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The Official Publication of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association

Indiana Nursery and Landscape News Volume 80 • Issue 2

www.inla1.org

March/April 2020

Cover: INLA Award of Excellence 2019 Winner for Residential LandscapeDesign/Build over $50,000 — Wasson Nursery

THE PLANTS ISSUE

Indiana’s Invasive Species Rule Goes Into Effect

Indiana Leads Trend in Innovative and Green Landscape Equipment Solutions Tree Introductions Vincennes University Horticulture Update

Plus! 2019 INLA Nursery and Landscape Awards FOLLOW US!

INDIANA GREEN EXPO RECAP 12

SAFETY TOOLBOX 31

IAH QUIZ 33


Indiana Nursery and Landscape News Volume 80 • Issue 2 March/April 2020

Contents The Plants Issue BUSINESS

20 Indiana’s Invasive Species Rule Goes Into Effect Indiana Nursery and Landscape News is the official publication of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. (INLA) and is published bimonthly. Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association 7915 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 247 Indianapolis, IN 46237 Phone: 317-889-2382 Toll Free: 800-443-7336 www.inla1.org PUBLISHER Rick Haggard, Executive Director, INLA 765-366-4994 • haggard.rick@att.net EDITOR AND AD SALES Mary Breidenbach, Cumulus Design 317-757-8634 • mary@ecumulus.com Advertising Rates: Media Kit available online at www.inla1.org

Copy Deadline: First of the month preceding the month of the issue. Reprint permission granted if source is indicated. Views expressed in articles or editorials do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the association or its directors, but are those of the writer. Trade names used in articles are for identification only. No discrimination is intended toward similar products and the INLA does not endorse the use of the products mentioned. Subscriptions: Included with membership to the INLA. Nonmembers: $36.00 per year (six issues per year). For questions regarding subscriptions, please call INLA at 317-889-2382.

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EDUCATION

24 Indiana Leads Trend in Green and Innovative Landscape Equipment Solutions EDUCATION

28 Tree Introductions COMMUNITY

30 Vincennes University Horticulture Update

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Plus More! 2

President’s Message

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Executive Director’s Message

6 Calendar EAB University Spring Webinar Series INLA News 8

New & Returning INLA Member Member Highlight: Strand Nursery

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TruGreen Legislative Letter

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Indiana Green Expo 2020 Recap

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INLA Annual Nursery & Landscape Awards 2019

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Awards of Excellence 2019

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Toolbox Talks — Safe Work Habits Now in English and Spanish!

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Certification and Education 32 Cover Photo: Private residence, Carmel, Indiana Photo courtesy Wasson Nursery See all the 2019 Award of Excellence winners on page 18.

George Brenn’s IAH Study Guide Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) Review & Exam

33 IAH QUIZ! Earn CEUs 34

Advertiser List, Classified Ads

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Membership Benefits

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Good Day All! What a peculiar start to this new year. With the warm winter if you needed snow for income it didn’t happen. If you had unfinished or new projects to start there was mud to be made. I’m praying for a dryer spring to get us ahead of the game instead of behind the eight ball. Word from the masses is there is an abundance of work but we are still iffy on labor. Trade show season has been in full swing. Starting with the Home Show they had three full building with vendors and attendees. The Indy Suburban Show has become a must do as Donnell and her crew have built an awesome show. Her family day is not to be missed. Then there is our show, the Indiana Green Expo. With the elimination of most of the large green industry shows we keep chugging along and continue to grow. What makes us different? I believe it’s the strong commitment from our continuing education programs (thanks Purdue), our industry professionals supplying a market place that showcases new and existing products, and your association, INLA. Working together we offer a great place for you to grow your company. After an exciting Landscape Challenge, the winner again this year is our industry. What a dynamic group of prodigies. If you’re not involved with the local career center in your area please do. We as a profession need to be there for them so they are there for us. And finally, Flower and Patio Show will be starting soon which should be a good positive start to spring. Dave LaFara

Ok, pull up a chair Great Uncle Dave has a tale to tell. I’m calling this my Confucius moment, although some would say I misspelled that. While out and about the other day I saw a Sandford and Son thrift store. Not having any place to be, I went in. Usual mix of discarded treasures but back in the back was the item I didn’t know I needed but couldn’t live without. A wooden handled spade. The wood had cracks and the metal was rusty. It was worn but not anywhere near worn out. Who would discard such a treasure? I quickly took it to the counter and the kind lady there said “what a great wall hanger”. I looked at her and exclaimed, “Are you kidding me? This is my new tool in my wheelbarrow. When there is work to be done it will be doing it”. I took it home, cleaned it up, and its ready to rock. Well, you can take out of that what you want. Me, I have another best friend. Help others as you can. I’m pulling for you. Always between a rock and a hard place, with a smile!

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2020 INLA Officers Dave LaFara, President David LaFara Hardscape Services 9920 Ash Lane Co Rd 375 N Paragon, IN 46166 765-537-2512 • dblafara@aol.com Dean Ricci, President-Elect Ricci’s Landscape Management, Inc. 502 Norbeh Drive, Hebron, IN 46341 219-996-2682; Fax 219-996-2680 dean@rlminc.com Kim Glass, Vice President M.J. Schuetz Insurance Services 55 Monument Circle, Ste 500 Indianapolis, IN 46244 317-639-5679; Fax 317-639-6910 kglass@mjsis.com Brian Franco, Past-President Franco Landscaping, Inc. PO Box 34156, Indianapolis, IN 46234 317-858-3858; Fax 317-858-8906 bfranco@francoland.com Rick Haggard, Executive Director and Publisher 7915 S. Emerson Ave., #247 Indianapolis, IN 46032 Office: 800-443-7336 or 317-889-2382 Cell: 765-366-4994 rhaggard@inla1.org • haggard.rick@att.net

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kyle Daniel — Purdue University 765-494-7621 • daniel38@purdue.edu Gabriel Gluesenkamp (2020) Designscape Horticultural Services 812-988-8900 • gabrielg@designhort.com Mark O’Brien (2020) Cardno • 574-586-2412 mark.obrien@cardno.com Kevin Van Sessen (2021) Blade Cutters, LLC. • 219-661-8206 kevinvs@bladecutters.net Bob Wasson (2022) Wasson Nursery and Garden Center 765-759-9000 • bob@wassonnursery.com Kent Wilhelmus (2021) Second Nature Landscape Management (812) 483-7817 kent@secondnaturelm.com Shaun Yeary (2022) Greendell Landscape Solutions 317-996-2826 syeary@greendelllandscape.com


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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Greetings to all, It is time, once again, to allow me to express my humble expressions upon our great membership.

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First, I must graciously thank all members and non-members that have registered to study INLA’s Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) certification program. I cannot remember a year where there Rick Haggard has been so much interest in this program. This program is, and perhaps I am a little biased, a much more comprehensive certification than other green industry certification programs. The IAH committee has always worked to improve this certification over the years. When I took the exam in 1978 it was a 3 – 4 inch binder, and if memory serves me correctly had 9 chapters. It now contains 15 chapters and 397 pages. As one person put it, “If I pass this, I do know something about horticulture.” George Brenn of Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery in Valparaiso, Indiana is the chair of the IAH Committee. Also, on the committee is retired Vincennes professor Dr. James Messmer, who also is one of the founding authors of the IAH manual, previously known as the Indiana Accredited Plantsman. Both of these men and their long-standing committee members meet yearly to “keep up with the times” by looking at how the questions are presented and if the questions has everyday practicality in the industry. George puts together the content of the exam(s) and Dr. Messmer generally does a review and proctors most of them. I am very proud to say that I am an IAH certified individual, if for no other reason than I feel a great personal accomplishment. Secondly, I’d like to touch on our Indiana Green Expo. Early numbers are in and the pre-registration was ahead of last year’s. The pre-registration numbers were almost exactly the number of people that attended the 2019 IGE including the onsite registrations. The exhibitors were up and there were 18 first-time exhibitors and at least 2 that had not been in our show since the early 2000s. Our only nemesis that had a direct impact was the pesky winter weather advisory. While mainly affecting the northern part of the Indianapolis area, many companies needed employees to either plow snow or do salting services. I would like to acknowledge all of our Award of Excellence winners in the various categories, which you can read in more detail on page 18 of the magazine. We had 28 entries in the 9 categories. A couple of those categories had a mere 10 points separating first place from the fifth place in that category. I personally want to congratulate our two individual awards of honor. John Wolski of Ski Landscape located in Indianapolis, received the INLA Nursery Achievement Award, which is given to a person exemplifying outstanding service to the nursery and landscape industry in Indiana. The other recipient was the Award of Merit bestowed upon John Foegley of Foegley Landscape, located in South Bend, Indiana. This award is presented annually to an institution, business, job, or individual which the INLA feels has contributed significantly to our industry. Unfortunately, due to the weather and John’s health he was not able to accept the award in person. Jon Guard, a landscape architect for Foegley Landscape, read a letter from John in his absence, the composition of which further exemplified the reason he was the recipient. While Mr. Guard, was reading the letter, very rarely did John Foegley mention his own accolades, but he referred numerous times to his family, employees, and the industry in general as to why he was the recipient. See page 16 for further details on these and other INLA annual awards. Finally, one of the many goals I have for the INLA this year is to schedule a long-range planning committee to discuss the current status of the INLA. Also review the results and goals proposed of the last long-range planning meeting and how they have worked out if implemented. If there are any past presidents that would be willing to be a part of this longrange planning committee and any other visionaries that would like to take part, please let me know ASAP. Keep It Green, Rick Haggard, INLA Executive Director Email: haggard.rick@att.net or rhaggard@inla1.org Office: 317-889-2382 or 800-443-7336 | Cell: 765-366-4994

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Trade Day at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show Trades Day celebrates all students actively studying trades or any trade professional working in the home building and renovating industries. INLA along with ILA, IPLLA and IICC are hosting the event.

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IAH Exam Allen Landscape in Highland, LLC Highland, IN • 4:00 - 6:00 pm (CST) To take exam, the individual must register directly with INLA prior to the exam. Go to http://inla1.org/iah-certification/ and register online or call 800-443-7336.

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Member Highlight

Strand Nursery In November of 2019, Donna Schwartz, owner and operator of Blue Fox Farms LLC purchased Strand Nursery out of Wisconsin and one month later the she became a member of INLA. Strand Nursery specializes in dormant rootstock of native plants and sells wholesale to nursery centers and garden centers across the country. Blue Fox Farms LLC grows, harvests, processes, and packages healing herbs. Donna has been a plant fanatic since childhood. During her school years, she worked at retail garden centers, greenhouses, and the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania for a semester in college. After graduation with a B.A. degree in Business Administration, she worked for a couple of landscape companies in Texas and Tennessee and then owned an Interior/ Exterior Landscape company for 15 years based out of Mishawaka, Indiana. After the passing of her mother, Donna and husband, John purchased the family farm, which is 110 acres of rolling hills, wooded areas, and marshes. The existing business was then sold due to location and Donna worked in the business services and electronic banking industry for the last 5 years (crazy jump but there’s a story there). As much as she loved that, she was having withdrawals from not working with plants, dirt, and nature. On the side, though Donna had already started her own business, Blue Fox Farms LLC and was harvesting, drying, and processing healing herbs from the native plants that existed on the farm as well as growing culinary herbs. To say the Strand Nursery purchase is a good fit is not an exaggeration! Donna is very excited to be back where her heart will always be. For Donna there are so many positives things about using native plants in landscape design. Integrating natives with ornamentals adds uniqueness and character. Plus native plants are naturally low maintenance and sustainable which so many consumers are seeking as well as good for the environment as a whole including pollinators, birds and wildlife, wind breaks, shade, and natural composting.

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Dear Fellow INLA and Green Industry Alliance (GIA) Members, I am writing on behalf of our company, our Indiana branches and approximately 350 associates who call the Hoosier state home to thank you and all the GIA team for the extraordinary work you all continue to do for this industry. Indiana continues to be a friendly state for our industry not by accident but because the GIA team invests the time and money to make it so. We are a heavily regulated industry and we have numerous opponents who seek to use the hammer of government to further restrict our ability to operate, if not ban us from doing business altogether. We have wellintentioned individuals and organized groups who lacking sound science, fall victim to emotion, hype, and the political agendas of others and thus advocate for punitive action against our industry. From my vantage point of assessing and engaging public policy issues nationwide for TruGreen, I see the growing trend to demonize our industry as in any given year we are engaging well over 100 legislative and regulatory attacks that directly impact revenue, EBITDA, product selection and use, and jobs. Unfortunately, Indiana is not immune from such hostile attacks and this is where GIA has been so helpful in defending our industry. Tracking legislation or proposed regulation, getting information out to industry members, quickly building coalition support with other stakeholder groups, and effectively engaging elected officials have been hallmarks of GIA. If I summed up in one word the work I have seen GIA conduct over several years now I would say “EFFECTIVE”. We will continue to support the excellent work being done by the GIA team but wanted to thank all the GIA members who have been willing to step into the arena (in both small and large ways) to meet the challenges that have been and will continue to come our way as long as we do what we do. The lawn and landscape industry is a rightly proud industry and the human health and environmental benefits of our work is a story that needs to continue to be told. Keep up the great work! Sincerely, Jeff Fedorchak Vice President, Corporate Affairs

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Indiana Green Expo 2020 Recap Rick Haggard, INLA Executive Director To all of you that are reading this article and attended the 2020 Indiana Green Expo, I cannot begin to express our gratitude for your attendance. I on behalf of the Indiana Green Expo, I would also like to acknowledge our 2020 Corporate Sponsors: Blue Grass Farms, Brehob Nurseries, and the USGA. The Engledow Group provided the annual exquisite lounge furnishings creating a relaxing environment for both attendees and exhibitors. New sponsors for 2020 were Syngenta sponsoring the lanyards, as well as Midwest Landscape Industries sponsoring the afternoon lounge break on Wednesday February 12, 2020, and a great appreciation to Advanced Turf Solutions for sponsoring the badges. Each of these companies through their sponsorship helps to keep many of the expenditures to host the IGE in check, and we are grateful of their support of the betterment of employers and employees that attend this conference. The Indiana Green Expo (IGE) is our annual conference held at the Indiana Convention Center, done so with a joint effort of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF) where Aaron Patton is the Executive Director, and the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA). I am very proud of this partnership as we have been able to keep the integrity of this conference the most, if not, one of the most affordable in our industry. I truly wish we could have provided the weather that was spoke of the week before, but then again I truly understand the need to create a safe environment for their customers.

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INLA President David LaFara (left) and MRTF President, Jim Hess cutting the ribbon to officially open the Trade Show at the Indiana Green Expo.

Education A huge shout out to Kyle Daniel, for providing such well-rounded topics that met the needs of each educational track, no matter what discipline of the green industry you are a part of. Our attendance, once again increased this year and offered the opportunity to gain much needed Office of the Indiana State Chemist (OISC) CCH credits for those to retain applicators licensing in various categories, plus the ability to keep your Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) certification CEU’s in check. Please accept my apologies, as the IGE cannot control the weather or the forecast they bestowed upon us. The bark in the Indy Metro area was definitely louder than the bite as prognosticators stated we could see a range of snow/ice/sleet/rain mix from 1"-5". I was really nervous regarding the registrations for the 2-day ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) installer certification workshop where we had 32 pre-register and several calls to see if there was room the week before the workshop.

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Thankfully I asked for 40 manuals and 5 in Spanish as Aaron Paul said we could send back whatever extras there were. I greatly appreciate Rick Bischoff of Techo-Bloc for administering the course and his efforts to make the program run like clockwork. This also made catering a little more of a challenge. This was not the only workshop that had great attendance however, as the IGE educational team had great topics of interests and did not have to cancel any workshops due to poor registrations. Through the efforts of the MRTF and INLA staff and volunteers, I did not see any elongated wait for registration. As the various education tracks progressed throughout the morning, the final preparations for the 10:00 am trade show commenced. As many, and I mean many, gathered around the ribbon cutting of the trade show opening, and during the break of educational talks, Robert Johnstone did a great job referencing the sponsors and “herding” the crowd into the 2020 Exhibit Hall. We were in a slightly larger hall in 2020 than 2019 but


we had 20 new or returning exhibitors and had several that increased their booth space so it all worked out well. We also had seven new products in our New Product Showcase display area. Several of the new exhibitors were pleased, and we look forward to their return in 2021. We had a couple of national companies exhibit, plus other out-of-state companies attending for the first time. I even saw a couple of national sales reps that stated they needed to be here. Thursday was a different set of circumstances due to Mother Nature keeping traffic at a slower pace, along with many from out-of-town companies that “wanted to get out-of-town” to get home as early as possible. It all added up to closing the trade show an hour early.

Landscape Challenge I would like a moment of your time to talk about the Landscape Challenge; as this is where the IGE has changed over the past few years to provide students in various high schools and career centers an opportunity to showcase their talents. The schools provide four students along with their instructor(s) to be led by a mentor and assistant (laborer) from a local INLA member firm to design and build a 15'x15' garden, in four hours, using the same amount of materials. I would personally like to thank Kent Wilhelmus of Second Nature (Evansville area) and Kevin Van Sessen of Blade Cutters (Valparaiso) for supplying the tools, the mentor, and assistant for participating in the 2020 IGE Landscape Challenge. This was a true

Team 1: Central Nine Career Center

Team 2: Prosser Education Center

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North versus South challenge. The 2020 Landscape Challenge was won by Central Nine Career Center located just south of Greenwood, Indiana under the leadership of Andy Moore. The other team was from New Albany, Indiana where the students (IGE 2020 Recap continues on page14)

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IGE 2020 Recap (continued from p.13) attend Prosser Education Center under the direction of John Churchman. John’s group was a little delayed as their bus had mechanical issues on the way up, breaking down around Seymour. The Landscape Challenge is a great way to see and watch the up and coming employees in our industry … as I am well aware of some “friendly recruitment” going on. By the way did I mention the winning team members, mentor and assistant receive $100.00 each in cash, and Kevin Van Sessen donated the mentor and assistant money back to the four students of Central Nine making their $100.00 increase to $150.00 each! It was very entertaining, enjoyable, and I am certain all involved gained a mutual admiration and respect. Gabriel Gluesenkamp, the landscape challenge chair, provided another wonderful event, and all the material is donated and auctioned for Indiana Nursery Endowment Fund scholarship fund.

Best of Show Awards Another yearly presentation on the first day; the IGE gives out Best of Show Awards from the trade show floor in various categories. Each exhibitor depending on what their company’s product or personalities their booth displays, through independent eyes of the judges, have a chance to attain the “prized award”. The categories and award winners for the 2020 Indiana Green Expo, were delivered and presented by MRTF representative, Randy Brehmer, and INLA representative, David LaFara. Both gentlemen play a vital roll in the move in of the exhibitors. The categories and winners were: • Green Goods – Brehob Nurseries • Equipment – Vermeer Midwest • Hardgoods – Tiffany Lawn and Garden • Most Interactive – Perennials Plus While the second day offered more educational tracks, the trade show closed at 12:00 pm due to poor travel weather for many exhibitors. All exhibitors were

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BEST OF SHOW BOOTH AWARDS

Equipment: Vermeer Midwest

Green Goods: Brehob Nurseries, LLC

Hard Goods: Tiffany Lawn & Garden Supply

Most Interactive: Perennials Plus

pretty much loaded and, on the road, well before 3:00 pm. Randy Brehmer along with volunteers and years of practice, institutes one of the most expeditious move-ins and move=outs for exhibitors I have ever witnessed.

Thank You! On behalf of the Indiana Green Expo staff and volunteers we greatly appreciate your attendance. As always feel free to offer your observations and any opinions that would or have made this a must attend event. You can email info@inla1.org or admin@mrtf.org for any correspondence. I would also like to thank all the staff and volunteers that helped make this event another successful event!

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INLA Annual Nursery and Landscape Awards 2019 NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

John Wolski

To be awarded annually to individuals with good standing in the industry who have given freely of their time for the strengthening of the green industry in Indiana.

It’s an hone to introduce this year’s winner of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Achievement award — John Wolski. From the early age of 14 John mowed yards, as many as he could. After graduation from Warren Central in 1982 he stated Ski Landscape. Two year’s later his brother Phil and four other people joined the firm. Three are still there today. Since it’s humble beginnings Ski Landscape now employs 35 full time employees and 90 employees during peak times. Over the years, John’s love of equipment brought him to develope three pieces of equipment — the Pincher for picking up trees, his own producing hardwood bark system, and also a mulching truck. This speaks to one of John’s greatest traits — his curiosity. Whenever you talk to him he never talks about himself. He asks questions. His constantly trying to figure things out.

John Wolski (left) with Rick Haggard and Grant Schneider

When we look at the list of names that have won this award, I can think of no one more deserving. So to my buddy John, his wife Suzanne, daughter Eva, and all the Ski Family, Congratulations! – Excerpt of award presentation by Grant Schneider, Schneider Nursery

INLA AWARD OF MERIT

John Foegley

To be given annually to a business, institution, job, or individual which the INLA feels has contributed significantly to our industry.

John Foegley of Foegley Landscape in South Bend, in my view point was the catalyst in progressing the INLA as a leader in the industry regarding national certification. John

John Foegley

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while being located a fair distance from Indianapolis was a leader when the INLA started promoting and utilizing the Nursery and Landscape Professional (NALP – formerly PLANET) certification program. He was at the forefront of getting Indiana recognized as an industry leader and a proponent of increasing awareness of professionalism within the green industry and namely the INLA.

John never seemed to focus on himself, or his company, just the ability to raise awareness and the conception to the general public of how specialized our industry has become. John also contacted me of how he felt our industry was targeted regarding unemployment. As he stated, times get tough and weather sometimes forces temporary layoffs, but companies have every intention of calling back those employees when weather breaks. Many construction workers seemed to receive a “free pass” and do not have to jump through the same hoops as those in our industry. The Award of Merit is given annually to a person that exhibits “meritorious service to the landscape horticulture industry of Indiana.” A drop the mic moment when thinking of John Foegley.

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– Excerpt of award presentation by Rick Haggard, INLA Executive Director


The annual Indiana Nursery and Landscape Awards were presented on February 12, 2020, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis during the Indiana Green Expo.

These awards recognize excellence in our industry from contributions by individuals throughout their career as well as the outstanding projects in 2019 .

SCHOLARSHIPS Indiana Nursery Endowment Fund Scholarship

H.W. Gilbert Memorial Scholarship Awarded to: Joseph A. Ascolese and Hunter Van Soest

Awarded to: Nicola Martin-Rojas and Macy Ostler (not present)

Nicola Martin-Roja

Professor Mike Dana, Purdue University, presented the awards.

Macy Ostler

Joseph A. Ascolese

2020 LANDSCAPE CHALLENGE WINNER Central Nine Career Center (Team #1) This year two teams of four students from Central Nine Career Center (Greenwood) and Prosser Career Education Center (New Albany) completed the challenge with mentors from INLA member companies, Blade Cutters (Valparaiso) and Second Nature (Evansvillle).

Past President, Robert Johnstone presented Kevin Van Sessen, Blade Cutters, LLC, with the Masters of the 2020 Landscape Challenge Mentor award.

The Central Nine Team — Winners of the 2020 Landscape Challenge: (l to r) Central Nine Instructor Andy Moore, Caleb Peters (home schooled), Clayton Fields (Whiteland), Ryan Boothe (Whiteland), Aiden Ramsey (Center Grove) and Rick Haggard presenting the award.

Hunter Van Soest

PAST PRESIDENT AWARD Brian Franco

Brian Franco, Franco Landscaping (left) received the Past President’s plaque from David LaFara in recognition of his many years of service to the INLA. He served as president from 2017–2018.

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INLA Awards of Excellence 2019

Special Project

The Awards of Excellence program is designed to reward and recognize those firms that have enhanced, through landscaping and horticulture, the environment in the state of Indiana through creativity and beauty. This year, ten awards were presented ­­— nine of the potential eleven categories were awarded plus a new category was added. Congratulations to all!

JACKSON’S NURSERY Project: Private Lakefront Development, Batesville

Residential Landscape Design/Build Under $50,000

Over $50,000

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Project: Private Residence, Carmel

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Residential Landscape Design/Build

Hardscape Residential Design/Build Over $50,000

CALVIN LANDSCAPE

WASSON NURSERY

Project: Private Residence, Zionsville

Project: Private Residence, Carmel

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Commercial Landscape Design/Build Over $39,000

Lighting

HANK METZGER LANDSCAPE

WASSON NURSERY

Project: Dentistry Just For Kids, Terre Haute

Project: Private Residence, Muncie

Hardscape Commercial Design/Build Over $39,000

FOEGLEY LANDSCAPE Project: Foegley Plaza at the South Bend Civic Theatre, South Bend

Lighting Holiday*

WASSON NURSERY Project: Private Residence, Muncie

* Because of the number of holiday lighting projects submitted in the new Lighting category this year, the judging committee decided to add the new category this year and into the future.

Landscape Maintenance

Congratulations to all the winners and their outstanding projects! CALVIN LANDSCAPE Project: The Village of West Clay, Carmel

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March/April 2020

The Plants Issue BUSINESS

20 Indiana’s Invasive Species Rule Goes Into Effect EDUCATION

24 Indiana Leads Trend in Green and Innovative Landscape Equipment Solutions EDUCATION

28 Tree Introductions COMMUNITY

30 Vincennes University Horticulture Update

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Indiana’s Invasive Species Rule Goes Into Effect Kristy Stultz, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology The battle over invasive species began decades ago. In the 1970s, a number of federal acts including the Federal Noxious Weed Act, Endangered Species Act and an executive order signed by President Jimmy Carter on May 24, 1977, were enacted to encourage federal agencies as well as States and private citizens to prevent the introduction of exotic species into the natural environment. The battle over invasive species was renewed when on February 3, 1999, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 11987 which did two important things. It defined what an invasive species is and it established a national Invasive Species Council. According to EO 11987, an invasive species is a “non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction will cause or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health”. Having an agreed upon definition is important when having any discussion of invasive species. There are a number of reasons why every citizen should be concerned about invasive species. As these species, plants or animals, invade areas and out compete natives; they limit the use of lands; inhibit hunting, fishing and bird watching; degrade natural resources and negatively impact fisheries, agricultural and forestry industries; destabilize soil; alter the hydrology of water resources; and are extremely costly to manage. It’s estimated that Hoosiers spent $5.85 million in 2012 on invasive species management. In 2007, in response to the growing problem of invasive species in Indiana, the legislative council of the Indiana General Assembly directed the Natural Resources Study Committee to investigate invasive species issues. The committee created an Invasive Species Task Force made up of organizations and agencies with expertise

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in invasive species to provide findings and recommendations for the committee to consider. This 11-member task force met several times from November 2007 through June 2008 reaching out to other organizations, agencies and businesses that have a vested interest in invasive species seeking input and help formulating possible solutions. This led to Governor Mitch Daniels signing into law legislation creating the Invasive Species Council on August 13, 2009. The council has many duties including recommending project priorities and developing education and outreach initiatives. The Indiana Invasive Species Council (IISC) was created in August 2010. This committee consists of representatives from the horticultural and landscape industries, university professors as well as government representatives from DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology as well as the Department of Transportation, State Board of Animal Health State Department of Agriculture. Using a science-based risk assessment process, IISC created a list of 120 species of terrestrial plant species and categorized them from cautious to high levels of invasiveness. Aquatic species are regulated through 312 Indiana Administrative Code 18-2-23, and from the IISC list comes the species listed in 312 IAC 18-3-25 Prohibited Invasive Terrestrial Plants which was signed into law in April, 2019 by Governor Eric Holcomb. This rule contains 44 species of plants that were found to be highly invasive in Indiana. Many of these species are well known for the amount of damage they do the environment, garlic mustard, tree of heaven and bush honeysuckle for example, but this list not only reminds us of those species that have caused damage to Indiana’s natural resources for years, it includes emerging invasive species. A few of these species are found in trade. Among those are Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), winter creeper (Euonymus fortune) and Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). On April 18, 2020, it will be illegal to sell, offer or grow for sale, gift, barter, exchange, distribute, transport, transfer or introduce any part or life stage of any of the 44 species on the list. This includes (Indiana Invasive Species Rule continues page 21)

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Indiana Invasive Species Rule Goes Into Effect continued from page 21) Prohibited Invasive Terrestrial Plants 312 IAC 18-3-25 Latin Name

Common Name

Achyranthes japonica

Japanese chaff flower

Ailanthus altissima

Tree of heaven

Alliaria petiolate

Garlic mustard

Alnus glutinosa

Black alder

Artemisia vulgaris

Mugwort

Arthraxon hispidus

Small carpgrass

Berberis thunbergii

Japanese barberry

Carduus acanthoides

Spiny plumeless thistle

Carduus nutans

Musk thistle

Celastrus orbiculatus

Asian bittersweet

Centaurea stoebe

Spotted knapweed

Cirsium vulgare

Bull thistle

Conium maculatum

Poison hemlock

Convolvulus arvensis

Field bindweed

Coronilla varia

Crown vetch

Dioscorea polystachya (oppositifolia)

Chinese yam

Dipsacus fullonum

Common teasel

Dipsacus laciniatus

Cut-leaved teasel

Elaeagnus umbellata

Autumn olive

Euonymus fortunei

Wintercreeper

Euphorbia virgata

Leafy spurge

any subspecies or cultivar of any plant on the list. Anyone found selling or giving away any species on this list after this date could be subject to a Notice of Stop Sale and a Notice of Violation may be issued. If a Notice of Violation is issued, a fine could be levied at $500 per plant, per day and nursery licenses could be revoked. The impact of invasive species costs land managers and owners millions of dollars each year to remove and manage these species. Removing invasive species from trade is just one way to help reduce the impact of invasive species. Homeowners can do their part by educating themselves on invasive species and not planting or sharing them. Only together can Hoosiers make a positive impact on our natural resources.

Frangula alnus

Glossy buckthorn

Humulus japonica

Japanese hops

Hesperis matronalis

Dame’s rocket

Lespedeza cuneata

Sericea lespedeza

Lepidium latifolium

Pepperweed

Ligustrum obtusifolium

Blunt leaved privet

Lonicera japonica

Japanese honeysuckle

Lonicera maacki

Amur honeysuckle

Lonicera morrowii

Morrow’s honeysuckle

Lonicera tatarica

Tatarian honeysuckle

Lonicera x bella

Bell’s honeysuckle

To learn more, visit www.in.gov/dnr/6351.htm or call 317-232-4120 to find your local nursery inspector.

Microstegium vimineum

Japanese stiltgrass

Morus alba

White mulberry

Phalaris arundinacea

Reed canarygrass

Phellodendron amurense

Amur cork tree

Phragmites australis subspecies australis

Common reed

Polygonum perfoliatum

Mile-a-minute vine

Reynoutria japonica (syn. Fallopia japonica)

Japanese knotweed

Reynoutria sachalinensis

Giant knotweed

Reynoutria x bohemica

Bohemian knotweed

Rhamnus cathartica

Common buckthorn

Vincetoxicum nigrum

Black swallow-wort

Vincetoxicum rossicum

Pale swallow-wort

Small stand of young tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima / Photo: IDNR

About the Author Kristy Stultz earned a master’s degree in biology from Ball State University. Prior to joining IDNR’s Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology in 2012, Kristy worked for USDA-APHISPPQ. Kristy enjoys spending time with her family, music, and photography, but working outdoors is her favorite pastime.

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EDUCATION

Indiana Leads Trend in Green and Innovative Landscape Equipment Solutions Brian McGavic, McGavic Ourdoor Power Equipment I made a decision to leave my trade of electrical engineering and technology to open a new location selling landscape equipment for our family business in Noblesville, Indiana. To my surprise the technology hub around Indiana quickly pulled my background and network back together as the landscape industry demands and looks for new innovative and green solutions to efficiently manage the work being done while taking care of the environment we live in. According to the Clean Cities Guide to Alternative Fuel Commercial Lawn Equipment “The annual economic impact of the U.S. turf grass industry has been estimated at more than $62 billion. Lawn mowing also contributes to the nation’s petroleum consumption and pollutant emissions. Mowers consume 1.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually, about 1% of U.S. motor gasoline consumption.” Fuel is a necessity to keep a landscape business running, but the cost can be a killer without careful monitoring, budgeting, and awareness of our environment.

EFI Gas Solutions I started to see early trends in the landscape industry after working for Delphi automotive in Kokomo, Indiana. As gas prices started to rise the concern for fuel efficiency penetrated the landscape market. The cost of fuel was the primary driver at this point. Kohler selected Delphi to provide a new electronic fuel injection (EFI) system for the

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Command PRO commercial engine. It provided improved performance, significant fuel savings, and reduced emissions that quickly became an industry standard. Many people do not realize this controller was designed in Kokomo. The EFI controller was very successful and proven as it is still being used on Kohler commercial engines today. Kohler, Kawasaki, Briggs, and other known engine manufactures in the industry continue to innovate more fuel-efficient engine solutions to help conserve the amount and cost of the fuel that we use every day.

Early Battery Powered Mowers Another Indiana technology job opportunity with EnerDel highlighted an early trend in the industry with Lithium Ion battery systems starting to cut grass. Toro partnered with EnerDel in Noblesville, Indiana to design and manufacture a battery system for the Toro eFlex greens mower used in the premium turf/golf application. The motivation in this application certainly had an environmental green component around golf, but more significant factors were driven by lower mowing noise in early mornings and NO leaks that could damage premium turf that is expensive to repair or replace. The golf application fit the battery segment perfectly considering warmer temperatures of operation, shorter mowing cycles, and sufficient charge cycles. The Toro program was successful in the lower volume / highend market. The battery system was proven with many benefits and it worked very well. However, the cost of the battery system, battery range, various operating temperatures, and charging infrastructure were still hurdles for the producing for the landscape industry at the time. Propane Vehicle and Mower Solutions Starting the new landscape equipment location opened my eyes to another alternative fuel trend using propane in Indiana. I have had the privilege of partnering with

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companies like Hare Truck Center to learn and help grow transportation fleets for companies like Landscape Solutions. Industry leaders such as Landscape Solutions whose commitment to greener practices has transformed their mowing fleet to the largest alternative fueled fleet in Indiana. The hurdles for a landscaper to utilize a propane fuel source are low and benefits for this solution can be very high. The propane fuel source is readily available as a by-product from natural gas or petroleum refining. There is also an abundance of propane in Indiana during the summer months, allowing a lower cost to be negotiated with propane suppliers. On average, we typically see propane at about half the cost of gas during the summer months. The infrastructure required to use propane fuel is also inexpensive and easy to implement. The Infrastructure needed could be as simple as installing a cage to store spare tanks. Big benefits of low fuel cost, clean energy, less time to fill equipment, reduced theft, and NO spillage are commonly recognized. The cost of landscape equipment using a propane engine is a little higher than gas engines, but the Propane Mower Incentive Program designed by PERC (Propane Educational


Research Council) have helped encourage adoption and reduce up-front incremental costs of propane mowers. There are currently two engine solutions in the market place with pros and cons for each. 1) Kohler offers a factory EFI propane engine that is by far the best performing propane solution in the market. The closed loop system offers easy starting and an efficient control to minimize fuel consumption. The only challenge with this solution is the secondary market. Most consumers purchasing used equipment would steer away from propane mowers making the secondary demand very small compared to gas. 2) There are also propane conversion kits available that will convert an existing gas engines into a propane engine. The conversion is fairly simple and the most difficult part is typically finding a place to mount the new propane tank. Converted open loop propane solutions can have some difficulty starting in colder temperatures and fuel efficiency is not as

Landscape Solutions has transformed their mowing fleet to Indiana’s largest alternative fueled fleet.

controlled as the EFI solution. However, the flexibility to convert the engine back to gas is a huge advantage if you plan to rotate or sell your equipment on a frequent basis. Perfectly stated on the PERC website: propane is “THE INDUSTRY’S BEST-

KEPT SECRET. No matter the size of your mower fleet, propane can transform your business by affecting the bottom line. This cleaner fuel gives you an edge in marketing to customers, while the easy refueling options keep your crew more productive.” (Indiana Leads Trends continues page 26)

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Indiana Leads Trends in Green and Innovative Landscape Equipment Solutions (continued from page 25) Exciting New Battery Powered Mowers The Lithium Ion battery solutions are now starting to trend back into the landscape equipment as the technology improves, competition enters the market, and the cost of the batteries are starting to go down. Requirements including ease of use, low maintenance, low noise, no spill, and clean energy are still driving the battery trend, but also the idea of autonomous equipment has peaked interest with the commercial landscaper as a means to possibly help in the future with labor shortages that we are experiencing in the industry. This is the most exciting and enjoyable trend that I have seen. Collaboration groups through programs at Purdue like JTRP (Joint Transportation Research Program) are getting involved allowing government, academia, and industry to work together tackling challenges and advancing technology more quickly in Indiana. One of the challenges with battery technology that I have seen in our dealership is that new battery companies entering the

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New Gravely EVZT electric zero-turn piloting in Indiana with Mainscape in 2020.

market might offer a decent product, but often change or enter into an acquisition making the battery products they produce obsolete very quickly. However, it has been refreshing just recently to see major landscape equipment manufactures with roots and knowledge in the industry start to invest in the battery technology. STIHL is now producing a full line of commercial handheld battery equipment that is trending fast. The Ariens Co. also recently unveiled the new Gravely EVZT electric commercial zero turn last fall. Although there are a few battery lawn mowers in the market today, this is the first commercial batterypowered mower developed by an actual outdoor power equipment manufacturer. An equipment manufacturing company that can utilize knowledge and expertise to cut grass that a battery manufacture may not completely understand. You would be amazed at how much engineering goes into a cutting deck, operator safety, a rigid commercial design, and serviceability. The battery system is an important piece, but the machine cutting grass well is still the most critical requirement. Similar to the automotive industry, the power infrastructure required to charge a fleet of mowers is still a hurdle for the commercial landscaper. The high initial cost of the battery-powered mower is also a challenge taking several years to return on the investment. The range of the battery system lasting over 8 hours has been a tough requirement to meet, BUT as equipment manufactures like Gravely come on board they are already offering solutions to “refill / replace” a battery easily in the field without having to return to a charging station to achieve the range requirements. Currently, I see large university and municipal campuses adopting the battery

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technologies early. The campus application offers some charging infrastructure already in place and equipment spread out across a campus with multiple charging locations available. Some of the national landscape companies are also adopting early to serve customers willing to support or pay a premium for battery equipment to be used on a corporate or municipal campus. The Ariens Co. has selected Mainscape with their national headquarters in Indiana to pilot their new Gravely EVZT electric mower in Indianapolis in the summer of 2020. Purdue JTRP has already expressed some interest to get involved and look at new ways to charge electric vehicles and mowers. This type of collaboration with academia, government, and industry is exciting and necessary for to make the idea of an autonomous lawn mower a reality in the near future!

About the Author I am an electrical engineer by trade and came back into the family business of landscape/snow equipment in 2012. I am a Purdue Alumni having enjoyed technology in Indiana working for Delco Electronics, Delphi Electronics, ESE Electronics, and EnerDel Lithium battery solutions. I now work full time in our equipment business and travel the state supporting universities, municipalities, and landscape businesses. I represent various equipment manufacturers while helping to educate and support new/ green technologies including Polaris GEM Electric Vehicles, AVANT Articulating Electric Loaders, Exmark/Wright/Gravely Propane Mowers, Gravely/STIHL Electric Mowers, Henderson/SnowEx/Buyers Salt Brine equipment.


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EDUCATION

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Upright growth habit, strong branch angles, superior resistance to heat and cold, and improved insect and disease resistance recommend this improved cultivar over traditionally planted red maples. Fall color is early, brilliant red and long lasting. Summer foliage is a remarkably rich dark green, even in areas of high pH soils, where Redpointe® Maple has proven resistant to chlorosis.

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COMMUNITY

Vincennes University Horticulture Update Jennifer Nettles, Horticulture/Agriculture Coordinator, Vincennes University If you were at the Green Expo, you may have noticed a group of Vincennes University (VU) horticulture students wandering around. For most of the students, it was the first time they have attended the Expo. Impressed with the professionalism and multiple job offers they received, the students left with a hand full of business cards of potential employers. The student’s interests in horticulture vary greatly across the wide span of the industry. Some are interested in landscape design and maintenance, some are interested in turf maintenance, and others are interested in greenhouse growing or working at botanical gardens. Whatever it may be, they do not fall short trying to find a job or internship. Currently VU’s horticulture students and alumni are employed anywhere from Engledow and Ricci’s Landscape to the Morton Arboretum and Garfield Park Conservatory, Victoria National Golf Club,

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and the Biltmore Estates just to name a few. Some graduates have decided to continue education at Rutgers, Purdue, or Michigan State University. As the program grows, so does the curriculum. I am adding more hands-on activities each year to engage the students in practical experiences. This year we have students measuring houses for landscape design and learning how to put together irrigation systems and block walls. We divide and propagate several different plants and have a plant sale with the club at the end of the year. We now have a hydroponic lettuce tower and a vermicompost bin. New Greenhouse Update: VU has been accepting bids and I have been told that the greenhouse will be ready by August.

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Above: Plants that have been divided and propogated will be forsale at end of year at the annual plant sale. Right: Students checking their vermicompost bin.


TOOLBOX TALKS

Safe Work Habits

Hábitos de Seguridad en el Trabajo

www.safetytoolboxtopics.com

In most everything we do, we find a way to make the process go easier and faster. These processes we develop become work habits and are used not only at work but in our everyday activities as well. Some say it takes 21 days of continual monitoring and reminding yourself to develop a habit. Some of us have very good habits, some of us could use a little work. Let’s look at a few tasks: • Do you fasten your seatbelt every time you enter an automobile?

www.safetytoolboxtopics.com Spanish translation generously provided by: Carlos Reichman, M.J. Schuetz Insurance Services, an INLA member.

En casi todas las cosas que hacemos, siempre encontramos una manera más fácil y rápido de hacerlo. Estos procesos que creamos se convierten en hábitos laborales y son utilizados no solamente en el trabajo pero en la mayoría de actividades que desarrollamos a diario.

• Do you confirm the power is truly disconnected after you lockout a machine?

Algunos dicen que toma alrededor de 21 días de monitoreo continuo y recordatorios personales para desarrollar un habito nuevo. Algunos de nosotros tenemos muy buenos hábitos; otros podríamos mejorar y aprender un poco. A continuación, veamos algunos ejemplos de buenos hábitos:

• Do you scrape the frost off your entire windshield prior to getting in the car on cold mornings?

• Te aseguras el cinturón de seguridad cada ves que te subes al vehículo/coche/carro?

• Do you wear safety glasses and long pants when you use your weed wacker?

• Te colocas tapones de seguridad en los oídos cuando entras en la planta de producción?

• Do you turn your head and check your blind spot prior to switching lanes?

• Te aseguras que la corriente eléctrica este desconectada después de utilizar y guardar una maquina?

• Do you put in your hearing protection as you enter the production floor?

• Do you make eye contact with the forklift drivers before walking near them? • Do you utilize the handrail when going up or down stairs?

• Remueves completamente la escarcha del vidrio delantero cada ves que te subes al vehículo/coche/ carro en las mañanas muy heladas?

• Do you stop and look both ways before walking out into an aisle?

• Utilizas lentes de seguridad y pantalones largos cuando operas la podadora o la bordeadora?

These are just a few habits that safety conscious employees do each and every time they do the task. How about you?

• Te aseguras de girar tu cabeza y revisar tu punto ciego antes de cambiar de carril cuando vas conduciendo? • Haces contacto visual con el operador de un Forklift antes de acercarte a ellos? • Utilizás el pasamano para bajar las gradas o escaleras? • Te detienes y miras hacia ambos lados antes de entrar en un pasillo? Estos son solo algunos ejemplos de buenos hábitos que empleados conscientes de la seguridad laboral toman en cuenta cada ves que realizan un tarea. Que tal tú?

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March/April 2020

Certification and Education Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) Review & Exam Allen Landscape in Highland is once again offering an 11-week Indiana Accredited Horticulturist Preparatory Class which started in January and continues through March. You can attend individual courses. Course schedule available for topics covered each week. Schedule available at http://inla1.org/ events-calendar/. At the end of the 11 weeks, on March 19, 2020 they offer the IAH exam. You do not have to have taken the review to take the exam. It is open to anyone. REVIEW CLASS May attend individual classes Wednesdays 4:00 –6:00 pm (CDT) January 8 – March 18, 2020 Location: Allen Landscape in Highland 2539 45th Street, Highland, IN 46322 Review Class Fee: All 11 Weeks: $250.00/person Individual Class: $45.00/person EXAM March 19, 2020 at 4:00 - 6:00 pm (CDT) Exam Fee: Contact INLA to register for IAH Certification, 317-889-2382 or visit www.inla1.org QUESTIONS Contact Melissa at 219-924-3938 or mmravec@allenlandscape.com for information and class schedule.

George Brenn’s IAH Study Guide

George Brenn, Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery, created this study guide to help teach the material covered in the IAH Manual. His intention was to assist those trying to master the subjects within the manual. Text: © George Brenn

Chapter 7 – Turfgrass Management (part 1) LAWNS require proper establishment, fertilization, mowing and irrigation (environmental characteristics) TURF Selection: COOL SEASON Turfgrasses = in most of Indiana, we grow cool season turfgrasses, including Kentucky Bluegrass = the preferred (best) turfgrass for most of Indiana {1.4 million seeds / lb.} - Dark green color - Spreading habit (Tillers & Rhizomes) - Tolerant of many diseases - Drought & traffic tolerant ◊ Slow to germinate (14-21 days) & establish (3-4 months)

Turf-Type Tall Fescue (TTTF) = 2nd best turfgrass for Indiana lawns {225,000 seeds / lb.} - Excellent heat, drought and wear tolerance - Slightly coarser blade than Ky Blue - Much deeper root system ◊ 7 - 14 day germination / Few, if any, tillers and rhizomes (is a clump forming grass) Note: Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue is an older variety, not turf-type, coarse bladed & clumpy.

Perennial Ryegrass is often used in seed mixtures for quick germination {240,000 seeds / lb.} - Leaf blade very similar in width to Kentucky Blue, but vertical growth somewhat faster ◊ Rapid germination (5-7 days) and establishment (6-8 weeks) - Very susceptible to many turf diseases - Best to keep fine leaf per Ryegrass at 10% of mixture Note: Linn Perennial Ryegrass is an older variety, coarse blades, does not blend well with Kentucky Blue

Fine Fescues = best shade tolerance of common turfgrasses {400-500,000 seeds/lb.} - Narrowest blade, best tolerance to drought, shade, and low fertility ◊ Moderate germination (7-14 days) - Several varieties, including Creeping Red, Chewings

WARM SEASON Turfgrasses – can be useful in Southern Indiana, and will grow in Northern Indiana, BUT… Zoysia – very dense, aggressive growth; spreads vigorously in summer; good drought tolerance. BUT: turns brown (dormant) from first frost until May (green for five months, brown for seven months).

See chart on second page of Chapter 7 in IAH Manual that list various species for specific situations. (George Brenn’s Study Guide: of Chapter 7 will continue in next issue.) 32

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CERTIFICATION AND EDUCATION

IAH Quiz

Each quiz will be worth a .5 (one-half) CEU! The Indiana Accredited Horticulturist Committee is pleased to provide you an opportunity to earn CEUs (continuing education units) in each issue of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape News.

IAH QUIZ: MARCH/APRIL 2020 Due: March 31, 2020

Complete the quiz and email or mail to INLA by the deadline above. Be sure to write your name, IAH number, and contact information on the bottom of the quiz when submitting. Crossword Instructions: Fill in Genus name for each shrub.

The IAH quiz offered in each issue can be completed by anyone who is an “Active” (current) IAH (initial or masters). Each quiz will be worth a .5 (onehalf) CEU (continuing education unit) for the completion of the bi-monthly quiz with a pass rate of 80%. Over a 2-year period, you could earn up to 6 CEUs if you take and pass every quiz! The INLA office will grade the quiz. Questions and answers have been provided by the IAH committee. Thank you and good luck studying! The Indiana Accredited Horticulturist Committee Chair - George Brenn, Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery Committee Members - Brian Bunge, LaPorte County Nursery - Gabriel Gluesenkamp, Designscape Hort Services - Wayne Gruber, Niemeyer’s Landscape Supply - Jim Messmer - Melissa Mravec, Allen Landscape - Jodie Overmyer, Price Nurseries

Name:_____________________________________________________________________________ IAH No.:___________________________________________________________________________ Phone:____________________________________________________________________________ Email:_____________________________________________________________________________

Send answers to: info@inla1.org -or- mail to INLA, 7915 S. Emerson Ave., #247, Indianapolis, IN 46237

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INLA Member Benefits In an attempt to make your membership of greater value to you and your company, the Membership Committee is happy to present the INLA member benefits. While we hope you find INLA membership valuable for all the education, business, and networking opportunities, we think you’ll agree it sure doesn’t hurt to have a few perks. We are grateful for the many companies that have created some very outstanding offers for the INLA membership. They support the INLA and they support a strong Indiana green industry. We hope to add benefits throughout the year and will announce them in the magazine, on the website, and in the eNewsletter as they come available. Please check out our most recent addition — Ski Landscape Corp. Have a great year! Sincerely, Kim Glass, INLA Membership Committee Chair

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10% Discount on all Mulch, Aggregates and Plant Material For NEW Customers in 2020. SKI LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS Contact: Mark Reynold 317-757-5000 mreynold@skilandscape.com

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LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT NETWORK (LMN) INLA Members receive a FREE License from LMN — the landscape industry’s leading business management software. To learn more visit:

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10% discount on container plant orders over $3,000.00. This is an ongoing benefit and not a one-time discount. CARDNO NATIVE PLANT NURSERY cardnonativeplantnursery.com

LITTLER $100 contribution split between the INEF Scholarship and ILA Frits Loonsten Scholarship after a purchase of a new and/or used vehicle. Applies to purchases at Greenfield location only. DELLEN AUTOMOTIVE FAMILY Contact: Linda Mabee 317-462-5591

Littler Dial-A-Lawyer: Free 15-minute consultation with a labor lawyer.

Receive two FREE hours of graphic design work ($170 value) with the purchase of your first print or marketing project of $500 or more (new customers only).

Example: employment practices, handbook, wages, etc.

FIVE STONES MARKETING Contact: Jon Carr 317-344-9499 or Troy Austin 317-344-9296 fivestonesmarketing.com

LITTLER LABOR LAWYER Contact: Alan McLaughlin 317-287-3523

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SUNBELT RENTALS IN FISHERS Automatic 10% discount on commercial insurance. Contact us today for quotes on Commercial Business, Bonding, Life, and Personal Lines insurance. M.J. SCHUETZ INSURANCE SERVICES Contact: Kim Glass 317-548-3937, kglass@mjsis.com

Receive $100 off an order of $500 or more. Valid at any location in Indiana. Valid to first-time customers only. This is a one-time offer. SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY siteone.com

15% discount on landscaping equipment. Must have charge account. SUNBELT RENTALS IN FISHERS Contact: Loren Gentry 317-849-2119 Loren.gentry@sunbeltrentals.com sunbeltrentals.com

Quality Michigan Grown Nursery Stock

“Where Quality and Value Prevail!” Gobles, MI First-time Customers Truckload Only 10% discount on BandB Trees WAHMHOFF FARMS NURSERY

10% discount off any garden transactions. Applies at all locations: Fishers, Muncie, and Union City

888-MI-TREES or 269-628-4308

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WASSON NURSERY Contact: Bob Wasson 317-588-1530

Receive a $500 gift card for future rental equipment, attachments, Stihl, or Scag mowers with purchase of a John Deere compact construction machine. WEST SIDE TRACTOR SALES Contact: Bill Price, 765-447-6933 bprice@westsidetractorsales.com

INLA MEMBER BENEFIT PARTNER PROFILE

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This new program will enhance your company’s profitability: 1. SFP will provide your company with a savings proposal based on your unique business processing needs and our consultative analysis. 2. This program offers you a 60-day trial period during which you will be provided with the necessary equipment and training. 3. In addition to your initial cost reduction, ten percent (10%) of the net processing revenue that SFP generates from your account will be rebated back to you on an annual basis.

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Additional member benefits will be announced as they come available. Please check the INLA website — www.inla1.org — for most up-to-date list.


Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association Membership Application Please complete the following and return it with payment to the INLA office. INLA Office, 7915 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 247, Indianapolis, IN 46237 www.inla1.org • 317-889-2382 • 800-443-7336 The Undersigned hereby applies for active, associate, affiliate or student membership in the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association, and agrees to be governed by the by-laws and code of ethics of said association. Enclosed herewith is payment for membership dues. If applying for Active Member status, it is understood that dues are subject to annual revision based on volume of business done during the preceding year. Name of Firm: _____________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________________________________________________ Phone/Fax: ______________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________ Web site: ____________________________ Owner/Contact: ____________________________________________________________ Signature: _______________________________________________________________ Sponsor’s Name (if available): ___________________________________________________ Method of Payment: ___Check enclosed (write to“INLA”) -or- ___ Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, or AMEX)

Card No.: ________________________________________________________________ Expiration Date: ______________________ Security Code: _________________________ Name on card: _____________________________________________________________ Billing address: ____________________________________________________________ Signature: _______________________________________________________________ INLA MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES (please check the appropriate category):  Active Member Any individual, partnership or corporation engaged in a business or profession closely allied to the green industry or who is actively engaged in a wholesale/retail nursery business or actively engaged in a landscape/maintenance business and whose majority of business is within the state of Indiana. Active member dues is based on the volume of business done in the previous year and due by June 30th. Class A $1,000,000 plus $340.00 Class B $500,000 to $1,000,000 $275.00 Class C $250,000 to $500,000 $210.00 Class D $0 to $250,000 $175.00  Associate Member – $175 Any individual, partnership or corporation engaged in a business or profession closely allied to the green industry or any individual, partnership or corporation based outside of the state of Indiana who is engaged in the green industry. Annual renewal due December 31st.  Affiliate Member – $55 Any individual who is not directly engaged in the green industry but who holds a position in education, research, literature, public office or civil service or community group engaged in horticulture activities or any retired active members. Annual renewal due December 31st.  Student Member – $30

ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS Active Members (Please check those that apply.)  Wholesale (or)  Retail IN State Nursery Inspection # _______________________ Nursery Dealer’s License # _________________________ Retail Merchants License # _________________________  Equipment Dealer  Erosion Control  Garden Center  Grower  Hardscape  Horticulture Supplies  In-house Landscape Management  Irrigation  Landscape Design  Lawncare/Landscape Maintenance  Pools and Spas  Snow and Ice Removal Acres in Nursery Stock ________________________ Greenhouse square footage_____________________ Plant material handled by your business:  Deciduous Trees  Annuals  Ornamental Trees  Aquatics  Conifers  Mulch  Greenhouse  Soil Amendments  Ground Covers  Wholesale  Turf/Sod  Retail  Perennials  Other  Shrubs  Of the above we specialize in: ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Licensing information may be obtained from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 402 W. Washington Street, Room W290, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 232-4120 or visit their website at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/programs/ Associate Member (Please check those that apply.)  Landscape Design  Consultant  Equipment Dealer  Irrigation Supply  Out of State Business  Ponds  Horticulture, Product Supplier  Educational Facility/Agency  Turf/Sod  Watergardens  Soil Amendments  Hardscape Supplier/ Mulch  In-House Landscape Mgmt  Business Services  Not for profit  Other I/we hereby declare that the above statements are true and I/we agree to pay annual dues as set forth in the schedule contained herein; and to abide by the By-Laws and the Code of Ethics of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Associate, Inc. I/we further agree to promote the objectives of the Association and the interests of its membership as far as shall be in my/our power to do so. Signature of applicant: ________________________________________


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