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
In today's environment, the pressure to be competitive is enormous. Without
implementing time management systems and using the tools and technology
that are available, it is a foregone conclusion that you and your
company will always be fighting for more time, productivity and profit. Take
Kyle Carlisle, who in 2006 started Carlisle Land Management, LLC.
"There just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything I have to do!” Haven’t we all said that at one time or another? If you’re involved in the green industry in any sort of ownership, management or supervisory capacity, chances are those very words have come from your lips, maybe on a daily basis.
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.
It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. Children are playing in the snow, bundled up, making a giant snowman, and there is talk of hot chocolate.
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and
experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come,
especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your clients how
much water they’re using. Equally as important, by retrofitting their
irrigation system, they can not only save water, but save money on their
water bills. More customers than ever are requesting water audits and
many more irrigation and landscape contractors are offering this
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
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
You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of this revolution.
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
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