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

Back to School


Business Articles
Back in the day, going to school meant walking, and in my case it was uphill both ways. Well, maybe not both ways . . . my point is that going to school may be tough, but the alternative is tougher, for sure. The same logic goes for continuing education in the workplace.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 RICK CUDDIHE

Multi-Tools for Multi-Tasks


Power Equipment
IN PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPING, MULTI-TASKING IS the name of the game. It’s a facet of the job that keeps things interesting . . . and challenging. Today’s multi-use loading, lifting and excavating equipment makes the job much easier. But deciding which equipment is right for your company can be daunting.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

With just a click . . .


Controllers
Of all industries, the green industry used to seem the least likely to be swamped by the trend towards mass high tech. And yet with the increasing adoption of smart irrigation controllers, computerized routing schedules, remote-controlled mowers and computerized timekeeping services, to name only a few, the green industry is moving irreversibly into higher tech pastures.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Painting with Light


Landscape Lighting
When an artist paints a picture, or a photographer takes an exceptional photograph, the play of light and shadows are almost as important as the subject matter, sometimes even more so. You are taken in by the way the light hits an object, or the shadow almost hides it. In the same way, lighting “paints” a home’s landscape after dark, creating a picture that lights up the night. Shadows, colors and lights all work harmoniously to shape the canvas, illuminating what was once dark. Landscape lighting allows the homeowner many more hours to enjoy their investment, and is good for everyone’s bottom line.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

When Uncle Sam Turns Green


Waterscapes
WHEN UNCLE SAM TURNS GREEN, should you as a business person be concerned? Maybe. Until recently, most pond installers or irrigators never paid much attention to or had to be concerned with the EPA or the subordinate Water Sense Program.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 ROCKE HUNTINGTON

Case Study: Building Large Water Features


Waterscapes
THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF ponds and large water features among residential and commercial markets translates into a high profit margin for your business, and are simpler to build than you think. For this article, we will focus on the mechanics and technique of how to build a large water feature.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 SARAH TIGLIO

Which Works Best for You: Truck or Trailer?


Trucks
Nothing is more crucial to a landscape contractor than his equipment, so when it comes to moving equipment from point A to point B, efficiency is key. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend three or more trips loading and unloading your materials, wasting all that gas, just to go back and get that last mower you couldn’t fit into the bed of your pickup truck the first two times around.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

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

Gearing Up for the Holiday Season


Landscape
But with this magic, in many parts of the country, comes cold weather. Snow begins to cover turf, ponds are frozen over and landscape contractors shut down for the season. If you’re a small businessman, how can you generate some revenue during the winter months?    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

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