Irrigation & Green Industry - Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes http://www.igin.com/articles.sec-110-1-eco_green_sustainable_landscapes.html <![CDATA[Getting from Here to There - ]]> The Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, chronicled in Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” immortalized the devastating effects that drought—combined with a lack of knowledge about soil conservation—had on our nation. We’ve learned a lot since then; yet, droughts in the late 1980s are estimated to have cost the United States between $80 billion and almost $120 billion. (That’s billion with a ‘B’.)
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<![CDATA[Green Your Garden with Solar Features - ]]> I was so excited to move into new house recently; I had endless plans of what color scheme to give each room, exactly which vegetables and herbs I wanted to plant in my large and fertile backyard, and exactly where I wanted to put the decorative water fountain I had brought with me from the small apartment I had lived in prior.]]> <![CDATA[Retention Ponds - ]]>

Retention ponds are becoming increasingly more popular on both residential and commercial sites, and many states and municipalities now require them in new developments. Although they have a variety of functions, including flood control, their main purpose is a distinctly eco-green one, and that is to manage stormwater runoff. 

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<![CDATA[It's easy to be green - ]]> When Kermit the Frog crooned the tune “It’s not easy being green,” he wasn’t singing about environmental issues. We who are in the green industry, however, might want to rewrite that song, with appropriate lyrics about the challenge of exchanging some of our traditional practices for greener ones.]]> <![CDATA[Rainwater Harvesting - ]]> Imagine a natural resource, one that is so precious that people—or, for that matter, any living thing—literally can’t live without it. One that is so coveted that, at times, wars have been fought over it.]]> <![CDATA[Paving Your Way to a Greener Future - ]]> You can look at the outside of a house and tell instantly if its owners are interested in today’s green technology. No matter how old the neighborhood itself may be, the telltale signs of the house may be solar panels on the roof, or a cistern collecting rainwater from the gutters.]]> <![CDATA[Selecting Water-Wise Plants - ]]> In the television classic, “Let's Make A Deal,” the host, Monty Hall (now Wayne Brady), offers players a choice: quick cash or a chance at the mystery prize. Those who opted for the mystery prize had to select from one of three options, each hidden behind a door.]]> <![CDATA[Battery-Powered Mowers...Not So Crazy After All - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Edible Gardens - ]]> Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as he danced down the steps into his edible garden. While Wonka’s landscape, with its lollipop flowers, whipped cream mushrooms and gumball trees, might be a thing of pure imagination, adding edible landscapes to your list of services could just be your ‘golden ticket.’
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<![CDATA[Rainwater Harvesting - ]]> “Raindrops keep falling on my head” is the opening line of a popular song, but you can bet Burt Bacharach would be singing a different tune if those raindrops were falling inside his home. A ceiling leak can be more than a little annoying. If left unchecked, water will pour down from the ceiling and make a terrible mess.]]> <![CDATA[Going Green - ]]> <![CDATA[Permeable Pavers... An Eco-Green Solution - ]]> Water conservation is vital to the concept of sustainability. We want to avoid transporting water from long distances, and we want to hang on to the water we already have as much as possible. Of course, one of the ways water is lost is through runoff..]]> <![CDATA[The Tale of One City - ]]> Sun Valley, a community in the San Fernando Valley, is one of the many suburbs in the city of Los Angeles. Like the rest of Southern California, it lies in a semi-arid climate zone, where the average rainfall is only about 12 inches a year. Water has always been an issue in this region.]]> <![CDATA[Going Green...Growing at a Rapid Pace - ]]> One only needs to take a casual look around to see that the green industry is ‘going green’ in a big way. More landscape companies are adopting sustainable practices, such as using organic compost instead of chemical fertilizers, and eliminating the use of pesticides.]]> <![CDATA[Sustainable Rainwater Harvesting - ]]> The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is one of the world’s first certified living buildings, complete with green roof, and will generate all of its own energy while capturing and treating all onsite water. Aquascape Inc. in St.]]> <![CDATA[Saving Money with Sustainable Landscapes - ]]> <![CDATA[Corporate Campus Goes Green - New Irrigation Controller Installed]]> When you think of going green, the Progressive Auto Insurance Company probably doesn’t spring to mind. But you might want to think again.… Over the years, as Progressive Insurance grew, it added locations in the Cleveland, Ohio area, along with irrigation and landscaping.]]> <![CDATA[Controlling Pests - Part of an Eco-Green Landscape]]> As a landscape professional, you may already agree with, and even employ, some of the principles of eco-green sustainable (also known as organic) landscape work. But one important hesitation remains. How do you fight the aphids, grubs and chinch bugs that suck the life out of ornamental plants and grasses—and can ultimately kill them—without resorting to chemical pesticides? ]]> <![CDATA[Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes: Is There a Future in Going Green? - ]]>

Environmental consciousness is not a fad. Many people want to take a more natural approach to everything…including their landscapes.

Not long ago, if you were a property owner who wanted to ‘go green,’ you did so with difficulty. Landscape companies that offered these kinds of services were few and far between. But now they’re much easier to find.

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<![CDATA[A Green Residential Development Turns 25 - ]]> Here are people in the landscape industry with the uncanny ability to look down the road. They can predict what’s coming and make adjustments “now” that will be sought-after “then.” At the time, these visionaries might be derided as crackpots. Wrong. They have foresight.]]>