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

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

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

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