Landscape Lighting

Landscape Lighting . . . The Next Level

Few segments of the green industry have changed as much in just a handful of years as has low-voltage landscape lighting. New technology, such as digital controls and better LEDs has added a great deal of excitement to this market. It’s put more and better media into the palettes of the most creative installers and designers. ... More

Irrigation

Make Irrigation Installations Easier

You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of this revolution. ... More

Close-Up Profiles

Close-Up Profile: Brian, Jane & Justin Smith

It's all about family. To most of us, it has always been about family. Many of us were fortunate to be born into families that gave us unconditional love, which we later passed along to our own families. Brian Smith was one of those lucky guys. Born into a blue-collar family, his father worked as a mechanic on a road crew, building roads in South Africa, so the family moved quite often. ... More

Snow & Ice

Be Ready with Snow Removal Services

Come winter, Sammy Cahn’s classic, “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” will play on every radio from coast to coast. If you’re in the snow removal business, you might well be singing the same tune. For those in the landscape industry, snow usually means a few months of unpaid vacation. During that time, those cold and wet winter months can start to feel pretty dry. ... More

Business Articles

Business to Business: Do the Math!

I recently received a very clever phone pitch. A telesales person called to congratulate me for being such a good magazine customer. She offered me five magazines, free of charge, for 60 months. I thought this was outrageously good. She explained that the magazines wanted to increase their circulation for their advertisers. ... More

Landscape

Case Studies: Pro Contractor Studio

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

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

Battery-Powered Mowers...Not So Crazy After All

“IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!” THE DOCTOR yells in the classic film, Frankenstein, as he revives his monster from the dead. Luckily, that’s just fiction. However, in real life, you can use electricity, too. But hopefully you’ll use it in a more responsible (and profitable) manner than the doctor. ... More

I recently received a very clever phone pitch. A telesales person called to congratulate me for being such a good magazine customer. She offered me five magazines, free of charge, for 60 months. I thought this was outrageously good. She explained that the more
William James, the famed American philosopher and psychologist, once said, “When two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each person as they see themselves, each person as the other person sees them, and each person as they really more
In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time. The company is the antithesis of ‘cool.’ It has the kind of culture in which people embrace plain suits and sincere handshakes, take pride in wearing achievem more
A few years ago, a guy I grew up with told me he’d decided to start his own business. I thought he’d never be able to pull it off, as he was not exactly what you’d call a “star student.” As I headed off to college, I wished him good luck. Dee more
a_140813465353ee6dfd661bbYou gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of th more
a_140543568653c53f263d49eThere’s an old tale about a giant with a leaky faucet. In his home, the tale goes, the giant’s faucet has a terrible leak. Night after night, the leak drips and drips. And since it’s only one drop at a time, the giant thinks nothing of it. “Why more
a_140543568753c53f2719a7cNo doubt about it, 2Wire systems have revolutionized the irrigation industry. They’re as important an innovation as smart controllers, sensing devices, or water-saving sprinkler heads. They vastly cut back the amount of wire needed, especially in large more
a_1402948234539f4a8a27674If you think of an irrigation system as somewhat similar to the human circulatory system, it may be a little easier to understand how it works. Although there are other components that make up an irrigation system, for purposes of this article we wi more
a_1400276449537685e164cbeHowever, some of these new electronic innovations have been around long enough now that most of the kinks have been worked out of them. And, for many irrigation professionals, they’re not mere gadgets, but good, steady, reliable tools they can count on 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
 
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