Landscape & Irrigation

January/February 2016

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VIEWPOINT Editor John Kmitta | In with the New Well, 2015 came and went, and my hometown Chicago Cubs did not win the World Series as predicted in Back to the Future Part II. But, then again, I also don't have the hover board or flying car that were promised to me. I tried to turn to the movies to see what 2016 might bring. But apparently The Dark Knight Rises is the only major motion picture specifically set in 2016, and although the outlook for Gotham this year isn't too great, there is not much we can take away from that one. So it looks like we can all approach 2016 with an open mind. But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty we can't glean from recent industry trends, as well as from the technological advancements in our industry. This issue looks at some of the hottest landscape/garden trends (see feature beginning on page 8). The overview of Garden Media Group's annual Garden Trends Report shares insight into what consumers want in their landscape and how you can help make a big impact. Also, if recent industry trade shows are any indication, there are other trends we can highlight: Outdoor rooms/kitchens continue to be hot topic, with homeowners seeking outdoor spaces to enhance their lifestyle. And outdoor fire features continue to be high on the wish list. On the equipment side, battery- powered products continue their rise. In just the past couple years, we have seen significant growth in battery handheld outdoor power equipment. As the technology improves, charging times decrease, and run times increase, we will undoubtedly continue to see a rise in such product offerings. Water management, water savings, and dealing with drought continue to be interrelated topics that will be at the forefront of our industry for a long time to come. Irrigation system/equipment manufacturers continue to develop increasingly efficient/water-wise systems, and the technology is only getting better. But a huge part of the future will be educating homeowners/clients regarding the value of managed turf (and the negative impacts of removing lawns). This is something that we will continue to cover in depth in Landscape and Irrigation in 2016 and beyond. As mentioned in NALP's article (see page 34), legislation will continue to be at the forefront during 2016. From labor issues to pesticide regulations, there are plenty of topics that we to monitor this year. Overall, the experts with whom we are in contact are positive about 2016 and the potential for industry growth. Obviously, the weather is always an important factor, and the upcoming presidential election is sure to have an impact one way or the other. As always, industry professionals need to stay informed regarding trends, regulations, legislation, and technological advancements, as well as the latest news, tips, and techniques. We are glad to be your source for that information, so please keep an eye on Landscape and Irrigation,, The LINC and Water Management News e-newsletters, and our social media feeds for the latest information to help your business. Have a safe, healthy and prosperous 2016. Landscape and Irrigation November/December 2016 5 EPG Media & Specialty Information, 10405 6th Ave. N., Ste 210 Minneapolis, MN 55441 Web site: Group Publisher David Voll EDITORIAL STAFF Associate Publisher, Editor John Kmitta (763) 383-4405; Products Editor Steve Noe (763) 383-4407; fax (763) 383-4499; PRODUCTION TEAM Art Director Brian Snook Production Manager Karen Kalinyak DIRECT MAIL LIST SALES MeritDirect, Jim Scova, (914) 368-1012; e-mail REPRINT SERVICE Robin Cooper, e-mail CIRCULATION For subscription inquiries and customer service questions, please call (845) 856-2229, or fax (847) 763-9569 business hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Publisher's Notice: We assume no responsibility for the validity of advertising claims in connec- tion with items appearing in this special edition. Commercial product names are used for the convenience of the reader. Mention of a com- mercial product does not imply endorsement by EPG Media & Specialty Information, or prefer- ence over similar products not mentioned. ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVES: EAST Chris Pelikan Senior Account Manager Phone: (954) 964-8676 MIDWEST Peggy Tupper Senior Account Manager Phone: (763) 383-4429 WEST Leslie Palmer Senior Account Manager Phone: (248) 731-7596

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