Irrigation & Green Industry - Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes http://www.igin.com/articles.sec-110-1-eco_green_sustainable_landscapes.html <![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.]]> <![CDATA[The Green Revolution - ]]> So many great things found their footing in Chicago, Illinois. Yet when the history of the Windy City is written, all may be forgotten in comparison with the most important landscape architecture innovation in recent memory: green roofs. There are now more than 350 of them in the city on the shores of Lake Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[Taking Eco-Green to the Max - ]]>

They Wanted the Greenest Property in America.

When management consultant Linda Yates and her Silicon Valley venture capitalist husband Paul Holland decided to build a new home on the same Portola valley, California hillside where Yates had grown up in a conventional ranch-style house, the couple made a momentous decision: that residential property—inside and out—was going to be green to the max

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<![CDATA[Recycling Our Most Precious Resource - ]]> "Buy land,” the old saw—attributed to both Will Rogers and Mark Twain—goes. “They’re not making any more of it.” Whichever of the storied American humorists said it, he had a point. It took 100 years to get from a world population of one billion to 2.5 billion (in the year 1950).

It took 50 years to go from that number to six billion at the end of the 20th century. Now, we’re at seven billion and counting . . . all on the same terra firma. It’s not just land that they’re not making any more of, either. It’s also water.

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<![CDATA[Green Water Recapture Systems - ]]> Today’s irrigation customer is more environmentally savvy than the customer of 20 or 30 years ago. The burgeoning emphasis in our industry on sustainability has stuffed a whole mess of new concerns into the mind of the consumer. Can we include a green roof? What do you think about permeable pavers? Can we design green spaces to soak up excess stormwater?]]> <![CDATA[Hardscapes Can Be Green, Too - ]]> When we think “eco-green,” we think about low-volume irrigation, native plants, stormwater recycling, rain barrels, and the like. We think about projects that blend with the environment and make the most of natural resources while having the smallest possible environmental footprint.

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<![CDATA[Creating an Award-Winning Sustainable Landscape - ]]> Van Westervelt, who has been in the landscape business for years, finally decided that it was time to take a busman’s holiday and make the yard as beautiful as the lakeshore...and do it with a focus on sustainability, minimum care, and harmony with the natural environment.]]>