WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

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

A Cut Above - Pruning Trees Landscape Style


Tree Care
These kids today get no discipline. They do what they want, when they want, and they dont care whos watching. As a result, many of them are doomed to spend their adult lives confined, either physically or emotionally.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Phillip Meeks

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

Fountains A Delight to the Eye and Ear


Waterscapes
Fountains ...a delight to the eye and ear. Of all the components of landscaping, none is more wholly soothing than a fountain or a water feature.    More
 
Saturday, August 1, 1998

Residential Landscape Design


Landscape
Henry Ford was once asked in an interview what he thought was his most important trait that had led to his astonishing success as an automaker. His response was, "The ability to organize."   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 1998

Steve Sandalis - Mystic Water Gardens


Close-Up Profiles
From model and actor to successful businessman, Steve Sandalis is living his dream. Born in Queens, New York, the Sandalis family moved to Long Island when Steve was just a boy. Sandalis remembers vividly the stream running through the property his parents bought in Commack   More
 
Tuesday, November 21, 2006 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Trends in Landscaping


Landscape
Everyone dreams of having a bigger house. For years, people have turned to television to give them glimpses of what it would be like to live in one. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous was popular in the 1980s; now, people are watching the likes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. While the fantasies of the average homeowner used to stop when the show ended and he clicked off his television, these days homeowners really do want to make their dreams come true. And they’re turning to landscape contractors to help them. Homeowners all over the nation are literally increasing the square footage of their homes by enhancing their yards. The backyard isn’t just an area to visit or to admire from a window. It’s becoming a living area, another den or great room. This new backyard is called an outdoor room.    More
 
Sunday, October 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

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