When Profits Walk Away: How Much Are You Losing to Theft?


Business Articles
It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning in Oakland, California. It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning.   More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Herb King


Close-Up Profiles
Herb King knows all about dreams both having them, and chasing them. Though he is now owner and CEO of the company his father started back in the 1960s, he doesn't expect any of his own children to take the helm when he retires.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Backflow Prevention: Protecting Water, Protecting Yourself


Backflow
For potable water, life is a series of one-way streets. Safe drinking water depends on all “traffic” within a water system to move in the direction it’s supposed to. Fresh water flows one way. It isn’t supposed to turn around and travel in the other direction.    More
 
Monday, June 5, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Case Study: HosEnclose


Irrigation
It’s been nearly three years in the making, but for Steve Tibbs, he wanted everything just right. “We built a new wing onto our home,” says Tibbs. “We completely redid the home, changing roof pitches, sandblasting the house. So it was very important that the yard continue to support this look and feel.”    More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006

Understanding Algae


Waterscapes
We've all seen those slimy green scums on ponds, lakes, or pools. They're called algae. And they stubbornly occur in water -- the one place in a landscape that shouldn't look green. But what are algae? Where did they come from? What kind of damage can they do? Are they really that bad?   More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006

Landscape Fabrics: They`ve Got You Covered


Landscape
One of the hallmarks of a quality landscape installation is that it looks fabulous when you first put it in and only gets better with time. The neat and tidy beds of a brand new landscape almost always look great, even when plants are relatively undersized. Then, as plants start growing to their optimal size, the view just keeps getting better. With a great installation, the landscape continues to look picture-postcard beautiful for years.   More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Step Into the Spotlight: Be a Landscape Lighting Star


Landscape Lighting
It’s important to know how to take advantage of a good thing. When Scott Driscoll of Driscoll’s Landscaping, Mullica Hill, New Jersey, noticed the amount of development in the Mullica Hill area, he moved his entire business there – not to mention his entire family. “It looked like a good thing,” he says. “I wanted to follow the work.”    More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Dreaming of a Bright Holiday Season


Landscape Lighting
It’s a time of year when people see smiles everywhere they go, when everyone makes an effort to be friendlier. The holiday spirit gives us warm, fuzzy feelings inside, like a hug from grandma, or receiving a child’s handmade gift.    More
 
Friday, September 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Mow Down the Competition


Landscape Maintenance
Today, lawn maintenance is a huge part of your professional life—mowing helps put food on your table    More
 
Sunday, October 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Let It Snow


Snow & Ice
For the typical nine- or ten-month seasonal landscape contractor, the first snowfall is just another symbol of the end of the year.    More
 
Sunday, October 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

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