I posted elsewhere that we as professionals need to take a closer look at how we manage turf. I mentioned a movement to reduce the use of turf in landscape. We all come here to learn about the industry, share ideas and support each other. We debate and toss around some friendly jabs. However the truth is, we need to be aware of what is happening in our industry. Linked in a white paper by the EPA explaining their position and why they are proposing less turf. While this is now being shown as a voluntary program, these are soon adopted into more restrictive legislation. There are many examples so please do not say it will not happen. The EPA often starts off with public education and outreach programs that sooner or later gain traction as a mandate. We as professionals need to be aware of these trends, these suggestions and do a better job of self-regulating and educating the general public ( our clients) Here are a few excerpts from the white paper. http://www.epa.gov/watersense/docs/home_turfgrass-report508.pdf It is hard to argue with much of this, I am just saying that the more responsible we are in watering, fertilizing and using herbicides and understanding the holistic role of landscape including it's social function and the environment the better off our trades will be in the long run. Join trade association, stay informed. Make a goal to learn something new each month. Include the cost of education, trade shows, dues and such in your business plan and charge accordingly.