Once upon a time, there was little need for smart irrigation. Water was
plentiful, falling from the sky at regular intervals. Oh, there might be
a dry spell once in awhile, but soon enough, the rain would fall again,
turning everything green once more. If a site had an irrigation system,
it was usually cranked up full bore, with little concern for
As with many corporate
executives, Roger Mongeon,
a chemical engineer
who worked for Union Carbide,
found himself being
transferred around the
provinces of Canada. His
children were growing up,
and moving from city to city,
changing schools frequently,
was getting a bit trying.
In the late 1960s, a small but determined band of irrigation
visionaries began assembling periodically in small offices and
dark restaurants dotted throughout the San Francisco Bay
Weed and Pest Control
Spring is here, at least in some parts
of the country. Soon little green
things will be sprouting up all over.
As usual, the sprouts will include
not only the plants we want but
some of the others, too . . . the
good, the bad, and the ugly. For
landscape contractors this means
finding ways to protect the good
while getting rid of the bad and the
ugly. In other words, weeds.
The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?
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.