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

 
 

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

Filtering Through Pond Filtration


Waterscapes
No homeowner wants to look out their window and see green or tea-colored water in their backyard pond. This is why creating a healthy, low-maintenance ecosystem is so important to any contractor who installs water features.    More
 
Thursday, May 15, 2008 JENNIFER YURI

Women in Landscaping: Sherry Koontz


Women in Landscaping
ALTHOUGH SHE’S ALWAYS RELISHED NATURE, IT WAS DURING Sherry Koontz’s five years of active military duty as part of the 45th Support Group that she first channeled that desire into a skill.    More
 
Saturday, May 17, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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

Enhance Curb Appeal


Landscape
The recent housing downturn and purported recession have affected our industry to varying degrees. Some are feeling the pinch associated with a lack of new housing starts and a weak dollar, while for others it’s business as usual. However, we could all use additional revenue streams.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Gas for Grass: Does There Have to be a Tradeoff?


Landscape Maintenance
You`re cruising down the highway, and you notice that the needle on your fuel gauge leans toward the empty mark. You pull into the nearest gas station and hop out of your truck. Shielding your eyes from the sun, you scan the large sign that broadcasts the prices for regular, plus, premium and diesel.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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

DOUG BENNETT


Close-Up Profiles
AS A TEENAGER, DOUG BENNETT recalls, “I was very good at finding ways to get by doing as little as I could.” So how does a guy like this end up being a recognized leader, gaining national attention for developing programs to conserve water? Here is the path Bennett took to become the conservation manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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

Staying Strong in a Weak Economy


Business Articles
THE ECONOMY IS CHANGING. Some companies feel it; some don’t. But whether or not they’re feeling the pinch, there are strategies that can help companies buffer themselves from the economic turmoil around them.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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