FIRE!

Firewise Landscaping


Landscape
WILDFIRE! The very word sends terror through the hearts of homeowners, particularly those who live in “fire country.” Homes turned to ashes, miles of blackened earth...stunned families huddled together, trying to make sense of the tragedy. Even more tragic is the fact that some of these losses might well have been prevented with the right kind of landscape design, irrigation and maintenance.   More
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Keeping Up With New Sprinkler Technology


Sprinklers
It's no mass government conspiracy that the availability of fresh water is decreasing every day, while populations continue to rise along with the demand for water. It's not as if there are more freshwater sources today than there were a million years ago -there aren't any new ones to tap into. Some scientists predict that by the year 2050, more than one billion people in Asia alone could face massive water shortages.    More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

2Wire: Getting More for Less


Controllers
IN 1966, A PROFESSIONAL plant pathologist named Walter Cordua created a brand new type of irrigation system for farmers to use to better water their crops.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Water Conservation: Get Serious, Get Smart


Landscape
THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER time to develop your water conservation IQ. The word is out: water is recognized as a limited resource everywhere—even in areas not yet hit hard by shortages.    More
 
Saturday, July 18, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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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