Water Auditing Made Easy


Miscellaneous
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your clients how much water they’re using. Equally as important, by retrofitting their irrigation system, they can not only save water, but save money on their water bills. More customers than ever are requesting water audits and many more irrigation and landscape contractors are offering this service.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Selecting Water-Wise Plants


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
In the television classic, “Let's Make A Deal,” the host, Monty Hall (now Wayne Brady), offers players a choice: quick cash or a chance at the mystery prize. Those who opted for the mystery prize had to select from one of three options, each hidden behind a door.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Into the Trenchers


Power Equipment
Competition among landscape contractors can be fierce. During the bidding process, every conceivable advantage is precious, especially where time and cost of labor are concerned. Investments in machinery that can save on both can make all the difference between securing and losing a bid.   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Women have certainly come a long way in the business and professional worlds. Our next U.S. president might even be a woman. Even so, the green industry is still pretty much a testosterone-filled milieu. Because women in prominent roles in our business are still the exception, it’s good to hear their stories once in awhile. Here are two.   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Holiday Lighting...The Gift That Keeps on Giving


Landscape Lighting
In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution that he winds up checking each individual bulb, one by one, for a short circuit. In the end, the entire fiasco comes down to a single indoor light switch. And when he flips that switch, the light display is so fantastic that it shuts down half the city’s power grid.   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

DAVE WESOLOWSKI


Close-Up Profiles
Dave Wesolowski grew up in Southern California, where his father was a landscape contractor; he installed irrigation systems and did tree work. "Before I started high school, I was cleaning trenches and setting heads. I was always mechanically inclined enough to figure out how to build irrigation systems. But it wasn't anything I wanted to do for for the rest of my life. I really didn't want to go into the family business."   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Close-Up Profile: Brian, Jane & Justin Smith


Close-Up Profiles
It's all about family. To most of us, it has always been about family. Many of us were fortunate to be born into families that gave us unconditional love, which we later passed along to our own families. Brian Smith was one of those lucky guys. Born into a blue-collar family, his father worked as a mechanic on a road crew, building roads in South Africa, so the family moved quite often.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Be Ready with Snow Removal Services


Snow & Ice
Come winter, Sammy Cahn’s classic, “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” will play on every radio from coast to coast. If you’re in the snow removal business, you might well be singing the same tune. For those in the landscape industry, snow usually means a few months of unpaid vacation. During that time, those cold and wet winter months can start to feel pretty dry.    More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Make Irrigation Installations Easier


Irrigation
You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of this revolution.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Landscape Lighting . . . The Next Level


Landscape Lighting
Few segments of the green industry have changed as much in just a handful of years as has low-voltage landscape lighting. New technology, such as digital controls and better LEDs has added a great deal of excitement to this market. It’s put more and better media into the palettes of the most creative installers and designers.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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