May 16 2016
Not that long ago, producing a design plan for a client’s property was a timeconsuming process. You visited the property, checked out the landscape, then went back to the office to labor over a drawing ...
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May 16 2016
What we’re looking for is a guarded truce, sort of like a Berlin Wall or DMZ. We want them to stay on their side of the barrier, and we’ll stay on the other; but we’ll always be out there, ...
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April 15 2016
As professionals who are installing or maintaining landscapes, you understand the cost and value of the work you do. Yet, often within a few years, new landscapes become overgrown, plants die—seemingly ...
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April 15 2016
As landscape contractors, we spend a lot of time outdoors, so we know the challenges of the insect kingdom. Most of the time, bugs are just an itchy annoyance, and a distraction at worst. Generally, in ...
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April 15 2016
If you're an action-movie fan, you may have heard a character - perhaps a superhero - boasting: “I have the strength of ten men!” As a landscape or irrigation contractor, you probably have ...
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March 16 2016
On the other hand, butterflies— who love to flutter around around planting beds—have two color receptors that we don’t, and can see more color than we can. Perhaps that’s why, as ...
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March 16 2016
Over the green swaths of a manicured lawn, an operator on a zero-turn mower seems to glide along, trimming off the top half-inch of each blade. Through his ear protection, the roaring life of his machine ...
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Feb. 16 2016
As such, you might be forgiven for thinking that the only place the green industry runs into fungus is as a disease to be driven off by chemical application. This, however, is far from the truth. The lawns ...
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Feb. 16 2016
That description would no doubt elicit some steely-eyed disapproval from suburban property owners. They, who fight constantly to keep the dreaded yellow scourge off their lawns, revile the sloppy neighbor ...
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Feb. 16 2016
Nick Gramer, the owner and operator of Blue Moon Lawn and Landscape in Muskegon, Michigan, is a stickler for safety. It all stems from a serious accident he witnessed about six years ago ...
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Jan. 15 2016
When a mighty wall of seawater crashes through your house, uproots your trees, rips out your rose garden and completely destroys your backyard, you might think that all is lost. You might be tempted to ...
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Jan. 15 2016
Winter is here. The winds are blowing, and at meteorology stations across the country, the mercury is dropping. Whether you’ve got snow or not, you probably want nothing more than to sink into a ...
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Jan. 15 2016
The New Year is here, and in many parts of the country that signals a quiet time for the landscape contractor. Irrigating lawns and freezing temperatures do not make a good combination, so in northern ...
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Dec. 15 2015
This year will likely be remembered as something of a landmark year in the green industry. We’ve seen seasonal weather abnormalities so severe that you might wonder whether Mother Nature was off ...
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Nov. 16 2015
There’s one thing that no law will ever be, and that is perfect. For better or for worse, our laws are constantly being reinterpreted and redefined. As drought continues to affect many areas of ...
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Nov. 16 2015
The green industry would not exist as it does today without the invention of the motorized mower. These mighty machines are many times more efficient than their muscle-powered predecessors, and you could ...
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Oct. 15 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: Although this study was conducted in 2004, more than 11 years ago, it is still relevant today. We recently spoke with John DeCell about this report, which compared prices for doing ...
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Oct. 15 2015
Imagine if you could change your DNA—becoming taller, stronger or faster depending on what was best suited to the task at hand. Compared to modifying your body, swapping out a mower is a snap. ...
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July 15 2015
It’s been said that the ability to use and create tools is what sets the human species apart more so than anything else. Still, progress has been relatively slow. We didn’t advance from the ...
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June 15 2015
It all started back in ancient Rome. Sometime after 273 B.C., Roman architects perfected a new type of concrete that many consider their most relevant contribution to the modern world. Indeed, the engineering ...
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