February 14, 2024
New products and ideas to usher in spring

New products and ideas to usher in spring

While the verdict on exactly when to expect spring across Canada was mixed this Groundhog’s Day, it’s a sure bet that the season is coming up quickly for those in the landscape and horticulture sector coast to coast.

Our annual New Products feature has you covered, with everything you need for a successful 2024. This year, we are seeing more powerful electric equipment than ever, as well as innovative growing mediums and even a few robot helpers for tough but repetitive tasks. Whether your specialty is lighting, design, growing, hardscaping, softscaping or snow and ice removal, there is something for everyone.

Speaking of new, we’ve introduced a brand new feature this month, LT Picks. Each issue, we’ll hand pick a few products we love, based on the issue’s theme. If you have technology products you can’t live without, we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for our March issue.

All these new products had us wondering, how does a new product come to market, anyway? We spoke with two Canadian entrepreneurs to learn about the challenges and rewards of their journey to bring something new to market. Read our feature to see how Bob Reeves, founder of Root Rescue and David Smorenburg, president of Upper Canada Organic Products made their dreams come true.

Of course we all love exploring new products (especially when they can help deliver better results and a healthier bottom line) but we’re also taking a look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and lower costs by renting, trading and buying gently used equipment. As Jon Agg says in his Mentor Moment feature, it’s important to be discerning when upgrading your fleet and equipment.

We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed making it.

Kali Pearson

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