June 17 2016
On a long-ago camping trip, my fellow Girl Scouts and I were introduced to a gentleman, of whom we were told we could ask any question we had about nature. “He knows everything,” our troop ...
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Sept. 16 2015
Who doesn’t want to do something special for the holidays? For many property owners that means long strings of bulbs festooning their rooflines, trees, and shrubs. Shopping centers and retail stores ...
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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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Feb. 19 2015
When Kermit the Frog crooned the tune “It’s not easy being green,” he wasn’t singing about environmental issues. We who are in the green industry, however, might want to rewrite ...
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April 15 2014
AS A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR, you know how to feed, water, trim and otherwise nurture the turf, shrubs and flowers on your clients’ properties. But when it comes to those big, tall, woody things in ...
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Nov. 15 2013
Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for ...
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May 15 2013
Water. It’s vital to all life. Humans, plants and animals can’t live without it. But the problem is, it’s getting scarcer. And, in many places, more and more expensive ...
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Jan. 14 2013
When we go to the movies, we escape from everyday life. Take a film like The Jungle Book. The viewer is instantly brought to a land of adventure; a world of natural wonders that many would give just ...
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Nov. 30 1999
An environmentally-friendly product to control snails and slugs has been developed. Sluggo, a unique blend of iron phosphate with bait additives in easy-to-use, non-toxic pellets, is one of Western Farm ...
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May 1 1999
As you lie in your lounge chair and listen to the gurgling of a small stream and the chirping of some nearby birds, the sun's rays are luring you into a nap. The light touch of one of the plants near ...
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Nov. 30 1999
These kids today get no discipline. They do what they want, when they want, and they dont care whos watching. As a result, many of them are doomed to spend their adult lives confined, either physically ...
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July 1 2007
his summer, I've been engaged by Savio Engineering to crisscross the country teaching groups of contractors in hands-on clinics about the fundamentals of water feature construction -- that is, ...
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Sept. 1 2007
Its important to remember that people are not completely helpless when it comes to protecting themselves and their homes from wildfire ...
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Oct. 1 2007
Imagine three towering oak trees and the knee-high piles of leaves they left on the ground. Rather than spending countless hours raking and bagging, we tried to find shortcuts ways to make our lives easier
Oct. 16 2012
WILDFIRE! The very word sends terror through the hearts of homeowners, particularly those who live in “fire country.” Homes turned to ashes, miles of blackened earth...stunned families ...
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Sept. 1 2008
THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF ponds and large water features among residential and commercial markets translates into a high profit margin for your business, and are simpler to build than you think. For ...
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Oct. 20 2009
At the tender age of 14, Gary Morgan entered the business world when he started a lawn mowing service. Ironically, today he is back in the “mowing” business as president of Dixie Chopper. Along ...
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Oct. 20 2009
When synthetic turf was first invented in the early ’60s, it was hardly impressive. There was only one type available at the time, and it was rough, off-color and uncomfortable. It was called AstroTurf, ...
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March 16 2010
The environmental movement that began back in the 1960s has gained momentum through the decades and on into the 21st century. As human population numbers explode, natural resources grow scarcer because ...
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