May 15 2017
There’s trouble at Ms. Wilson’s pond. Her pump is making a funny noise, the amount of water flowing out of it is reduced, or it’s just plain not working at all, and you get the call to ...
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Oct. 15 2016
That was the lesson Mike Mason, CEO, and Brodie Bruner, executive vice president of Weathermatic, took away when a colleague they had worked alongside for 20 years passed away in 2012. “It really ...
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Oct. 15 2015
Have you noticed lately that things have started running dry? If you’re an irrigation or landscape contractor living and working in one of the current drought states—California, Oregon, Washington, ...
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July 15 2015
Growing populations have drained down aquifers across the continent. Dated stormwater management systems are in desperate need of an overhaul as heavy rains, often contaminated by raw sewage, flow directly ...
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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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Oct. 15 2014
When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his ...
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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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March 14 2014
If you were to travel to Europe and visit the old cities, you would find many fountains scattered throughout the towns that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. Even then, the sight and sound ...
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Jan. 15 2014
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Sun Valley, a community in the San Fernando Valley, is one of the many suburbs in the city of Los Angeles. Like the rest of Southern California, it lies in a semi-arid climate zone, where the average rainfall ...
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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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May 15 2013
One of the most popular misconceptions homeowners have today about pond ownership is that it’s too high maintenance. They’ve heard myths and horror stories about algae taking over, fish dying, ...
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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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March 1 2007
In the late 1960s, a small but determined band of irrigation visionaries began assembling periodically in small offices and dark restaurants dotted throughout the San Francisco Bay area ...
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March 1 2008
When we think of a pump station, we’re usually thinking of water purveyors who are pumping water so your home can have potable water for drinking, showering, etc. Golf enthusiasts might see pumping stations ...
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April 21 2008
The application of fertilizers through an irrigation system has been used effectively in agriculture for decades ...
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May 15 2008
No homeowner wants to look out their window and see green or tea-colored water in their backyard pond. This is why creating a healthy, low-maintenance ecosystem is so important to any contractor who installs ...
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Dec. 23 2009
About two years ago at a trade conference, I was talking with a landscape contractor who, up until that point in time, only specialized in design/build in the residential market. Either he knew ...
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