Field Notes

• Cooper Controls NeoSwitch Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor packs multiple functions into a single wall switch, including motion and daylight sensing, and provides an EcoMeter indicator light to reinforce energy-saving behavior.

• Cooper Controls Venergy Advanced Metering System, which is a code-compliant energy-saving solution that monitors energy consumption while being easy to use, specify and scalable across any enterprise.

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Land Restoration Book Released

Co-authors Steven Apfelbaum and Dr. Alan Haney recently released the second book in their Restoring Ecological Health to your Land series, which educates readers on the benefits of land restoration and shows them how to restore an ecosystem, of any size, to its natural state.

The workbook illustrates the beauty of nature as well as our responsibility and ability to protect it. It is appropriate for both laypeople and experts–from landowners to patio gardeners to land trust property stewards, landscape architects, and agency personnel.

For more information, go to The workbook and the authors’ first book are available at and

ArborCAD Software Designed For Tree Industry

ArborCAD is a purpose-built computer-aided design (CAD) software for arborists. It can be used to conduct and document a site survey, produce a Tree Protection Report or for planning purposes.

ArborCAD is simple to use and easy to learn, with the help of an online training course. It is based on the landscape design software LANDWorksCAD.

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A New Turf Twitter Feed 

Stay up to speed on turf industry news and solutions via @FMCturf from FMC Professional Solutions.

Follow @FMCturf on Twitter to get valuable business tips, learn about promotions, and keep up with industry buzz. The Twitter handle was created to keep turf-management professionals informed about best management practices and solutions, as well as answer questions on industry and technical topics.

FMC also wants to hear about turf issues and problems you face on a daily basis. Tweet your questions or comments to @FMCturf.

No Messy Mud At K9Grass Dog Park

Central Park Dog Park in Fremont, Calif., is the largest synthetic grass dog park in the nation, measuring 40,000 square feet. The new city park opened last summer, offering dogs and their pet parents a place to exercise, play, and socialize in a clean, mud-free environment.

K9Grass by ForeverLawn was chosen as the surface for the park, due to features that allow for instantaneous drainage, simplification of waste removal, and antimicrobial blades.

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Signature Expands Web Presence

Signature Control Systems Inc. has launched a new online store, “SCS Shop,” which lets U.S.-based customers purchase a variety of irrigation products and services direct from Signature.

“In addition to buying from our 500-plus dealer locations, the SCS Shop will allow our end-user clients an alternative purchase point, along with the ability to research products to best fit their specific local needs,” said Curt Schaubel, vice president.

The shop will also start to highlight and bring into focus the Signature Weather email and the Signature ET data.

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Recruits And Ladders

Margulies To Lead AECOM Southern CA Landscape Design Practice

Esther Margulies, ASLA, RLA, has joined AECOM as an Associate Principal and will focus on building the firm’s Southern California landscape design practice, collaborating with the firm’s global network of studios.

Margulies brings with her an extensive portfolio of park and open-space design, from revitalization of the landmark 32-mile Los Angeles River to the culturally rich 5-acre Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. (see article in the LA Business archives:

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