WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
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Recycling Our Most Precious Resource


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"Buy land,” the old saw—attributed to both Will Rogers and Mark Twain—goes. “They’re not making any more of it.” Whichever of the storied American humorists said it, he had a point. It took 100 years to get from a world population of one billion to 2.5 billion (in the year 1950). It took 50 years to go from that number to six billion at the end of the 20th century. Now, we’re at seven billion and counting . . . all on the same terra firma. It’s not just land that they’re not making any more of, either. It’s also water.   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Jeff Gottesfeld

Green Water Recapture Systems


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Today’s irrigation customer is more environmentally savvy than the customer of 20 or 30 years ago. The burgeoning emphasis in our industry on sustainability has stuffed a whole mess of new concerns into the mind of the consumer. Can we include a green roof? What do you think about permeable pavers? Can we design green spaces to soak up excess stormwater?   More
 
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hardscapes Can Be Green, Too


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When we think “eco-green,” we think about low-volume irrigation, native plants, stormwater recycling, rain barrels, and the like. We think about projects that blend with the environment and make the most of natural resources while having the smallest possible environmental footprint.   More
 
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Creating an Award-Winning Sustainable Landscape


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Van Westervelt, who has been in the landscape business for years, finally decided that it was time to take a busman’s holiday and make the yard as beautiful as the lakeshore...and do it with a focus on sustainability, minimum care, and harmony with the natural environment.   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Recycling is Eco-Friendly


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WHEN THE PIONEERS WERE HEADING across the plains, nothing ever went to waste. Women knitted wool scraps into mittens and dolls’ clothing, and boiled ashes and animal fat into soap. Anything on the trail that could be burned was used for heating. Back then, recycling and repurposing was a necessity.   More
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

Sustainable Landscapes . . . Naturally


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As professionals who earn our living working with the soil, we, at times, don’t take full advantage of Mother Nature.   More
 
Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Postage-Sized Paradise . . . the Eco-Green Way


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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, USED to be a sleepy beach town. To house its seasonal visitors, small homes and bungalows were built on very small pieces of property. However, it was only 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles.   More
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Make Every Day Earth Day


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Marking its 41st anniversary, Earth Day 2011 will be celebrated on Friday, April 22, with festivals and special events all centered on the importance of protecting the environment.   More
 
Thursday, April 14, 2011 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Green Walls: Living Art for a Healthy Environment


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Green walls are not a new concept-ivy has been crawling up the sides of walls and buildings for centuries. But today, green wall installations are explicitly being requested and who can argue with that?   More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Can Cities Rise to the Challenge?


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The answer to that question is a conditional yes. It depends, and it requires careful and coordinated planning on the part of property owners and city governments. It also requires the will of not just a few, but a majority of urban people.    More
 
Saturday, December 18, 2010 JENNIFER CHESWORTH