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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

Versatility of Geotextiles in the Landscape


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The simplicity of landscape fabric belies its versatility. Like a jack-of-all-trades, this product can be used in many different settings, for many different reasons. Whether it’s for filtration, reinforcement under pavers, weed abatement, or even keeping wildlife at bay, this product can do it all.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Color Creates Curb Appeal


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Color is one of those topics on which everyone has an opinion and no one agrees. What’s garish and gaudy to one person is bright and cheerful to the next. Our color preferences depend upon our life experiences, our cultural backgrounds and even the physiology of our eyes   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Computer Design Software


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There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, every water feature just right. When you get done, you've got a work of art, suitable for framing. But do you have a sales tool?

Like it or not, landscape design has entered a whole new era.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Excellence in Craftsmanship


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High-end landscape work is a whole different universe. Contractors who work with clients for whom money is no object get to see breathtaking visions take shape, and they have the privilege of being the ones who shape them. At this level, it’s not just landscape construction.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Women in Landscaping: Kim Lewey


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North Carolina native Kim Lewey always wanted to be on a fast track. Willing to do the work, she wanted to know that if she had the ability—and she knew she did—she could move up in the business world.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

FIRE!

Firewise Landscaping


Landscape
WILDFIRE! The very word sends terror through the hearts of homeowners, particularly those who live in “fire country.” Homes turned to ashes, miles of blackened earth...stunned families huddled together, trying to make sense of the tragedy. Even more tragic is the fact that some of these losses might well have been prevented with the right kind of landscape design, irrigation and maintenance.   More
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012