Eric Tetler, president of New Hampshire-based Windfield Alloy, has been with the company since 1994. During that time, he has expanded the company to offer additional recycling services, making Windfield Alloy a pioneer in the recycling industry. Outside of work, Eric Tetler enjoys landscaping.
When living in New England, gardeners and landscapers are often faced with the unpredictable arrival of spring. A beautiful, warm, sunny day can easily be followed with temperatures that drop below freezing overnight. Choosing plants for a landscape can be tricky, which is why gardeners should utilize a map outlining hardiness zones for plants.
In 2012, the USDA released an updated hardiness map that divides the United States into 13 zones based on the average annual minimum winter temperatures. The map, which had not been updated since 2009, reflects current, comprehensive data from around the country.
For the first time, the hardiness map, developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University’s PRISM Climate Group, is designed to be interactive, giving gardeners and horticulturalists more accurate and detailed information.
When choosing plants for a landscape, homeowners should consult with the USDA hardiness map to determine the zone in which their home is located. This information will help them to choose plants that will thrive in their climate, despite potentially difficult winter conditions.
Since 2007, Eric Tetler has served as president of Windfield Alloy, an environmentally conscious recycling business in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He first joined the company in 1994, and 13 years later, he became its majority shareholder.