Irrigation & Green Industry - Landscape http://www.igin.com/articles.sec-86-1-landscape.html <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[TORO Celebrates Its Centennial - ]]> Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of 100 years should be called a "survivor". Today, The Toro Company is much more than just a survivor; it is a thriving $2 billion a year, worldwide business.]]> <![CDATA[New Trends in Landscaping - ]]> As a contractor, you have some idea of what your costumers want, or of what's popular in your neck of the woods. Ther are other ways to get a picture of some of the broader green industry trends that are emerging around the country.]]> <![CDATA[Sketching a Masterpiece - ]]> There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So when you’re creating a design for a landscape, you want your thousand words to be good ones. Well, with computer design software, it’s easier than ever to compose your landscape..]]> <![CDATA[Using Wildflowers and Native Species in the Landscape - ]]> If you’ve been using plant material and wildflowers that are native to your local area, you’ve been in the eco-green movement for a while, although you may not have realized it. Now, more than ever, ‘going green’ is a growing, positive trend in our industry.]]> <![CDATA[Excellence in Craftmanship - ]]> The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an exquisite outdoor kitchen, not a maintenance project, even if it was beautifully done. Right? If that’s your opinion, you would be wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Firewise Landscaping - ]]> “It’s extremely risky. These areas are prone to wildfires due to the higher level of surrounding fire fuel,” says Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County in Grass Valley, California. Without proper firewise landscapes surrounding them, homes built in the WUI can quickly meet with disaster.]]> <![CDATA[Lighting the Landscape - ]]> “LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!” yells the hollywood director. The studio lights are switched on to illuminate the set; the sound system is turned on and the cameras roll. on a movie set, numerous types of lights are placed in position to create a realistic-looking environment.]]> <![CDATA[Create Great Looks With Pavers - ]]> Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver installation is no different; you must have the knowledge and correct preparation for a successful, profitable outcome.]]> <![CDATA[Safety Makes Cents - ]]> You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler Company, Inc., and current president of the Irrigation Association, has one.]]> <![CDATA[Versatility of Geotextiles in the Landscape - ]]> The simplicity of landscape fabric belies its versatility. Like a jack-of-all-trades, this product can be used in many different settings, for many different reasons. Whether it’s for filtration, reinforcement under pavers, weed abatement, or even keeping wildlife at bay, this product can do it all.]]> <![CDATA[Color Creates Curb Appeal - ]]> Color is one of those topics on which everyone has an opinion and no one agrees. What’s garish and gaudy to one person is bright and cheerful to the next. Our color preferences depend upon our life experiences, our cultural backgrounds and even the physiology of our eyes]]> <![CDATA[Computer Design Software - ]]> There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, every water feature just right. When you get done, you've got a work of art, suitable for framing. But do you have a sales tool?

Like it or not, landscape design has entered a whole new era.]]>
<![CDATA[Excellence in Craftsmanship - ]]> High-end landscape work is a whole different universe. Contractors who work with clients for whom money is no object get to see breathtaking visions take shape, and they have the privilege of being the ones who shape them. At this level, it’s not just landscape construction.]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping: Kim Lewey - ]]> North Carolina native Kim Lewey always wanted to be on a fast track. Willing to do the work, she wanted to know that if she had the ability—and she knew she did—she could move up in the business world.]]> <![CDATA[FIRE! - Firewise Landscaping]]> WILDFIRE! The very word sends terror through the hearts of homeowners, particularly those who live in “fire country.” Homes turned to ashes, miles of blackened earth...stunned families huddled together, trying to make sense of the tragedy.

Even more tragic is the fact that some of these losses might well have been prevented with the right kind of landscape design, irrigation and maintenance.

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<![CDATA[’Twas Two Months Before the Holidays - ]]> Twas two months before the holidays and all through the land, landscape contractors called customers and dusted off plans. For the next hundred days, they were busy as bees, hanging holiday lights along rooflines and trees.]]> <![CDATA[Power Tools Make the Job Easier - ]]>

Picture a Stone Age landscape contractor, perhaps a contemporary of Fred Flintstone’s. let’s Call him Ogg.

Engaged by the local cave owners’ association to cut their lawns, Ogg the prehistoric contractor and his crew had to get down on their knees and tear each blade of grass by hand. It took days to do a single lawn; the payment of mastodon skins and woolly mammoth tusks hardly seemed worth it ]]>
<![CDATA[Concrete Curbing Offers Opportunities - ]]>

If you're like many in the landscape business, just trying to keep your doors open has been a challenge these last few years. With fewer new homes being built and many of your former clients who have either cut back on spending for landscaping or lost their homes entirely, you’ve been busy just trying to stay afloat. You haven’t had time to think about growing your business. But you’re a survivor

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<![CDATA[Multi-Use Landscape Fabric - ]]>

Would you believe an advertisement for a product that can do absolutely everything?

Just imagine the late-night infomercial: Breathless pitchman going a mile a minute...It’s a microwave oven . . . and a shoe polisher! It’s a tennis racquet . . . and an urban assault vehicle!

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