Landscape

Excellence in Craftmanship

We can see it in our minds … “the perfect view.” It’s the scene that automatically pops into our heads when we think of something as being picturesque. ... More

Power Equipment

Stand-On Mowers

One of the best things about selfserve frozen yogurt places are those little white sample cups. They exist just so you can try out a new flavor before you commit to a w hole cupful. Will you really like Salted Caramel, or will it be too sweet? One taste will tell you. ... More

Waterscapes

Pond Predators and Nets

One of the unfortunate realities of pond ownership is that there are critters out there that like to dine on one’s fish without the benefit of a chef’s efforts. Most pond owners quickly realize that they now have complete ecosystems in their yard. ... More

Business Articles

How to Find Short-Term Employees for Your Green Company

In a conversation I recently had with one of my clients, he expressed his concern about finding employees who he could hire for 12-16 weeks. Due to the nature of his business, it is typically very busy in the first three months of the season, then begins to decline.
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Close-Up Profiles

Aric Olson

Aric Olson is a ‘turn around’ guy. As successful young man, he has helped turn around a number of companies that seemed to be spiraling downward. As the new president of the Irrigation Association for the ensuing year, Olson hopes he can help contribute to the growth of the association. ... More

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

Rainwater Harvesting

Imagine a natural resource, one that is so precious that people—or, for that matter, any living thing—literally can’t live without it. One that is so coveted that, at times, wars have been fought over it. ... More

In a conversation I recently had with one of my clients, he expressed his concern about finding employees who he could hire for 12-16 weeks. Due to the nature of his business, it is typically very busy in the first three months of the season, then begi more
First, in order for any small business owner to be successful, it takes a lot of hard work. Realizing that they can always count on themselves to do it the “right way,” it quickly becomes a habit to do any present task at hand themselves. Habits are f more
With the current labor shortage in our industry, landscape contractors have had to be creative and find ways to do more with fewer people. For example, the crews responsible for mowing the grass at New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport use a larg more
One of my green industry clients recently made the move to invoicing their customers electronically. One thing he and his staff learned immediately was that some of their Baby Boomer customers did not want to receive their invoices via email. They wanted more
a_1418669573548f2e050f756It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. Children are playing in the snow, bundled up, making a giant snow more
a_1416328381546b74bdaefd8The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a catchphrase: “I don’t get no respect— no respect at all.” For a long time, the same thing could be said of water. Certainly, we knew it was essential to life; however, we thought it would always be aro 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
 
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