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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

Excellence in Craftmanship


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The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an exquisite outdoor kitchen, not a maintenance project, even if it was beautifully done. Right? If that’s your opinion, you would be wrong.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Firewise Landscaping


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“It’s extremely risky. These areas are prone to wildfires due to the higher level of surrounding fire fuel,” says Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County in Grass Valley, California. Without proper firewise landscapes surrounding them, homes built in the WUI can quickly meet with disaster.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 Susan Maddocks

Lighting the Landscape


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“LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!” yells the hollywood director. The studio lights are switched on to illuminate the set; the sound system is turned on and the cameras roll. on a movie set, numerous types of lights are placed in position to create a realistic-looking environment.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Create Great Looks With Pavers


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Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver installation is no different; you must have the knowledge and correct preparation for a successful, profitable outcome.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Safety Makes Cents


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You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler Company, Inc., and current president of the Irrigation Association, has one.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013