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

 
 

Synthetic Turf 101


Landscape
If you haven’t taken a look at synthetic turf in many years, look again. You’re in for a surprise. The tacky, plastic- looking and uncomfortable surfaces that we used to see have been replaced with surprisingly soft materials that often cannot be distinguished from grass on first sight.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Smart Irrigation


Miscellaneous
BESIDES INDEPENDENCE DAY, there’s another reason for contractors to celebrate July: Smart Irrigation Month. As July is one of the peak months for landscape water usage, it’s a good time to look closely at smart irrigation practices, water-saving irrigation products and water efficiency in general.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

STEVE CHRISTIE


Close-Up Profiles
If ever there was an individual who, not knowing where his career path would end up, prepared himself along the way, it would have to be Steve Christie. I’m sure it wasn’t planned that way, but Christie gained a vast knowledge of the irrigation industry and a world of experience that eventually led him to where he is now, the owner of a five-store chain of irrigation supply stores in Indiana called Automatic Irrigation. It might have been luck, or perhaps Providence that laid out the path for Christie to follow.    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

JOHN DeCELL


Close-Up Profiles
It was January of 1988 and John DeCell was out of a job. He’d worked as a loan officer for the First American Bank in his hometown of Baytown, Texas for five-and-a-half years, but the banking industry had fallen under hard times and DeCell suddenly found himself without a job. Factor into this the added pressure of knowing your first son is only months away from being born, and you’ve an idea of the headspace DeCell was in on this particularly tumultuous New Year.    More
 
Friday, August 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Smart Irrigation


Miscellaneous
A network of weather stations broadcast solar energy, wind speed, temperature and humidity data to the ET Manager, while rainfall is measured onsite to pinpoint each site’s unique moisture conditions.    More
 
Thursday, August 14, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Case Study: 2-Wire Systems


Controllers
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD High School in Rockford, Minnesota, had been a wasteland for years. The ground was cracked and dry, the surrounding area was practically devoid of grass, and what little grass existed was as shriveled as old husk.   More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008

Water Audits - How Important are They?


Miscellaneous
As energy costs go up, so does our concern over how to conserve. Among these concerns is our water supply. It seems like more and more municipalities are placing restrictions on the amount of water we can use. Some homeowner groups are thinking of posting bulletins to inform its neighborhood residents that they can only water their lawns on certain days of the week for limited amounts of time, but that’s just one option.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

THE BOUSQUETS


Close-Up Profiles
During the hot summer afternoons when the rest of his peers were lazing in swimming pools and catching campy action flicks at the local movie theatre, Bryce Bousquet spent his teenage years stocking shelves at his dad’s company warehouse.    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

ROY BAILEY


Close-Up Profiles
ROY BAILEY AND HIS FRIEND, RUSS Dresen, were hanging around one summer night having a few beers. They were, in many ways, no different than most other 20-somethings on a summer evening, knocking back drinks and talking about their plans for the future.   More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Is Graywater in Your Future?


Miscellaneous
Imagine doing a load of laundry, collecting the water from the machine, and then using it to water your trees. Imagine that you’ve just finished taking a bath and instead of letting the water go down the drain as you normally would, you collect it and use it when you need to irrigate your lawn. Water, especially potable water, is beginning to run in short supply and we need to find creative ways to reuse it.   More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

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