DAVE WESOLOWSKI


Close-Up Profiles
Dave Wesolowski grew up in Southern California, where his father was a landscape contractor; he installed irrigation systems and did tree work. "Before I started high school, I was cleaning trenches and setting heads. I was always mechanically inclined enough to figure out how to build irrigation systems. But it wasn't anything I wanted to do for for the rest of my life. I really didn't want to go into the family business."   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Close-Up Profile: Brian, Jane & Justin Smith


Close-Up Profiles
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
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Start Smart Irrigation Month With Water Conservation


Irrigation
There’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, that’s just one drop,” the giant says, “and there are many rivers, lakes and oceans.”Soon, however, that one drop becomes many, and the giant’s home begins to fill with water. In a few short weeks, the water rises so high that the giant begins to fear that he might drown. So, in a panic, he opens his huge front door and out gushes all the water. Only then, drenched from head to toe, and hearing his leaky faucet dripping, does the giant finally realize what he’s lost.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

2Wire Systems Make $ense


Irrigation
No 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 commercial installations.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Vista Professional Lighting Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Landscape Lighting
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary, but the path to the company’s beginnings came about when owner and founder Dan Cunado and his parents were granted asylum from Cuba. They landed in New York and made their way to California.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Adam Whelan

TORO Celebrates Its Centennial


Landscape
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.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Best Management Practices and You


Business Articles
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. Deep down, I doubted he would succeed.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Michael Mazzarella

Valves & Valve Boxes


Valves
If 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 will address only valves and valve boxes, taking into consideration that the valves being installed are underground.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Adam Whelan

BUCHEK FAMILY


Close-Up Profiles
John Buchek’s grandfather was also named John. He grew up, married, and was raising a family in Moulton, a small Texas town somewhere between San Antonio and Houston. But when their son, Harvey, was seven years old, the doctor suggested that they move the family out of the area because he had bad allergies. So, at the age of 42, John Senior, a banker in Moulton, moved his family to San Antonio, a city which history made famous because of the Alamo. Needing to change careers, he began selling farm machinery. He eventually opened his own store and called it Alamo Farm Machinery Company. The year was 1924.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Sensors at Work


Irrigation
However, 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 to perform well every day.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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