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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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
The Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, chronicled in Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” immortalized the devastating effects that drought—combined with a lack of knowledge about soil ...
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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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June 16 2014
“COME WITH ME AND YOU’LL BE IN A world of pure imagination,” Gene Wilder sang in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as he danced down the steps into his edible garden. While ...
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June 16 2014
Healthy growth usually starts with the right soil, and for a family, it’s no different. Michael Meléndrez comes from a line that’s been on the same soil for centuries. On his father’s ...
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May 16 2014
However, some of these new electronic innovations have been around long enough now that most of the kinks have been worked out of them. And, for many irrigation professionals, they’re not mere gadgets, ...
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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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April 15 2014
So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Often two, three, or more pipes will be crowded together in a narrow trench. Wiring to the controller may share that limited space as well. Or the PVC pipe is “snaked” and twisted in the trench ...
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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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July 16 2013
Just the other day, I received an email from a long-time customer. I did not build their pond and 50-foot stream initially, but I have been cleaning and putting band-aids on their chronically leaking stream ...
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July 16 2013
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver ...
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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
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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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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May 15 2013
The simplicity of landscape fabric belies its versatility. Like a jack-of-all-trades, this product can be used in many different settings, for many different reasons. Whether it’s for filtration, ...
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April 21 2008
For Robert Moore, Sr., epiphany came after he had a chemical engineering degree in hand: During that time, drinking beer on the back porch and looking at a puddle in the backyard, a guy said, 'Boy, I got ...
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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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