June 15 2017
In our modern world, we’ve rethought a great many things. We used to throw our soda cans in the trash; now we recycle them. Automobiles used to run exclusively on fossil fuels. Now, in 2017, we can ...
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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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Feb. 16 2016
As such, you might be forgiven for thinking that the only place the green industry runs into fungus is as a disease to be driven off by chemical application. This, however, is far from the truth. The lawns ...
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June 15 2015
I was so excited to move into new house recently; I had endless plans of what color scheme to give each room, exactly which vegetables and herbs I wanted to plant in my large and fertile backyard, ...
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March 16 2015
Whether you blame politics, the population explosion, climate change, or thirsty aliens from outer space, the reasons don’t really matter. What does matter is that the need to conserve water isn’t ...
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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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July 15 2014
After reading that title, you may be asking yourself, “What could these three things possibly have in common?” They all have to do with big mistakes in pond and water-feature construction
May 16 2014
You have a new customer who wants you to build them a pond for their backyard. You dig out the area, throw in a liner, fill it with water and then it’s a pond, right? Not even close. There’s ...
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Oct. 14 2013
“It’s extremely risky. These areas are prone to wildfires due to the higher level of surrounding fire fuel,” says Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada ...
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Sept. 16 2013
Each year, I ask myself the question: what percentage of our business is made up of renovations, service calls and consultations, and what percentage is new construction? Let’s talk a little about ...
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July 16 2013
July has arrived, which means that Smart Irrigation Month is in full swing. Do you have your Smart team in place? To make things a little more interesting, the Irrigation Association (IA) is having a Smart ...
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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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March 14 2013
Color is one of those topics on which everyone has an opinion and no one agrees. What’s garish and gaudy to one person is bright and cheerful to the next. Our color preferences depend upon our ...
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March 14 2013
Trying to put the basics about building a pond into one short article is very difficult, to say the least. However, in an effort to keep it concise, I’ve broken it down to 15 points that you should ...
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Feb. 15 2013
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, ...
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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
If you've attended industry conventions, chances are you've met Dr. John Thomson. You likely saw him faithfully manning his booth, always available to discuss his favorite subjects: plant health, vitamins ...
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Dec. 13 2012
Once upon a time, there was little need for smart irrigation. Water was plentiful, falling from the sky at regular intervals. Oh, there might be a dry spell once in awhile, but soon enough, the rain ...
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