Getting from Here to There


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
The Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, chronicled in Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” immortalized the devastating effects that drought—combined with a lack of knowledge about soil conservation—had on our nation. We’ve learned a lot since then; yet, droughts in the late 1980s are estimated to have cost the United States between $80 billion and almost $120 billion. (That’s billion with a ‘B’.)   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2015

The Latest in Fittings


Pipe & Fittings
As a contractor who installs and repairs irrigation systems, you’re always looking for ways to get things done faster and more efficiently. So, when something comes along that looks like it could speed up a new installation, retrofitting or repair job, hopefully you’re receptive to hearing about it.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2015

Rainwater Harvesting


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.   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Battery-Powered Mowers...Not So Crazy After All


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
“IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!” THE DOCTOR yells in the classic film, Frankenstein, as he revives his monster from the dead. Luckily, that’s just fiction. However, in real life, you can use electricity, too. But hopefully you’ll use it in a more responsible (and profitable) manner than the doctor.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Sensors at Work


Irrigation
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.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Pre-Emergent Controls


Weed and Pest Control
The best way to tame these nasty beasts is to nip them in the bud. fortunately, we have some pretty potent weapons in our arsenal that can do just that; they’re called pre-emergent herbicides. When used properly, pre-emergent herbicides will zap weeds before they can poke their ugly heads up out of the ground.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

The Tale of One City


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Sun Valley, a community in the San Fernando Valley, is one of the many suburbs in the city of Los Angeles. Like the rest of Southern California, it lies in a semi-arid climate zone, where the average rainfall is only about 12 inches a year. Water has always been an issue in this region.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 Susan Maddocks

Which is Your Alternative Fuel Choice?


Landscape Maintenance
Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for premium grades, it’s even higher. And in many places, diesel fuel prices are about the same as gasoline.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Firewise Landscaping


Landscape
“It’s extremely risky. These areas are prone to wildfires due to the higher level of surrounding fire fuel,” says Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County in Grass Valley, California. Without proper firewise landscapes surrounding them, homes built in the WUI can quickly meet with disaster.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 Susan Maddocks

Maintaining Your Fleet


Trucks
It's a safe bet that he wasn't singing about your truck fleet ...but he could have been. Trucks have become so much more sophisticated under the hood that they bear only a passing with stricter government emissions mandates, high-pressure engine and braking systems, is it any wonder that today's fleets are more complicated to manage?.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 Susan Maddocks

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