Feb. 5 2018
As a landscape contractor you’ve probably heard about or even seen an injury on the job. Because of the nature of the work, the use of sharp, powerful and heavy equipment, accidents like a landscape ...
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Feb. 5 2018
Lawn care, golf course and nursery handlers and applicators often transfer potentially hazardous chemicals and concentrates such as herbicides, insecticides, adjuvants and fungicides from large drums into ...
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Feb. 5 2018
When a landscape professional looks at that lawn, however, he sees the pounds of fertilizer that were spread, the irrigation that was carefully scheduled, the mowing that was done to just the right height, ...
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Jan. 15 2018
Landscape design is an art as well as a science. Great landscape design blends both in seamless synchrony. The project we’re featuring for our annual Excellence in Craftsmanship story is a prime ...
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Jan. 15 2018
Some people have to learn everything the hard way, and apparently, I’m one of them. For instance, for years when cleaning house, I’d use the same bottle of spray cleaner, toting it from room ...
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Dec. 15 2017
One earthquake and several pounding rainstorms later, that wall—and the hill, and the house—are all still in place. That’s a testament to the skill and knowledge of the landscape contractor ...
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Dec. 15 2017
The model year 2018 is turning out to be an exciting one for the truck market. Medium and heavy-duty pickups, plus chassis cab, cab-forward and cabover-engine (COE) trucks just keep on getting tougher, ...
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Nov. 15 2017
Like everyone, I have a bedtime routine. Before I slide between the sheets, I take my allergy pill, feed my cats, floss and brush my teeth, and put in my dry-eye drops. I also make sure my prescription ...
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Oct. 16 2017
Whether you’re learning how to throw a fastball, or to play the piano, everything starts with the fundamentals. Throwing a ball against a pitchback over and over or practicing the scales may not ...
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Oct. 16 2017
Darr has experienced how keeping this clear space around a property also helps the professionals who are trying to save it. “We had the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012, and the Black Forest fire in 2013. ...
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July 15 2017
It can happen in the middle of the night or in broad daylight, while your crew eats lunch at a fastfood restaurant. Whether it is a small string trimmer or a $20,000 commercial mower, landscape equipment ...
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July 15 2017
Years ago, when installing irrigation for landscapes was still in its infancy, and landscape lighting was just a pipe dream, digging a trench was a major chore. “Back in the old days, we did everything ...
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July 15 2017
Ahhh, summer! The season where each weekend is full of opportunities to experience the great outdoors. Couples go to the beach in the morning, have drinks on their patio in the afternoon, then in the evening, ...
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April 15 2017
I never did come down with the classic Vitamin C deficiency ailment that fruit-deprived sailors used to get, however, because my indulgent grandmother gave me grape juice instead. That was one of her many ...
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March 15 2017
After a few years, he decides that mowing lawns and doing other landscape maintenance chores isn’t really his strongest service area. He decides to focus on other aspects of his enterprise that will ...
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March 15 2017
henever I do hard physical labor, pain is the usual result. An afternoon spent moving firewood logs results in an evening nursing sore calf and abdominal muscles. But that’s okay with me. I kind ...
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Feb. 15 2017
Depending on who you ask, wildflowers are either a blessing or a curse. For some clients, the idea of a landscape teeming with local blooms captures the image of untamed wilderness, kept ever-so-slightly ...
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Jan. 16 2017
If you were to take a stroll through its grounds, meandering along its blue-tinted stone and gravel walkways, shaded by its many lovely, mature trees, you might wonder which public park you were in ...
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Jan. 16 2017
As landscape maintenance contractors, we seem to be in a continual quest to operate more quickly and more efficiently. With weather sometimes being a factor as well as having a limited supply of labor, ...
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Dec. 15 2016
When NASCAR drivers set off, they’re protected by powerful safety measures. They wear thicklypadded helmets, and their cars are superbly engineered to make crashing at a third the speed of sound ...
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