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Jan, 2018

4 Valuable Tips for Separated Bicycle Lane Design Planning

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Separated bicycle lane design planning can be an extensive process but rest assured the results are typically worth the efforts. Adding barriers, new street signs, and extended lanes can change the entire look and feel of a street, as well as make it safer for everyone. It can also create more room for retail growth and productivity, while increasing local real estate values. So, what makes us so knowledgeable on separated bicycle lane design and planning? TerraCast Products are commonly used as barriers in separated bike lanes. That’s because our […]

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Jan, 2018

7 Tips for Thriving Winter Container Plants

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The two most important factors for thriving winter container plants are: one, use the right winter-proof planter, and two, plant winter flowering plants. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy thriving winter container plants because baby it’s cold outside! 1. Use the Right Planters Your home is everything to your overall wellbeing and health, and the same can be said for your plants. A planter has the power to make or break a plant, and that’s especially true during harsh weather, such as during the winter or hottest months […]

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Jan, 2018

Light Pollution Reduction: 5 Tips to Reduce Light Pollution

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Light pollution reduction is something our nation has been working on for years, and yet it seems to continually get worse. There are several things you can do to help reduce light pollution, and you might even save some money in the process. 40% of light pollution is created by productive lights that are necessary for a functioning society. 10% of light pollution comes from light glare. And a frightening 50% of light pollution is produced by waste—light that no one even needs. Is there a light on your building, […]

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Dec, 2017

7 Things to Know Before Installing a Driveway Lamppost

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Aside from high quality light, what do you expect from a driveway lamppost? Perhaps longevity, durability and style rank on your list of important lamppost qualities. There are a lot of options out there and while some lampposts are made to last a long time, others only claim to withstand the elements. For the most part, lampposts spend their entire existence outside without any protection from the elements. The materials used to manufacture a lamppost can make all the difference in how it holds up. You might be surprised how […]

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Dec, 2017

What to Look For When Buying High Quality Park Site Furnishings

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Durable, high quality park site furnishings can transform a public space into an ideal representation of your community. The appearance of public parks is so important. After all, according to a study conducted by Keep America Beautiful, 93% of homeowners said they would think twice before purchasing a home in a “dirty” neighborhood. Public parks represent their neighborhoods in many ways. Run-down or “dirty” looking parks are often a result of inadequate park site furnishings, here’s how: -Not enough trash receptacles = more litter -Improperly placed trash receptacles = even […]

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Dec, 2017

7 Tips to Install Energy Efficient Landscape Lighting

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Energy efficient landscape lighting for commercial or residential projects offers greater security and aesthetic design, all while saving you money and reducing your overall energy usage. The following tips can help you accomplish the landscape lighting look you’re seeking with added benefits to boot. 1. Invest in Long Lasting Energy Efficient Landscape Lighting Regularly repurchasing rusted or worn-down fixtures is anything but eco-friendly, let alone budget-friendly. Still, no one wants rusted, corroded or chipped and dinged lighting fixtures; it just doesn’t look good. So, how do you prevent rain, weed […]

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Dec, 2017

5 Surprising Benefits to Adding a Roof Garden

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A roof garden is defined as a collection of greenery planted on top of a man-made structure. More and more urban buildings are installing roof gardens, and for plenty of good reasons. Adding rooftop planters offers countless benefits, including money-saving opportunities, reduced roof maintenance, and added energy efficiency. Benefits of adding a roof garden: Improve aesthetics Add a new amenity space Reduce rooftop maintenance Reduce building maintenance Lower energy costs/improve energy efficiency of building Reduce urban heat island effect 1. Stormwater Management Stormwater management is an ongoing dilemma for urban […]

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Oct, 2017

New York’s Times Square Design: Why Everyone is Talking About its Brilliance

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Looking to redesign a mixed-use space, such as a public square, why not take inspiration from New York’s Times Square design? After all, it’s one of the most popularly visited spots on the planet and the most recent set of renovations left the square feeling more spacious and magical than ever before. If you haven’t visited Times Square in the last 6-years or so, you’ll find the place looks a little different than it used to and it feels different too, it’s a lot more spacious and less congested. 2017 […]

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Oct, 2017

Clay Pots Vs. Plastic Pots: Is There a Better Option for Garden Planters?

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There are a lot of different options for garden planter materials, including clay, plastic, and resin-based pots. One thing’s for certain, both clay and plastic pots are popular but they are sure to cause you and your plants trouble in as little as a few seasons. On the other hand, resin-based planters offer greater durability to withstand the test of time. But first, what makes clay pots and plastic pots undesirable garden planters? What’s Wrong with Clay Pots? Clay pots have been used for centuries to house plants. That’s because […]

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Oct, 2017

4 Creative Ways to Use Large Commercial Planters for Landscaping

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Large commercial planters serve a variety of purposes including greeting customers, blocking off certain areas, and helping to control the flow of traffic. Large commercial planters also stand out better than smaller planters when placed near buildings that are 2+ stories high. Plus, larger planters can be used to house stand-out plants, including trees and larger shrubs.  Some of the best trees for large planters include Japanese maples, crabapples, flowering cherry, crape myrtles and bamboo. 3 locations large commercial planters greatly benefit: Entrances—first impressions count and a big beautiful planter […]

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