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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May 15 2015
The truth is, large projects require more than just bidding against other contractors. It requires you sitting down and taking a look at your business
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 ...
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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 ...
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March 16 2015
When it comes to cleaning out a pond, people often make a mountain out of a molehill. Everyone, contractors included, seems to worry about the idea of completely draining a pond once a year. Cleaning ...
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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 ...
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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
Jan. 15 2015
One of the unfortunate realities of pond ownership is that there are critters out there that like to dine on one’s fish without the benefit of a chef’s efforts. Most pond owners quickly realize ...
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Nov. 17 2014
Demi Fortuna's life was exciting even before landing in his current position as director of product information with Atlantic Water Gardens. Stony Brook, New York has always been home to Fortuna. That's ...
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Sept. 16 2014
The captivating sounds, beauty and grandeur of ponds, water gardens and stand-alone water features in the landscape have intrigued us through the ages—all the way back to Ancient Greece. Today, it’s ...
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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 ...
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July 15 2014
After reading that title, you may be asking yourself, “What could these three things possibly have in common?” They all have to do with big mistakes in pond and water-feature construction ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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May 16 2014
You have a new customer who wants you to build them a pond for their backyard. You dig out the area, throw in a liner, fill it with water and then it’s a pond, right? Not even close. There’s ...
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April 15 2014
AS A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR, you know how to feed, water, trim and otherwise nurture the turf, shrubs and flowers on your clients’ properties. But when it comes to those big, tall, woody things in ...
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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 ...
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March 14 2014
If you were to travel to Europe and visit the old cities, you would find many fountains scattered throughout the towns that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. Even then, the sight and sound ...
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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 ...
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Jan. 15 2014
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° ...
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