JOHN DeCELL


Close-Up Profiles
It was January of 1988 and John DeCell was out of a job. He’d worked as a loan officer for the First American Bank in his hometown of Baytown, Texas for five-and-a-half years, but the banking industry had fallen under hard times and DeCell suddenly found himself without a job. Factor into this the added pressure of knowing your first son is only months away from being born, and you’ve an idea of the headspace DeCell was in on this particularly tumultuous New Year.    More
 
Friday, August 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Case Study: 2-Wire Systems


Controllers
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD High School in Rockford, Minnesota, had been a wasteland for years. The ground was cracked and dry, the surrounding area was practically devoid of grass, and what little grass existed was as shriveled as old husk.   More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008

Water Audits - How Important are They?


Miscellaneous
As energy costs go up, so does our concern over how to conserve. Among these concerns is our water supply. It seems like more and more municipalities are placing restrictions on the amount of water we can use. Some homeowner groups are thinking of posting bulletins to inform its neighborhood residents that they can only water their lawns on certain days of the week for limited amounts of time, but that’s just one option.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

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As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical to the integrity of any automatic system.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

A Crash Course in Restarting Irrigation Systems


Miscellaneous
So it’s already January and things are cold, wet and winter-whitening chilly and a nice hot cup of coffee is just what the doctor ordered. And best to drink up now, recharge those batteries and get ready to kick things into high gear, because—cold as things are now—spring is just around the corner, and there’s work to be done.   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Mulching vs Bagging: Which One Makes the Cut?


Landscape Maintenance
IMAGINE, IF ONLY FOR A MOMENT, A lawn so overpopulated with weeds and overgrown blades of grass you’d think you were kneedeep in some faraway jungle. Not exactly idyllic, right? Well, no great surprise there.    More
 
Sunday, February 22, 2009

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

How Important are Pond Filters?


Waterscapes
Being in the construction industry since the early ’90s, I have learned that equipment and “stuff” doesn’t necessarily work the way it’s supposed to. Being in the water garden or pond business since the turn of the century, this century of course, that ideology was re-enforced.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 ROCKE HUNTINGTON

Case Study: Cooling Off Synthetic Turf


Landscape
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.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Business Management Software: Get with the Program


Business Articles
Many busy entrepreneurs get so caught up in day-to-day operations that they sometimes overlook tools that could make running their business a lot easier. Integrated business management software is one of these tools.    More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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