As a contractor, you have some idea of what your costumers want, or of what's popular in your neck of the woods. Ther are other ways to get a picture of some of the broader green industry trends that are emerging around the country.
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
“COME WITH ME AND YOU’LL BE IN A world of pure imagination,” Gene Wilder sang in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as
he danced down the steps into his edible garden. While Wonka’s
landscape, with its lollipop flowers, whipped cream mushrooms and
gumball trees, might be a thing of pure imagination, adding edible
landscapes to your list of services could just be your ‘golden ticket.’
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an exquisite outdoor kitchen, not a maintenance project, even if it was beautifully done. Right? If that’s your opinion, you would be wrong.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
July has arrived, which means that Smart Irrigation Month is in full swing. Do you have your Smart team in place? To make things a little more interesting, the Irrigation Association (IA) is having a Smart Irrigation Month Marketing contest; Hunter Industries is also having one.
Women in Landscaping
Deep passion for the complexities of landscapes is what has propelled Sabrena Schweyer to success. Today, Schweyer and her husband, Samuel Salsbury, run Akron, Ohio-based Salsbury- Schweyer, Inc.
Properly used, annual color can invite, enhance, conceal, distract, relax or excite. But color can also be a meaningless, busy hodgepodge. Healthy flowers are almost always a worthwhile addition to a site.
Buildings everywhere are doing the green thing.
Commercial buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods
are being designed with sustainability in mind.
Consumers want it, realtors know it sells, governments are
demanding it and engineers and architects are delivering.
The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
is another award-winning outdoor
environment built with the help of
ValleyCrest Landscape Development.
Only three miles from the lights and
action of the Strip, this 180-acre site
provides a sanctuary for people and
wildlife that seems far removed from
Back when our company first started and we were trying to rent warehouse space,
the leasing company didn’t want to work with us. They were worried that because
we sold a product that was such an optional, discretionary item, if a recession hit,
our business would spiral downward along with the economy.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 GREG WITTSTOCK, THE POND GUY