March 14 2014
The best way to tame these nasty beasts is to nip them in the bud. fortunately, we have some pretty potent weapons in our arsenal that can do just that; they’re called pre-emergent herbicides. When ...
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March 14 2014
When many entrepreneurs hit a snag, they point the finger at outside factors. But Suzanne Evans, author and entrepreneur, says that you—and you alone—are the source of your success or failure. ...
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March 14 2014
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place ...
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Jan. 15 2014
WHEN WARREN THOMA WAS discharged from the Army in 1976, he was 24 years old. Married and the father of a twomonth old baby, he didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. ...
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Jan. 15 2014
Spring is coming soon to an irrigation system near you. “What? It’s still winter!” you might be saying. Yes, and midwinter is the perfect time to start preparing to get your clients’ ...
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Jan. 15 2014
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Often two, three, or more pipes will be crowded together in a narrow trench. Wiring to the controller may share that limited space as well. Or the PVC pipe is “snaked” and twisted in the trench ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Smith was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his father worked for a local building contractor. When his dad was 28, with a wife and five children, he found out that he had a tumor on his ...
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June 12 2013
Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when ...
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June 12 2013
Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when ...
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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 ...
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Jan. 2 2008
GROWING UP, KEVIN ROBERTS, OWNER OF BIG SKY LANDSCAPING, Inc., would leave his home in Montana to spend his summers in Oregon working for an uncle who owned a tree service company ...
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Oct. 1 2006
For the typical nine- or ten-month seasonal landscape contractor, the first snowfall is just another symbol of the end of the year ...
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March 1 2007
Chic Kelty will be the first to admit that if he had the chance to do it over again, he would do some things differently. On the other hand, maybe it was because of these life experiences that Kelty is ...
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Sept. 18 2007
In a business like landscaping where people come from all walks of life, Tony Bass is a breath of fresh air. Many of us meander into this business— some are born into it, but with Bass it was planned
Aug. 14 2008
A network of weather stations broadcast solar energy, wind speed, temperature and humidity data to the ET Manager, while rainfall is measured onsite to pinpoint each site’s unique moisture conditions
July 18 2009
YES, TIMES ARE STILL TOUGH OUT there. Driving along one of Los Angeles’ metropolitan streets over the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice just how hard the small, local businesses and boutiques ...
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Sept. 15 2009
The holiday season is approaching with the speed of Santa’s sleigh. Before you know it, the sound of carols will fill the crisp winter nights, and the familiar smell of Christmas trees will permeate ...
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June 15 2010
Is this Wayne Rhatigan?” the voice said. “Please hold for President Obama.” Irrigation contractor Wayne Rhatigan, 46, was tracing the lines on a newly installed system when his cell phone ...
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Sept. 23 2010
Try to remember - although it's only September - that the holidays are just around the corner. The temperatures are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change, and before you know it, Santas will ...
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