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

Going Green: Sustainable Landscape Design


Landscape
Buildings everywhere are doing the green thing. Commercial buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods are being designed with sustainability in mind. Consumers want it, realtors know it sells, governments are demanding it and engineers and architects are delivering.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Smart Irrigation


Miscellaneous
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.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

With just a click . . .


Controllers
Of all industries, the green industry used to seem the least likely to be swamped by the trend towards mass high tech. And yet with the increasing adoption of smart irrigation controllers, computerized routing schedules, remote-controlled mowers and computerized timekeeping services, to name only a few, the green industry is moving irreversibly into higher tech pastures.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

The ABCs of the Business Plan


Business Articles
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON Dohren, owner of San Jose, California- based Landmark Landscapes, had a successful woodworking business. Then he saw an opportunity in the landscaping business and decided to change his focus.    More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 RON CHEPESIUK

The 2009 Truck Show


Trucks
When you think about it, buying a truck is a lot like shopping for a new suit. You have to look at the size of your company and determine what would make the best fit, and you have to have a certain image in mind. You want something that looks professional, but also catches the customer’s eye.   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Are Water Features Recession Proof?


Waterscapes
Back when our company first started and we were trying to rent warehouse space, the leasing company didn’t want to work with us. They were worried that because we sold a product that was such an optional, discretionary item, if a recession hit, our business would spiral downward along with the economy.    More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 GREG WITTSTOCK, THE POND GUY

Alternative Fuels


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
The nation spent the first half of the year complaining about expensive oil. It’s now enjoying the cheapest gas in four years, at levels a third of those last July. But what will happen next? Energy analysts say the reprieve will be short, and predict a price hike once the global economy recovers.    More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DAN COOK

Let It Rain

By adding rainwater system installations to their list of services, landscape contractors will be prepared to take on a future that is growing greener everyday.


Miscellaneous
SUPPLY AND DEMAND IS A concept familiar to any good businessman. The more people want something, the more they’ll pay to get it. It’s as simple as that. Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the mind-numbing high oil prices that have become a constant in this day and age.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

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

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