Responsible Pond Building


Waterscapes
Just the other day, I received an email from a long-time customer. I did not build their pond and 50-foot stream initially, but I have been cleaning and putting band-aids on their chronically leaking stream since the start of our professional business relationship.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stan Hoglund


Close-Up Profiles
Stan Hoglund knew he was never going to be a scholar. “My first day of school was my last,” he said, at least in terms of his interest. He remembers the teacher dragging him by the ear across the playground for going down a slide backwards. She sat him down on a rug for a ‘time out’ facing the corner.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Create Great Looks With Pavers


Landscape
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver installation is no different; you must have the knowledge and correct preparation for a successful, profitable outcome.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Smart Controllers—E.T....Phone Home


Controllers
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 conservation.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Elements of Design: Take Your Water Features to the Next Level


Waterscapes
his summer, I've been engaged by Savio Engineering to crisscross the country teaching groups of contractors in hands-on clinics about the fundamentals of water feature construction -- that is, the installation of ponds, water gardens, and pond-free systems.   More
 
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Valve Boxes: Do We Need Them?


Valves
While taking a walk in my neighborhood one day I noticed that water was spewing out from everywhere at a nearby home, or at least it seemed that way. Upon closer inspection it appeared that the valves that service the irrigation system were damaged, causing this mess.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007 JASON FORSTER

Drainage: Don't let potential profits go down the drain


Drainage
Hear that giant sucking sound? It's money swirling down a black hole called missed opportunity, never to be seen again. The opportunity, which is often overlooked and an otherwise unconsidered profit center, is found on the other side of the landscape drainage system installation.   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2008

Backyard Putting Greens


Landscape
As golf’s popularity explodes, thanks in no small part to “superstar” players like Tiger Woods, more and more golfers are realizing that they’d love the convenience and luxury of practicing at their own home.    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

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

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