The idea of linking several irrigation controllers over a large site to operate from a single location has long been an appealing one. What better way to monitor and manage a 100-plus acre site?
AT ONE POINT, THERE WERE MORE THAN 40,000 PAPER ROUTE CARDS
covering one of the walls at Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape
Care in Denver, Colorado. “Needless to say, it was an inefficient
process that was killing us and resulting in mistakes for our clients,”
recalls John Gibson, director of operations.
AS A TEENAGER, DOUG BENNETT
recalls, “I was very good at finding
ways to get by doing as little as I
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.
THE ECONOMY IS CHANGING.
Some companies feel it; some don’t.
But whether or not they’re feeling
the pinch, there are strategies that
can help companies buffer themselves
from the economic turmoil
BESIDES INDEPENDENCE DAY,
there’s another reason for contractors
to celebrate July: Smart Irrigation
Month. As July is one of the
peak months for landscape water
usage, it’s a good time to look closely
at smart irrigation practices,
water-saving irrigation products
and water efficiency in general.
Weed and Pest Control
Crabgrass, Johnson grass, dandelions—such weeds can overcrowd lawns and pilfer air, water and nutrients that desirable plants need to survive and maintain a healthy appearance. Unchecked, weeds can completely dominate these plants, turning what could be a beautiful and verdant lawn into a wasteland of unsightly weeds.
WHITTIER COLLEGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOME TO A WIDE
range of athletes with a lot to show for their mettle. The
Whittier, California-based school has captured 26 conference
titles through its football program alone in a
100-year span, and its lacrosse program has also roused
its fair share of competition.
You know the type. Maybe
you are one. The manager
who arrives in the morning
before sunrise, who works
through lunch and stays
until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., or
longer. As a society, we
often marvel at this commitment:
“He’s such a hard
worker,” or “She’s so dedicated.”
A landscape maintenance contractor
has just finished work on a
residential yard. The homeowner
asks the contractor to take a look
at one of her trees while he’s there.
Several large branches are growing
into an overhanging balcony and
the owner wants the tree cut back
a few feet.
Having been involved in the green industry for more than 30 years, I am hard pressed
to remember a time so difficult for our industry. In particular, we are facing a very