Business Articles

The Real Impact of Leadership

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 are. ... More

Irrigation

Start Smart Irrigation Month With Water Conservation

There’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, that’s just one drop,” the giant says, “and there are many rivers, lakes and oceans.” Soon, however, that one drop becomes many, and the giant’s home begins to fill with water. In a few short weeks, the water rises so high that the giant begins to fear that he might drown. So, in a panic, he opens his huge front door and out gushes all the water. Only then, drenched from head to toe, and hearing his leaky faucet dripping, does the giant finally realize what he’s lost. ... More

Landscape Lighting

Vista Professional Lighting Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary, but the path to the company’s beginnings came about when owner and founder Dan Cunado and his parents were granted asylum from Cuba. They landed in New York and made their way to California. ... More

Irrigation

2Wire Systems Make $ense

No 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 commercial installations. ... More

Waterscapes

Cadillacs, Mopeds and Octopi

After reading that title, you may be asking yourself, “What could these three things possibly have in common?” They all have to do with big mistakes in pond and water-feature construction. ... More

Close-Up Profiles

DAVE WESOLOWSKI

He attended El Camino College, then transferred to Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, in 1981. “I enrolled in a three year welding course, and was guaranteed a job on the Alaskan pipeline if I could get certified. However, during the certification phase of the course (the last semester), I was having respiratory shutdowns. ... More

Power Equipment

Chippers

One of the many decisions a business owner has to make is when and if to purchase new equipment. You ask yourself, “Will this tool help me expand? Cut costs? Streamline the work flow? Will I get a good return on my investment?” These considerations... 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 few years ago, a guy I grew up with told me he’d decided to start his own business. I thought he’d never be able to pull it off, as he was not exactly what you’d call a “star student.” As I headed off to college, I wished him good luck. Dee more
A friend and I went to a restaurant the other day. After we were seated, the waiter came to our table, handed us menus and said he would be right back with bread, butter, and water. He returned shortly with water; then he went back to get the bread, place 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 nothin 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
a_1397599986534daef20c830So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will demand that lower amounts of water be delivered with g more
a_1394833117532376dda9056“Water, water everywhere,” begins the old poem. Sure, there’s still plenty of water on this planet. However, if the experts are right, we’re going to have a lot less of it in the coming years. Climate change, politics, pollution; all of this af more
 
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