A case study... Hydrometers


Miscellaneous
LIKE MOST COLLEGES around the country, the 1,700-acre University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City is constantly building new labs and classrooms, new sports facilities, etc. With ongoing campus construction and irrigation components that date back 50 years, there’s no end to accidentally broken lines or leaky valves.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 NANCY HARDWICK

Understanding Back Flow


Backflow
When you turn on the tap, the last thing you expect to see is worms. Yet that’s what one Michigan homeowner got when a malfunctioning lawn sprinkler coupled with a water main break sucked nematodes into his water system. there they were, alive and swimming around in the bathtub he’d just filled for his child.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Wireless Irrigation Technology


Controllers
No question about it, wireless technology has changed all of our lives. No longer are we tethered to telephones attached to walls or boxes. We can talk on the phone just about anywhere, and do it hands-free. Wireless GPS devices mean that no one ever has to get lost again.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered a fast-track certificate course in business. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know in what area.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Tom Jessen


Close-Up Profiles
Jessen went to a small country school, with 12 grades in 12 rooms. He attended Indiana State University, but when he ran out of money he had to move back home and take a job working on a punch press to earn enough to complete his education.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Saving Money with Sustainable Landscapes


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
The segment of the green industry that maintains turfgrass, sports fields and large greenscapes has seen many really significant changes over the past 20 years. Even so, for the most part, we’re doing the same thing, applying chemical fertilizers and overwatering, over and over again, but expecting different results.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Safety Makes Cents


Landscape
You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler Company, Inc., and current president of the Irrigation Association, has one.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waterscapes: The Most Effective Way to Filter Water


Waterscapes
One of the most popular misconceptions homeowners have today about pond ownership is that it’s too high maintenance. They’ve heard myths and horror stories about algae taking over, fish dying, mosquito infestation, smelly water, and more.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Corporate Campus Goes Green

New Irrigation Controller Installed


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
When you think of going green, the Progressive Auto Insurance Company probably doesn’t spring to mind. But you might want to think again.… Over the years, as Progressive Insurance grew, it added locations in the Cleveland, Ohio area, along with irrigation and landscaping.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Costing Out an Irrigation System


Irrigation
No matter what our occupation, there are some tasks within it that we enjoy, and some we don’t. The tasks we like are usually the things we’re good at. We find them easy. If you’re an experienced contractor, you could probably install an irrigation system with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

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