Business Articles

Passing the Baton to the Next Generation

If you’ve decided that it’s time for your kids to take over the family business, there’s more to it than simply handing them the keys. You need to have a succession plan. We can’t give you a template, as there’s no single “right” way to do it. But you do need to have a plan. ... More

Irrigation

Water Audits

These are thirsty times, and from all indications, they’re going to get thirstier. If you live in a drought area, you already have a taste of what this is like. Water conservation and watering efficiency are the watchwords of the day. ... More

Landscape

Add Permeable Pavers to Your Menu of Services

It all started back in ancient Rome. Sometime after 273 B.C., Roman architects perfected a new type of concrete that many consider their most relevant contribution to the modern world. Indeed, the engineering marvel of the Roman Aqueducts wouldn’t have been possible without concrete. ... More

Business Articles

Are Your First Impressions First-Rate?

Let’s talk about your green industry company’s first impressions… Even if you think your company does a pretty good job managing this all-important step, you’ve probably not given it all the attention it deserves. In this article, let’s look at just one aspect of this process: the way your telephone is answered. Experts agree that how your telephone is answered at your small business can increase or decrease the possibility of gaining new customers. ... More

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

Getting from Here to There

The Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, chronicled in Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” immortalized the devastating effects that drought—combined with a lack of knowledge about soil conservation—had on our nation. We’ve learned a lot since then; yet, droughts in the late 1980s are estimated to have cost the United States between $80 billion and almost $120 billion. (That’s billion with a ‘B’.)
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Landscape Maintenance

The Implications of Uncontrolled Runoff in Landscape Irrigation

Uncontrolled runoff in landscape irrigation systems has presented a problem for our industry for many years. Low head drainage is not only common throughout residential and commercial landscapes, it is ubiquitous. ... More

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

Green Your Garden with Solar Features

I was so excited to move into new house recently; I had endless plans of what color scheme to give each room, exactly which vegetables and herbs I wanted to plant in my large and fertile backyard, and exactly where I wanted to put the decorative water fountain I had brought with me from the small apartment I had lived in prior. ... More

Close-Up Profiles

Conrad Family

A born entrepreneur, Joe Conrad hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father was an electrical engineer by profession, but also an entrepreneur who has owned a number of businesses.

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Let’s talk about your green industry company’s first impressions… Even if you think your company does a pretty good job managing this all-important step, you’ve probably not given it all the attention it deserves. I more
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a_1434405587557f4ad31c143These are thirsty times, and from all indications, they’re going to get thirstier. If you live in a drought area, you already have a taste of what this is like. Water conservation and watering efficiency are the watchwords of the day. more
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