Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Imagine a natural resource, one that is so precious that people—or,
for that matter, any living thing—literally can’t live without it. One
that is so coveted that, at times, wars have been fought over it.
Few segments of the green industry have changed as much in just a handful of years as has low-voltage landscape lighting. New technology, such as digital controls and better LEDs has added a great deal of excitement to this market. It’s put more and better media into the palettes of the most creative installers and designers.
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
A friend and I went to a restaurant the other day. After we were seated, the waiter came to our table, handed us menus and said he would be right back with bread, butter, and water. He returned shortly with water; then he went back to get the bread, placed it on our table, and said he would return with the butter.
If you were to travel to Europe and visit the old cities, you would find many fountains scattered throughout the towns that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. Even then, the sight and sound of splashing, rippling water was known to have a soothing effect on the psyche.
Once upon a time, there was little need for smart irrigation. Water was
plentiful, falling from the sky at regular intervals. Oh, there might be
a dry spell once in awhile, but soon enough, the rain would fall again,
turning everything green once more. If a site had an irrigation system,
it was usually cranked up full bore, with little concern for
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.
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars
on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year,
your lawn mowers will be operated on a daily basis. Yet unlike cars, trucks
or other pieces of equipment, the contractor often does a minimum amount
of maintenance on their mowers, running them into the ground. There’s
got to be a better way and there is.
Todd Bloom grew up in a small town in the Pennsylvania
Dutch community in Philadelphia. He was instilled with a wonderful set
of values that he feels has carried him through to this day. He,
like most kids, liked adventure. Unlike most high school kids, Bloom
decided to spend his senior year abroad, as an exchange student. “It was
a terrific way to do some traveling, to see and understand how
different and diverse this world is,” said Bloom.