In the late 1960s, a small but determined band of irrigation
visionaries began assembling periodically in small offices and
dark restaurants dotted throughout the San Francisco Bay
Pipe & Fittings
YOU’VE JUST COMPLETED A PROJECT that included weeks of
planting. As you close the last door
on the work trailer you notice
water bubbling out of the ground
and running along the curb. A
moment of panic sets in. What do
you do now?
It’s been nearly three years in the making, but for Steve Tibbs, he wanted everything just right.
“We built a new wing onto our home,” says Tibbs. “We completely redid the home, changing roof pitches, sandblasting the house. So it was very important that the yard continue to support this look and feel.”
WHEN UNCLE SAM TURNS GREEN,
should you as a business person be
concerned? Maybe. Until recently,
most pond installers or irrigators
never paid much attention to or had
to be concerned with the EPA or the
subordinate Water Sense Program.
As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical to the integrity of any automatic system. Like the nerves that carry impulses between neurons and the brain. If the message is corrupted between the two, so will be the resulting response.
The conclusion of World War II marked the introduction of new technologies to private industry that were developed for the war effort. One that would certainly revolutionize the residential/commercial marker of the irrigation industry was thermoplastic pipe.
LET’S ASSUME THAT YOUR COMPANY
gets a contract with a homeowner
whose property encompasses
the size of two football fields,
and, in addition to regular lawn
maintenance, that homeowner
wants you to install an irrigation
system. You and your employees
are all very happy—after all,
this is a big job.
Ken and Harold Fay’s
parents started a lumber
yard back in 1947 in
Ojai, California. When their
father passed away, the
sons—Ken and Harold—
helped their mother run the
lumber yard. In time, the
mother phased out of the
business and Ken and
Harold were the proud owners
of Ojai Lumber.
About two years ago at a trade conference, I was talking with a landscape contractor who, up until that point in time, only specialized in design/build in the residential market. Either
he knew something that we didn’t, at that time, or his timing was
impeccable. Two years ago, he decided to begin to offer maintenance to