WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

Understory Trees Shady Characters

Where, Which, and How--to Plant Trees


Tree Care
Used sparingly and placed right, small trees--particularly those that flower or offer coloration--can enhance any urban landscape. Intermediate or small ornamental trees that tolerate shade, or filtered light, can be planted beneath the canopies of larger trees for beauty and diversity. Many of these understory trees are low maintenance, requiring little pruning, and adapt well to a wide range of climatic conditions, soils, insects and diseases. They also perform well in areas where root zones are restricted.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Lana Robinson

Irrigation Repairs... Another Profit Center


Miscellaneous
Some landscape contractors call it the necessary evil. Others say it’s a profit-eating, tedious task that only serves one purpose: good public relations. But there’s a growing army of landscape contractors that like doing irrigation repairs. And, without thinking twice, they’ll tell you to take their testimony straight to the bank with the fat bag of money they made last week doing those repairs.   More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999 Ryan Van Benthuysen

Smart Irrigation


Miscellaneous
A network of weather stations broadcast solar energy, wind speed, temperature and humidity data to the ET Manager, while rainfall is measured onsite to pinpoint each site’s unique moisture conditions.    More
 
Thursday, August 14, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Let It Rain

By adding rainwater system installations to their list of services, landscape contractors will be prepared to take on a future that is growing greener everyday.


Miscellaneous
SUPPLY AND DEMAND IS A concept familiar to any good businessman. The more people want something, the more they’ll pay to get it. It’s as simple as that. Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the mind-numbing high oil prices that have become a constant in this day and age.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

H-2B...Get the Facts


Business Articles
The H-2B program was designed to legally and temporarily supply immigrant workers to American industries that struggle with labor shortages, especially those in the service areas (hotels, restaurants) as well as seasonal businesses. So now, with a lagging economy and unemployment rates reaching record highs, the need for the program no longer exists, right? Wrong.    More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Pump Stations...Streamlining Design


Miscellaneous
With water an increasingly scarce and valuable resource, it’s more important than ever for landscape irrigation designs to include efficiencies in every component of the system—including the pumping equipment.    More
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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