Highlights of the New Worker Protection Standard
July 26, 2016
In late 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the long awaited revision to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Although it is now technically active it will not be enforced until 2017 but the original WPS will still be enforced until the end of 2016. Please keep in mind that the WPS covers both restricted use AND general use pesticides. This article will deal with the highlights to the revision but also some areas of the current WPS that need emphasized.
The Best Honey in the World: Sourwood (Oxydendrum sp.)
July 14, 2016
Editor’s Note: Bill Paxton passed away on April 22, 2016. In his many years crafting the dendrology column, he covered myriad species naturally occurring in the state. He was always working ahead on his writing and drawings so this piece represents the second to last we have in hand to share with you. We will miss Bill’s passion and curiosity for plants and his willingness to share his enthusiasm with others in an engaging and welcoming manner. Please keep his family in your thoughts and send a quiet thank you to Bill for all that he shared over the years.
July 8, 2016
It is not yet the dog days of summer but it has been hot. Is there a way we can subtly trick our brain into thinking it is cooler than it really is? Can we do this through our landscape design? Blue and violet are considered cool compared to the warm colors of red, orange and yellow. Cool colors are relaxing and soothing. Let’s look at a few native perennials that could be used to provide some cool comfort through these upcoming hot days of summer.