Aug. 15 2017
A landscape contractor working on the groundbreaking phase of a new retirement community in Van Nuys, California, had certain specific concerns about irrigation. “Runoff was a very big issue, because ...
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March 15 2017
Kelly Rozansky, 49, and Ken Shadek, 48, first met on a camping trip about 30 years ago, and they’ve been friends ever since. Little did they realize back then that they would later become business ...
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Feb. 15 2017
Some months ago, our family had three major home improvements that needed to be completed. Discussed in this article is what each company we called did that increased their perceived value to us as they ...
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Nov. 18 2016
who want to make a good visual impression. It can cut into their bottom line. “Obviously, you lease more and rent more apartments whenever you have green turf instead of splotchy brown turf,” ...
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May 16 2016
Drugs are everywhere, it seems—from the legally prescribed ones, such as opiate painkillers, to the illegal ones such as crack, heroin and methamphetamine. And then there’s marijuana, legal ...
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Aug. 17 2015
Some years ago, effluent from a wastewater treatment plant in San Antonio, Texas, backflowed into the potable water system at the plant due to maintenance activities. On September 18, 1996, a meter ...
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June 24 2014
However, the United State’s entry into World War I in 1917 meant that manufacturers had to do their part, and Toro got busy making steering mechanisms for merchant supply ships. By 1918, the war ...
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Feb. 14 2014
When Barbara first met John Stropko, she said, "I was crazy about him." Almost 30 years later, they are still joined at the hip. In fact, I would say the Stropkos are living a life they love. They are ...
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Nov. 16 2012
BORN AND BRED IN HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, Mike Mason exudes confidence—it’s in his DNA. His father worked for the Mississippi Cooperative Service as a county agent. “Like many kids in ...
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Sept. 19 2012
When Crystal Alington came into this world, times were tough. Her father worked on a dairy farm in Erie, Pennsylvania, and to augment his income, he also worked in a nursery and as a truck driver ...
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Oct. 17 2011
“A family with six children had just moved in and needed a kid-friendly backyard,” says Eric Fenmore, owner of DIG Landscape Construction in Newport Beach, California. “The landscape ...
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July 17 2012
There is much to consider for a landscape contractor who realizes the dream of starting his or her own company. Among other attributes, it takes foresight and determination to find a formula for success, ...
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July 17 2012
Travis Freeman remembers going out on sales calls with his father when he was a little boy. He would listen intently, and loved it when his father demonstrated the vacuum cleaners he was selling. It ...
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Nov. 16 2011
I just finished another onsite consultation with a $2m landscape management company. Not the worst situation I’ve seen, but still, a lot of improvement was needed in most areas ...
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Oct. 17 2011
It all started when a young man decided to go into the landscape business after he’d been working for a company as a field foreman or supervisor for a few years. He thought that the field knowledge ...
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Oct. 17 2011
Horton grew up in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, where he attended Cal State University, Northridge. His major was accounting. Once in school, he realized that he needed ...
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Aug. 18 2011
As I reflect back over the first half of the year, I keep scratching my head, saying, ‘Boy, is this a crazy year!” This is after talking with contractors, distributors, manufacturers, sales ...
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July 20 2011
Tom Campbell is the owner and operator of Water Scout, a North Bay, California company that specializes in irrigation planning and water auditing. Late last year, one of Campbell’s clients called ...
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