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.
The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a catchphrase: “I don’t get no
respect— no respect at all.” For a long time, the same thing could be
said of water. Certainly, we knew it was essential to life; however, we
thought it would always be around, in abundance. Rather than show it
outright disrespect, we simply took it for granted.
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
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
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.
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property
owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need
for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when the old
one works just fine?"
Remember The Flintstones? The “Modern Stone-Age Family” that powered
their cars with their feet and used dinosaurs as power tools? That was a
great little cartoon, but it has nothing to do with anything happening
today, right? Well, if you’re a landscape contractor with
residential clients, you may have seen irrigation controllers that look
like they were made in Bedrock.
Its green now, but the far area of my backyard used to be brown, spotted and ugly. This was because my expanded landscape had too many sprinklers, and the only pipe to the area turned out to be too small to supply the needed water.