Taking the guesswork out of Rotating Nozzles


Irrigation
One of the retired attractions at Disneyland was the “Carousel of Progress.” You’d sit in a theatre and watch an animatronic family as they described how technology was improving their lives, starting before the turn of the 20th century. Every rotation of the stage represented about 20 years of technological change, and the mechanical family’s clothing and home appliances would change accordingly, too.It’s interesting to think about what an irrigation-industry “Carousel of Progress” might look like. Certainly, it would take us through the history of the development of rotating nozzles.   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Nuts and Bolts of Spring Cleanouts


Waterscapes
When it comes to cleaning out a pond, people often make a mountain out of a molehill. Everyone, contractors included, seems to worry about the idea of completely draining a pond once a year. Cleaning a pond doesn’t have to be rocket science and can be broken down into an efficient procedure, so that a two-person crew can perform as many as six to eight cleanouts a day.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Mowing is a Large Part of Landscape Maintenance


Landscape Maintenance
Landscape maintenance businesses are a very hot topic these days. If managed properly, they can turn into billion-dollar revenue streams, a fact which has, by no surprise, caught the eye of many financial institutions. Private equity firms seem to be snatching up landscape companies, and at good multiples. But they aren’t the only ones who are sitting up and paying attention; so are landscape contractors themselves. There seems to have been more activity in the last six months than in the two years prior combined.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Outdoor Living Spaces


Landscape
Dad’s cooking burgers on a kettle grill in the corner of a little concrete patio. Mom’s setting a picnic table, while the kids run through the sprinklers with the dog. In the not-too-distant past, that was what “outdoor living” looked like. Things have changed—radically. Now, an outdoor-living scenario is likely to feature a group of fashionably dressed adults milling about an elegant L-shaped outdoor bar, a pergola sheltering them from the hot sun. On a large built-in gas grill, chickens and steaks are sizzling, along with assorted other foods.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Deborah Hunter

She read the directions


Close-Up Profiles
With $200 in her pocket, a 1970 station wagon which she used as a truck, and a small, ragtag crew, Deborah Turner started Ram-T Corporation, a landscape company specializing in erosion control and hardscapes. That was in 1984. Now more than 30 years later, not only has she thrived as a woman in a heavily male-dominated industry, but she has also transformed her start-up company into a multimillion dollar corporation.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Mower Add-Ons


Landscape Maintenance
Remember the old “Batman” TV show? If you do, you may recall that no matter what dire situation he and Robin got into, courtesy of some supervillain, the Caped Crusader would have some gizmo in his utility belt that he could pull out at the last second and save the day.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Aric Olson


Close-Up Profiles
Aric Olson is a ‘turn around’ guy. As successful young man, he has helped turn around a number of companies that seemed to be spiraling downward. As the new president of the Irrigation Association for the ensuing year, Olson hopes he can help contribute to the growth of the association.   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Chris Spain


Close-Up Profiles
From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a Boy Scout.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Winterizing Your Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter. Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture is covered or put away.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

Selecting Water-Wise Plants


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
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.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

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