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Legislative Days and Renewal & Remembrance
Legislative Days
 will be held July 16-18. Add your voice to strengthen the industry during NALP’s 2017 Legislative Days on the Hill. Renewal & Remembrance will be held July 17. Each year, hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the country come to Arlington National Cemetery and spend the day mulching, cabling, and installing lighting protection for trees, pruning, planting, liming and aerating more than 200 acres of ground.

Licensure of Landscape Architects Now the Law in District of Columbia
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced that landscape architecture licensure is now the law in the District of Columbia. On April 7, Law Number L21-0249 passed the final step of U.S. Congressional review and is now in the process of being implemented. The legislation adds landscape architecture representatives to the newly renamed Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture.

Arborjet Launches New FSeries TREE I.V. System
Arborjet announced its new FSeries TREE I.V. system making micro-injection applications faster and easier. Designed for maximum speed, accuracy, and ease, Arborjet’s FSeries reduces tree injection set-up and application time, and provides greater safety and flexibility for small or large jobs. The backbone of the new FSeries is its ability to inject up to 120 pounds per square inch (PSI), with the flexibility for users to select a bottle size that matches the volume needed. The higher pressure significantly reduces injection time and the choice of bottle size reduces the amount of air needed to pump into the bottle. Users now have a choice to use a 650 milliliter bottle or a 1.5 liter bottle for higher volume applications. Another new feature is the fill port on the bottle cap, which allows the bottle to be filled without removing the cap assembly, improving speed and safety. The fill port accelerates the filling process, minimizes exposure and keeps the lines clean.

Fertilizer Technology Yields Hall of Fame for Florikan
NASA scientists chose Florikan Controlled Release Fertilizer (CRF) to support vegetable crops in space. The partnership between Florikan ESA, LLC and NASA has led to the induction of Florikan ESA, LLC and its founder Ed Rosenthal into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony was April 6 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tuff Stuff™ Hydrangea Crowned 2017 National Shrub Madness Champion
The 2017 Shrub Madness competition has come to an end with Tuff Stuff™ mountain hydrangea being crowned the 2017 National Champion. The competition narrowed to two  hydrangeas after several rounds of voting on close matchups. In the final round, Tuff Stuff™ hydrangea took an early lead and defeated Let’s Dance® Rave reblooming hydrangea. Throughout the competition, over 89,000 votes were cast with everyone vying for their favorite shrubs. This year’s Floral Four included 2016 Shrub Madness Runner Up Let’s Dance® Rave hydrangea, Invincibelle® Spirit II smooth hydrangea, Tuff Stuff™ hydrangea, and newcomer Czechmark Trilogy™ weigela.