WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

Firewise Landscaping


Landscape
A beautiful home sits in a wooded hillside neighborhood on the outskirts of town. The owner loves it here. With tall pines surrounding his house, he has all the privacy he wants and not much grass to mow. His woods are thick with overgrown shrubs and fallen branches, but he likes it that way. It’s natural, he says. Or is it?    More
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Valve Boxes Add the Finishing Touch


Valves
A little over a year ago, I noticed that our backyard lawn was turning brown even though we had an automatic sprinkler system. I called in a landscape contractor to find out what was wrong. He discovered that the irrigation system was not working.    More
 
Monday, November 16, 2009 ROBIN WESTMILLER

The Mysterious Ohm Meter


Miscellaneous
My colleagues always joke, "If you ask Joe what time it is, he'll tell you how to build a watch!" This quip by my buddies in the office is partly true. I’ve been working in my present job for many years and seem to have developed quite a following among our contractors. They call with all sorts of problems, with the hopes of stumping me in the process.    More
 
Monday, January 18, 2010 JOE GOLSON

Hitting Its Stride: Low-Volume Irrigation


Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
Drip irrigation systems apply water at low pressure and low volume directly to or near the root zone of plants. Because water is applied slowly, less is lost to runoff and evaporation.    More
 
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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