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

 
 

The Tale of One City


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
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.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 Susan Maddocks

Valve Boxes: Do We Need Them?


Valves
While taking a walk in my neighborhood one day I noticed that water was spewing out from everywhere at a nearby home, or at least it seemed that way. Upon closer inspection it appeared that the valves that service the irrigation system were damaged, causing this mess.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007 JASON FORSTER

Drainage: Don't let potential profits go down the drain


Drainage
Hear that giant sucking sound? It's money swirling down a black hole called missed opportunity, never to be seen again. The opportunity, which is often overlooked and an otherwise unconsidered profit center, is found on the other side of the landscape drainage system installation.   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2008

Integrated Pest Management

Weed and Pest Control,Integrated Pest Management,insect,weeds,disease,IPM,environment,biological,DDT,insecticides,prevention,drainage,controls,barriers,pesticides,microbial,beneficial,chemicals,grub,pre-emergent,herbicide


Weed and Pest Control
If you ask a group of landscape professionals why they practice Integrated Pest Management, you’ll get a variety of answers. Some are driven primarily by a concern for the environment. Others do it to protect themselves and their clients from unnecessary exposure to chemicals.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Drainage Can Make Dollars Flow


Drainage
Once upon a time, landscape professionals just took care of landscapes. Issues with water were left to others. Then, as time went on, we expanded our range of services to include hardscapes, outdoor lighting, pond construction and installation, and most of all, irrigation. After all, without the targeted application of water to grass and plant life, nothing is going to grow.   More
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fabric in the Landscape


Landscape
WHAT STABILIZES SOIL, RETAINS moisture, saves on mulch, aids in filtration, reinforces and protects, and oh, yes . . . minimizes weeding? The answer is landscape fabric. Commonly known as a weed-barrier, landscape fabric isn’t just for weed control. It’s a multi-tool rolled up in a convenient, easy-to-use package.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Drainage: An Important Market Niche


Drainage
Drainage does not have the pizzazz that other aspects of landscaping have. Even irrigation, which certainly isn’t glamorous, has more going for it than drainage.    More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 LEN MINDES

Building a Landscape


Landscape
What does it take to build a landscape? How do you start with a vision and turn it into a beautiful, functional reality? It takes a lot more than muscle and the right equipment. With any landscape construction project, success starts long before the first sales call or bid.    More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Paver Saver


Landscape
IF YOU PUT ALL OF YOUR CONSTRUCTION FOREMEN AND laborers together in one room and asked them to describe how they would build a paver walkway or patio, how many different answers would you get?    More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 JODY SHILAN

Drainage is Good Business


Drainage
Like love and marriage, irrigation and drainage go together like a horse and carriage. When it comes to a healthy landscape, like a healthy marriage, you can’t have one without the other. The irrigation system provides the water for the landscape to survive; the drainage system transports excess water from the surface and channels it away from the turf so the plants don’t drown.   More
 
Thursday, August 18, 2011 ROBIN WESTMILLER

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