Waterscapes & Outdoor Living


Waterscapes
The truth is, large projects require more than just bidding against other contractors. It requires you sitting down and taking a look at your business.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2015

Paving Your Way to a Greener Future


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
You can look at the outside of a house and tell instantly if its owners are interested in today’s green technology. No matter how old the neighborhood itself may be, the telltale signs of the house may be solar panels on the roof, or a cistern collecting rainwater from the gutters.   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014

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

Should You Get Certified in Backflow?


Backflow
Graywater from a system at a Florida residence is piped into the home’s drinking water. “Yellow gushy stuff” coming out of some taps in Maryland turns out to be the powerful—and highly toxic—herbicide Paraquat from an agricultural facility. Propane gas flowing into a Connecticut water main from a storage tank causes a washing machine to explode. “Rusty” water coming out of a Michigan hospital’s drinking fountain turns out to be blood from a nearby autopsy room. These stories are enough to curl your hair. These are all real-life incidents caused by backflow, usually the result of an accidental cross-connection between a potable water system and a contaminating source.    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Retention Ponds


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Retention ponds are becoming increasingly more popular on both residential and commercial sites, and many states and municipalities now require them in new developments. Although they have a variety of functions, including flood control, their main purpose is a distinctly eco-green one, and that is to manage stormwater runoff.    More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Is Drip and Low-Flow the Future of Landscape Irrigation?


Irrigation
Whether you blame politics, the population explosion, climate change, or thirsty aliens from outer space, the reasons don’t really matter. What does matter is that the need to conserve water isn’t going to go away. What does this mean for irrigation contractors?   More
 
Monday, March 16, 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

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

Irrigation: Getting Ready for Spring


Irrigation
When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing or replacing? Your customers’ irrigation systems need yearly physicals, too; they’re called “spring startups.” As their irrigation contractor, you’re the one who’s going to prepare, and in many cases, repair those systems for the new season.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's easy to be green


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
When Kermit the Frog crooned the tune “It’s not easy being green,” he wasn’t singing about environmental issues. We who are in the green industry, however, might want to rewrite that song, with appropriate lyrics about the challenge of exchanging some of our traditional practices for greener ones.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

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