One of the ways that irrigation work differs from other landscape projects is that even after the job is done, most of the evidence is underground, out of sight. An irrigation system is judged more by what it provides in water savings and a lush landscape than the quality of well-planned pipelines.

That’s part of why it’s important to recognize success where we can. I’m excited to share our next winner of the Changing the Landscape Awards: Irrigation category, which you’ll find featured in this print issue. While the entries for this category might not have been as visually dazzling as some of the Landscape entries, everyone who entered should be extremely proud of their work. There were so many creative solutions and intricate designs in this set. I think irrigation professionals often show some of their best work when problem-solving in the field.

This month is also the perfect time to talk about our next upcoming project, Watch Us Grow: 2021 Industry Standouts. This program celebrates professionals who provide irrigation or landscape lighting services who have seen company growth in the past year.

One of the biggest ways Watch Us Grow: 2021 Industry Standouts is different from other benchmarking programs and industry lists is that we’re not looking only for the highest earners or the biggest names. What’s more important to us is the increase in revenue for irrigation or landscape lighting work for the past year and the story behind it. It doesn’t matter whether your company is large or small, we want to highlight how you’ve made your business successful. I’d be really thrilled to hear from more compact companies that have made headway in the last year in either sector.

Also, did I mention that sharing your company’s growth enters you into a contest for a DJI Mini 2 quadcopter drone, provided by program sponsor Heritage Landscape Supply Group? Just another reason to submit that application.

Several of the best success stories for both irrigation and landscape lighting will be featured in a series of company profiles in an upcoming print edition full of tips and insights alongside other benchmarking data.

Find out more about how to enter your company by July 16 at Just because much of your incredible work stays underground doesn’t mean you can’t brag about your company’s growth. Share your story and let us help!