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

 
 

Creating Wildfire Resistant Landscapes


Landscape
Its important to remember that people are not completely helpless when it comes to protecting themselves and their homes from wildfire.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Decorating for the Holidays


Landscape
I used to watch my father spend countless hours stringing and stapling lights around the gutters, chimneys, rooftop and trees, only to watch him struggle to take them down a few weeks later. That part was a real chore. My job was to pull the lighting strands out of the boxes and untangle them -- often a process that would consume my entire weekend.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Valve Boxes: Do We Need Them?


Valves
While taking a walk in my neighborhood one day I noticed that water was spewing out from everywhere at a nearby home, or at least it seemed that way. Upon closer inspection it appeared that the valves that service the irrigation system were damaged, causing this mess.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007 JASON FORSTER

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

DICK & DOUG TEGTMEIER


Close-Up Profiles
If you’re in the lawn mower business, you’ve probably heard of Tegtmeier, one of the most respected names in the business, and rightly so. Both Dick and his son Doug Tegtmeier learned the lawn mower manufacturing business from the ground up.    More
 
Thursday, October 18, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Increase Your Productivity with the Right Mower


Landscape Maintenance
We hear about a shortage of labor that is a concern to all in our industry. We can get more business, but how will we be able to handle it If we can't hire additional labor, how can we grow our company? There are ways.    More
 
Thursday, November 1, 2007

Spring Start-up


Irrigation
It’s time to think spring. Sure, warm weather is still a few months away for most of the country, but for irrigation professionals now is the time to plan for a smooth, successful spring start-up season.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Mower Maintenance

the time spent on maintenance is one of your wisest investments


Landscape Maintenance
When winter begins to loosen its hold and spring is in the air, a contractor’s thoughts turn to one thing: mowing. Lawn care is the granddaddy of maintenance services, and mowers are its favorite child. Yet whether you own one mower or 100, your services aren’t worth their salt if you can’t cut quickly and professionally.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Pre-emergence Controls

Chemical, Biological & Cultural Options


Weed and Pest Control
Spring is here, at least in some parts of the country. Soon little green things will be sprouting up all over. As usual, the sprouts will include not only the plants we want but some of the others, too . . . the good, the bad, and the ugly. For landscape contractors this means finding ways to protect the good while getting rid of the bad and the ugly. In other words, weeds.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Design for Success


Landscape
An old story about Michelangelo says that the artist was so gifted that he could visualize a sculpture in its entirety before his chisel ever touched the stone. The physical crafting of the piece was then only a matter of removing the excess to reveal the image inside. But while freehand may have worked well for Michelangelo, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us aren’t quite at that level.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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