June 17 2016
Like many people my age, the first time I heard the label ‘smart’ applied to a device, it was a bomb. The media was all in a clamor about these fancy new weapons and waxed eloquent about their ...
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June 17 2016
If we’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s that we should never take our water supply for granted, especially if you live on an island. Take Hawaii, for example. Water for drinking ...
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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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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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Nov. 17 2014
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter. Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture ...
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Nov. 17 2014
The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a catchphrase: “I don’t get no respect— no respect at all.” For a long time, the same thing could be said of water. Certainly, we knew ...
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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 ...
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Sept. 16 2013
No question about it, wireless technology has changed all of our lives. No longer are we tethered to telephones attached to walls or boxes. We can talk on the phone just about anywhere, and do it hands-free. ...
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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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April 21 2008
Every landscape manager has them, places where turf just won't survive because people take short cuts ...
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July 1 2007
This is a huge amount of water devoted to a use that isn'considered a necessity in all circles. To make matters worse, experts estimate that as much as half of the water used for landscape irrigation is ...
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April 22 2008
When reminiscing of youthful days gone by, many people are reminded of playing tag with neighborhood friends, climbing trees, and chasing the family dog. More often than not, these recollections usually ...
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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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June 13 2008
You`re cruising down the highway, and you notice that the needle on your fuel gauge leans toward the empty mark. You pull into the nearest gas station and hop out of your truck. Shielding your eyes from ...
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July 15 2008
BESIDES INDEPENDENCE DAY, there’s another reason for contractors to celebrate July: Smart Irrigation Month. As July is one of the peak months for landscape water usage, it’s a good time to ...
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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
THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER time to develop your water conservation IQ. The word is out: water is recognized as a limited resource everywhere—even in areas not yet hit hard by shortages ...
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Aug. 14 2009
AS A HORTICULTURALIST AND AN IRRIGATION CONTRACTOR, I WITNESS FIRSTHAND THE STAGGERING AMOUNT OF WATER wasted every day in an effort to maintain a beautiful landscape ...
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Aug. 14 2009
It wasn’t so very long ago that the water situation in many states had reached crisis proportions, resulting in the implementation of some of the toughest watering restrictions that had ever been ...
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