Backflow

Should You Get Certified in Backflow?

Graywater from a system at a Florida residence is piped into the home’s drinking water. “Yellow gushy stuff” coming out of some taps in Maryland turns out to be the powerful—and highly toxic—herbicide Paraquat from an agricultural facility. Propane gas flowing into a Connecticut water main from a storage tank causes a washing machine to explode. “Rusty” water coming out of a Michigan hospital’s drinking fountain turns out to be blood from a nearby autopsy room. These stories are enough to curl your hair. These are all real-life incidents caused by backflow, usually the result of an accidental cross-connection between a potable water system and a contaminating source.
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Miscellaneous

Water Auditing Made Easy

Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your clients how much water they’re using. Equally as important, by retrofitting their irrigation system, they can not only save water, but save money on their water bills. More customers than ever are requesting water audits and many more irrigation and landscape contractors are offering this service. ... More

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

Selecting Water-Wise Plants

In the television classic, “Let's Make A Deal,” the host, Monty Hall (now Wayne Brady), offers players a choice: quick cash or a chance at the mystery prize. Those who opted for the mystery prize had to select from one of three options, each hidden behind a door. ... More

Landscape Maintenance

Choosing the Right Mower

It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not the problem. It’s deciding which mower, with what features, is right for you and your operation. ... More

Close-Up Profiles

LOWELL KAUFHOLD

When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his entire career—in the landscape industry. Kaufhold, now 57, says, “It’s the only industry I’ve ever been in. ... More

Business Articles

Are You A Reluctant Leader?

Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader? Many of them have a condition that is sometimes referred to as ‘altitude sickness.’ ... More

Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader? Many of them have a condition that is sometimes referred to as ‘altitude sic more
There was a study about customer satisfaction that was conducted by a research group. The results were so startling that it quickly became obvious that the outcome could apply to all types and sizes of businesses and organizations, including the green more
I recently received a very clever phone pitch. A telesales person called to congratulate me for being such a good magazine customer. She offered me five magazines, free of charge, for 60 months. I thought this was outrageously good. She explained that the more
William James, the famed American philosopher and psychologist, once said, “When two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each person as they see themselves, each person as the other person sees them, and each person as they really more
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your clients how much water they’re using. Equally as import more
a_1413390360543ea018887c4Graywater from a system at a Florida residence is piped into the home’s drinking water. “Yellow gushy stuff” coming out of some taps in Maryland turns out to be the powerful—and highly toxic—herbicide Paraquat from an agric more
a_141082072354176a73e1f85Irrigation equipment companies today have their heads in “the cloud.” And that’s not a criticism. The same technological explosion that’s affecting all of our electronic devices is happening to irrigation controllers, too. They’re more
a_140813465353ee6dfd661bbYou gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of th more
a_140543568653c53f263d49eThere’s an old tale about a giant with a leaky faucet. In his home, the tale goes, the giant’s faucet has a terrible leak. Night after night, the leak drips and drips. And since it’s only one drop at a time, the giant thinks nothing of it. “Why more
a_140543568753c53f2719a7cNo doubt about it, 2Wire systems have revolutionized the irrigation industry. They’re as important an innovation as smart controllers, sensing devices, or water-saving sprinkler heads. They vastly cut back the amount of wire needed, especially in large more
 
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