Edible Gardens


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.’    More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Jason Gibby

MICHAEL MELÉNDREZ


Close-Up Profiles
Healthy growth usually starts with the right soil, and for a family, it’s no different. Michael Meléndrez comes from a line that’s been on the same soil for centuries. On his father’s side, Michael is a descendent of the founder of Las Cruces, New Mexico’s second largest city.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Jason Gibby

Sensors at Work


Irrigation
However, some of these new electronic innovations have been around long enough now that most of the kinks have been worked out of them. And, for many irrigation professionals, they’re not mere gadgets, but good, steady, reliable tools they can count on to perform well every day.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Feeding and Protecting Trees in the Landscape


Tree Care
AS A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR, you know how to feed, water, trim and otherwise nurture the turf, shrubs and flowers on your clients’ properties. But when it comes to those big, tall, woody things in the middle of your clients’ turf areas, your confidence may wane.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Drip Irrigation


Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will demand that lower amounts of water be delivered with greater efficiency.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

When Pipes Need Repairs


Pipe & Fittings
Often two, three, or more pipes will be crowded together in a narrow trench. Wiring to the controller may share that limited space as well. Or the PVC pipe is “snaked” and twisted in the trench in such a way that the “top” pipe may actually be in the middle, side-by-side, or even on the bottom, just a few feet down the line.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013

Wireless Irrigation Technology


Controllers
No question about it, wireless technology has changed all of our lives. No longer are we tethered to telephones attached to walls or boxes. We can talk on the phone just about anywhere, and do it hands-free. Wireless GPS devices mean that no one ever has to get lost again.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Responsible Pond Building


Waterscapes
Just the other day, I received an email from a long-time customer. I did not build their pond and 50-foot stream initially, but I have been cleaning and putting band-aids on their chronically leaking stream since the start of our professional business relationship.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Create Great Looks With Pavers


Landscape
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver installation is no different; you must have the knowledge and correct preparation for a successful, profitable outcome.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

In the Commercial Market Smart Controllers Reign


Controllers
Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when the old one works just fine?"   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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