Tis the season for cold,
cold weather. Frozen
ponds, layer upon layer of
snow on the ground, the
mechanical blare of Vplows
and straight blades
and salt spreaders plodding
the white from Winter
Wonderland—this is what
the season is made of.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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