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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
 
Monday, June 15, 2015

Protecting Trees in the Landscape


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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
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Outdoor Living Spaces


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Dad’s cooking burgers on a kettle grill in the corner of a little concrete patio. Mom’s setting a picnic table, while the kids run through the sprinklers with the dog. In the not-too-distant past, that was what “outdoor living” looked like. Things have changed—radically. Now, an outdoor-living scenario is likely to feature a group of fashionably dressed adults milling about an elegant L-shaped outdoor bar, a pergola sheltering them from the hot sun. On a large built-in gas grill, chickens and steaks are sizzling, along with assorted other foods.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Perfect Plan, Perfect Wall


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It is said that practice makes perfect. A concert pianist would never dream of performing before an audience without first taking months to perfect his technique. Nor would a surgeon dare make that first incision without years of careful training and practice beforehand.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Excellence in Craftmanship


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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
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Case Studies: Pro Contractor Studio


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FOR 25 YEARS, JOHN FOSSUM, landscape designer at Wylie, Texas-based MLJ Landscaping, has followed the same basic routine when drawing his plans. He’d spend two to three days on the client’s property, taking measurements to determine bedlines and the types and colors of the plants to be used.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 Richard Snyder

TORO Celebrates Its Centennial


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Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of 100 years should be called a "survivor". Today, The Toro Company is much more than just a survivor; it is a thriving $2 billion a year, worldwide business.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

New Trends in Landscaping


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As a contractor, you have some idea of what your costumers want, or of what's popular in your neck of the woods. Ther are other ways to get a picture of some of the broader green industry trends that are emerging around the country.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Sketching a Masterpiece


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There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So when you’re creating a design for a landscape, you want your thousand words to be good ones. Well, with computer design software, it’s easier than ever to compose your landscape..   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Using Wildflowers and Native Species in the Landscape


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If you’ve been using plant material and wildflowers that are native to your local area, you’ve been in the eco-green movement for a while, although you may not have realized it. Now, more than ever, ‘going green’ is a growing, positive trend in our industry.   More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014