Talking trees have been a fixture in folklore and fiction. If you’ve ever watched The Two Towers, the second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you would have seen the giant tree-like creatures called “Ents.” Talk? The Ents practically wouldn’t shut up. If trees could really talk to us, it might be a simpler matter to keep them safe and healthy. But they can’t, so, just as with our pets and other animals and plants we tend, it’s up to us to monitor them for signs of ill health. ... More
Now phones do so many things, it would take this entire article to list them all. They’re entertainment centers, data managers, storage devices, navigation systems, and access portals to the Internet, all in a compact size that fits in your pocket. No one wants a phone that just makes calls anymore. But this article is not about phones. It’s about mini skid steers, compact utility vehicles and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs). Like today’s cell phones, these machines can do a lot of things and fit in relatively small spaces. They give the professional landscape or irrigation contractor the versatility he needs in today’s demanding marketplace. ... More
Retention ponds are becoming increasingly more popular on both residential and commercial sites, and many states and municipalities now require them in new developments. Although they have a variety of functions, including flood control, their main purpose is a distinctly eco-green one, and that is to manage stormwater runoff. ... More
One of the retired attractions at Disneyland was the “Carousel of
Progress.” You’d sit in a theatre and watch an animatronic family as
they described how technology was improving their lives, starting before
the turn of the 20th century. Every rotation of the stage represented
about 20 years of technological change, and the mechanical family’s
clothing and home appliances would change accordingly, too.
It’s interesting to think about what an irrigation-industry “Carousel of Progress” might look like. Certainly, it would take us through the history of the development of rotating nozzles.