Trucks


Trucks
Trucks aren’t just a means of transportation. They are a contractor’s personal ware- house on wheels. Whether you’re running heavy or light-duty vehicles in your company’s fleet, commercial trucks have the same function for the contractor that toolboxes have for the handyman—except they’re much bigger.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Smart Controllers—E.T....Phone Home


Controllers
Once upon a time, there was little need for smart irrigation. Water was plentiful, falling from the sky at regular intervals. Oh, there might be a dry spell once in awhile, but soon enough, the rain would fall again, turning everything green once more. If a site had an irrigation system, it was usually cranked up full bore, with little concern for conservation.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sharpshooter Has California in the Crosshair


Weed and Pest Control
Of growing concern in the landscape industry is the potential loss of millions of dollars in revenue due to an epidemic infestation of the glassy-winged...   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Understory Trees Shady Characters

Where, Which, and How--to Plant Trees


Tree Care
Used sparingly and placed right, small trees--particularly those that flower or offer coloration--can enhance any urban landscape. Intermediate or small ornamental trees that tolerate shade, or filtered light, can be planted beneath the canopies of larger trees for beauty and diversity. Many of these understory trees are low maintenance, requiring little pruning, and adapt well to a wide range of climatic conditions, soils, insects and diseases. They also perform well in areas where root zones are restricted.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Lana Robinson

Spring Cleaning: Assures The Health of Water Features


Waterscapes
Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning Assure the Health of Water Features By Patrick Simmsgeiger The summertime beauty and function of a pond, lake or water feature can be seriously    More
 
Monday, March 1, 1999

Automate Your Field Work

By Bruce Blau


Business Articles
“It’s hard to find good help nowadays . . .” Yes, is an old, tired phrase, but nonetheless true. On a landscaping project, especially, its tough to amass the skilled manpower necessary to complete a job, according to many contractors.    More
 
Monday, March 1, 1999

Irrigation Repairs... Another Profit Center


Miscellaneous
Some landscape contractors call it the necessary evil. Others say it’s a profit-eating, tedious task that only serves one purpose: good public relations. But there’s a growing army of landscape contractors that like doing irrigation repairs. And, without thinking twice, they’ll tell you to take their testimony straight to the bank with the fat bag of money they made last week doing those repairs.   More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999 Ryan Van Benthuysen

Fertility from a Professional's Perspective


Fertilizer
Like a skilled chef, a professional landscape manager takes pride in providing a well-balanced diet for those under his care. Furthermore, as a chef can be the backbone of a restaurant's reputation, skilled landscape technicians can build the reputation of their companies, too.    More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Aphid Attack


Weed and Pest Control
Aahh...springtime. Buds are breaking, turf is awakening from dormancy and the hummingbirds return from their sojourn in warmer climes.    More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Understanding Fertilizers


Fertilizer
Understanding what's in the fertilizer bag or bottle is the key to being successful in the landscape maintenance business today. Getting no plant response from a fertilizer application is an expensive problem. To the uninformed user fertilizer is fertilizer is fertilizer. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Unfortunately, the fertilizer manufacturing industry has helped to create some of this confusion by introducing a dizzying array of product formulations. If we focus on the fertilizers normally used in landscape maintenance we can, however, make some sense of it all.   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 1998

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