Excellence in Craftsmanship

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Landscape
GROWING UP, KEVIN ROBERTS, OWNER OF BIG SKY LANDSCAPING, Inc., would leave his home in Montana to spend his summers in Oregon working for an uncle who owned a tree service company.    More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Pre-emergence Controls

Chemical, Biological & Cultural Options


Weed and Pest Control
Spring is here, at least in some parts of the country. Soon little green things will be sprouting up all over. As usual, the sprouts will include not only the plants we want but some of the others, too . . . the good, the bad, and the ugly. For landscape contractors this means finding ways to protect the good while getting rid of the bad and the ugly. In other words, weeds.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Hot Tips for Spring and Summer Color


Landscape
Color beds make a site shine. Flowers can make people stop in their tracks, invite them into a business or provide relaxation after a hard day's work. But color is costly.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Helen M. Stone

Drainage Can Make Dollars Flow


Drainage
Once upon a time, landscape professionals just took care of landscapes. Issues with water were left to others. Then, as time went on, we expanded our range of services to include hardscapes, outdoor lighting, pond construction and installation, and most of all, irrigation. After all, without the targeted application of water to grass and plant life, nothing is going to grow.   More
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Landscape Fabrics: They`ve Got You Covered


Landscape
One of the hallmarks of a quality landscape installation is that it looks fabulous when you first put it in and only gets better with time. The neat and tidy beds of a brand new landscape almost always look great, even when plants are relatively undersized. Then, as plants start growing to their optimal size, the view just keeps getting better. With a great installation, the landscape continues to look picture-postcard beautiful for years.   More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Fabric in the Landscape


Landscape
WHAT STABILIZES SOIL, RETAINS moisture, saves on mulch, aids in filtration, reinforces and protects, and oh, yes . . . minimizes weeding? The answer is landscape fabric. Commonly known as a weed-barrier, landscape fabric isn’t just for weed control. It’s a multi-tool rolled up in a convenient, easy-to-use package.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Gas for Grass: Does There Have to be a Tradeoff?


Landscape Maintenance
You`re cruising down the highway, and you notice that the needle on your fuel gauge leans toward the empty mark. You pull into the nearest gas station and hop out of your truck. Shielding your eyes from the sun, you scan the large sign that broadcasts the prices for regular, plus, premium and diesel.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Smart Irrigation


Miscellaneous
A network of weather stations broadcast solar energy, wind speed, temperature and humidity data to the ET Manager, while rainfall is measured onsite to pinpoint each site’s unique moisture conditions.    More
 
Thursday, August 14, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Is Graywater in Your Future?


Miscellaneous
Imagine doing a load of laundry, collecting the water from the machine, and then using it to water your trees. Imagine that you’ve just finished taking a bath and instead of letting the water go down the drain as you normally would, you collect it and use it when you need to irrigate your lawn. Water, especially potable water, is beginning to run in short supply and we need to find creative ways to reuse it.   More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Excellence in Craftsmanship


Landscape
The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas is another award-winning outdoor environment built with the help of ValleyCrest Landscape Development. Only three miles from the lights and action of the Strip, this 180-acre site provides a sanctuary for people and wildlife that seems far removed from the city.    More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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