Profitable Pond Building: The Money is in the Water


Waterscapes
If you're in the green industry, it won't be a secret if I say that ponds are hot. As a testimonial to the legitimacy of the ponds phenomena, USA Today (July 11, 2003 issue) declared 'water features/ponds and decks' to be the two things that homeowners would most like to add to their homes.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

To Buy or Not To Buy...That is the Question


Business Articles
Hey, Joe, it’s me again. Can you hold that skid loader for me tomorrow, with the pallet attachment?    More
 
Monday, April 28, 2008

DOUG BENNETT


Close-Up Profiles
AS A TEENAGER, DOUG BENNETT recalls, “I was very good at finding ways to get by doing as little as I could.” So how does a guy like this end up being a recognized leader, gaining national attention for developing programs to conserve water? Here is the path Bennett took to become the conservation manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Synthetic Turf 101


Landscape
If you haven’t taken a look at synthetic turf in many years, look again. You’re in for a surprise. The tacky, plastic- looking and uncomfortable surfaces that we used to see have been replaced with surprisingly soft materials that often cannot be distinguished from grass on first sight.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Painting with Light


Landscape Lighting
When an artist paints a picture, or a photographer takes an exceptional photograph, the play of light and shadows are almost as important as the subject matter, sometimes even more so. You are taken in by the way the light hits an object, or the shadow almost hides it. In the same way, lighting “paints” a home’s landscape after dark, creating a picture that lights up the night. Shadows, colors and lights all work harmoniously to shape the canvas, illuminating what was once dark. Landscape lighting allows the homeowner many more hours to enjoy their investment, and is good for everyone’s bottom line.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

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As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical to the integrity of any automatic system.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

The Basics of Irrigation


Miscellaneous
LET’S ASSUME THAT YOUR COMPANY gets a contract with a homeowner whose property encompasses the size of two football fields, and, in addition to regular lawn maintenance, that homeowner wants you to install an irrigation system. You and your employees are all very happy—after all, this is a big job.   More
 
Sunday, February 22, 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

DAVE PAGANO


Close-Up Profiles
The irrigation industry was completely different than what it is now when David D. Pagano designed his first system in 1957. Smart controllers were years away from being invented, as were sensing devices. If you asked anyone in the industry what a rotary nozzle was, most likely your answer would have been a silent, quizzical look from someone wondering what on earth you were talking about.   More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Water Features and the Green Revolution


Waterscapes
I live in the Northwest. By most accounts, this area is considered to be the epicenter of the “green” revolution. According to Popular Science magazine, the region contains three of the nation’s Top Green Cities: Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.    More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 CHRIS HOLT

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