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

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

Sustainable Rainwater Harvesting


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is one of the world’s first certified living buildings, complete with green roof, and will generate all of its own energy while capturing and treating all onsite water. Aquascape Inc. in St.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A New Level of Irrigation Efficiency


Miscellaneous
Heres a scenario: You’ve created a cutting-edge landscape concept for an upcoming project. You know the plant material that you’ve selected will require supplemental watering to get it through the establishment period and the harsh weather days beyond.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007 LORNE HAVERUK

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

How Many Associations Should You Join?


Business Articles
How Many Associations Should You Join? Association dues come up for renewal every winter. Few expenses pave the way toward professionalism more than association dues.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Going Green: Sustainable Landscape Design


Landscape
Buildings everywhere are doing the green thing. Commercial buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods are being designed with sustainability in mind. Consumers want it, realtors know it sells, governments are demanding it and engineers and architects are delivering.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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