Controllers

Controllers: What’s New?

Irrigation 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 getting smarter all the time, adding functionality and gaining ease of use, and they’re using the cloud to do it. ... More

Power Equipment

Into the Trenchers

Competition among landscape contractors can be fierce. During the bidding process, every conceivable advantage is precious, especially where time and cost of labor are concerned. Investments in machinery that can save on both can make all the difference between securing and losing a bid. ... More

Waterscapes

Pond Stars: The New Reality TV Show

The captivating sounds, beauty and grandeur of ponds, water gardens and stand-alone water features in the landscape have intrigued us through the ages—all the way back to Ancient Greece. Today, it’s a steadily-growing niche within the green industry. ... More

Landscape Lighting

Holiday Lighting...The Gift That Keeps on Giving

In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution that he winds up checking each individual bulb, one by one, for a short circuit. In the end, the entire fiasco comes down to a single indoor light switch. And when he flips that switch, the light display is so fantastic that it shuts down half the city’s power grid. ... More

Women in Landscaping

Women in Landscaping

Women have certainly come a long way in the business and professional worlds. Our next U.S. president might even be a woman. Even so, the green industry is still pretty much a testosterone-filled milieu. Because women in prominent roles in our business are still the exception, it’s good to hear their stories once in awhile. Here are two. ... More

Close-Up Profiles

CHRIS VERNON

Growing up in Elgin, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, little did Chris Vernon realize the path his life would take. ... More

Business Articles

Are You Giving Your Customers What They Really Want?

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 industry. The study centered on what customers really want to know about the people from whom they are buying. ... 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
In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time. The company is the antithesis of ‘cool.’ It has the kind of culture in which people embrace plain suits and sincere handshakes, take pride in wearing achievem 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
a_1402948234539f4a8a27674If you think of an irrigation system as somewhat similar to the human circulatory system, it may be a little easier to understand how it works. Although there are other components that make up an irrigation system, for purposes of this article we wi more
a_1400276449537685e164cbeHowever, some of these new electronic innovations have been around long enough now that most of the kinks have been worked out of them. And, for many irrigation professionals, they’re not mere gadgets, but good, steady, reliable tools they can count on more
 
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