Tom Jessen


Close-Up Profiles
Jessen went to a small country school, with 12 grades in 12 rooms. He attended Indiana State University, but when he ran out of money he had to move back home and take a job working on a punch press to earn enough to complete his education.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Saving Money with Sustainable Landscapes


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
The segment of the green industry that maintains turfgrass, sports fields and large greenscapes has seen many really significant changes over the past 20 years. Even so, for the most part, we’re doing the same thing, applying chemical fertilizers and overwatering, over and over again, but expecting different results.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Safety Makes Cents


Landscape
You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler Company, Inc., and current president of the Irrigation Association, has one.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waterscapes: The Most Effective Way to Filter Water


Waterscapes
One of the most popular misconceptions homeowners have today about pond ownership is that it’s too high maintenance. They’ve heard myths and horror stories about algae taking over, fish dying, mosquito infestation, smelly water, and more.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Corporate Campus Goes Green

New Irrigation Controller Installed


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
When you think of going green, the Progressive Auto Insurance Company probably doesn’t spring to mind. But you might want to think again.… Over the years, as Progressive Insurance grew, it added locations in the Cleveland, Ohio area, along with irrigation and landscaping.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Costing Out an Irrigation System


Irrigation
No matter what our occupation, there are some tasks within it that we enjoy, and some we don’t. The tasks we like are usually the things we’re good at. We find them easy. If you’re an experienced contractor, you could probably install an irrigation system with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Ken Mills

Rain Bird


Close-Up Profiles
A no-nonsense person with a passion for the irrigation business, Ken Mills has essentially spent his entire professional career with one company.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
IN OUR MOBILE SOCIETY, IT’S NOT UNCOMMON for people to move from a location with year-round warmth, like California, to a location in upstate New york, which has extreme wintertime freezes.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

Trends in Landscaping


Landscape
Everyone dreams of having a bigger house. For years, people have turned to television to give them glimpses of what it would be like to live in one. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous was popular in the 1980s; now, people are watching the likes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. While the fantasies of the average homeowner used to stop when the show ended and he clicked off his television, these days homeowners really do want to make their dreams come true. And they’re turning to landscape contractors to help them. Homeowners all over the nation are literally increasing the square footage of their homes by enhancing their yards. The backyard isn’t just an area to visit or to admire from a window. It’s becoming a living area, another den or great room. This new backyard is called an outdoor room.    More
 
Sunday, October 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

ASIC: Its History and Its Pioneers


Miscellaneous
In the late 1960s, a small but determined band of irrigation visionaries began assembling periodically in small offices and dark restaurants dotted throughout the San Francisco Bay area.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007 LUKE FRANK

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