Warren Thoma


Close-Up Profiles
WHEN WARREN THOMA WAS discharged from the Army in 1976, he was 24 years old. Married and the father of a twomonth old baby, he didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. But, being a sharp young man, it didn’t take him long to figure out his calling.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Fuel Injection...it’s not just for hot rods anymore


Landscape Maintenance
Twenty to thirty years ago, a revolution swept through the automobile world like a hurricane—and now it’s making its impact on the green industry. Driven by rising gas prices in the 1970s and ’80s and tougher clean-air standards, changes were desperately needed under the hoods of American cars.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 Gregory Von Dare Suchor

July Smart Irrigation Month


Irrigation
July has arrived, which means that Smart Irrigation Month is in full swing. Do you have your Smart team in place? To make things a little more interesting, the Irrigation Association (IA) is having a Smart Irrigation Month Marketing contest; Hunter Industries is also having one.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spraders and Sprayers... Essential Tools for Your Business


Landscape Maintenance
‘The right tool for the right job’ is an old adage which, when followed, saves dollars and makes a lot of sense. Your arsenal of equipment needs to be fairly extensive, due to the wide variety of services you offer your clients. To keep your company healthy, you need equipment that will do the best job in the shortest amount of time.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Prepping Your Lawns for Summer


Landscape Maintenance
As spring approaches, it's never too early to start thinking about rejuvenating lawns and getting then ready for the summer. Lawns are classified as being either cool season or warm season, depending on the turf species. Understanding which types of lawns you service, and your location, will dictate the type and timing of cultural practices you implement. Below are general recommendations for managing both cool season and warm season lawns this spring.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Diane Noecker

Sales and marketing director of the landscape and turf division at Netafim


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Noecker grew up in the Northeast. Born in New York City, she was a year old when her family moved to Weston, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. After completing high school...   More
 
Monday, January 16, 2012

The Moore Family

Aquatrols


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For Robert Moore, Sr., epiphany came after he had a chemical engineering degree in hand: During that time, drinking beer on the back porch and looking at a puddle in the backyard, a guy said, 'Boy, I got lousy soil.'    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Michael Byrne

ALCA


Close-Up Profiles
One year out of high school, Michael Byrne made the decision to get into the landscaping business. He held a summer job at that time, repairing lawn care equipment at a mower repair shop.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Ken Melrose

Toro Company


Close-Up Profiles
In the winter of 1979/80, mild weather and lack of snow caused the Toro Company warehouses to pile up with snow blowers.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

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

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