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

Sketching a Masterpiece


Landscape
There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So when you’re creating a design for a landscape, you want your thousand words to be good ones. Well, with computer design software, it’s easier than ever to compose your landscape..   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Firewise Landscaping


Landscape
“It’s extremely risky. These areas are prone to wildfires due to the higher level of surrounding fire fuel,” says Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County in Grass Valley, California. Without proper firewise landscapes surrounding them, homes built in the WUI can quickly meet with disaster.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 Susan Maddocks

Stan Hoglund


Close-Up Profiles
Stan Hoglund knew he was never going to be a scholar. “My first day of school was my last,” he said, at least in terms of his interest. He remembers the teacher dragging him by the ear across the playground for going down a slide backwards. She sat him down on a rug for a ‘time out’ facing the corner.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Protecting Trees from Insect Damage


Tree Care
Be glad you’re not a male emerald ash borer out looking for a mate. If one of them could sit down next to you on a barstool and talk, he might complain about the artificiality  of today’s females.“Why, it’s as if some of them were built in a lab,” he might say.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

David Werning

John Deere Landscapes


Close-Up Profiles
Within five years, David Werning had his passport stamped at least fifty times in Japan, twenty-five times throughout Europe, and twenty times in Latin America, traveling as director of International Operations for John Deere’s Construction Equipment Division.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Contractors Volunteer

Hurricane Sandy Cleanup


Miscellaneous
When Hurricane Sany tore through the East Coast during the last week of October, it left so much damage in its wake that the total tab, when it’s finally tallied, will be in the billions. The superstorm severely affected seven states, with New York and New Jersey the hardest hit.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Understory Trees Shady Characters

Where, Which, and How--to Plant Trees


Tree Care
Used sparingly and placed right, small trees--particularly those that flower or offer coloration--can enhance any urban landscape. Intermediate or small ornamental trees that tolerate shade, or filtered light, can be planted beneath the canopies of larger trees for beauty and diversity. Many of these understory trees are low maintenance, requiring little pruning, and adapt well to a wide range of climatic conditions, soils, insects and diseases. They also perform well in areas where root zones are restricted.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Lana Robinson

Power Tools: 3 Handheld Time Savers


Landscape
Imagine three towering oak trees and the knee-high piles of leaves they left on the ground. Rather than spending countless hours raking and bagging, we tried to find shortcuts ways to make our lives easier.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

The Business End of Business


Business Articles
Operating a successful business in this day and age is a major task. Running a landscape contracting business and making a profit is even more difficult.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

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