The Beauty of Central Control


Controllers
Imagine that you’re going to visit an aging relative who lives in a lushly landscaped retirement community. But wouldn’t you know it, you’ve managed to hit the day of the big lawn bowling tournament. You watch Aunt Emmie step up with her ball, get ready to make the winning throw, and then—the sprinklers come on.   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 REBECCA PETERSON

Irrigation Central Control: The Tie That Binds


Controllers
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?    More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Enhance Curb Appeal


Landscape
The recent housing downturn and purported recession have affected our industry to varying degrees. Some are feeling the pinch associated with a lack of new housing starts and a weak dollar, while for others it’s business as usual. However, we could all use additional revenue streams.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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

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

STEVE CHRISTIE


Close-Up Profiles
If ever there was an individual who, not knowing where his career path would end up, prepared himself along the way, it would have to be Steve Christie. I’m sure it wasn’t planned that way, but Christie gained a vast knowledge of the irrigation industry and a world of experience that eventually led him to where he is now, the owner of a five-store chain of irrigation supply stores in Indiana called Automatic Irrigation. It might have been luck, or perhaps Providence that laid out the path for Christie to follow.    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Multi-Tools for Multi-Tasks


Power Equipment
IN PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPING, MULTI-TASKING IS the name of the game. It’s a facet of the job that keeps things interesting . . . and challenging. Today’s multi-use loading, lifting and excavating equipment makes the job much easier. But deciding which equipment is right for your company can be daunting.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Zero-Turn Mowers: Past, Present, Future


Power Equipment
A lot goes into a nice looking lawn. A variety of plants, trees and shrubs might enhance the turf, giving the yard a pleasing, garden-like touch. Fences, gateways, walls and fountains are other common fixtures. Yet for all the ornamental beauty such accoutrements add to the lawn, all the more challenges there are in maneuvering around them once it’s time to mow.    More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

How to get the Most Out of Your Mowing Crews


Landscape Maintenance
A WELL-MAINTAINED LAWN IS a source of great pride for the property owner. It also sends a message to all who pass by about the quality of a well kept property. By the same token, the landscape professional who maintains that property has the same pride—the pride of a job well done, not just now, but on a regular basis.    More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

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