May 16 2016
What we’re looking for is a guarded truce, sort of like a Berlin Wall or DMZ. We want them to stay on their side of the barrier, and we’ll stay on the other; but we’ll always be out there, ...
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April 15 2016
As landscape professionals, we know that the success of a rose, or any other plant, depends on how it’s cared for. Giving it the right amount of sun and water is a good start, but the difference ...
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March 16 2016
On the other hand, butterflies— who love to flutter around around planting beds—have two color receptors that we don’t, and can see more color than we can. Perhaps that’s why, as ...
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April 15 2015
Retention ponds are becoming increasingly more popular on both residential and commercial sites, and many states and municipalities now require them in new developments. Although they have a variety ...
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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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March 16 2015
Landscape maintenance businesses are a very hot topic these days. If managed properly, they can turn into billion-dollar revenue streams, a fact which has, by no surprise, caught the eye of many financial ...
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Jan. 15 2015
We can see it in our minds … “the perfect view.” It’s the scene that automatically pops into our heads when we think of something as being picturesque ...
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April 15 2014
Ask ten people on the street what fertigation is and you’ll probably get a couple of blank stares, and a few different guesses. Simply put, fertigation is the ability to use an irrigation system ...
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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
When Ersek was 12 years old, he wanted a dirt bike motorcycle, but his dad wouldn’t buy it for him. “My dad told me I could have anything I wanted; I just had to work hard and save my money,” ...
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June 12 2013
The segment of the green industry that maintains turfgrass, sports fields and large greenscapes has seen many really significant changes over the past 20 years. Even so, for the most part, we’re ...
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April 16 2013
Be glad you’re not a male emerald ash borer out looking for a mate. If one of them could sit down next to you on a barstool and talk, he might complain about the artificiality of today’s ...
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April 16 2013
When you think of going green, the Progressive Auto Insurance Company probably doesn’t spring to mind. But you might want to think again.… Over the years, as Progressive Insurance grew, it ...
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Feb. 15 2013
As a landscape professional, you may already agree with, and even employ, some of the principles of eco-green sustainable (also known as organic) landscape work. But one important hesitation remains. ...
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April 21 2008
In 1987, Wayne Miller, was heading up his own consulting firm when Century Rain Aid, with eight branches in four states, offered him a position. They were looking for someone who could develop and implement ...
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Dec. 13 2012
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. These three words make up an environmentalist mantra that folks have been saying for decades. We reduce waste at the source by decreasing what we consume, and the amount that ...
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March 1 1999
Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning Assure the Health of Water Features By Patrick Simmsgeiger The summertime beauty and function of a pond, lake or water feature can be seriously ...
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Nov. 30 1999
Aahh...springtime. Buds are breaking, turf is awakening from dormancy and the hummingbirds return from their sojourn in warmer climes ...
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July 1 1998
Understanding what's in the fertilizer bag or bottle is the key to being successful in the landscape maintenance business today. Getting no plant response from a fertilizer application is an expensive ...
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Aug. 1 1998
Fountains ...a delight to the eye and ear. Of all the components of landscaping, none is more wholly soothing than a fountain or a water feature ...
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