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Oklahoma State University Releases Two New Bermudagrasses

Oklahoma State University has developed and released two new bermudagrass varieties–Northbridge and Latitude 36. Both grasses are sterile hybrids with exceptional cold tolerance. They are good choices for home lawns, parks and golf/sports applications from the southern United States to areas north of the transition zone. Sod Solutions Inc. will be the licensing and marketing agent. The grasses should be commercially available in 2012.

Rebate Program Continues

Profile Products LLC is continuing the “Spray it, Don’t Lay It” rebate program to encourage contractors to convert from a rolled erosion-control blanket to a Profile hydraulic erosion control product. Contractors can earn up to $122.50 per acre, or $1,540 per truckload, for participation in the program. Eligible erosion control solutions include Terra-Matrix SMM, EcoMatrix SSM, Hydro-Blanket BFM, EcoAegis BFM, Flexterra HP-FGM and CocoFlex ET-FGM. For more information, visit www.profileproducts.com/spray.

Synthetic Turf Installation At Youngstown State University

Sports Construction Group L.L.C., a builder of both natural- and synthetic-turf athletic fields, is building a new synthetic-turf system at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium. The Shaw Sportexe PowerBlade HP+ system combines the appearance of natural grass with the engineered performance of modern synthetic turf. It is specially designed to enhance player speed and performance while providing for maximum player safety.

St. Louis’ Citygarden Wins Award

Citygarden, a 2.9-acre richly landscaped sculpture garden and park that has altered the perception of St. Louis’ downtown and catalyzed nearby development, has received national recognition as the 2011 winner of the Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award. The award was based on a competition to recognize an outstanding example of a well-used public open space that has spurred regeneration and the transformation of the surrounding community. Citygarden received a $10,000 cash prize.

ValleyCrest Debuts The Water Blog

ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, an authority on sustainable practices, has launched a water-management resource for the commercial real estate industry. Visitors will discover a wealth of knowledge, ideas and tips organized into four categories of content: Innovation, Trends, Technology and Resources. Learn more as the blog monitors projects in progress, tracks industry trends and tests new technology. It is a two-way conversation as visitors can read, subscribe, engage and take a stance. To participate, visit valleycresttakeson.com/watermanagement/.

Bison Acquires BRP Product Line

Bison Inc., a manufacturer of sports equipment for over 25 years, recently acquired the BRP Enterprises product line. The new company—BRP by Bison—will continue to provide the landscape furnishings BRP Enterprises was known for. The product line includes bench seating, chairs, tables, bike racks and trash receptacles, with new products on the horizon. Call 888-438-5311, or visit www.brpbybison.com.

CULTEC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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