Case Studies: Pro Contractor Studio


Landscape
FOR 25 YEARS, JOHN FOSSUM, landscape designer at Wylie, Texas-based MLJ Landscaping, has followed the same basic routine when drawing his plans. He’d spend two to three days on the client’s property, taking measurements to determine bedlines and the types and colors of the plants to be used.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 Richard Snyder

Battery-Powered Mowers...Not So Crazy After All


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
“IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!” THE DOCTOR yells in the classic film, Frankenstein, as he revives his monster from the dead. Luckily, that’s just fiction. However, in real life, you can use electricity, too. But hopefully you’ll use it in a more responsible (and profitable) manner than the doctor.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Start Smart Irrigation Month With Water Conservation


Irrigation
There’s an old tale about a giant with a leaky faucet. In his home, the tale goes, the giant’s faucet has a terrible leak. Night after night, the leak drips and drips. And since it’s only one drop at a time, the giant thinks nothing of it. “Why, that’s just one drop,” the giant says, “and there are many rivers, lakes and oceans.”Soon, however, that one drop becomes many, and the giant’s home begins to fill with water. In a few short weeks, the water rises so high that the giant begins to fear that he might drown. So, in a panic, he opens his huge front door and out gushes all the water. Only then, drenched from head to toe, and hearing his leaky faucet dripping, does the giant finally realize what he’s lost.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

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

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

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

Waterscaper of the Year


Waterscapes
Beaulieu has built more than 1,300 water features around the world, including every major city in Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. These include every type and permutation of water feature, many of which he invented, such as the pondless waterfall.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Fuel Injection...it’s not just for hot rods anymore


Landscape Maintenance
Twenty to thirty years ago, a revolution swept through the automobile world like a hurricane—and now it’s making its impact on the green industry. Driven by rising gas prices in the 1970s and ’80s and tougher clean-air standards, changes were desperately needed under the hoods of American cars.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 Gregory Von Dare Suchor

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

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