WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
Fertilizer

Fertigation Helps Save Water

Ask ten people on the street what fertigation is and you’ll probably get a couple of blank stares, and a few different guesses. Simply put, fertigation is the ability to use an irrigation system to deliver nutrients and supplements to a landscape effectively and efficiently. ... More

Drip Irrigation - Low Flow

Drip Irrigation

So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will demand that lower amounts of water be delivered with greater efficiency. ... More

Close-Up Profiles

CUNADO FAMILY

do was manufacture was pretty steep. He felt that he something that I could sell, could make it for less, and asked and to see it say, ‘Made in Smith if he would submit some samples; Smith agreed. Cunado went U.S.A.,’” said Dan Cunado, home after work that day and cut president of Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting. ... More

Tree Care

Feeding and Protecting Trees in the Landscape

AS A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR, you know how to feed, water, trim and otherwise nurture the turf, shrubs and flowers on your clients’ properties. But when it comes to those big, tall, woody things in the middle of your clients’ turf areas, your confidence may wane. ... More

Power Equipment

The 8th (mini) Wonder of the World

If you think back to ancient times, we’ve all seen photographs of the pyramids, aqueducts, and old buildings and marveled at their shapes and designs. Even more interesting, we’ve wondered how humans managed to build those structures more than five thousand years ago. ... More

Business Articles

What Sort of Executive Are You?

You may know your business or your industry well. But do you know anything about yourself? Forward-thinking executives and business leaders evaluate their employees and clients to help better understand work styles and personality types. Understanding the types of people one works with is important, especially for executives. ... More

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

Going Green

Many landscape contractors across the country are already offering organic or chemical-free services to their clients. Maybe you’ve thought about adding a green division to your operation, but you just can’t see a good reason to make that leap; not right now, anyway. ... More

You may know your business or your industry well. But do you know anything about yourself? Forward-thinking executives and business leaders evaluate their employees and clients to help better understand work styles and personality types. Understanding the more
The american taxpayer relief act of 2012 (atra) made many existing tax laws permanent, while extending others through 2013, causing many taxpayers to be taken by surprise this year when they begin to file their taxes. despite all of those ‘no new taxes more
When many entrepreneurs hit a snag, they point the finger at outside factors. But Suzanne Evans, author and entrepreneur, says that you—and you alone—are the source of your success or failure. Here, excerpted from her book, are 10 inconvenient but iro more
Alex knew Chase had tremendous potential. As his manager, Alex was frustrated watching someone like Chase wallow in mediocrity when he should have been excelling in the workplace. It wasn’t laziness; Chase always did what was required. It wasn’t a poo more
a_1397599986534daef20c830So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will demand that lower amounts of water be delivered with g more
a_1394833117532376dda9056“Water, water everywhere,” begins the old poem. Sure, there’s still plenty of water on this planet. However, if the experts are right, we’re going to have a lot less of it in the coming years. Climate change, politics, pollution; all of this af more
a_139239503452fe431a86eb1Chances are, you’ve already installed or inherited a 2-Wire decoder irrigation system, or at least heard about them. This game-changing valve control technology is here to stay, and for good reason. Here’s a little of the what, why, and how, that m more
a_138982578152d70ef5bcb0dSpring is coming soon to an irrigation system near you. “What? It’s still winter!” you might be saying. Yes, and midwinter is the perfect time to start preparing to get your clients’ systems off and running—or, should we say, ‘on’ and runnin more
a_138721901352af484543b76Often two, three, or more pipes will be crowded together in a narrow trench. Wiring to the controller may share that limited space as well. Or the PVC pipe is “snaked” and twisted in the trench in such a way that the “top” pipe may actually be in more
a_138455421252869ee4b1174As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there was always a day in late fall when you knew winter was r more
 
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