After reading that title, you may be asking yourself, “What could these
three things possibly have in common?” They all have to do with big
mistakes in pond and water-feature construction.
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° water to pull up a burned-out light fixture…or for that matter, any type of bodily immersion during that time of year.
As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there was always a day in late fall when you knew winter was right around the corner.
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver installation is no different; you must have the knowledge and correct preparation for a successful, profitable outcome.
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.
About two years ago at a trade conference, I was talking with a landscape contractor who, up until that point in time, only specialized in design/build in the residential market. Either
he knew something that we didn’t, at that time, or his timing was
impeccable. Two years ago, he decided to begin to offer maintenance to
Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
If you drive any type of gas-powered vehicle, you are very much aware that the cost to fill up your tank has skyrocketed. But
have you checked your water bill lately? Droughts and population growth
have resulted in more people having to rely on less water, making it an
increasingly scarce commodity.
What would you do if you got up one morning, went to brush your
teeth and saw yellow gushy stuff pouring from the faucet? Residents
in Woodsboro, Maryland, awoke to just this scenario, with gunk
spewing out of faucets and spigots all over town. Town officials
quickly banned water use and began an investigation. After flushing
the water system, the investigation revealed that a powerful agricultural
herbicide had made its way into the town’s water system.