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

 
 

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

Bob Babcock

NDS


Close-Up Profiles
When you find yourself digging a hole, quit digging. Simple, yet sound advice from a man who has learned that balance is the key to success in both your business and personal life.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Business to Business: Turn the Tables on Employee Turnover


Business Articles
Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it costs a company one-third of a new hire’s annual salary to replace an employee. Using a modest annual salary of $35,000, a company can easily spend $11,550 for each new employee hired.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Weed Control: A Game of Knowledge and Adaptation


Weed and Pest Control
Weed control is as much a contest of knowledge and planning as it is reacting to "plants out of place." Many weed problems can be prevented to a great extent by putting desirable plants in the right place.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Water Feature... The Hottest Trend in Landscaping


Waterscapes
As you lie in your lounge chair and listen to the gurgling of a small stream and the chirping of some nearby birds, the sun's rays are luring you into a nap. The light touch of one of the plants near the water's edge tickles your leg and you're awakened out of your lazy daydreaming. You get up to look at the water and are greeted by several colorful koi fish that dart playfully around beneath you.    More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999

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