Landscaping

Matt Quinnell is just 29 years old, yet this heavy equipment operator has logged thousands of hours in excavators. The Minnesota native currently works in the family business to build artistic boulder retaining walls in the growing Minneapolis suburbs.

Brewer's Nursery and Landscape Services of Bradenton, Fla., has been in operation for 12 years. Owner Lee Brewer started his career cutting grass and then expanded into landscape installation. What started his retail operation was a piece of land that he originally used as a holding property for landscape installation items.

While the $3 million, 2-mile-long beautification project now underway along Interstate 515, also known as U.S. Highway 95, near Henderson, Nev., may seem small in comparison to what the Nevada Department of Transportation typically undertakes – look no further than price tag for the completion in Late August for the "first phase" of Interstate 11 – the I-515 project illustrates a key aspect of the agency's highway construction philosophy, said Tony Illia, a public information officer with the Nevada DOT.

The 2018 Landscape Show was packed with more than 800 exhibitors Oct. 4 to 6 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. The show was hosted by the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), the nation's largest and oldest state nursery and landscape association, as well as the Southeast's premier landscape and horticulture conference and trade event.

A volunteer work project through the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association (MELNA) took place in August at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). The goal was to add improvements to some of the school's programs, including those involving culinary and landscaping skills.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced its 2018 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA's board of trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president's dinner on Oct.

GCS Group Services Inc. in Newbury, Mass., focuses on high-quality services dealing with landscape, landscape design, construction and stone management for New England. The company has been in business for nine years. Co-owner Fred Guimaraes describes himself as a “dreamy type of person.” When he came into the United States and started working at a Burger King, he didn't speak English, but started to learn when he met his wife.

Bandit Industries announced that Wellington, Ohio-based Krystowski Tractor Sales, Inc. has joined the growing network of authorized Bandit dealers offering hand-fed chippers, stump grinders and skid-steer attachments. Located at 47117 State Route 18 West in Wellington, Ohio, Krystowski will serve all northern Ohio counties, including Williams, Defiance, Paulding, VanWert, Fulton, Henry, Putnam, Allen, Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Erie, Huron, Crawford, Richland, Lorain, Ashland, Cuyahoga, Medina, Wayne, Summit, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Stark, Ashtabula, Trumbul, Mahoning and Comumbiana.

Bomag's new generation of the compact BW 124-5 single drum vibratory roller series are available in both smooth (BW 124 DH-5) and padfoot (BW 124 PDH-5) drum configurations. With their 47.2-in. (119 cm) drum width and tight turning radius of just 88.2 in.

Case Construction Equipment has added hydraulic pallet forks with nursery sleeves to its skid steer and compact track loader attachment line. Ideal for landscapers, nurseries, municipalities and other contractors who deal with both palletized materials and live nursery stock, the new forks transition easily between the standard and “nursery fork” configurations, according to the manufacturer.

Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects' Business Quarterly survey. Although billable hours slightly retreated, inquiries for new work grew.