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Hey, Joe, it’s me again. Can you hold that skid loader for me tomorrow, with the pallet attachment?    More
 
Monday, April 28, 2008

Follow the Purple Pipe


Irrigation
Although recent flooding across the Midwest has caused many people to shelve their water shortage concerns, officials are still alert to the possibility of drought, over-consumption and other forces that limit our water supplies. In several regions of the U.S., the worst is not yet over.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

The History of The Toro Company


Miscellaneous
WHEN A TRACTOR PUSHING FIVE LAWNMOWERS first rolled down the fairways of the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1921, it must have turned some heads. Little did onlookers realize that the small company responsible for creating this innovative machine would one day become a household name.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Low-Volume Irrigation Comes Into Its Own


Irrigation
It’s happening all over the country. Watering restrictions are showing up everywhere—not only in arid climates but also in places where, only a short time ago, water was considered a low-cost, free-flowing commodity.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Follow the Null Line


Irrigation
When an irrigation or lighting system works the way it should, it adds significant value to the property where it was installed. But what if you receive a call from the property owner because one of the systems is not working and you think it might be an electrical problem?    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

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

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