Landscape

Protecting Trees in the Landscape

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

Power Equipment

Mini Skids...Maximum Versatility

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

Business Articles

How to Hire an Invisible Sales Person Who Can Close More Business for Your Green Company

Imagine that you had the services of a magnificent sales person to whom you paid a paltry amount of money, yet he or she would work for you 24/7/365 and you would never hear a complaint or a demand for a higher commission.... More

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

Retention Ponds

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

Irrigation

Taking the guesswork out of Rotating Nozzles

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.
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Close-Up Profiles

Tony Dilluvio & Joe Pierorazio

Although they have lived in close proximity to each other for many years, Tony Dilluvio and Joe Pierorazio did not know each other until they met at Aqua Turf, an irrigation contracting firm in Elmsford, New York.
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Imagine that you had the services of a magnificent sales person to whom you paid a paltry amount of money, yet he or she would work for you 24/7/365 and you would never hear a complaint or a demand for a higher commission.... more
Time and time again, I hear from my green industry clients about the challenge of having crystal clear communication with their foremen, supervisors and employees. What they thought was communicated is often misinterpreted and costly errors more
There’s no doubt that Facebook participation can be an asset to any business. the question is how you can use it to promote your company, yet be sure your team members are cautious in the way they use it? What should the owner and office manager post 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
a_1429126930552ebf1297e73One 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 ro more
a_1426540758550748d6ca111Whether you blame politics, the population explosion, climate change, or thirsty aliens from outer space, the reasons don’t really matter. What does matter is that the need to conserve water isn’t going to go away. What does this mean for irrigatio more
a_142438755354e66de1f0aa0When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing or replacing? Your customers’ irrigation systems n 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
 
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