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Sustainable Alternatives Require Authoritative Proof Not Marketing Jargon

Posted on: May 6th, 2022

In today’s environmentally conscious marketplace, you’re likely to come across products touting their “compostable” or “biodegradable” composition. These popular buzzwords are found throughout many of today’s industries as the demand for more sustainable alternatives dramatically increases globally. With this increased demand, we recognize that more and more organizations are strengthening their environmental commitments and supporting…

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Drought-Tolerant Plants Are A Reality Growers and Homeowners Need to Accept

Posted on: April 20th, 2022

For nursery and greenhouse growers, the crops they cultivate are often dictated by consumer demands and directly related to design trends proliferating throughout other business sectors. But crop cultivation might soon be dictated by an environmental need for more drought-tolerant plants. According to Michigan State University, “Drought-tolerant plants have built-in features to minimize water loss and…

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Gardening Mesh Keeps Bugs Out While Letting Sun and Water In

Posted on: April 20th, 2022

For years, outdoor growers have tried using gardening mesh to deter insects from destroying valuable crops. While gardening mesh can be successful in some applications in keeping smaller insects at bay, the mesh limits the penetration of other crucial elements necessary for growth. Senior researcher Mike Roe, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at…

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Horticulture Degrees Now Offer Sustainable Programs

Posted on: March 15th, 2022

In our previous post, Labor Shortages Are No Longer a Cut and Dry Problem, we discussed how labor shortages in horticulture aren’t simply a matter of people not wanting to work but wanting to work differently. Colleges and universities are listening by offering horticulture degrees more aligned with today’s increasing interest in sustainability. Washington Post reporter Heather…

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Sustainable Growing Containers Are Top-of-Mind for Today’s Gardeners

Posted on: March 14th, 2022

The word “sustainable” is a common buzzword currently attached to everything from clothing, energy, coffee, and even gardening. But beyond all the marketing jargon, growers, garden centers, and retailers want to know just how receptive today’s consumers are towards purchasing sustainable growing containers. Here are a few reputable statistics to provide clarification on the subject.…

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Invest In Our Planet With 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

Posted on: March 14th, 2022

Over the past 50 plus years that Earth Day has been commemorated, the initiative has helped mobilize billions of people worldwide to demonstrate support for the environmental protection of the planet we all call home. This year’s theme is Invest In Our Planet. From EarthDay.org: “We need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going…

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Plant Extinction Is A Reality Which Can Be Reversed

Posted on: October 6th, 2021

In Garden Media Group’s 2022 Garden Trends Report, president Katie Dubow said, “We need a renewed focus to prevent further plant extinction. There are 4,000 wild plants in the U.S. that are endangered currently.” Many of us are familiar with the topic of animal extinctions – and could probably name a handful of animals that appear on…

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Biobased Alternatives Grow in Popularity During the Pandemic

Posted on: July 26th, 2021

There is no refuting that the global pandemic continues to reshape and redefine our lifestyle and behavioral choices. An unprecedented amount of time spent in solitude has recentered and refocused our perceptions of daily life and the current state of our global environment as a whole. The results? More biobased alternatives – or materials intentionally…

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Severe Drought is a Reality Nursery Growers Must Face

Posted on: June 28th, 2021

The first day of summer is just over a week old as of this posting, yet many people from across the country are already beginning to question the real possibility of a severe drought in their region due to extreme temperatures early in the season. According to NASA’s website, half of the United States is…

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Earth Day Celebrates 51 Years of Caring for the Planet’s Well-Being

Posted on: March 18th, 2021

Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day, and this year marks the 51st Anniversary of this environmental movement, whose relevance in society has only increased since its inception. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”. From EarthDay.org: “We are honored that the Biden Administration has decided to convene a global climate summit on Earth Day 2021. Many important environmental…

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