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

2Wire Systems Make $ense


Irrigation
No doubt about it, 2Wire systems have revolutionized the irrigation industry. They’re as important an innovation as smart controllers, sensing devices, or water-saving sprinkler heads. They vastly cut back the amount of wire needed, especially in large commercial installations.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Vista Professional Lighting Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Landscape Lighting
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary, but the path to the company’s beginnings came about when owner and founder Dan Cunado and his parents were granted asylum from Cuba. They landed in New York and made their way to California.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Adam Whelan

Power Tools Save Labor


Power Equipment
There’s an old industrial short subject called “Spring Fever.” In it, a man’s wife won’t let him go out and play golf until he fixes a broken sofa spring. Frustrated, he yells: “I hope I never see another spring as long as I live!” Then, Coily the Spring Sprite suddenly appears.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Five Tips to Better Manage Your Crew


Business Articles
Landscaping has long been a part of my life. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I started my Detroit-area landscape company when I was 19. In the process of learning the business, managing my own crew, and dealing with the unexpected challenges of being a first-time business owner, I’ve made plenty of mistakes.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 PAUL PROCTOR

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

Maintaining Ponds in Winter


Waterscapes
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° water to pull up a burned-out light fixture…or for that matter, any type of bodily immersion during that time of year.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 DAVE JONES

Is Mowing Your Main Revenue Stream?


Landscape Maintenance
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, to earn extra money after school and in the summer..   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Outsourcing: Is It Right for Your Company?


Business Articles
Sure, your guys do installations and maintain beautiful landscapes, but when it comes to properly irrigating them, no one in your company knows the difference between a spray head and a rotor.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 Susan Maddocks

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

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