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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 marvel of the Roman Aqueducts wouldn’t ...
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April 15 2015
Talking trees have been a fixture in folklore and fiction. If you’ve ever watched The Two Towers, the second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you would have seen the giant tree-like creatures called “Ents.” Talk? The Ents practically ...
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March 16 2015
Dad’s cooking burgers on a kettle grill in the corner of a little concrete patio. Mom’s setting a picnic table, while the kids run through the sprinklers with the dog. In the not-too-distant past, that was what “outdoor living” ...
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Feb. 19 2015
It is said that practice makes perfect. A concert pianist would never dream of performing before an audience without first taking months to perfect his technique. Nor would a surgeon dare make that first incision without years of careful training and ...
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Jan. 15 2015
We can see it in our minds … “the perfect view.” It’s the scene that automatically pops into our heads when we think of something as being picturesque ...
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Aug. 15 2014
FOR 25 YEARS, JOHN FOSSUM, landscape designer at Wylie, Texas-based MLJ Landscaping, has followed the same basic routine when drawing his plans. He’d spend two to three days on the client’s property, taking measurements to determine bedlines ...
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June 16 2014
Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of 100 years should be called a "survivor". Today, ...
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May 16 2014
As a contractor, you have some idea of what your costumers want, or of what's popular in your neck of the woods. Ther are other ways to get a picture of some of the broader green industry trends that are emerging around the country ...
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March 14 2014
There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So when you’re creating a design for a landscape, you want your thousand words to be good ones. Well, with computer design software, it’s easier than ever to compose ...
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Feb. 14 2014
If you’ve been using plant material and wildflowers that are native to your local area, you’ve been in the eco-green movement for a while, although you may not have realized it. Now, more than ever, ‘going green’ is a growing, ...
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Jan. 15 2014
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an exquisite outdoor kitchen, not a maintenance project, ...
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Oct. 14 2013
“It’s extremely risky. These areas are prone to wildfires due to the higher level of surrounding fire fuel,” says Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County in Grass Valley, California. Without proper ...
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Aug. 14 2013
“LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!” yells the hollywood director. The studio lights are switched on to illuminate the set; the sound system is turned on and the cameras roll. on a movie set, numerous types of lights are placed in position ...
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July 16 2013
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver installation is no different; you must have the ...
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June 12 2013
You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler Company, Inc., and current president of the ...
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May 15 2013
The simplicity of landscape fabric belies its versatility. Like a jack-of-all-trades, this product can be used in many different settings, for many different reasons. Whether it’s for filtration, reinforcement under pavers, weed abatement, or even ...
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March 14 2013
Color is one of those topics on which everyone has an opinion and no one agrees. What’s garish and gaudy to one person is bright and cheerful to the next. Our color preferences depend upon our life experiences, our cultural backgrounds and even ...
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Feb. 15 2013
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, every water feature just right. When you get done, ...
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Jan. 14 2013
High-end landscape work is a whole different universe. Contractors who work with clients for whom money is no object get to see breathtaking visions take shape, and they have the privilege of being the ones who shape them. At this level, it’s not ...
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Nov. 16 2012
North Carolina native Kim Lewey always wanted to be on a fast track. Willing to do the work, she wanted to know that if she had the ability—and she knew she did—she could move up in the business world ...
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