Chris Spain


Close-Up Profiles
From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a Boy Scout.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Choosing the Right Mower


Landscape Maintenance
It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not the problem. It’s deciding which mower, with what features, is right for you and your operation.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

An Environmental Solution for Snails & Slugs


Weed and Pest Control
An environmentally-friendly product to control snails and slugs has been developed. Sluggo, a unique blend of iron phosphate with bait additives in easy-to-use, non-toxic pellets, is one of Western Farm Services new products.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Fertigation: Using Your Irrigation System to Correct the Feast


Fertilizer
The application of fertilizers through an irrigation system has been used effectively in agriculture for decades.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Synthetic Turf 101


Landscape
If you haven’t taken a look at synthetic turf in many years, look again. You’re in for a surprise. The tacky, plastic- looking and uncomfortable surfaces that we used to see have been replaced with surprisingly soft materials that often cannot be distinguished from grass on first sight.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Case Study: 2-Wire Systems


Controllers
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD High School in Rockford, Minnesota, had been a wasteland for years. The ground was cracked and dry, the surrounding area was practically devoid of grass, and what little grass existed was as shriveled as old husk.   More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008

Let It Rain

By adding rainwater system installations to their list of services, landscape contractors will be prepared to take on a future that is growing greener everyday.


Miscellaneous
SUPPLY AND DEMAND IS A concept familiar to any good businessman. The more people want something, the more they’ll pay to get it. It’s as simple as that. Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the mind-numbing high oil prices that have become a constant in this day and age.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

LEDs Conserve Energy


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
DRIVEN BY A GROWING INTEREST in smart eco-friendly solutions, as well as rapidly-rising electrical costs, the entire lighting industry has turned its attention to high-efficiency products and one of the major ones is the LED bulb.    More
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010 CRUZ R. PEREZ

A Landscape Company Goes Green


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
About 10 years ago, David DuBois, president and CEO of Mission Landscape Companies, Inc., Irvine, California, saw the handwriting on the wall. Little did he realize that this was the beginning of taking his company from a traditional landscape maintenance company to a "green" company. The year was 2001 and the green movement was barely recognized by mainstream America.   More
 
Monday, October 18, 2010

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