Moisture Sensors Make Sense


Irrigation
It’s making headlines every day: “Drought conditions turn green lawns brown.” “Crop failures expected.” Some 66 percent of the U.S. is experiencing extreme drought conditions. While landscape companies may not be paying the water bill, their businesses may be.   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Two-Wire Makes Irrigation Too Easy


Controllers
A recent newsletter reported that the price of copper is so high that people are actually stealing it. Because copper prices have increased almost 160 percent since 2005, copper has been stolen from utility poles, plaques, and irrigation systems, and then sold for profit    More
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Don't Let the Irrigation Business Scare You


Miscellaneous
If you’ve never worked on irrigation before, upon close inspection an irrigation system might appear to be a jumble of wires running here, there and everywhere, valves that work in a way you don’t understand, and pipe running underground.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Is Two-Wire Too Good to be True?


Controllers
In most cases, utilizing a new or different product isnt about simply going out and buying it. That would be easy. The real challenge lies in learning what it is, what it does, how it works, and then training your crews to operate it proficiently.    More
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Follow the Null Line


Irrigation
When an irrigation or lighting system works the way it should, it adds significant value to the property where it was installed. But what if you receive a call from the property owner because one of the systems is not working and you think it might be an electrical problem?    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

Case Study: 2-Wire Systems


Controllers
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD High School in Rockford, Minnesota, had been a wasteland for years. The ground was cracked and dry, the surrounding area was practically devoid of grass, and what little grass existed was as shriveled as old husk.   More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008

Irrigation Wire: The Landscape's Central Nervous System


Irrigation
As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical to the integrity of any automatic system. Like the nerves that carry impulses between neurons and the brain. If the message is corrupted between the two, so will be the resulting response.   More
 
Monday, September 22, 2008

A Crash Course in Restarting Irrigation Systems


Miscellaneous
So it’s already January and things are cold, wet and winter-whitening chilly and a nice hot cup of coffee is just what the doctor ordered. And best to drink up now, recharge those batteries and get ready to kick things into high gear, because—cold as things are now—spring is just around the corner, and there’s work to be done.   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

THE FAYS


Close-Up Profiles
Ken and Harold Fay’s parents started a lumber yard back in 1947 in Ojai, California. When their father passed away, the sons—Ken and Harold— helped their mother run the lumber yard. In time, the mother phased out of the business and Ken and Harold were the proud owners of Ojai Lumber.    More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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