Balancing System Hydraulics: Pressure for Performance


Irrigation
Perhaps the most overlooked problem with landscape irrigation system performance is pressure. A healthy balance of pressure is good for the performance and longevity of your irrigation system, and thus the aesthetics of your landscape. Keeping some fundamental hydraulics in mind, minimizing the impacts of too much or too little pressure in an irrigation system is simple, quick and effective.    More
 
Monday, September 22, 2008

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 FAYS


Close-Up Profiles
Ken and Harold Fay’s parents started a lumber yard back in 1947 in Ojai, California. When their father passed away, the sons—Ken and Harold— helped their mother run the lumber yard. In time, the mother phased out of the business and Ken and Harold were the proud owners of Ojai Lumber.    More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Control Weeds Before They Sprout


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.   More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

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

Safety First


Landscape Maintenance
IN TODAY’S ULTRA-COMPETITIVE business climate, every second counts. Any opportunity that allows you to do a job faster, better and in a more cost-effective fashion should be fully explored.    More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Plant Growth Regulators: More Color, Less Clippings


Landscape Maintenance
It’s increasingly tough trying to keep afloat these days, no matter what industry you’re in. With the economy in shambles and many longtime businessmen now jobless, making sure your company stays relevant has never been more important.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Attachments Lend an Extra Hand


Landscape
YES, TIMES ARE STILL TOUGH OUT there. Driving along one of Los Angeles’ metropolitan streets over the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice just how hard the small, local businesses and boutiques have been hit.    More
 
Saturday, July 18, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Water Conservation: Get Serious, Get Smart


Landscape
THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER time to develop your water conservation IQ. The word is out: water is recognized as a limited resource everywhere—even in areas not yet hit hard by shortages.    More
 
Saturday, July 18, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

20 Water Conservation Ideas


Miscellaneous
AS A HORTICULTURALIST AND AN IRRIGATION CONTRACTOR, I WITNESS FIRSTHAND THE STAGGERING AMOUNT OF WATER wasted every day in an effort to maintain a beautiful landscape.    More
 
Friday, August 14, 2009 David Johnson

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