A born entrepreneur, Joe Conrad hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, where
his father was an electrical engineer by profession, but also an
entrepreneur who has owned a number of businesses.
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
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
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.
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.
Remember the old “Batman” TV show? If you do, you may recall that no
matter what dire situation he and Robin got into, courtesy of some
supervillain, the Caped Crusader would have some gizmo in his utility
belt that he could pull out at the last second and save the day.
The very competitive commercial mower industry just had its equivalent of Detroit’s Auto Show. It’s called GIE+EXPO, and it’s held every October in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s where all the major—and minor— players in the mower game show off their latests-and-greatests, and make important announcements.
Irrigation equipment companies today have their heads in “the cloud.” And that’s not a criticism. The
same technological explosion that’s affecting all of our electronic
devices is happening to irrigation controllers, too. They’re getting
smarter all the time, adding functionality and gaining ease of use, and
they’re using the cloud to do it.
One of the many decisions a business owner has to make is when and if to purchase new equipment. You ask yourself, “Will this tool help me expand? Cut costs? Streamline the work flow? Will I get a good return on my investment?” These considerations...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
“COME WITH ME AND YOU’LL BE IN A world of pure imagination,” Gene Wilder sang in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as
he danced down the steps into his edible garden. While Wonka’s
landscape, with its lollipop flowers, whipped cream mushrooms and
gumball trees, might be a thing of pure imagination, adding edible
landscapes to your list of services could just be your ‘golden ticket.’