Nov. 18 2016
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK very far to see that outdoor kitchens and living spaces are a very big deal nowadays. They're featured in home decorating magazines, and used as backdrops in print ads for all kinds...
March 16 2016
When you hear the phrase “low-volume irrigation,” what picture pops into your head? Small spray heads, staked over plantings? Rotating heads, putting out multiple streams of water? Burbling...
March 16 2016
Now that you’re an adult, and the owner of a grown-up landscape contracting business, you might long for those Norman Rockwell-esque days. There are so many more expenses that go into serving your...
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...
Dec. 15 2015
Look to 2016 as an exciting year for anyone thinking of adding to their truck fleet. Because, whether they’re medium or heavy-duty pickups, chassis cabs or cab-over-engines, trucks are getting better,...
Dec. 15 2015
No contractor wants to get that “911”call from a client. Usually, it comes right after, or even during, a big rainstorm. And after you get off the phone, you might just let out a groan. That’s...
Nov. 23 2015
The City of Santa Monica, California, is banning the use of nearly all new irrigation sprinklers for landscaping, deeming it a water waster. They’ve issued a ban on sprinkler-based irrigation system
Nov. 16 2015
The joke’s funny because you can’t picture the Stones’ lead guitarist doing anything more to prepare for winter than maybe, adding more scarves. Non-rock stars, however, who live where...
Nov. 16 2015
As a business owner, your days consist of one decision after another. Some are no-brainers: “Should I update my website?” Of course! “Should I check this prospective employee’s...
Nov. 16 2015
Randy Stewart and his family lived on a 100- acre farm in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He grew up helping tend the family’s 40 or so head of cattle, hauling hay in the summer and harvesting pecans in the winter....
Oct. 15 2015
Have you noticed lately that things have started running dry? If you’re an irrigation or landscape contractor living and working in one of the current drought states—California, Oregon, Washington,...
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...
Sept. 16 2015
Pumps are among the oldest machines ever invented by mankind. All the way back in 2000 BC, the Egyptians invented a device for raising water called a shadoof, a long, suspended rod with a bucket at one...
Aug. 17 2015
You roll out of bed while it’s still dark, bolt down some coffee, then bundle up in hat, gloves, boots, pants and parka. You head out into the cold, dark streets to push, shovel and melt ice and...
Aug. 17 2015
Salt, a.k.a. NaCl, sodium chloride, is so common a compound that it’s hard to imagine running out of it. After all, sodium—atomic number 11 on the periodic table—is the sixth-most abundant...
Oct. 15 2014
Graywater from a system at a Florida residence is piped into the home’s drinking water. “Yellow gushy stuff” coming out of some taps in Maryland turns out to be the powerful—and...
Oct. 15 2014
It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not...
Oct. 15 2014
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your...
Aug. 15 2014
You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up...
Aug. 15 2014
Few segments of the green industry have changed as much in just a handful of years as has low-voltage landscape lighting. New technology, such as digital controls and better LEDs has added a great deal...