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It all started back in ancient Rome. Sometime after 273 B.C., Roman architects perfected a new type of concrete that many consider their most relevant contribution to the modern world. Indeed, the engineering marvel of the Roman Aqueducts wouldn’t have been possible without concrete.   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2015

Retention Ponds


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Retention ponds are becoming increasingly more popular on both residential and commercial sites, and many states and municipalities now require them in new developments. Although they have a variety of functions, including flood control, their main purpose is a distinctly eco-green one, and that is to manage stormwater runoff.    More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Nuts and Bolts of Spring Cleanouts


Waterscapes
When it comes to cleaning out a pond, people often make a mountain out of a molehill. Everyone, contractors included, seems to worry about the idea of completely draining a pond once a year. Cleaning a pond doesn’t have to be rocket science and can be broken down into an efficient procedure, so that a two-person crew can perform as many as six to eight cleanouts a day.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Irrigation: Getting Ready for Spring


Irrigation
When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing or replacing? Your customers’ irrigation systems need yearly physicals, too; they’re called “spring startups.” As their irrigation contractor, you’re the one who’s going to prepare, and in many cases, repair those systems for the new season.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 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

Landscape Lighting . . . The Next Level


Landscape Lighting
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.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Cadillacs, Mopeds and Octopi


Waterscapes
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.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 DAVE JONES

After the Hole is Dug...


Waterscapes
You have a new customer who wants you to build them a pond for their backyard. You dig out the area, throw in a liner, fill it with water and then it’s a pond, right? Not even close. There’s a lot more to building a pond; in fact, digging the hole is the easiest part.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 DAVE JONES

Pumps and Pump Stations


Irrigation
The same is true of many irrigation systems. In the past, irrigation designers and contractors may have been able to design and build systems that didn’t need an extra boost from one or more pumps, because plenty of pressure came out of the municipal water system.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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