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Firewise Landscaping

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

’Twas Two Months Before the Holidays

Twas two months before the holidays and all through the land, landscape contractors called customers and dusted off plans. For the next hundred days, they were busy as bees, hanging holiday lights along rooflines and trees.   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Power Tools Make the Job Easier

Picture a Stone Age landscape contractor, perhaps a contemporary of Fred Flintstone’s. let’s Call him Ogg.Engaged by the local cave owners’ association to cut their lawns, Ogg the prehistoric contractor and his crew had to get down on their knees and tear each blade of grass by hand. It took days to do a single lawn; the payment of mastodon skins and woolly mammoth tusks hardly seemed worth it    More
Friday, June 15, 2012

Concrete Curbing Offers Opportunities

If you're like many in the landscape business, just trying to keep your doors open has been a challenge these last few years. With fewer new homes being built and many of your former clients who have either cut back on spending for landscaping or lost their homes entirely, you’ve been busy just trying to stay afloat. You haven’t had time to think about growing your business. But you’re a survivor   More
Friday, June 15, 2012

Multi-Use Landscape Fabric

Would you believe an advertisement for a product that can do absolutely everything? Just imagine the late-night infomercial: Breathless pitchman going a mile a minute...It’s a microwave oven . . . and a shoe polisher! It’s a tennis racquet . . . and an urban assault vehicle!   More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Jeff Gottesfeld

Paving for Profit

The word “landscape” is no longer merely just about dirt. In the 21st century, landscape contracting companies are also putting more emphasis on hardscapes, those hard-topped surfaces of all kinds that are part and parcel of exterior environments.   More
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Color Sells

Is it the ailing economy, or the stress and cost of travel? Maybe it’s the nesting instinct, or perhaps it’s a combination of all three. These days, more and more people aren’t heading to Honolulu or Paris or Istanbul for the big once-a-year getaway. Instead, they are doing what is known as the “staycation”   More
Friday, March 16, 2012

Digital Design Software

IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE TO THE WIZARDY of digital software for landscape, landscape lighting, and irrigation design, be prepared to be dazzled. With a few keystrokes or a simple click, drag, and drop on your laptop or desktop computer, you can create exciting knock-it-outof-the-ballpark photorealistic designs—and you can do it lightning fast.   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Excellence in Craftsmanship...A Garden of Calm

When the hospital renovated its underground conference center in the mid 2000s—the courtyard is actually the conference center’s old roof—it was also time to do something about the ‘monstrosity.’   More
Monday, January 16, 2012

Hitting the Springtime Ground...Running!

NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, THERE’S always one glorious day in early spring that hollers to the world, “Winter’s over! Winter’s over!” The temperature is unseasonably warm. The sun is finally high enough in the sky that north-facing shrubs and trees, which haven’t tasted sunlight since autumn, are lit with lustrous, lemony light.   More
Friday, December 9, 2011