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What You Can Learn from Public Gardens

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jul, 06, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

DSC00683Public Gardens are a wonderful amenity across the U.S. and the world. How do you locate a new one in your area? Or visit one that is celebrating one hundred years? Does it have a Conservatory, or perhaps a native plant woodland or meadow? Are there plant shows and celebrations of blooming plants in season?  Or perhaps plant sales and garden tours scheduled?

A trip to a public garden, is a great way to learn what works in your comminuty and provides insight how you can "translate" into your own garden. Join us this week to share your experiences at public gardens with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools USA, Chris Sabbarese.

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, what you can learn from public gardens. The live chat begins Monday, July 6, 2015 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 

What is your Favorite Public Garden? - Share your experiences

Share your favorites - What caught your eye or caused this garden to be your favorite? Share what you  have learned. 

Near and Far -  Is your favorite Public Garden in your own city? in the U.S.? or anywhere in the world? 

Old and New - About that Public Garden -- is it  brand new and one that you helped found, or an old and august institution? 

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 hashtag 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, Public Gardens

Healthy Trees Start with Healthy Roots

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 29, 2015 @ 14:06 PM

Bartlett-ExposedOakRoots-6-30-2015The root system of a tree performs many vital functions. Roots absorb and transport water and mineral nutrients from the soil to the rest of the tree. Roots anchor the portion of the tree above ground.  In winter, roots are a store-house for essential food reserves needed by the tree to produce spring foliage.

Healthy root systems are vital to the health and longevity of trees. The water, oxygen and nutrients are most readily available near the soil surface where rain infiltrates the soil and oxygen from the atmosphere diffuses into porous soil. The majority of a large tree's roots are in the top 18-24 inches of soil, and when space is available, they can spread two to three times further than the drip line.

Because of this proximity to the soil surface, tree roots are often associated with situations that cause damage to structures, pavements and utiltities. Roots are subjected to run off, chemicals and mechanical injury. It is important to keep the portion below ground healthy to ensure an adequate supply of moisture and nutrients, and for the roots to continue their important functions.

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools along with chat partner and host, Bartlett Tree Experts with Marketing Manager, Tina McNulty @BartlettTreeExp The live chat begins Tuesday, June 30, 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 

Key takeaways from the discussion of tree roots: 
  • The purpose tree roots serve and why they are important
  • The relationship between soil and roots  
  • Common root problems, and how to address these problems
  • Protecting tree roots and providing the best growing environment  
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 hashtag 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, Corona Tools, Bartlett Tree Experts, Healthy roots, Healthy trees

What Green Industry Students Look for in a Landscape Career

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 29, 2015 @ 14:06 PM

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Coming up on #landscapechat - the next generation of green industry employees. Get to know the newest crop of professionals and how you can attract them to your company. 

Like all industries, the Green Industry is only as strong as its people. In the June 2015 issue, "In Good Hands", Lawn & Landscape Magazine sizes up the strengths and weaknesses of the next generation of employees in the column "These Kids Today" by Chuck Bowen. Several of the new generation of employees are spotlighted in the magazine, which also features stats at the end of the story.  

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Join @CoronaTools and partner Lawn and Landscape Magazine Editor Kate Spirgen @LawnLandscape for #Landscapechat on Wednesday, July 1, 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 this topic will include:  

  • Ready, Willing and Able - Find out what fuels their ambitions and drives those students planning to enter into the green industry after graduation.
  • Company Culture - Great pay is good but good company culture can be a deal breaker for students. 
  • Good Pay and Benefits - Students entering the green industry work force want more than a paycheck.  Things like steady pay increases, health insurance and working outdoors tops the list.
  • Green Industry Student Demographics - Toss out the sterotypical student demographic and be surprised who is joining the green industry work force.
  • Internships - Learn why if you want to attract good employees, you better have a great internship program in place.
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, New Generation of Employees

Foodscaping With Kids in the Edible School Yard Movement

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Jun, 26, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

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The #Bullockgarden Project at the Dorothy L. Bullock School in Glassboro, NJ is a celebrated effort to teach food gardening to school kids, and Emergent Professional Brie Arthur and Landscape Expert, Celebrity TV Host and Speaker, Ahmed Hassan are at the forefront of publicity for this edible school yard.

Elementary School Teacher Sonya Harris started a fundraising campaign after getting approval from her school board. The community came together to support the project through cash donations, supplies and labor. Sonya reached out to Ahmed to do a "schoolyard crash," and he assembled a team from around the U.S. 

Join the Emergent Pro this week to chat about the value of food gardening with kids, and the Edible School Yard Movement, on #Plantchat!

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Join @CoronaTools and #Plantchat co-partner, Brienne Gluvna Arthur @EmergentPro, along with their guest, Ahmed Hassan @ahmadandahmed for this week's topic, #BullockGarden Project and #Foodscaping with kids.  The live chat begins Monday, June 29, 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 2011.

Discussion Overview 

Goals of Edible School Yard Movement for Children:

It's All About Science - Engage students in science curriculum through gardening

Outdoor Classroom - This hands-on, learning-by-doing classroom seats 25 (pictured above)

Harvest Home - Food harvested from the #BullockGarden provides food for the school cafeteria, in addition to yummy garden tastings with the school community every Friday

Edible Education - Contact your school board and work with the Cooperative Extension Service and Master Gardeners to start up some edible education in your community 

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 hashtag 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.

photo credit Brienne Gluvna Arthur 

Tags: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Emergent Professionals, #BullockGarden Project, #Foodscape

Why Gardeners Should be Planting to Attract Pollinators

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, Jun, 18, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

ca5Garden pollinators need our help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. However, there are some simple things that can be done in the home garden that will encourage pollinator diversity and abundance planting. The foremost is to plant a garden with plants that pollinators rely on for food, considering both immature and mature forms. Nesting habitat is next in importance, and, of course, weighing pesticide usage is also essential. 

The American Horticultural Society and Corona Tools are pleased to introduce their guest host, Kim Eierman from EcoBeneficial!  in New York.  She is an environmental horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants, and the Founder of EcoBeneficial!, a horticulture communications and consulting company. We will be chatting about planting to attract pollinators this week on #plantchat. Explore pollinator partnerships and how the gardener can help to attract pollinators to the garden. What strategies and plant choices are best?  

You're Invited to Chat

Join @CoronaTools and #Plantchat co-partner, American Horticultural Society's Digital Communications Manager, Charlotte Germane tweeting as @AHS_Gardening, along with special guest host Kim Eierman from EcoBeneficial! tweeting as @ecobeneficial. They will discuss planting to attract pollinators. The live chat begins Monday, June 22, 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 

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

Importance - What are pollinators? Why do they matter? 

What plants to zero in on - Plants that attract pollinators

Planting strategies  Maximize plantings for pollinators through succession, different types of flowers, colors, and more

Other avenues - Additional ways gardeners can help boost the pollinator population

Additional resourcesGood resources to know about

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 hashtag 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. 

photo credit Corona Tools

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with NALP

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jun, 16, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

 

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National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is guest host on #Landscapechat during National Pollinator Week, June 15-21, 2015.

Why are pollinators important? Pollinators are often keystone species, meaning that they are critical to an ecosystem. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere. · An estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators. In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.

Most often we think of honey bees, but many other pollinators are also important. Find out about local events surrounding National Pollinator Week. 

You're Invited to Chat

Participate in a live #Landscapechat and join the voice of Corona Tools, Chris Sabbarese, along with Lisa Schaumann, NALP Director of Public Relations tweeting as @the_nalp on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 11am PT or 2pm ET. This live chat invites you to exchange information about pollinators with interested people and professionals. 

Discussion Key Points: 

Share and learn from fellow tweeps to others create pollinator habitat in their yards 

Discuss why pollinators are important and how tweeps support them

Learn how landscape professionals help pollinators thrive

Understand the pros and cons of pollinator attractive plants in places like schools and HOAs

Hear about the White House's new strategy on pollinators

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.  

(Photo credit PLANET)

Tags: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, NALP, National Pollinator Week

Water Conservation with Rodale Institute

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 15, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

IMG_7156Rodale Institute has a new take on Water Conservation, ranging from rain barrels to green roofs, and even fighting drought with soil biology. 

Rodale Institute's Aaron Kinsman will participate in #plantchat on Twitter to answer questions and provide helpful hints and advice for water saving in gardens new and old. 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 tweeting as @RodaleInstitute will be leading the chat, along with the voice of Corona Tools, Chris Sabbarese.  The live chat begins Monday, June 15, 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 Water Conservation. Get the scoop on:

1. Rain barrels

2. Green roofs

3. Methods to fight drought

4. Building soil health to hold water

5. Preventing run-off using soil biology 

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 hashtag 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, Water Conservation

Benefits of Small Ornamental Trees on #Treechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jun, 09, 2015 @ 06:06 AM

DogwoodSunCropWhat is your favorite small ornamental tree? and why? Is it a tree native to your area? An esteemed cultivar? Grafted? Dwarf? Topiary? Does it have an upright habit or spreading? How big will it get when mature? 

Ask questions and share your favorite small ornamental tree picks on #treechat this week. We will compare and contrast the benefits of adding small ornamental trees to the landscape, as well as contribute our choices for favorite varieties, and discuss how to choose a small ornamental that is just right for the spot you have in mind. 

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Join @CoronaTools for #treechat on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. P.T. / 2 p.m. ET. The topic is Benefits of Small Ornamental Trees, and the Corona Dude will be tweeting on behalf of Chris Sabbarese. Discussing all things related to trees and tree care since 2010!

Discussion Overview

On the live Twitter #treechat find out more answers to these key takeaways

Top Benefits of Small Ornamental Trees in the Landscape - everything from shade to color, to increased property values, to serenity

Choice Picks for Ornamental Trees- What are your recommendations for small woodies? Native or Exotic? 

Single Trunked, or Multiple Trunks - large shrubs can fill the bill for a small ornamental tree 

How to Choose a Small Tree - some of the many considerations such as flower and foliage color, upright or spreading, maximum size when mature

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 hashtag 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.

Image is courtesy of TCIA.org

Tags: #treechat, Corona Tools, Small Ornamental Trees

Water Saving Strategies with Proven Winners and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 08, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

image001Whether you live in a drought-stricken area, and area where water is naturally scarce, or a climate with abundant rainfall, it's in your best interest to conserve water. Join us on #Plantchat to lear water saving strategies and to share your favorite water saving tips.  

This Twitter chat is a way to unravel some of the finer points of water conservation for the garden with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools USA, Chris Sabbarese.

This week on #Plantchat ask questions or share favorite stories about water saving in the garden with the team at Proven Winners!

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, Water Saving Tips. The live chat begins Monday, June 8, 2015 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 

Visual Cues - Learn the visual cues to look for that indicate drought-tolerant plants

Share Your Favorites - Which plants have proved tough in drought, and which surprised you? 

Horticultural Techniques - Learn how to save water through good horticulture

Adaptations - What adaptations have you made in your landscape to save water? Share your tips. 

Rain Water Harvesting - Learn the basics of how to harvest rain water for an excellent free water source

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!

Tags: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Water Conservation

Practice Tree Care Safety and Save a Life

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jun, 02, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

TCIA-NationalSafetyMonth-June2_2015It is in everyone's interest to provide a safe work environment, particularly when trees are involved. National Safety Month is a topic that certified tree care professionals and tree care business owners can all rally around. Thanks to organizations like the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), there are lots of resources surrounding National Safety Month. Get TCIA safety tips, research, trends and training on the upcoming #treechat. 

Ask questions and share your safety success stories as TCIA joins #treechat this week to discuss National Safety Month and programs aimed at getting aborists and business owners the education and information they need to stay safe in the tree care business. . 

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and special guest Web and Marketing Assistant, Linnie Leavines @VoiceofTreeCare from , Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)  #treechat on Wednesday, June 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. P.T. / 2 p.m. ET. The topic is National Safety MonthDiscussing all things related to trees and tree care since 2010!

Discussion Overview

On the live Twitter #treechat find out more answers to these key takeaways

National Safety Month - Learn about the importance of National Safety Month, and how organizations such as the National Safety Council and OSHA can help you stay safe on the jobsite.

Free TCIA Safety Tips and Resources - Learn more about TCIA’s free safety resources and tips! These include the Fatality & Near Miss Rescue Alerts, compiled weekly; tree care industry Accident Briefs, published each month in TCI Magazine; and annual safety and accident-related surveys.

Safety Trends in the Tree Care Industry - What’s the most dangerous day of the week for tree care professionals? Does association membership reduce jobsite incidents?  What hazards do homeowners face when they attempt their own tree work? These questions, and more, are addressed in TCIA’s annual analysis of occupational and civilian tree care accidents.

Arborist Safety Training Institute - The Tree Care Industry Association Foundation (TCIAF) recently launched the Arborist Safety Training Institute, which brings quality, local and affordable safety training to working arborists. We’ll discuss how to apply for a grant and go over common FAQs about the institute and its mission.

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 hashtag 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.

Image is courtesy of TCIA.org

Tags: #treechat, Corona Tools, TCIA, National Safety Month