Bob Dobson


Close-Up Profiles
Bob Dobson was raised in Middletown, New Jersey, where his family has lived for the past 157 years. He went to high school there, and then to a local college on a math scholarship. “In those days, I thought I wanted to be a high school math teacher,” said Dobson.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Mowers: Versatile Machines


Landscape Maintenance
The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things are improving. Last year indicated that we’ve bottomed out and now we’re beginning to climb back up again.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Making Your Controllers Smart!


Controllers
It’s no secret that smart controllers are the future of irrigation. Increasingly, that future is now. Smart water, smart irrigation—whatever it’s being called at the moment—is being mandated by more and more governmental entities, especially as changing weather patterns seem to indicate that water is becoming a scarce commodity.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Computer Design Software


Landscape
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, every water feature just right. When you get done, you've got a work of art, suitable for framing. But do you have a sales tool?Like it or not, landscape design has entered a whole new era.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Chase Tew


Close-Up Profiles
We meet new people almost every day, but there are some, more than others, that seem to stand out from the crowd. That is my impression of Ronald (everyone calls him Chase) Tew. He’s a man on the go; his enthusiasm is contagious, and he has a work ethic to go with it. This is an ethic and an identity that have defined this man’s hardworking and honest path.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Controlling Pests

Part of an Eco-Green Landscape


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
As a landscape professional, you may already agree with, and even employ, some of the principles of eco-green sustainable (also known as organic) landscape work. But one important hesitation remains. How do you fight the aphids, grubs and chinch bugs that suck the life out of ornamental plants and grasses—and can ultimately kill them—without resorting to chemical pesticides?    More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

The Rorie Family


Close-Up Profiles
Having your family in your business has some drawbacks, but it can also have a great many benefits. “I love it,” said Alle Rorie. “The relationship between my father and my sister has grown stronger and we’ve grown closer.” Sister Rachel agrees, “We’ve become a closer knit team because of our relationship.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Water Features Make Your Backyard a Paradise


Waterscapes
When we go to the movies, we escape from everyday life. Take a film like The Jungle Book. The viewer is instantly brought to a land of adventure; a world of natural wonders that many would give just about anything to spend some time in. Of course, at some point we have to face reality; most of us will never get the chance to live in the natural oasis that Mowgli does. But, relaxing next to a waterfall in paradise doesn’t have to be a dream.    More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

There's an App for That

Apps to assist our industry


Business Articles
Talk to any ‘old-time’ landscape professional about the business 20 years ago and you’ll see how different the industry is today, especially from the standpoint of technology. they’ll tell you that the good old days were both the best and worst of times.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Make Money Mowing


Landscape Maintenance
If you’re a design/build landscape contractor, we don’t have to tell you that it’s been a tough go over the last few years. if you’ve been smart enough and lucky enough to stay in business during this recession, when many of your competitors closed their doors, you’ve had to run lean and mean to do it.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

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