Your Business with Lawn and Landscape and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jan, 07, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

LawnAndLandscape12 3 14 resized 600Lawn & Landscape Magazine is a significant resource for business owners within the green industry. The November, 2014 issue offers case studies, guidance and comparative studies ranging from how much to pay yourself, to varied strategies for growing your business. Setting benchmarks, monitoring labor costs and estimating revenue generated per employee are all considered. Join this invaluable discussion with tips from the experts on growing your business with Lawn and Landscape Magazine on this week's #Landscapechat  on Twitter.  

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Digital Content Manager,  Kate Spirgen  @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 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 Benchmarking Your Business will include:  

Owners' Earnings - Jim Huston, reknowned columnist and consultant, offers monthly salary guidelines for owners of companies of various sizes, with advice on how much to pay yourself. 

Setting and Examining Benchmarks - Review labor, equipment and time issues during this chat and employee revenue targets.

Discussion of how to pay  - Case studies for monitoring labor costs. Consider paying by the job instead of by the hour, and evaluate the applicability of piece-rate to your employees.

Experts' Tips on Proprietor's Draw  - Basing your proprietor's draw on realistic parameters, and not what is in the checkbook 

Average Annual Expenditures - Survey results for Average Cost of Products and Services

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

Tags: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Lawn & Landscape, Benchmarking Your Business

New Year Plant Resolutions for the Garden

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jan, 05, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

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When looking ahead to the coming year, gardeners sometimes first look back to notes they've made in a garden journal. These might include new plants to try, obscure heirloom varieties of tomatoes, intriguing color schemes, improvements to be made, shifts toward organic growing, and other "notes to self" are all examples. Other sources of inspiration are seed catalogs, the Proven Winners Gardeners' Idea Book, and suggestions by garden and landscape peers made via social media.

This week on #Plantchat swap ideas for some of your favorite plants and 2015 New Year's Plant Resolutions with the team at Proven Winners!

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Plant Resolutions. The live chat begins Monday, January 5, 2015 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 

Plant Siting - Planting the right plant in the right spot. Don't hesitate to move something if it isn't performing well.

4-Seasons! - Create a 4 season landscape- there's really no excuse for less!

Go Native  - Include more native plants

I Resolve - Try something new each season and expand your repertoire

Enlist a Friend - Get a friend hooked on gardening. Share your plants, knowledge and most important your enthusiasm season after season.

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!

Tags: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Conifers, New Plants, New Years Garden Resolutions

Plant/Tree Networking with Plants Map and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Dec, 15, 2014 @ 21:12 PM

PlantsMapImageNetworking! This week on #Treechat we learn more about Plants Map, an onlline community for anyone interested in plants, gardens and green spaces. It's a community to connect people with plants. Plants Map creates bonds with trees in many different ways. Each tree has a unique story to tell.  They may be landmarks, navigation points or markers of historic events. They serve as a way of memorialize others or to mark special occassions or events in our lives. We want to allow people to document and capture those meaningful trees and connections on Plants Map.

You might start a free profile and add your plants and photos to share with other users. Keep your garden journal online and choose what posts you want to share with others. Find out more this week on #Treechat.

Win Tools to Care for Your Tree

Once planted, trees don't just care for themselves.  They require TLC which includes pruning to help establish young trees and rejuvinate them as they grow.  To help in the process, the most active participant will receive a Corona Classic hand pruner and leather scabbard.  So tweet, ask questions and share on this treechat to win! 

You're Invited to Tweet 

Welcome!  @CoronaTools invites everyone with an interest in trees to enter the hashtag #Treechat on Twitter. Special guest Tracy Blevins  @PlantsMap will be representing Plants Map. The live chat begins Tuesday, December 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

Find out more on this week's #Treechat

What is Plants Map?  - Plants Map is a social community centered around plants and trees & how we are connected by them.

Tree Stories  -  Plants Map acknowledges that every tree or plant has a story and there are connections to plants that we all make. Plant, garden & collection profiles of Plants Map become a place to store a catalog of social content that can eventually be shared out to other networks.

Plant Networking  - Plants Map envisions people making social connections based on plant interests.

Plants Map DesignPlantsMap.com is a mobile responsive website. There is no app needed to use an any device.

Collection Profiles are an Inventory System - A way to learn from each other based on actual experiences and actual trees and plants.

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.

 

Tags: #treechat, Plants Map, Social Community for Plants

Reading a Seed Catalog with Margaret Roach, AHS, Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Dec, 15, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

How to Read a Seed Catalog: Margaret Roach’s Tips to Make You an Informed Customer Who Can Shop Smarter this Year

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The American Horticultural Society and Corona Tools are proud to have famed garden author Margaret Roach as a guest this week on #Plantchat.

Stop! Before you read the appetizing seed catalogs dropping daily in your mailbox, join us at #plantchat on Monday, December 15 from 2-3 p.m. ET. Seed enthusiast Margaret Roach will share her seed shopping rules, teach you how to  see through the sales pitches to what’s really going into those pretty seed packs, and help you find some unusual seeds to make your edible garden even more satisfying this year.

The American Horticultural Society is honored to host Margaret Roach as a special guest on #plantchat this week. Margaret blogs at A Way to Garden, based on experiences in her Hudson Valley garden and her years as Garden Editor and Executive Vice President/Editorial Editor at Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Margaret has written three books, and is offering two of them as prizes during #plantchat.

Please bring your own ideas about what you look for in seed catalogs, and other unusual seed sources.

PRIZES

Prizes this week are Margaret’s two books, and a membership in the American Horticultural Society – use these as gifts or keep them for yourself.

You're Invited!

Join @CoronaTools and #Plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural Society Digital Communications Manager Charlotte Germane @AHS_Gardening, along with guest host famed garden author Margaret Roach @MargaretRoach, This week's topic is Tips and Hints for Reading Those Seed Catalogs. The live chat begins Monday, December 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 

Share your thoughts and get information from Margaret and the American Horticultural Society about:

Two Key Questions - before you even open a seed catalog.

GMO Seeds - Why you don’t need to worry about buying GMO seeds.

Organic Seeds - Three reasons to grow organic seeds.

Which Seeds Will Succeed for You? - The best (and free) source of information

Kicking Back! - When to go wild with seed catalogs.

 

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. 

Tags: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, AHS, Margaret Roach, Tips on Seed Catalogs