Moisture Sensors Make Sense


Irrigation
It’s making headlines every day: “Drought conditions turn green lawns brown.” “Crop failures expected.” Some 66 percent of the U.S. is experiencing extreme drought conditions. While landscape companies may not be paying the water bill, their businesses may be.   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Taking the guesswork out of Rotating Nozzles


Irrigation
One of the retired attractions at Disneyland was the “Carousel of Progress.” You’d sit in a theatre and watch an animatronic family as they described how technology was improving their lives, starting before the turn of the 20th century. Every rotation of the stage represented about 20 years of technological change, and the mechanical family’s clothing and home appliances would change accordingly, too.It’s interesting to think about what an irrigation-industry “Carousel of Progress” might look like. Certainly, it would take us through the history of the development of rotating nozzles.   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Irrigation: Getting Ready for Spring


Irrigation
When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing or replacing? Your customers’ irrigation systems need yearly physicals, too; they’re called “spring startups.” As their irrigation contractor, you’re the one who’s going to prepare, and in many cases, repair those systems for the new season.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. Children are playing in the snow, bundled up, making a giant snowman, and there is talk of hot chocolate.   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014

Lowell Kaufhold


Close-Up Profiles
When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his entire career—in the landscape industry. Kaufhold, now 57, says, “It’s the only industry I’ve ever been in.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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

Brian, Jane & Justin Smith


Close-Up Profiles
It's all about family. To most of us, it has always been about family. Many of us were fortunate to be born into families that gave us unconditional love, which we later passed along to our own families. Brian Smith was one of those lucky guys. Born into a blue-collar family, his father worked as a mechanic on a road crew, building roads in South Africa, so the family moved quite often.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

2Wire Systems Make $ense


Irrigation
No doubt about it, 2Wire systems have revolutionized the irrigation industry. They’re as important an innovation as smart controllers, sensing devices, or water-saving sprinkler heads. They vastly cut back the amount of wire needed, especially in large commercial installations.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Valves & Valve Boxes


Valves
If you think of an irrigation system as somewhat similar to the human circulatory system, it may be a little easier to understand how it works. Although there are other components that make up an irrigation system, for purposes of this article we will address only valves and valve boxes, taking into consideration that the valves being installed are underground.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Adam Whelan

Irrigation: Getting Ready for Spring


Irrigation
Spring is coming soon to an irrigation system near you. “What? It’s still winter!” you might be saying. Yes, and midwinter is the perfect time to start preparing to get your clients’ systems off and running—or, should we say, ‘on’ and running, once that first robin sings.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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