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

 
 

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

Drew & Matthew Thomas


Close-Up Profiles
As a young kid, Drew Thomas followed his father around the northeast region of Indiana. His father was playing industrial baseball and Drew was the bat boy. Thomas’ father had played professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns in the late 1930s and early ’40s until he joined the Army in World War II.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Maintaining Your Equipment


Landscape Maintenance
One of the things we can count on in life is that nothing runs smoothly forever. If that wasn’t true, a lot more cars from the 1940s or even earlier would still be on the roads, instead of being the rare sights that they are. As with all mechanical devices, eventually something breaks or wears out.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Precautions for the Cold: Winterizing Equipment


Power Equipment
AS AUTUMN COMES TO A CLOSE, dropping temperatures and burgeoning Christmas lights serve as a reminder that winter is just around the corner. In the landscape industry, this means two things: first, it’s time to get the snow plows out; second, it might not be a bad idea to keep your equipment properly maintained so it can handle the coming chill.    More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Irrigation Piping Materials: Past & Present


Irrigation
The conclusion of World War II marked the introduction of new technologies to private industry that were developed for the war effort. One that would certainly revolutionize the residential/commercial marker of the irrigation industry was thermoplastic pipe.    More
 
Monday, September 22, 2008

Winterize Your Irrigation Systems

Offer Cold Weather Opportunities All Year


Miscellaneous
About two years ago at a trade conference, I was talking with a landscape contractor who, up until that point in time, only specialized in design/build in the residential market. Either he knew something that we didn’t, at that time, or his timing was impeccable. Two years ago, he decided to begin to offer maintenance to his clients.   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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