Going Green...Growing at a Rapid Pace


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
One only needs to take a casual look around to see that the green industry is ‘going green’ in a big way. More landscape companies are adopting sustainable practices, such as using organic compost instead of chemical fertilizers, and eliminating the use of pesticides.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Waterscapes: The Most Effective Way to Filter Water


Waterscapes
One of the most popular misconceptions homeowners have today about pond ownership is that it’s too high maintenance. They’ve heard myths and horror stories about algae taking over, fish dying, mosquito infestation, smelly water, and more.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fountains A Delight to the Eye and Ear


Waterscapes
Fountains ...a delight to the eye and ear. Of all the components of landscaping, none is more wholly soothing than a fountain or a water feature.    More
 
Saturday, August 1, 1998

Lean, Mean, and Blue Green


Miscellaneous
From Wisconsin to Texas, from California to Maine, as the warmer weather moves in, most states become more watchful for toxic algae, a blue-green variety that is potentially harmful.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Swimming Ponds

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Waterscapes
You're taking potential customers to one of your client's homes to show them an example of the type of work you do. You've made arrangements with your client and received their permission to show off your skills. As you're walking through the backyard gate, your potential customers suddenly stop and look around with an expression you're now familiar with, and you smile to yourself. You've been there before. Your potential customers are frozen in their tracks; there's a look of awe and amazement like they've been magically whisked to another part of the planet.   More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Fertilizer: Knowing What`s In the Bag


Fertilizer
In Little Shop of Horrors, a down-on-his-luck shopkeeper’s assistant named Seymour discovers a rare plant species that brings him fame and fortune. The plant is christened Twoey (short for Audrey II), after Seymour’s secret love, Audrey. But Twoey is no ordinary plant. He is, in fact, an alien that lives off of human blood. “Feed me, Seymour, feed me!” he cries. And Seymour has no choice but to open up his veins in reply.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Understanding Algae


Waterscapes
We've all seen those slimy green scums on ponds, lakes, or pools. They're called algae. And they stubbornly occur in water -- the one place in a landscape that shouldn't look green. But what are algae? Where did they come from? What kind of damage can they do? Are they really that bad?   More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006

A Room With a View


Valves
A POND OR WATER FEATURE CAN be a striking addition to any landscape. It can be sized to fit both the smallest lot and the smallest budget, or built to dwarf an average swimming pool. The problem with ponds is that they're sometimes put in the wrong location.    More
 
Monday, January 1, 2007 DON LEYN

Alternative Fuels


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
The nation spent the first half of the year complaining about expensive oil. It’s now enjoying the cheapest gas in four years, at levels a third of those last July. But what will happen next? Energy analysts say the reprieve will be short, and predict a price hike once the global economy recovers.    More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DAN COOK

Spring Start-Ups: Ponds

Getting your pond ready for spring


Waterscapes
In my last article (January, 2012), I discussed the importance of draining, rinsing, and cleaning of a pond in the spring as one of the most effective ways to start the pond year. I still believe this is very true. There are many people who do nothing else for the rest of the year, and that spring cleaning is the only thing that allows their pond to function properly rather than be a nightmare.   More
 
Friday, March 16, 2012

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