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

The Nuts and Bolts of Spring Cleanouts


Waterscapes
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.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

It's easy to be green


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.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mower Add-Ons


Landscape Maintenance
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.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

What's New in Mowers


Power Equipment
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.   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014

Controllers: What’s New?


Controllers
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.   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Chippers


Power Equipment
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...   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Edible Gardens


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.’    More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Jason Gibby

Sensors at Work


Irrigation
However, some of these new electronic innovations have been around long enough now that most of the kinks have been worked out of them. And, for many irrigation professionals, they’re not mere gadgets, but good, steady, reliable tools they can count on to perform well every day.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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