Uncontrolled runoff in landscape irrigation systems has
presented a problem for our industry for many years. Low head drainage
is not only common throughout residential and commercial landscapes, it
One of the retired attractions at Disneyland was the “Carousel of
Progress.” You’d sit in a theatre and watch an animatronic family as
they described how technology was improving their lives, starting before
the turn of the 20th century. Every rotation of the stage represented
about 20 years of technological change, and the mechanical family’s
clothing and home appliances would change accordingly, too.It’s interesting to think about what an irrigation-industry “Carousel of
Progress” might look like. Certainly, it would take us through the
history of the development of rotating nozzles.
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.
Dave Wesolowski grew up in Southern California, where his father was a
landscape contractor; he installed irrigation systems and did tree work.
"Before I started high school, I was cleaning trenches and setting
heads. I was always mechanically inclined enough to figure out how to
build irrigation systems. But it wasn't anything I wanted to do for for
the rest of my life. I really didn't want to go into the family
Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several
recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year.
In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of 100
years should be called a "survivor". Today, The Toro Company is much
more than just a survivor; it is a thriving $2 billion a year, worldwide
Monday, June 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
Can finding the right sprinkler head leave you as perplexed as Ponce De Leon on his quest for the Fountain of Youth? If you have a lot of confusion distinguishing one type of sprinkler head from another, or figuring out which applications will best serve your needs on a specific project then read on.