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June 15 2015
The Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, chronicled in Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” immortalized the devastating effects that drought—combined with a lack of knowledge about soil conservation—had on our nation. We’ve ...
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June 15 2015
I was so excited to move into new house recently; I had endless plans of what color scheme to give each room, exactly which vegetables and herbs I wanted to plant in my large and fertile backyard, and exactly where I wanted to put the decorative ...
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April 15 2015
Retention ponds are becoming increasingly more popular on both residential and commercial sites, and many states and municipalities now require them in new developments. Although they have a variety of functions, including flood control, their main ...
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Feb. 19 2015
When Kermit the Frog crooned the tune “It’s not easy being green,” he wasn’t singing about environmental issues. We who are in the green industry, however, might want to rewrite that song, with appropriate lyrics about the challenge ...
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Jan. 15 2015
Imagine a natural resource, one that is so precious that people—or, for that matter, any living thing—literally can’t live without it. One that is so coveted that, at times, wars have been fought over it ...
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Dec. 15 2014
You can look at the outside of a house and tell instantly if its owners are interested in today’s green technology. No matter how old the neighborhood itself may be, the telltale signs of the house may be solar panels on the roof, or a cistern collecting
Oct. 15 2014
In the television classic, “Let's Make A Deal,” the host, Monty Hall (now Wayne Brady), offers players a choice: quick cash or a chance at the mystery prize. Those who opted for the mystery prize had to select from one of three options, each ...
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Aug. 15 2014
“IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!” THE DOCTOR yells in the classic film, Frankenstein, as he revives his monster from the dead. Luckily, that’s just fiction. However, in real life, you can use electricity, too. But hopefully you’ll ...
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June 16 2014
“COME WITH ME AND YOU’LL BE IN A world of pure imagination,” Gene Wilder sang in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as he danced down the steps into his edible garden. While Wonka’s landscape, with its lollipop flowers, ...
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May 16 2014
“Raindrops keep falling on my head” is the opening line of a popular song, but you can bet Burt Bacharach would be singing a different tune if those raindrops were falling inside his home. A ceiling leak can be more than a little annoying. ...
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April 15 2014
Many landscape contractors across the country are already offering organic or chemical-free services to their clients. Maybe you’ve thought about adding a green division to your operation, but you just can’t see a good reason to make that ...
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Feb. 14 2014
Water conservation is vital to the concept of sustainability. We want to avoid transporting water from long distances, and we want to hang on to the water we already have as much as possible. Of course, one of the ways water is lost is through runoff
Dec. 16 2013
Sun Valley, a community in the San Fernando Valley, is one of the many suburbs in the city of Los Angeles. Like the rest of Southern California, it lies in a semi-arid climate zone, where the average rainfall is only about 12 inches a year. Water has ...
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Oct. 14 2013
One only needs to take a casual look around to see that the green industry is ‘going green’ in a big way. More landscape companies are adopting sustainable practices, such as using organic compost instead of chemical fertilizers, and eliminating ...
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Aug. 14 2013
The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is one of the world’s first certified living buildings, complete with green roof, and will generate all of its own energy while capturing and treating all onsite water. Aquascape Inc. in St ...
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June 12 2013
The segment of the green industry that maintains turfgrass, sports fields and large greenscapes has seen many really significant changes over the past 20 years. Even so, for the most part, we’re doing the same thing, applying chemical fertilizers ...
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April 16 2013
When you think of going green, the Progressive Auto Insurance Company probably doesn’t spring to mind. But you might want to think again.… Over the years, as Progressive Insurance grew, it added locations in the Cleveland, Ohio area, along ...
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Feb. 15 2013
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 ...
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Oct. 16 2012
Environmental consciousness is not a fad. Many people want to take a more natural approach to everything…including their landscapes. Not long ago, if you were a property owner who wanted to ‘go green,’ you did so with difficulty. ...
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July 17 2012
So many great things found their footing in Chicago, Illinois. Yet when the history of the Windy City is written, all may be forgotten in comparison with the most important landscape architecture innovation in recent memory: green roofs. There are now ...
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