Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals
NEWSLINE SPRING 2010
The Massachusetts Association
MLP Joins Forces with
of Landscape Professionals
elevates the professional standards and
business success of its members
through education, certification,
GreenCare for Troops
advocacy and networking.
2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lend a hand today!
Matt Gramer, MCLP
NatureWorks Landscape Services, Inc.
Walpole, MA SPRING IS HERE, AND MANY MLP MEMBERS ARE TEAMING UP WITH GREENCARE FOR TROOPS
VICE PRESIDEnT and giving back in their local communities. GreenCare for Troops is a grassroots outreach
Gary Chase, MCLP program that connects local landscape professionals with the families of men and women serving
ValleyCrest Landscape Development our country in the armed forces away from home. Right now, GreenCare’s landscape volunteers
Brighton, MA across the country are helping more than 10,000 military families with lawn and landscape
TREASuRER services while their loved ones are away serving our country.
Carol Robertson, MCA, MCLP
Garden Imprint By joining forces with GreenCare for Troops, the MLP has established a lofty goal:
To ensure that every Massachusetts military family who reaches out to
Tim Dolan, MCLP GreenCare for Troops gets the professional landscape help they need.
Chestnut Hill Realty
Chestnut Hill, MA In order to accomplish this, we need every MLP member to get involved! It’s a simple registration
process and you determine the level of service you are able to provide. Whether it’s a quick spring
Monique Allen, MCLP clean-up or regular lawn maintenance, it’s up to you to determine the volunteer opportunity that
The Garden Continuum, Inc. best suits your company’s capacity and schedule.
From Amesbury to Waltham and from Acushnet to Sutton, there are military families who need a
Mike Davidsohn, MCLP helping hand and their requests go unanswered because there are not enough local volunteers to
Department of Landscape Architecture help. With local deployment increasing every day, the number of families who need our help is
Amherst, MA going to increase. Remember, you can volunteer to provide any type of service you choose —
MAnAGEMEnT TEAM big or small. Sign up is easy! Just visit www.projectevergreen.com/gct to get started.
M. Virginia Wood, CMP
Peggy Benjamin Helping to spread the word
Steve Crowe, MCLP of Sunshine Landscaping Co. in Cherry Valley, MA and Bob Beaumont of
Mary Simard Bigelow Nurseries in Northborough, MA recently attended Yellow Ribbon events on behalf of
Diane Zinck MLP and GreenCare for Troops in Worcester and in Marlboro. The Yellow Ribbon program
provides National Guard and Reserve members and their families with information, services,
Kristen Dreyer referrals, and proactive outreach opportunities throughout the deployment cycle. Steve and Bob
continues on page 4
8-D Pleasant Street phone: (508) 653-3373 email@example.com
South Natick, MA 01760 fax: (508) 653-4112 www.mlp-mclp.org
The pace is picking up! Springtime for landscape professionals
can be both a challenging and rewarding season. Many of our
organizations are working feverishly to renew old clients, drive
some new sales, get our equipment ready to roll, and get our team
MLP nEwSLInE is a publication of the Massachu- in place to deliver a winning year.
setts Association of Landscape Professionals, Inc. Although the lack of consistent snow in the late winter may have
hurt some of our cash flow, it hopefully afforded us more time to
The MLP nEwSLInE is published four times a get a good plan in place for the season ahead and maybe spend a
year by the Massachusetts Association of Landscape bit more time with our families. It’s also promising that so far
this season there seems to be a better sales tone than a year ago when I observed more
Professionals, Inc. (MLP) and is distributed free of
widespread uncertainty and, in some cases, panic in the minds of the people who buy our
charge to members. The purpose of the newsletter services. Things certainly aren’t perfect but the Dow is back over 10,000 and maybe people
is to disseminate information to promote general are thinking more along the lines that at least 9 out of 10 people are employed instead of
almost 10% unemployed.
standards and ethics in landscape contracting, as well
as to foster research and share knowledge with its MLP, likewise, has been quite busy during the winter months. It’s been very rewarding to
be part of a dynamic association with engaged members and passionate volunteers. So
members. MLP is a not-for-profit corporation dedi- many things are going on, that it’s hard to capture them all here. New England Grows was
cated to communications between its membership a great success and it was terrific to reconnect with friends and learn some new things.
and the industry. MLP believes the information in this Our dinner meetings and special seminars lately have been packed with members hungry
for information to improve their business. We had a record number of MCLP exam-takers
publication to be accurate as of its publication date and last month and we’re welcoming in the largest new group of individuals to attain the MCLP
is not responsible for inadvertent errors. The MLP logo designation ever!
is a trademark of the Massachusetts Association of Another exciting opportunity for us all this year is to participate in the GreenCare for
Landscape Professionals, Inc. MLP members only are Troops initiative. As many of you know, MLP has joined forces with this important
nationwide program that connects military families in need of some help with landscape
permitted to utilize the logo. Logo stats are available
professionals willing to lend a hand. Read more about this on the front page of our
by calling the MLP office at (508) 653-3373. newsletter and sign up to volunteer today!
As we go into the busy spring season, let’s all do our best to balance the demands of our
EDITORIAL Readers are encouraged to submit arti-
business, spend time with our families, and maintain a healthy level of flexibility and sense
cles, announcements, reviews of products, or letters. of humor that will keep each day enjoyable.
The deadline for submission is the 10th of the month
Thanks for your membership again this year and I look forward to the upcoming season!
preceding publication. Address correspondence to
Editor, MLP nEwSLInE, 8-D Pleasant Street, South Matt Gramer, MCLP
Natick, MA 01760.
ADVERTISInG For advertising rates and infor- 19 New Members Join MLP!
mation, contact Diane Zinck at (508) 653-3373. MLP continues to grow. We are pleased to welcome the following new members to our organization:
Camera-ready art work and payment are due to the Christopher Archbold Stevan Gold MCLP Mark Levine Robert Trainor MCLP
MLP office by the 10th of the month preceding C. J. Archbold Landscape & Gold Landscaping Service, Riverside Tree & Landscape Garden Tech Horticultural
Irrigation LLC Co., Inc. Services, LLC
publication. Discounted advertising rates are available Georgetown, MA Needham. MA Ashland, MA Walpole, MA
to MLP members. David Ciampa Timothy Haswell Brian McCarthy Amity VanDoren, MCLP
Entercon Construction, Natick, MA CRF Maintenance Services Mahoney's Garden Center
Boston, MA Northbridge, MA Salem, MA
Jeannie Fine Terrascape Design Ryan McCaughy David Vetelino
Fine Landscaping and Wayland, MA UMass Lowell Vetelino Landscape, Inc.
8-D Pleasant Street Maintenance Corp. Christopher Imlach, MCLP Lowell, MA Rockland, MA
South Natick, MA 01760 Mansfield, MA Turning Green LLC, Nick Nicolazzo Peter White, MCLP
508.653.3373 Lisa Gibson Newbury, MA Nick Nicolazzo Zen Associates, Inc.
fax 508.653.4112 Gardens for All Seasons Landscaping Co. Woburn, MA
Medfield, MA West Newton, MA
firstname.lastname@example.org Parterre Garden Services,
www.mlp-mclp.org William Gleason MCA, MCLP Inc. Michael Smith Jr.
Gleason Landscaping Cambridge, MA Smitty's Landscaping
Lunenberg, MA Marstons Mills, MA
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At press time, 55 Massachusetts landscape companies are reported to
MLP Joins Forces with GreenCare for Troops
have signed up to help military families through GreenCare for Troops. continued from page 1
MLP extends its thanks to all of these committed volunteers.
provided information about MLP and how military families can
Amesbury Spring Brothers Landscaping sign up for GreenCare for Troops’ assistance.
Andover Peter Gavel Lawns
Arlington Ecological View GreenCare for Troops was also recently featured on Discovery
Ashland The GroundsKeeper Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” with Mike Rowe. Check out the video at
Attleboro Distinctive Landscaping
Belmont Waverly Landscape Associates
July 14 celebration!
Bridgewater Cahill Lawn Care
Bigelow Nurseries has signed on as the lead sponsor of MLP’s
Brighton Martins Property Management
GreenCare for Troops initiative. They will host a celebration for
Chestnut Hill Fairview Landscapes MLP members on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cherry Valley Sunshine Landscaping Co. at their Northborough facility. The event will feature hands-on,
Chicopee Weed Man practical education, nursery tours, a cookout, and recognition for
Clinton D. DiMeco everyone who has volunteered to help with GreenCare for Troops!
East Orleans Two Trees Landscaping
East Taunton Greenscapes Bigelow Nurseries is also offering a 10% professional discount
East Walpole CMC Landscaping for any member who is assisting a GreenCare for Troops family.
Forestdale BJ’s Lawncare & Landscape “This is an outstanding opportunity to create awareness for our in-
Georgetown Artistic Landscapes; Nunan’s Landscaping dustry and make a real difference for a local family,” said Patricia
Bigelow, president and owner of Bigelow Nurseries in Northboro,
MA. “We’re delighted to be a part of this collaborative effort.”
Haverhill Mulligan’s Landscape
Holyoke B & J Landscaping MLP is currently looking for additional supporters to help sponsor
Hudson Currin & Sons; Dave’s Landscape; The Lawn Dawg the GreenCare for Troops initiative. If you would like more
Hyannis KMK Landscape Design information, please contact MLP at email@example.com or
Linwood Nick Jané Landscapes (508) 653-3373.
Lynn Leahy Landscaping; SPS Landscape
Marlboro Premier Stonework
Maynard Traditional Landscaping
Medfield The Garden Continuum
Milton Site Lines Design
N. Billerica The Lawn Dawg
Newton Pure Lawns
Newburyport Garden Imprint
N. Andover McKenzie Landscaping
Orleans CJ HomeCare
Hoxie Landscape Service
Simora Landscape & Lawncare
Volunteer today for
NaturaLawn Cape Cod
A & N Landscape Construction
GreenCare for Troops!
Southwick Keenkut Landscaping 1. Visit www.projectevergreen.com/gcft to sign up
Springfield Total Property Management
Stoneham Pine Crest Landscaping
and indicate the service you would be available
Stoughton Millennium Landscape & Design to offer military families in your area.
Sturbridge Ted Heywood & Company
Sunderland Amherst Nurseries
2. If you are matched with a local military family
Tolland LaCasse Land Management in need, you will be notified by GreenCare for
Townsend Einstein’s, Inc. Troops and then contacted by the family.
Walpole NatureWorks Landscape
Wellfleet Fieldworks, Inc. Mark your calendar for the July 14, 2010
Westfield Prospect Lawncare celebration at Bigelow Nurseries in
Westwood Sal Corp. Landscaping
Woburn The Lawn Dawg; ICM Landscape & Irrigation
4 MLP NEWSLINE • SPRING 2010
new England Grows 2010
In its 18th Year,
nEw EnGLAnD GROwS
Packs the BCEC
Something for Everyone Under One Roof
More than 13,000 green industry professionals flocked to Boston Many spent time with customers who were placing orders and
in early February to experience New England Grows, one of the taking advantage of show discounts. All saw the benefit of
largest and most popular green industry events in North America. networking with customers and other vendors.
Highlights from New England Grows 2010, held at the Boston The well-known New England Grows’ education program
Convention & Exhibition Center February 3-5, included solution- impressed once again with 30 seminars that focused on innovation,
based educational seminars and an exposition filled with a wide emerging trends and research finds. 2010’s top-notch speaker line-
variety of industry vendors and plenty of “Grows-only” show up included: Tom Wessels, Peter Del Tredici, Michael Madarash,
specials. Larry Weaner and more. Some of the popular topics delivered
were: The Scientific Underpinnings of Sustainability; Wild Urban
“Our attendance was strong and final numbers indicate a 3 percent
Plants: Building Ecosystems for the Future; Living Walls: The Next
increase over 2009,” said New England Grows’ president Jon
Generation of Green Space; and Ecological Restoration Techniques:
Ciffolillo, MCLP of Greenscapes, Inc. in East Taunton, Mass.
A New Direction in Design.
“Despite a tough economy, New England Grows drew thousands
of green industry professionals to Boston where they found the Ask the Experts sessions, a new, interactive learning opportunity at
best new ideas, the finest networking opportunities, and the most New England Grows, drew a steady stream of visitors. Extension
innovative solutions in the marketplace today.” personnel, university faculty, and GIE Media’s horticulture group
editors offered tips, trends, and take-aways in rapid-fire, 15-minute,
More than 600 exhibiting companies — 100 of which were new
educational bursts right on the exposition floor.
to New England Grows this year — saw strong foot traffic and
steady business from buyers investing in the equipment, services
and supplies necessary to successfully navigate today’s economy. Special Thanks
MLP would like to express its thanks to Jon Ciffolillo, MCLP who
served as President of New England Grows for the February 2010
event. Thanks also to Carol Robertson, MCLP and Paul Rapoza,
Thanks! MCLP for their service on the New England Grows education
The following individuals volunteered at the MLP Corner at New England
committee in 2010.
Bob Beaumont Matt Gramer, MCLP
Bigelow Nurseries, Inc. NatureWorks Landscape Services,
By the Industry, For the Industry
Northborough, MA Inc. New England Grows is an educational partnership between the New
Tony Capizzi, MCLP Walpole, MA England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association,
Capizzi & Co., Inc. Mike Kelley, MCLP Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massa-
Acton, MA Lovell’s Flowers, Greenhouse & chusetts Nursery & Landscape Association. Its co-sponsor network
Gary Chase, MCLP Nursery includes 40 allied green industry organizations.
ValleyCrest Landscape Medfield, MA
Development Doug McDuff, MCA, MCLP
New England Grows supports the green industry through annual
Boston, MA Landscape America, Inc. grants to the regional Cooperative Extension Systems. The
Cara Christopher, MCLP Wrentham, MA organization also contributes to the local community through
ValleyCrest Landscape Gino Pierdomenico, MCLP the Boston Schoolyard Initiative, a group that connects children
Development Olde Colonial Tree & Landscape with horticulture.
Boston, MA Inc.
Angie Cerruti, MCLP Westwood, MA
Looking Forward to Next Year
Jamaica Plain, MA Carlos Riquinha, MCLP Next year, New England Grows is scheduled for Wednesday, Thurs-
Lauren Conroy, MCLP, CLD,
New Bedford, MA
day and Friday, February 2 – 4, 2011 at the Boston Convention and
MCH, CSP Exhibition Center. For more information please visit www.NewEng-
The Groundskeeper, Inc. Jason Scott, MCLP, CSP
Ashland, MA Distinctive Landscaping
landGrows.org or call (508) 653-3009.
Attleboro Falls, MA
SPRING 2010 • MLP NEWSLINE 5
Scenes from new England Grows
February 3–5, 2010
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
MLP “Get Together” at
new England Grows
MLP hosted its second annual “Get Together”
for association members and guests at New
England Grows. It was held the first night
of the conference, and was attended by over
100 people. Many reported that it was a great
opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and
make new connections. Our thanks to MLP’s
Membership Experiences committee for their
assistance in coordinating this gathering.
6 MLP NEWSLINE • SPRING 2010
Looking Ahead to next Year…
wednesday, February 2 –
Friday, February 4, 2011
For information about the many benefits of
exhibiting at New England Grows,
contact Diane Zinck at
SPRING 2010 • MLP NEWSLINE 7
MCLP Recertification and MLP Membership
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I am a new MCLP. Do I need to fill out a Recertification
Tally Sheet (RTS) my first year? Congratulations to our new MCLPs!
No. The first year you are certified is not a full year and is con-
Congratulations to the following individuals who successfully
sidered a “grace period”. You may use any credits you acquire
completed the MCLP exam this spring:
the first year you are certified on the following year’s tally sheet.
I received an email about sending in my RTS, but I think I Alpine Landscape, Jensen Landscapes,
already did. what should I do? Malden, MA Barnstable, MA
If you received a reminder email to send in your RTS, that Jim Stoddard, MCLP Daniel Philos-Jensen, MCLP
means that the MLP office did NOT receive it. Please send it in Azinger Landscape, Landscape America, Inc.,
right away via fax or regular mail. Eastham, MA Wrentham, MA
I have not received my 2010 member/certification card. Andrew Azinger, MCLP Mike Dineen, MCLP
Membership cards were mailed at the end of March to members Chris Mark & Sons, Inc., Maffei Landscape
who have renewed their dues (and sent in their tally sheets, if Pocasset Contractors, Inc.,
they are a MCLP). Please contact the MLP office if you have Robert Barrett, MCLP Mashpee, MA
any questions about the status of your dues or tally sheet. Tom Bowers, MCLP Kevin Ellerbroek, MCLP
I recently read about updating my member profile on Abram Faria, MCLP James Kelley Jr., MCLP
www.mlp-mclp.org. How does that work? Colleen Kanaley, MCLP Craig Miller, MCLP
You can also update your membership listing —Simply follow Jesse Roberts, MCLP
Christopher Boshar, MCLP
the link from the MLP members’ page to create a membership David Stonionis, MCLP
account using your email address and a password of your choice. Dan O'Leary Complete Lawn Lee Surrette, MCLP
Then you can update any membership information. Commercial Care Inc., Harwich, MA
members can even add a company logo and a short company Sean M. O'Leary, MCLP
Services, Inc., Walpole, MA
description. Ellen Forrester Landscape James D'Aprile, MCLP
Can I register for an MLP event on line? Design, Allston, MA
ND Landscaping, Inc.,
Yes. Using the same account information from the Member Ellen Forrester, MCLP
Profile area, members can log on and register for a MLP event. Garden Tech Horticultural Kevin Hart, MCLP
why doesn’t my company have a full listing on Services, LLC, Walpole, MA M. Ashley Hill, MCLP
ww.CertifiedTreeandLawn.org? Robert Trainor, MCLP Abby Zuidema, MCLP
Commercial and Individual Active members, who are certified, Gold Landscaping Service, Robert Hanss, Inc.,
receive full listings on CT&L. MCLPs who are affiliate LLC, Needham, MA Chestnut Hill, MA
members, or non-members, have their name and year of Stevan Gold, MCLP Michael Coffin, MCLP
Greenscape, Inc., East The Captured Garden,
why can’t I find my company listing on Taunton, MA Milton, MA
www.CertifiedTreeandLawn.org when I search
Matthew Kukulka, MCLP Deborah Trickett, MCLP
for a specific town? Dan Rezendes, MCLP
Commercial and Individual Active MLP members can list up to Amity van Doren, MCLP
Kyle Guerrini, MCLP
15 towns for which they provide service. If you need to update Zen Associates, Inc.,
your commercial listing please contact the MLP office. Hartney Greymont, Inc.,
Jonathan Russo, MCLP
Questions? Patrick Flynn, MCLP
Peter White, MCLP
MLP Phone: (508) 653-3373 MCLP Exam
MLP Fax: (508) 653-4112 The next MCLP exam will be offered on Thursday, November 4,
2010 at 8:30 a.m. at Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA.
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The MCLP committee joined new MCLPs at an orientation session held prior to MLP’s dinner meeting on April 13, 2010.
New MCLPs, pictured from left to right: Ellen Forrester, MCLP; The MCLP committee members, from left to right: Douglas McDuff, MCLP;
Matthew Kukulka, MCLP; Daniel Rezendes, MCLP; and Stevan Gold, MCLP Michael Kelley, MCLP; Angie Cerruti, MCLP; Mary Sullivan, MCLP; and
Cara Christopher, MCLP
SPRING 2010 • MLP NEWSLINE 9
Well wishes for a speedy recovery — Randy separately today. The two boards were certainly Lifetime, Discovery, Style, DIY, HGTV,
Prostak, Extension Educator and Weed Expert aware of the issue of identity during their dis- Animal Planet and many others. For more
at UMass Amherst, fell off a ladder while cussions. In fact, it is a primary concern that information on the show and how to apply,
working on a property in West Springfield in the boards believe can be addressed with the please visit this website: http://landscaping-
early March, and sustained serious injuries. The proper organizational structure. Nevertheless, show.wordpress.com/.
good news is he is recovering remarkably well we have seen discomfort around this issue
from surgery. Members are encouraged to send among segments of the memberships that April is National Landscape Architecture
notes of encouragement to Randy at his home clearly need more time to digest such a big Month — To mark the occasion, the American
address: Randy Prostak, 87 Ferry Hill Road, step. For that reason, the two organizations Society of Landscape Architects is working
Granby, MA 01033. have decided it’s best to partner on projects with their chapters to introduce students and the
and programs and further explore how the public to the profession. To view case studies
PLANET and Tree Care Industry Associa- two organizations can best interact with one on their website that illustrate what landscape
tion (TCIA) halt unification discussions — another," stated Bill Hildebolt, Ph.D., Land- architects do and how we all benefit from their
In February, the two organizations announced scape Industry Certified Manager & Technician, work, visit www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes.
that they have decided to defer continued dis- and president of PLANET.
cussions on unification at this time. They will RINLA Announces New Executive Director
continue to pursue partnership opportunities Lights, Camera, Action! Female landscapers — The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island
and explore ways to work together to further are currently being cast to host a major home Nursery & Landscape Association hired
the interests of both memberships and the green and garden renovation-based cable series, Shannon Brawley as its Executive Director.
industry as a whole. “While the two organiza- produced by Engel Entertainment. Engel Shannon is a landscape designer, formerly with
tions have many similarities, including similar Entertainment is an Emmy-award winning Tupelo Gardenworks in Wakefield, RI. She
goals, the members of each organization have production company based out of New York began in her new position on April 1. She can
expressed concerns that unification into one City. They produce programming for a wide be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
organization could diminish the culture, identity variety of networks such as: A&E, PBS,
or industry sector benefits that each offer TLC, MSNBC, National Geographic Channel,
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SPRING 2010 • MLP NEWSLINE 11
Proposed By-Laws Revision:
Modification of Dues Structure
As outlined in the winter issue of the MLP newsletter, the board of Commercial Active membership is available to companies actively
directors is proposing a by-laws change that would address the dues engaged in landscape management, design/build installation, lawn
structure of the organization. care, landscape architecture/design, or other landscape industry
services. Commercial Active members must carry workers' com-
“We received regular feedback that the MLP dues structure was
pensation and/or general liability insurance as required by law.
cumbersome and confusing,” said MLP president Matt Gramer,
MCLP. “The new structure we are proposing is well-researched, Annual dues range from $250.00 to $450.00 and are based on the
streamlined, and adds solid value for all MLP members.” number of full time employees.
The MLP board of directors has called for a by-laws amendment 0-7 employees $250.00 includes 2 member contacts*
vote by June 30, 2010 regarding the dues structure proposal. MLP
8-15 employees $350.00 includes 3 member contacts
members will receive notification of the by-laws revision vote via
regular mail. If approved, the new dues structure would become ef- 16 or more employees $450.00 includes 5 member contacts
fective January 1, 2011.
* Member contacts are individuals who receive information from the
The proposed dues structure follows, along with information as to association via regular or electronic mail. Additional member contacts
how it would impact the current MCLP recertification system. may be added for an annual fee of $25.00 per contact.
Proposed MLP Dues Structure: Effective January 1, 2011 Employees of Commercial Active member firms are entitled to
the MLP member discount for association-sponsored events and
The annual MCLP renewal fee is included with dues payment for
MCLP certified employees of Commercial Active member firms.
Member contacts named in the base Commercial Active member-
ship dues, or added for an additional $25.00 annual fee, may claim
credit for MLP membership on their annual MCLP RTS.
Individual Active membership is available to individuals with a
connection to an entity whose sole profits are not derived from the
landscape industry (i.e. municipal personnel, property manager,
golf course superintendent, general contractor). Annual dues are
Associate membership is available to individuals or firms supply-
ing products or services used by the landscape industry. Annual
dues are $250.00.
Student membership is open to full time students enrolled in
horticultural programs. Student membership carries no voting
privileges. A photocopy of current student i.d. is required. Annual
dues are $25.00.
New Member is available to any company, or individual, interested
in MLP membership. An introductory rate of $100.00 is available
for the first year of membership. After the first year, the member-
ship automatically converts to the appropriate dues category. This
offer is available to new members only.
Affiliate membership category has been eliminated.
Member feedback is welcome via e-mail at email@example.com,
by phone (508) 653-3373, or by contacting any MLP board
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The Green Industry Report
By Stephen A. Boksanski
MLP’s Legislative Agent
Legislative Calendar Green Industry Alliance Priorities
Joint Rule 10 day was Safer alternatives legislation (H.757, S.443)
Wednesday, March remains pending before the Joint Committee
17th and committees on Environment, Natural Resources and
were required to make Agriculture and was part of an extension order
recommendations on put forward by the committee last week. The
all matters that were committee now has until June 15th to make a
pending before them by decision on whether these bills move forward or not.
this date. As expected, several While neither Chairman appears overly enthusiastic
thousand bills were processed over the course of a few days, about this legislation, the Senate Chair has recently reached out to
most of which fell under study orders, effectively killing them for some in the business community seeking a compromise. With a cost
the session. The Legislature will continue holding formal sessions of at least $6 million in new fees for businesses, we are cautiously
through July 31, 2010 where upon they will meet informally for the optimistic that this can be killed again.
remainder of the year. During these meetings only those bills that
have unanimous consent may move forward. Legislation requiring rain sensors and system interruption devices
(S.1396) was given a favorable recommendation by the Joint
Budget Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
The Governor filed his budget in late January and relied on a com- and is pending before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
bination of new taxes, withdrawals from savings accounts, federal Another bill before Senate Ways and Means would require irriga-
stimulus dollars, and service cuts to bridge the roughly $3 billion tion contractors to register with the state and meet certain standards
gap between revenues and spending. The House Ways and Means and requirements. This bill received a favorable report by the Joint
Committee is proposing to put forward a budget without any new Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
taxes and has announced there will be a cut in non-education, local These are positive developments but each will need vocal, industry
aid in the $200 million range. The HWM budget is expected to be support to move forward in the process.
published mid-April with debate set for the last week of the month.
The Senate is expected to debate their version at the end of May Legislation providing the Department of Agricultural Resources
with an eye toward sending a consensus plan to the Governor be- exclusive authority over the regulation of nutrient levels and
fore July 1, 2010. fertilizer guidelines (S.380) remains pending before committee
and the GIA continues to press for a favorable recommendation.
There are 7 members of the Senate who will not be back next year Unemployment Insurance was scheduled to increase by over
and at least 22 members of the House who have announced their $300 per worker in March but was headed off by quickly passed
plans not to return. With some difficult votes having been taken legislation that limited the increase to roughly $100 per worker.
already, like the sales tax increase approved in 2009, members Although it was portrayed as a “freeze” the Governor and legisla-
who want to stay are looking to stay away from the state house tive leaders nonetheless made a terrible situation less painful.
and spend more time in the district. The economy and the Scott
Economic development continues to be a focus of the Legislature,
Brown election have most incumbents and in particular, the House
evidenced by the Senate President’s proposal to streamline the
Speaker, weary about November. The Governor’s numbers are
agencies and departments charged with helping businesses. The
abysmal but with the current State Treasurer in the race as an
proposal is multi-pronged and includes an extension from 5 years
independent candidate he could play the role of spoiler and prevent
to 20 for carry forwards of net operating losses, tax credits for
an attractive Republican challenger, Charlie Baker, from knocking
new hires, small business health insurance changes and a study
off Mr. Patrick.
of energy costs and whether new surcharges for efficiency and
renewable trust funds are worth the cost.
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Agricultural Day at the State House Asian
On April 8, “Ag Day” was held at the Massachusetts State House. Hundreds of Bay
State farmers, agricultural & horticultural organization representatives, state officials,
and spectators gathered at the State House to sample locally grown products and
celebrate the agriculture industry’s significant contribution to the Commonwealth’s To report a sighting of an Asian
economy. Members of the Green Industry Alliance (GIA), including MLP, the Massa- Longhorned Beetle, or ALB tree damage,
chusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, this spring fill out a beetle report at
Irrigation Association of New England, and others, were also present. Our thanks to http://massnrc.org/pests/albreport.aspx.
Monique Allen, MCLP, for representing MLP at this important event. Her presence The report form includes photos of ALB
promoted awareness of the GIA and MLP to legislators and reinforced the link “look-alikes” as well as fact sheets, and
between the green industry and agriculture. information about how to capture and
preserve suspected insects.
Presented at new
Boston Flower Show
March 24 – 28, 2010, thousands of
New Englanders shunned driving rain
and cold to step into a garden paradise
at the new Boston Flower and Garden
show. Produced for the first time by
The Paragon Group at the Seaport
World Trade Center in Boston, this
Pictured above are members of the Green Industry Alliance, include MLP’s legislative agent Stephen Boksanski (top left) rite of spring boasted major garden
and Monique Allen, MCLP (first row, third from the left).
exhibits, a garden marketplace, and
daily gardening demonstrations,
lectures, judged competitions and
Calendar of Events more, centered on the theme: A Feast
for the Senses.
June 16, 2010 October 19, 2010
UMass Turf Research Field Day MLP Dinner Meeting MLP was proud to sponsor a new
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM 5:00 PM award “presented to the exhibit that
Joseph Troll Turf Research Center Ken’s Steak House shows a clear synthesis of landscape
South Deerfield, MA Framingham, MA
www.umassturf.org www.mlp-mclp.org composition, hardscape materials,
July 14, 2010 November 4, 2010 plant selection and finishes to illustrate
MLP GreenCare for Troops Celebration Event MCLP Exam the best professional practices” at
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. 8:30 AM
Bigelow Nurseries MHS Elm Bank
the Boston Flower & Garden Show.
Northborough, MA Wellesley, MA Our thanks to Monique Allen, MCLP,
Watch your e-mail for details & reservation info www.mlp-mclp.org Matt Gramer, MCLP and Gary Chase,
July 18-20, 2010 November 16, 2010 MCLP who served as judges. The MLP
PLANET Legislative Day on the Hill MLP Annual Meeting & Dinner Meeting
Capitol Hill 5:00 PM award was presented to the garden dis-
Washington, DC Ken’s Steak House play that was a cooperative creation of
www.landcarenetwork.org Framingham, MA Howard Garden Designs, Inc., Newton,
September 21, 2010 MA; Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton,
MLP Dinner Meeting
5:00 PM MA; and Downing Landscape Con-
All MLP educational events are approved for
Ken’s Steak House
MCLP recertification credit, and online registra- struction, Dover, MA. Learn more at
tion is available a few weeks prior to the event. www.TheBostonFlowerShow.com.
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Preparing and Sending Samples to the uMass Diagnostic Lab
Plant Problem Diagnostics at UMass 3. Disease Samples: Send several plants/leaves/branches etc.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes the impor- showing a range of symptoms that are representative of the
tance of reliable and prompt diagnosis of plant problems for the problem. Select samples from the area at the margin between
urban forestry and landscape industries. To ensure that we continue the diseased portion of the plant and the healthy tissue.
to provide the most reliable service, all of our plant diagnostics Dead plant material usually is of little value because it
expertise has been integrated into one location in Holdsworth Hall often contains secondary organisms that may make detection
on the UMass Amherst campus. The diagnostics team of the of the primary pathogen difficult.
UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab will be able to call upon • Place leaves, branches, and other plant parts in a plastic
each other's expertise to make fast and accurate diagnoses. Each bag and seal it. Do not add moist towels or moisten the
diagnosis includes a written report with pest management strategies sample before sealing it.
that are research based, economically sound, and environmentally
• When sending entire plants, dig, rather than pull, roots
appropriate for the situation.
from the soil. Wrap roots and attached soil in a plastic bag
and secure to the trunk with a twist tie. Place a second bag
Notes for Diagnostic Sample Submission over the foliage and punch a few holes through this bag for
A completed Diagnostic Form is required for each specimen (or ventilation. Do not add additional water or moist towels.
particular problem). Diagnostic forms for various types of samples,
• Vascular wilt specimens: Plants or plant parts that
along with instructions, can be accessed at http://www.umass.edu/
suddenly wilt may be infected with a vascular disease.
agland/diagnostics/. Remember that accurate diagnosis requires
Branch or stem sections 1/4" to 1" in diameter and 4" to 6"
both a representative sample and sufficient information about the
long should be taken from the wilting plant or recently
cultural practices and environmental conditions associated with
wilted plant part. Avoid sending plant material that has
the problem. The information you record on the form can be more
been dead for any length of time.
important to the diagnosis than the sample itself! Photos of the
problem are also extremely helpful. No sample will be diagnosed 4. Insect Samples: Immature and soft-bodied insects should be
without a completed submission form. placed in 70% ethyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol is not ideal, but
may work). Other insects must be carefully packaged. Do not
There is a fee per specimen (or particular problem) payable to place loose insects into envelopes for mailing, as the auto-
the University of Massachusetts, and the appropriate fee must matic process for handling mail will most likely destroy the
accompany each sample. The UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic specimens.
Lab will call and/or send a written report when a conclusion
5. Weed Samples: Collect whole plant, including the roots, if
has been reached on the diagnosis or identification. Detailed
possible. Wrap roots in a wet paper towel. Place plant in a
management recommendations are included with disease, insect,
zip-lock or freezer bag and seal with some air in the bag in
and weed diagnoses.
order to prevent crushing. Place bag in a sturdy box or
envelope for mailing.
Guidelines for Sending Tree & Shrub Specimens
Please submit samples based on the following guidelines for tree
and shrub diseases, tree and shrub insect identification, and land-
(payable to University of Massachusetts):
scape weed identification.
• Tree or shrub disease analysis –$50
For proper diagnosis, specimens must be received in good • Tree or shrub insect ID – $25
condition. It may be helpful to call the UMass Extension Plant • Landscape weed ID – $25
Diagnostic Lab first at (413) 545-3208 to see if sending a sample is
necessary. Hand-deliver samples if possible, or send them by the Address packages to:
fastest means available. Include accompanying information (such as
UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab
photos, etc.) regarding the symptoms that are of particular concern
Holdsworth Natural Resources Center, 160 Holdsworth Way
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9285
1. Ship samples so that they will be delivered in 48 hours or (413) 545-3208 - fax (413) 545-4385
less. Federal Express, UPS, and Two-day Priority Mail
through the U.S. Postal Service deliver directly to the build- Use exact address to ensure delivery. If you require additional
ing. Be sure to pack the specimen in a sturdy envelope or box. information, please visit http://www.umass.edu/agland/diagnostics/,
2. Fill out the Tree and Shrub Diagnostic Form as completely as
possible. This form must accompany each specimen sent to Landscape & Nursery Insects
the lab. The information supplied will allow a more thorough Bob Childs, (413) 545-1053, firstname.lastname@example.org
and accurate diagnosis. Include your phone number, e-mail,
Landscape & Nursery Diseases
and a fax number, if available, so we may contact you for
Dan Gillman, (413) 545-3208, email@example.com
further information or inform you of the diagnosis.
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