WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

Going Green


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Many landscape contractors across the country are already offering organic or chemical-free services to their clients. Maybe you’ve thought about adding a green division to your operation, but you just can’t see a good reason to make that leap; not right now, anyway.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Michael Mazzarella

Fertigation Helps Save Water


Fertilizer
Ask ten people on the street what fertigation is and you’ll probably get a couple of blank stares, and a few different guesses. Simply put, fertigation is the ability to use an irrigation system to deliver nutrients and supplements to a landscape effectively and efficiently.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Jeff Gilmore

Water Features are Cost-and-Energy-Efficient


Waterscapes
If you were to travel to Europe and visit the old cities, you would find many fountains scattered throughout the towns that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. Even then, the sight and sound of splashing, rippling water was known to have a soothing effect on the psyche.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Low Volume, Low Precipitation


Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
“Water, water everywhere,” begins the old poem. Sure, there’s still plenty of water on this planet. However, if the experts are right, we’re going to have a lot less of it in the coming years. Climate change, politics, pollution; all of this affects how much water we’ll either have, or be able to get access to, in the future.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Eight Things Your Staff Hates About You


Business Articles
If you’ve ever been in a management position, there’s a good chance that you’ve had several pet peeves regarding your staff members and their behavior. What you may not realize is that your employees probably have a few complaints themselves.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there was always a day in late fall when you knew winter was right around the corner.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

A case study... Hydrometers


Miscellaneous
LIKE MOST COLLEGES around the country, the 1,700-acre University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City is constantly building new labs and classrooms, new sports facilities, etc. With ongoing campus construction and irrigation components that date back 50 years, there’s no end to accidentally broken lines or leaky valves.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 NANCY HARDWICK

Understanding Back Flow


Backflow
When you turn on the tap, the last thing you expect to see is worms. Yet that’s what one Michigan homeowner got when a malfunctioning lawn sprinkler coupled with a water main break sucked nematodes into his water system. there they were, alive and swimming around in the bathtub he’d just filled for his child.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered a fast-track certificate course in business. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know in what area.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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