Controlling Pests

Part of an Eco-Green Landscape


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
As a landscape professional, you may already agree with, and even employ, some of the principles of eco-green sustainable (also known as organic) landscape work. But one important hesitation remains. How do you fight the aphids, grubs and chinch bugs that suck the life out of ornamental plants and grasses—and can ultimately kill them—without resorting to chemical pesticides?    More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Dr. John Thomson - Vitamin Institute


Close-Up Profiles
If you've attended industry conventions, chances are you've met Dr. John Thomson. You likely saw him faithfully manning his booth, always available to discuss his favorite subjects: plant health, vitamins and SUPERthrive...   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Patricia Fletcher

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

Weed Control: A Game of Knowledge and Adaptation


Weed and Pest Control
Weed control is as much a contest of knowledge and planning as it is reacting to "plants out of place." Many weed problems can be prevented to a great extent by putting desirable plants in the right place.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Sharpshooter Has California in the Crosshair


Weed and Pest Control
Of growing concern in the landscape industry is the potential loss of millions of dollars in revenue due to an epidemic infestation of the glassy-winged...   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Aphid Attack


Weed and Pest Control
Aahh...springtime. Buds are breaking, turf is awakening from dormancy and the hummingbirds return from their sojourn in warmer climes.    More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

STUART J. SPERBER


Close-Up Profiles
When Stuart Sperber was about ten years old, his father and brother started a company called Valley Crest Landscape Nurseries in North Hollywood, California. While growing up, as you can guess, the talk around the dinner table was always about trees and landscaping. Sperber was immersed in it.    More
 
Saturday, August 18, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Fertilizer: Knowing What`s In the Bag


Fertilizer
In Little Shop of Horrors, a down-on-his-luck shopkeeper’s assistant named Seymour discovers a rare plant species that brings him fame and fortune. The plant is christened Twoey (short for Audrey II), after Seymour’s secret love, Audrey. But Twoey is no ordinary plant. He is, in fact, an alien that lives off of human blood. “Feed me, Seymour, feed me!” he cries. And Seymour has no choice but to open up his veins in reply.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

The Performance Spec is Dead, Almost


Landscape
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?    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes: Is There a Future in Going Green?


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Environmental consciousness is not a fad. Many people want to take a more natural approach to everything…including their landscapes. Not long ago, if you were a property owner who wanted to ‘go green,’ you did so with difficulty. Landscape companies that offered these kinds of services were few and far between. But now they’re much easier to find.   More
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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