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

Understanding Rotating Stream Nozzles, Low-Precipitation Rates and Spay Heads


Sprinklers
The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a catchphrase: “I don’t get no respect— no respect at all.” For a long time, the same thing could be said of water. Certainly, we knew it was essential to life; however, we thought it would always be around, in abundance. Rather than show it outright disrespect, we simply took it for granted.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

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

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

Water Auditing Made Easy


Miscellaneous
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your clients how much water they’re using. Equally as important, by retrofitting their irrigation system, they can not only save water, but save money on their water bills. More customers than ever are requesting water audits and many more irrigation and landscape contractors are offering this service.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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

Pond Stars: The New Reality TV Show


Waterscapes
The captivating sounds, beauty and grandeur of ponds, water gardens and stand-alone water features in the landscape have intrigued us through the ages—all the way back to Ancient Greece. Today, it’s a steadily-growing niche within the green industry.   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

Make Irrigation Installations Easier


Irrigation
You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of this revolution.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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