June 17 2016
If we’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s that we should never take our water supply for granted, especially if you live on an island. Take Hawaii, for example. Water for drinking or irrigation isn’t easy to come by there, ...
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June 17 2016
On a long-ago camping trip, my fellow Girl Scouts and I were introduced to a gentleman, of whom we were told we could ask any question we had about nature. “He knows everything,” our troop leader said. So, I showed him the pretty caterpillar ...
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April 15 2016
As landscape professionals, we know that the success of a rose, or any other plant, depends on how it’s cared for. Giving it the right amount of sun and water is a good start, but the difference between an okay landscape and one that would get Juliet’s
Feb. 16 2016
When it comes to resources, it’s small wonder that the rest of the world thinks of America as spoiled. We’ve parlayed the New World’s natural abundance in water, forests and farmlands into becoming the First World, replete with new, ...
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Dec. 15 2015
Believe it or not, some landscape installers have a trick of their own, a novelty to the eye. These contractors are installing living walls, and showing their clients what plants can be grown on a steep—or even completely vertical—slope. With ...
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Oct. 15 2015
This is a story about Rod Costa, a landscape contractor who wants to help the environment. At the same time, he needs to do what all small-business owners must, and that is to keep profits as high as he can, and overhead low. It’s a story about ...
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Aug. 17 2015
In these tight economic times, having your own food source is an attractive option. Knowing how to incorporate some edible arrangements into a landscape’s design can be a real boon for the savvy contractor. After all, people want a landscape ...
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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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2015 STATUS REPORT

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