Barrett Ersek


Close-Up Profiles
When Ersek was 12 years old, he wanted a dirt bike motorcycle, but his dad wouldn’t buy it for him. “My dad told me I could have anything I wanted; I just had to work hard and save my money,” he said. “I was really eager to get a job so I could buy my motorcycle."   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Saving Money with Sustainable Landscapes


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
The segment of the green industry that maintains turfgrass, sports fields and large greenscapes has seen many really significant changes over the past 20 years. Even so, for the most part, we’re doing the same thing, applying chemical fertilizers and overwatering, over and over again, but expecting different results.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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

Controlling Pests

Part of an Eco-Green Landscape


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
As a landscape professional, you may already agree with, and even employ, some of the principles of eco-green sustainable (also known as organic) landscape work. But one important hesitation remains. How do you fight the aphids, grubs and chinch bugs that suck the life out of ornamental plants and grasses—and can ultimately kill them—without resorting to chemical pesticides?    More
 
Friday, February 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

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

Hot Tips for Spring and Summer Color


Landscape
Color beds make a site shine. Flowers can make people stop in their tracks, invite them into a business or provide relaxation after a hard day's work. But color is costly.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Helen M. Stone

Filtering Through Pond Filtration


Waterscapes
No homeowner wants to look out their window and see green or tea-colored water in their backyard pond. This is why creating a healthy, low-maintenance ecosystem is so important to any contractor who installs water features.    More
 
Thursday, May 15, 2008 JENNIFER YURI

Filtering Through Filtration Choices


Sprinklers
When landscape professionals think about designing an irrigation system, most minds wander immediately to spray patterns, drip hoses, timers and installation. But success is shortlived with most irrigation systems without good filtration to safeguard the components and help ensure reliability.    More
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 JIM LAURIA

When Gray Equals Green


Miscellaneous
PICTURE YOURSELF IN A UTOPIAN WORLD. Lush, cool, sparkling water everywhere. Always clear, always clean, always cared for. But most of all—always available and forever flowing. Now, back to reality...    More
 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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