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

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

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

Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place where  a lot of contractors got their start.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Maintaining Ponds in Winter


Waterscapes
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° water to pull up a burned-out light fixture…or for that matter, any type of bodily immersion during that time of year.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 DAVE JONES

Irrigation: Getting Ready for Spring


Irrigation
Spring is coming soon to an irrigation system near you. “What? It’s still winter!” you might be saying. Yes, and midwinter is the perfect time to start preparing to get your clients’ systems off and running—or, should we say, ‘on’ and running, once that first robin sings.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

The Tale of One City


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Sun Valley, a community in the San Fernando Valley, is one of the many suburbs in the city of Los Angeles. Like the rest of Southern California, it lies in a semi-arid climate zone, where the average rainfall is only about 12 inches a year. Water has always been an issue in this region.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 Susan Maddocks

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