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November 21, 2011

The city of Glendale, Calif., has began enforcing a prohibition on synthetic turf for front lawns, according to an article in the Glendale News Press. 

The Glendale ban has been in place for three months, according to the article, but code enforcement officers have recently issued six violation notices to property owners who refused to remove the artificial turf from their front yards. Faux grass in the backyard is permitted, however.

November 21, 2011

The United Soybean Board (USB) is promoting some of the sustainable products that use soy as opposed to oil.

"Many people don't realize that soy can replace petroleum-based chemicals in building products," reads a statement from the USB.

Among those products with soy are:

November 3, 2011

Dalton, Ga.-based SYNLawn has begun selling its brand of residential synthetic grass at 463 Lowe's stores.

The new program is a continuation of a trial offering conducted in Lowe’s stores in five states earlier this year.  SYNLawn will provide rolls of synthetic turf in the most popular sizes, along with basic installation tools for Lowe’s customers who need smaller amounts of turf and want to install it themselves.

September 7, 2011

Coastal Supply Co., a supplier of bagged soil, mulch and stone products to such companies as Home Depot and Lowe’s, has been purchased by Harvest Power, which processes organic materials to generate energy. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Coastal Supply is a Delaware-based company that distributes its products through 14 states. The company will be renamed Harvest Garden Pro, but Joe Kollock and Steve Liffers will continue to lead the company as co-presidents.

August 31, 2011

A Canada-based franchise operation based on independently owned yard care companies continues to gain traction in the United States. 

Founded in 1970 by an Ontario businessman, Weed Man branched into franchising in 1976. Each operation, which provides complete lawn care service (including fertilization, weed, insect and disease management, as well as aeration and seeding), is locally owned ad operated. 

June 14, 2011

Its nickname is "the Walmart of weed."

Described as the nation's only hydroponics franchise that openly talks about medical marijuana, weGrow opened a 21,000-sq.-ft. store in Phoenix earlier this month. 

May 16, 2011

Gloucester, Mass.-based Rule is promoting greener gardens through a new solar-powered RainPerfect pump system designed for use with rain barrels.

The product made its debut in January, and is now working its way to consumers nationwide, according to the company. It was developed and produced by ITT Corp.'s Flow Control division.

April 6, 2011

Synthetic grass for DIY projects is coming to the shelves at Lowe's. 

The program will offer four pre-cut and pre-packaged sizes.  Those sizes are 3’ x 11’, 5’ x 7.5’, 7.5’ x 7.5’, and 7.5’ x 11’.  These pre-cut pieces of synthetic turf can be used for a variety of projects ranging from landscaping areas, pet areas, play areas, common areas, garages, basements, roof decks, and outdoor patios.

March 31, 2011

Electric corded lawn mowers accounted for only 6% of the walk-behind market in 2010 — but that’s up from 2.9% in 2009, according to data from consumer research firm The NPD Group.


Soaring fuel prices, tougher government emissions standards and a general trend toward environmental stewardship have given rise to more cordless electric walk mowers and manual mowers, especially for homeowners with smaller lawns. And powered mowers are feeling the trend, as well.


March 31, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of certain Toro Z Master ZRT Mowers.

According to the CPSC: "Mowers with the optional deluxe seat have an operator presence switch built into the seat that may activate the mower when the operator vacates the seat, posing an injury hazard from the blade to the operator and anyone in the vicinity of the mower."

March 22, 2011

A warning issued on March 22 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that U.S. consumers can still purchase harmful home and garden insecticides over the Internet.

March 3, 2011

Over the decades, lawn care has grown into a national passion that has proved to be a resilient home improvement sector, even in tough economies. Sales of lawn mowers, however, are slumping, according to data from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. In 2010, the dollar-volume estimate for riding mowers was $1.57 billion, down 11.6% from the prior year. Walk-behind mowers slipped 17.3% to $1.16 billion. Here’s a breakdown of recent consumer activity.

February 22, 2011

Edison, N.J. -- American lawns don't need to be dandelion-free, says the founder of SafeLawns.org. It's much better for them to be healthy for children and other living things. 

That's one of the many green-minded messages Paul Tukey delivered to a small group during the New Jersey Flower & Garden Show here. Tukey is founder of the non-profit pro-environment organization SafeLawns.org

February 10, 2011

The poisoning of a golden retriever has brought attention to warning signs -- or lack thereof -- on plants that can kill pets.

A golden retriever in Dublin, Ohio, is dying of liver failure after its owners bought a Sago Palm in a local home improvement store, according to a report by NBC4-TV. 

December 1, 2010

Several years ago, the couple down the street -- one of them a landscape architect -- decided to tear out their front lawn and put in a drought tolerant garden. This being Southern California, no one batted an eye. In fact, San Diego Home & Gardens magazine did a photo spread on the project.

September 28, 2010

A federal judge has ordered City of Commerce, Calif.-based 99¢ Only Stores to pay $409,490...

September 27, 2010

Connecticut has developed a new cash incentive program to municipalities and schools that scrap their...

September 21, 2008

When RONA, Canada’s largest hardware and gardening retailer, with $6.3 billion in annual sales, announced...

June 5, 2008

Unfavorable weather patterns, lower home values and rising fuel and energy costs conspired to limit...

April 22, 2008

Product categories currently affected by Home Depot's voluntary phase-out include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, slug baits,...

December 6, 2007

Bloomington, Minn.-based Toro announced it has acquired Turf Guard, the wireless lawn monitoring technology...

August 20, 2007

Rain Master produces irrigation central control systems, controllers and handheld remote controls for residential landscape...

August 2, 2007

The farm and ranch category by many accounts is a bright spot on the retailing...

August 1, 2007

Reel mowers, though still far behind gas-powered mowers in terms of sales, are benefiting from...