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Plant of the Month—Japanese Plum Yew The Future Is Here: A Technological Breakthrough in Sustainable Lake and Pond Management The Intrinsic Value of the LCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Program Potential Winter Damage of Leyland Cypress


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Calendar of Events


President’s Message


Plant of the Month—Japanese Plum Yew


2018 Grand Award—MGM National Harbor

10 The Future Is Here: A Technological Breakthrough in Sustainable Lake and Pond Management 13 The Intrinsic Value of the LCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Program 16 Potential Winter Damage of Leyland Cypress 22 Advertising Information

On the cover, MGM National Harbor, image courtesy of MGM Resorts

Plant of the Month

MGM National Harbor Ruppert Landscape Commercial Landscape Installation

—GRAND AWARD— Japanese Plum Yew “Feature” and “Plant of the Month” articles can also be found online for LCA Members under the GROUNDWORK link in your Profile Home page at

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2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Aaron Raines—President Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC —(443) 763-8580 Josh Kane, CLT—Immediate Past President Kane Landscapes, Inc.—(703) 803-3146 Matt Glover, CLT—Vice President Wray Brothers Landscapes—(301) 906-1571


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H2B: Addressing a Challenging Labor Landscape Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:00 am–1:00 pm (lunch included)

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President’s Message Opportunity is all around if you open your mind I n our current world, change occurs faster than previous generations could Aaron Raines have ever imag2019 President ined. Technology improves at an almost alarming rate, medical advancements have made life more comfortable and longer lasting than our ancestors could have ever thought possible, and our natural environment is changing before our very eyes. Keeping up with all these changes is a challenge for all humans. When you factor in trying to run a business that is centered around the natural environment—but also must keep up with technology—the changes can be even more daunting. In this month’s issue of Groundwork, we feature advancements in pond and lake management based around nanobubble technology and the benefits that new aeration systems bring to water bodies when compared to aerators and bubbles of the past. This technology has made it possible for owners and managers of water bodies to benefit both ecologically and aesthetically in ways that would not have been possible a few years ago. You will learn about how landscape contractors are learning to work in a world without boxwoods due to boxwood blight and the challenges that this has brought to landscapes around the country. Many see boxwood blight as a difficult and depressing situation that has fallen upon one of the landscaper’s most beloved plants, but leaders in the

industry are looking at it as opportunity to develop new and better plant varieties, and they are thinking outside the box(wood). One of the most popular opportunities LCA members have is the Excellence in Landscape Awards, where members (and nonmembers too) can submit their projects for awards, as judged by an independent and objective panel of industry experts from different parts of the country. Recipients of the Excellence in Landscape Awards can showcase their awards to clients, potential clients, and anyone who is interested in seeing the best of the best. Our Maryland, D.C., and Virginia members are among the most proficient and highest skilled landscape contractors in the country, so being awarded an Excellence in Landscape Award puts your company and your workmanship among the best our industry has to offer. This chance to stand out as an award recipient among some of the best landscape contractors in the country without having to leave the region is an opportunity not every landscaper has. LCA member Kevin McHale of McHale Landscape Design offers his insight on how to prepare your projects for award submission and how to make the most of your award opportunity. This theme of opportunity by way of change is nothing new, but in our modern world, change happens faster than ever. Deciding how you can take this change and make the most of it is where your opportunity lies. Advancements in technology

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have been notoriously slow to impact the green industry, but even landscapers can’t avoid new technology these days. You are hard pressed to thrive, or even survive, as a contractor or business owner without adapting to advancements in technology. Did contractors of yester-year ever imagine that their skid loaders and vehicles could be operated by remote control and GPS systems, without a human behind the controls? No, but today’s landscape contractor can see it as a reality in front of their eyes. Can you imagine running a project today and not being able to communicate with employees, customers, and vendors through your smart phone, at an almost instant speed? The smartphone and all its capabilities have revolutionized the way the world communicates, and the opportunity to utilize that technology is in your pocket or sitting on your desk right now! We must keep an open mind when it comes to change, because with each change there lies an opportunity. It may not be the right opportunity for us, or the right time to implement the idea, but if you just throw up your hands and say “I can’t do anything about this” you will struggle to thrive in today’s everchanging world. The phrase “The only constant is change” has never rung truer than today, and if you open your mind to the opportunity around each change, you will see the chance you have to succeed. Aaron Raines LCA President

Plant of the Month

A Look at Boxwood Replacements By Joel Hafner, CLP, CLT, Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

As many of you are aware, boxwood blight showed up in the D.C. metro area this fall. Even in Dunbarton Oaks and Tudor Place, two of the most monitored gardens in the area, boxwood blight began ravaging some of our country’s most historic boxwoods. As landscapers, gardeners, and growers, we now need to either find the all-proof boxwood from the disease or use something else. I would suggest giving the Japanese plum yew a try. Although plum yews aren’t used as extensively in the landscape as one would expect, they are capable of being used in both sun and shade. Plant in moist, well-drained soil, but once established they will tolerate drought conditions. These plants are tough, grow slowly, tend to be wider than tall at maturity and as a bonus, will stand up to the pesky swamp donkey, the whitetail deer. Three cultivars worth mentioning are ‘Duke Gardens’, ‘Prostrata’, and ‘Fastigiata’. While all three exhibit the same hardiness zones of 5 through 9, they all have very different growth habits. ‘Duke Gardens’ is truly the replacement for the dense yew. Since Duke Gardens Japanese plum yew can grow in sandy soils and have a hardiness zone of 9, this

‘Duke Gardens’ plum yew

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plant will do very well in the deep south. As mentioned before, plum yews grow slowly; therefore, expect this cultivar to grow only about 2½’ wider in a five-year time span. If you purchase a plant 2½’ tall, in five years expect it to be 2½’ tall, but it will widen to 5½’ and then to about 8’ in another five years. ‘Prostrata’ is the ground cover version of a Japanese plum yew. This plant will grow 3’ high but will

spread to 10’ plus. Again, it grows very slowly but is an excellent evergreen groundcover in shade.

is that it has extremely long leaves up to 2” long and spirally arranged on the stems.

‘Fastigiata’ is the upright form of a Japanese plum yew. This is the one cultivar of the three that will grow taller than wide. With a maximum height of 10’ and spread of 6’ to 8’, this plant can be that evergreen border, screen, or understory planting to provide privacy in a shady area. One unique feature of this cultivar

As the boxwood decline continues, give the Japanese plum yew a try. With its hardiness for dry conditions, evergreen dark leaves that hold color in winter, and shade and sun tolerance coupled with deer resistance, I don’t feel you could go wrong putting this plant in the landscape.

‘Prostrata’ plum yew

‘Duke Gardens’ plum yew (back); ‘Fastigiata’ plum yew (foreground)

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2018 Grand Award

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MGM National Harbor, a 23-acre, $1.5 billion mixed-use resort, is the newest addition to the National Harbor development situated along the Potomac Riverfront. The site reflects the quality and sophistication of other iconic MGM hotels while respecting the geography and history of the area. Our scope included the accurate fine grading of 10 acres; laser grading of a half acre; installation of 17,000 cubic yards of scientifically engineered soil, 1 acre of soil fabric, 500 tons of drainage stone, 2.5 acres of sod, 500 trees, 7,000 bulbs, 10,000 shrubs, 58,000 perennials, grasses, and groundcover; and addition of an irrigation system that included 10,000 feet of mainline, 35,000 feet of lateral lines, and nearly 20 miles of drip irrigation.

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The Future Is Here A Technological Breakthrough in Sustainable Lake and Pond Management By Bo Burns, Biologist and Market Development Manager, SOLitude Lake Management

Algae: it comes in many forms and colors. It’s slimy, stinky, and can ruin the beauty and function of your lakes and ponds. It’s also one of the oldest known organisms on this planet, which might explain its knack for survival, even under the toughest conditions. Over time, property managers and landscaping professionals have learned to pick sides when it comes to the safe eradication of stubborn and harmful algal blooms—some favor natural management techniques, while others support applying EPA-registered algaecides to ensure the job gets done. But this year, a new game-changing technology will make the management of stubborn algae blooms a no-brainer with more long-lasting results that are beneficial for the environment. Nanobubble aeration is a premium innovative technology designed to exceed the capabilities of traditional lake and pond aeration systems by providing up to 79,000 times more oxygen! Put simply, nanobubbles are like

traditional aeration systems on steroids. Produced by compact onshore generators, these ultra-fine bubbles are completely invisible to the eye and about 1 million times smaller than ordinary bubbles. As a result of their tiny size, nanobubbles have no natural buoyancy and do not rise to the surface of the water and burst like you might expect. Amazingly, they remain within the water column for up to 2 to 3 months, providing unparalleled oxygenation to struggling lakes and ponds at your property. The benefits of a continuously oxygenated lake or pond are enormous. First, oxygen is a key player in the battle against undesirable nutrients by facilitating the conversion of phosphorus to forms that do not sustain algae development. Excess nutrients can easily enter lakes and ponds in the form of grass clippings, lawn fertilizers, trash, and droppings from geese and other wildlife. The presence of oxygen also helps to balance pH and other related water-quality parameters that encourage the

Before and after photos of a lake that was treated with nanobubble technology.

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growth of fish, native organisms, and beneficial phytoplankton, rather than detrimental bacteria like E. Coli and cyanobacteria species that can be toxic to humans and wildlife and are believed to contribute to degenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Another amazing benefit of nanobubbles? In addition to engulfing an entire aquatic ecosystem in concentrated oxygen, nanobubbles are negatively charged and, therefore, attracted to positively charged organic matter in the water column. When they connect with positively charged metals and pollutants, including dangerous cyanobacteria toxins, nanobubbles cause them to implode(!), holistically cleansing the waterbody from the inside out. This innovative water-quality solution did not just appear overnight. Nanobubbles have been used in the medical field, the oil and gas business, food preparation areas, and even the beauty industry for purification purposes. However, SOLitude Lake Management is the first environmental firm to advance this technology for large-scale freshwater management applications through continuous research and development with select manufacturers and regulatory agencies. Through many promising tests and trials, we’ve learned some exciting things: Property managers and landscapers who utilize nanobubbles can expect to significantly reduce and even eliminate reliance on traditional algaecides. Nanobubbles have no negative impacts on turfgrass or ornamental vegetation when monitoring and managing dissolved oxygen levels. Nanobubbles help strengthen the health and longevity of the entire food chain, providing unparalleled aesthetic and ecological balance.

Nanobubble aeration isn’t just a quick fix or band-aid; it’s a custom, data-driven solution rooted in years of scientific study and first-hand monitoring experience. The technology doesn’t necessarily replace regular proactive management strategies, but it is truly one of the missing pieces to the puzzle of sustainable freshwater management. Used in conjunction with traditional tools like floating fountains, buffer management, mechanical hydro-raking, and regular lake and pond inspections, nanobubbles can help keep your water resources healthier and prettier for much longer periods of time while eliminating nuisance algae and dangerous cyanotoxins before they begin causing problems. Nanobubble aeration is poised to transform the entire way we approach the management of lakes and ponds and will be an invaluable tool as urban development and undesirable nutrient loading continue to increase. We’re excited to shepherd this new technology into the freshwater management realm and look forward to further enhancing water quality on your property and throughout the world. Bo Burns is a market development manager at SOLitude Lake Management, an industry-leading environmental firm. He specializes in the research and development of new technologies using more than 30 years of industry experience along with a master of environmental management degree in resource and wetland ecology from Duke University. This article is the first in a series featuring new breakthrough technologies that will revolutionize the management of lakes, stormwater ponds, wetlands, and fisheries in 2019. Learn more at

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The Intrinsic Value of the LCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Program By Kevin McHale, McHale Landscape Design, Inc.


suggest that all LCA members make the awards program an important part of their marketing plan.

Entering and winning an LCA Excellence in Landscape Award is NOT costly, time consuming, or difficult. For many years, I have wondered why so many companies do not take advantage of this awards program. Not that we are complaining… McHale Landscape Design and the other participating companies clearly benefit from the fact that less than 10% of LCA member firms submit a project. However, I do believe LCA and its members would definitely benefit from more participation.


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I remember our first award entry back in 1989. It was pathetic! We didn’t win, and we were not happy. We demanded the judges report. Sometimes you need to be careful what you ask for. To say the least, the judges report was VERY HUMBLING. Fortunately, we put our egos aside and embraced the professional and constructive comments from the judges. We made adjustments, and the next year we won our first two awards. From that point forward, we committed to making the LCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Program an integral part of our marketing campaign. I would

The LCA awards is one of best and most visible platforms for doing it.

images of beautiful landscapes create emotional feelings of happiness. Positive emotional feelings turn into business opportunities for landscape professionals. 2) BOOST EMPLOYEE MORALE AND INCREASE RECRUITMENT

Awards of any kind make people feel good. People want to be recognized and appreciated. It’s our obligation as owners and managers to find the platforms that enable us to show our appreciation for what our people do.

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There is nothing more important to the reputation of a company than credible peer validation. The LCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Program is exactly that. 5) DOUBLE YOUR MARKETING DOLLARS

Home & Design magazine has done a remarkable job covering the LCA award winners. The spring edition is dedicated to the landscape industry. Did I mention that the award winners are featured for FREE? The publication provides external validation and has a huge audience. Why not be a part of it? The difference between a “good idea” and reality is usually execution. I can tell you that the LCA awards program is a good idea and is painless to execute.

The Intrinsic Value of the LCA Excellence in Landscape Awards Program continued FIVE AWARD ENTRY EXECUTION IDEAS 1) TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS IN MAY AND JULY

These are the two most colorful months in the landscape and the best time to showcase your properties. A professional photographer is a bonus, but not necessary for the Awards Program. Technology has allowed all of us to be adequate photographers for the Awards Program. 2) PLAN A YEAR AHEAD

Take the photographs this year, and then spend the winter writing and organizing the entry. If necessary, you still have time to take supplemental photos before the August entry deadline. 3) TELL THE STORY OF THE PROJECT

Make sure your text and images tell the story of the project. The images are more important than the text. The text should be minimal but descriptive and should only take two hours per entry to write. 4) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A PRELIMINARY REVIEW

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Potential Winter Damage of Leyland Cypress By David Clement, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Plant Pathology, University of Maryland Extension

above where green color is still visible. Leyland cypress is tolerant of heavy pruning, but if more than onethird of the tree is damaged, the tree may need to be replaced. Winter cold injury can often lead to greater infections from a few common fungal diseases that affect foliage, stems, and branches, such as Seiridium and Botryosphaeria cankers as well as Cercospora needle blight.

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Leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) has a lot going for it. Fast growing, with evergreen, feathery foliage and a pleasing, slender profile, it makes an excellent specimen tree or screening plant. A cross between two Pacific Coast species, the Leyland cypress thrives best in moist, cool climates with moderate temperatures. These trees are hardy to zone 6; however, they don’t tolerate sudden temperature fluctuations. We indeed experienced some of these very cold sudden temperature fluctuations this past December and January. One of Leyland cypress’s weaknesses is its shallow root system, which makes it susceptible to stress through desiccation. Another weakness is the dieback and death of the water-conducting tissue and cambium layer just under the bark

during extreme winter temperature fluctuations. And, since Leylands are often used for screening and wind breaks, they are frequently exposed to temperature extremes and windy conditions that lead to drying out and cold damage. The first winter damage symptoms will begin showing up as browning and dieback this spring as temperatures begin to warm and stimulate new growth. There is no actual treatment for winter damage on Leyland cypress. Before pruning, allow the damaged tree to begin new spring growth. Often, if the damage did not injure the branch, new growth will emerge, and the browned needles will drop off naturally. If new growth does not emerge, the branch was severely damaged and should be pruned

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Symptoms of canker diseases include branches that start to turn yellow to reddish-brown. Closer examination will reveal slightly sunken cankers with resin exuding profusely several feet down on the infected branch, usually closer to the main trunk. The fungal cankers spread primarily by releasing spores during rainy

Winter damage on Leyland cypress

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Potential Winter Damage of Leyland Cypress continued spring weather. The rain water will carry the fungal spores to other branches. Infection on multiple branches throughout the tree or on the main trunk can kill the entire tree. The only known cure for Seiridium or Botryosphaeria cankers is pruning the infected branch below the infected area. In the future, it would be best to diversify evergreen borders with a variety of evergreens and deciduous plant selections rather than just one species.

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AWARD WINNING RESIDENTIAL DESIGN BUILD FIRM IS LOOKING TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: ASSISTANT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT/DESIGNER - Ideal candidate will have a degree in Landscape Architecture or related field and be proficient in the use of Sketch-UP, Vectorworks/AutoCAD, Lumion, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. Includes site work, client communication, locate plant material, procure permits, etc. Have an interest in a residential design/build company and work well with others in a team atmosphere. Positions available in our McLean, VA and/or Annapolis office. ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN ASSISTANT - This position will assist the Construction Division with drafting, site work, client communication, procurement of materials and permits, etc. Ideal candidate will have a degree in Architecture or related field and be proficient in the use of Sketch-UP, Vectorworks/AutoCAD, Lumion, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. Have an interest in a residential design/build company and able to work well with others in a team atmosphere. Position available in our McLean, VA and/or Annapolis office. NURSERY PRODUCTION ASSISTANT - Ideal candidate will have an interest in working outdoors, plants and plant heath care to include watering, fertilizing, pruning, spraying, labeling, inventory and photographing plant material. Monitor and repair of irrigation system, operating tractor and farm equipment. Position location at our Upper Marlboro facility and farm in Croom, Maryland. ASSISTANT ACCOUNT MANAGER/SEASONAL COLOR DESIGNER - This position will assist the Virginia Account Managers with estimates, contracts, crew supervision, client communication and scheduling. Also responsible for design, purchasing, coordinating, and overseeing the installation of flowers for our residential maintenance clients. Custom container and bedding floral designs, ordering plant material, increasing floral design sales, field time duties include watering, fertilizing, and detailing to maintain seasonal color interest, etc.

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H2B: Addressing a Challenging Labor Landscape 9:00 am–1:00 pm

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The cyclical nature of the landscape contracting industry creates unique challenges when hiring—mainly the need to hire capable, reliable, and legal seasonal workers. As you begin forecasting your business for 2020, join us for this informative discussion on H2B labor challenges. You’ll hear from a panel of experts who will share their knowledge and the latest news regarding updates to H2B regulations, recommend timelines for hiring H2B workers, and offer practical advice on hiring seasonal workers. Panelists Kerry Scott, Program Manager and H2 Specialist, Más Labor Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations, AmericanHort Michael Martin, President, Live Green Landscape Associates

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