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The Performance Spec is Dead, Almost


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The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Color Your Project with Pizazz


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Properly used, annual color can invite, enhance, conceal, distract, relax or excite. But color can also be a meaningless, busy hodgepodge. Healthy flowers are almost always a worthwhile addition to a site.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Selecting the Perfect Turf for Your Sports Surface


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To stand out in any field today you must have something unique or exceptional. That's especially true in sports and it carries over for the individual managing the sports turf surface. Any team's record begins with the quality of the field.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Bruce F. Shank

Wildflowers


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These days, sustainability is one of the biggest buzzwords permeating our culture. Seems like the recent attention given to global warming, in particular, has made us more aware...    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Design for Success


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An old story about Michelangelo says that the artist was so gifted that he could visualize a sculpture in its entirety before his chisel ever touched the stone. The physical crafting of the piece was then only a matter of removing the excess to reveal the image inside. But while freehand may have worked well for Michelangelo, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us aren’t quite at that level.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Wild About Wildflowers


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These days, sustainability is one of the biggest buzzwords permeating our culture. Seems like the recent attention given to global warming, in particular, has made us more aware of how our lifestyles impact our environment.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Excellence in Craftsmanship

Landscape,Excellence in Craftsmanship


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GROWING UP, KEVIN ROBERTS, OWNER OF BIG SKY LANDSCAPING, Inc., would leave his home in Montana to spend his summers in Oregon working for an uncle who owned a tree service company.    More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Power Tools: 3 Handheld Time Savers


Landscape
Imagine three towering oak trees and the knee-high piles of leaves they left on the ground. Rather than spending countless hours raking and bagging, we tried to find shortcuts ways to make our lives easier.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

Decorating for the Holidays


Landscape
I used to watch my father spend countless hours stringing and stapling lights around the gutters, chimneys, rooftop and trees, only to watch him struggle to take them down a few weeks later. That part was a real chore. My job was to pull the lighting strands out of the boxes and untangle them -- often a process that would consume my entire weekend.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Creating Wildfire Resistant Landscapes


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Its important to remember that people are not completely helpless when it comes to protecting themselves and their homes from wildfire.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007