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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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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Oct. 15 2014
When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his ...
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June 16 2014
If you think of an irrigation system as somewhat similar to the human circulatory system, it may be a little easier to understand how it works. Although there are other components that make up an irrigation ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Sun Valley, a community in the San Fernando Valley, is one of the many suburbs in the city of Los Angeles. Like the rest of Southern California, it lies in a semi-arid climate zone, where the average rainfall ...
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Oct. 1 2007
While taking a walk in my neighborhood one day I noticed that water was spewing out from everywhere at a nearby home, or at least it seemed that way. Upon closer inspection it appeared that the valves ...
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April 18 2008
Hear that giant sucking sound? It's money swirling down a black hole called missed opportunity, never to be seen again. The opportunity, which is often overlooked and an otherwise unconsidered profit ...
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April 21 2008
If you ask a group of landscape professionals why they practice Integrated Pest Management, you’ll get a variety of answers. Some are driven primarily by a concern for the environment. Others do ...
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Oct. 16 2012
Once upon a time, landscape professionals just took care of landscapes. Issues with water were left to others. Then, as time went on, we expanded our range of services to include hardscapes, outdoor lighting, ...
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May 14 2008
WHAT STABILIZES SOIL, RETAINS moisture, saves on mulch, aids in filtration, reinforces and protects, and oh, yes . . . minimizes weeding? The answer is landscape fabric. Commonly known as a weed-barrier, ...
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Oct. 17 2008
Drainage does not have the pizzazz that other aspects of landscaping have. Even irrigation, which certainly isn’t glamorous, has more going for it than drainage ...
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May 15 2009
What does it take to build a landscape? How do you start with a vision and turn it into a beautiful, functional reality? It takes a lot more than muscle and the right equipment. With any landscape construction ...
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June 15 2009
IF YOU PUT ALL OF YOUR CONSTRUCTION FOREMEN AND laborers together in one room and asked them to describe how they would build a paver walkway or patio, how many different answers would you get? ...
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Aug. 18 2011
Like love and marriage, irrigation and drainage go together like a horse and carriage. When it comes to a healthy landscape, like a healthy marriage, you can’t have one without the other. The irrigation ...
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Jan. 18 2010
Walking through a garden courtyard, you’re surrounded by sculptured fountains, a circular pergola and hand-carved limestone columns. Breathe deeply and inhale the fragrance of succulent roses that ...
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