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.
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD
High School in Rockford, Minnesota,
had been a wasteland for years.
The ground was cracked and dry,
the surrounding area was practically
devoid of grass, and what little
grass existed was as shriveled as
Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
THE SUMMERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARE NO JOKE. The sun pounds the landscape like a hammer, and it’s not unusual for temperatures to reach the ’90s before noon. But the summer of 1999 was particularly brutal.
It wasn’t so very long ago that the water situation in many states had reached crisis proportions, resulting in the implementation of some of the toughest watering restrictions that had ever been seen.
WATER CONSERVATION INITIATIVES HAVE SKYROCKETED over the past few years forcing many cities into mandatory water restrictions. Some mandate an overall usage reduction while others restrict days and time of acceptable watering periods.
About two years ago at a trade conference, I was talking with a landscape contractor who, up until that point in time, only specialized in design/build in the residential market. Either
he knew something that we didn’t, at that time, or his timing was
impeccable. Two years ago, he decided to begin to offer maintenance to