April 27 2018
Some threats to trees are manmade. As such, they can be avoided. Here are some problems and their solutions
April 11 2018
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Arlington, Virginia, reminds you to carefully inspect those mowers, trimmers, blowers, chain saws, pruners or other pieces of outdoor power equipment that have sat ...
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April 6 2018
It’s April, and for many landscape contractors, business is ramping up. What better time to spread awareness of our industry and remind the public of the benefits of a well-cared-for lawn? That’s ...
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April 6 2018
“It’s a global phenomenon, even bigger than just our nation,” says Richard Cobb, Ph.D., who teaches forest health (insects and pathogens), dendrology and ecology at California Polytechnic ...
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March 5 2018
On-demand, app-based companies all work in a similar way. A contractor signs up for free. He is then offered jobs through the app, which he can accept or not. The company decides how much to charge. When ...
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Feb. 5 2018
As a landscape contractor you’ve probably heard about or even seen an injury on the job. Because of the nature of the work, the use of sharp, powerful and heavy equipment, accidents like a landscape ...
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Feb. 5 2018
Lawn care, golf course and nursery handlers and applicators often transfer potentially hazardous chemicals and concentrates such as herbicides, insecticides, adjuvants and fungicides from large drums into ...
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Feb. 5 2018
When a landscape professional looks at that lawn, however, he sees the pounds of fertilizer that were spread, the irrigation that was carefully scheduled, the mowing that was done to just the right height, ...
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Jan. 15 2018
Landscape design is an art as well as a science. Great landscape design blends both in seamless synchrony. The project we’re featuring for our annual Excellence in Craftsmanship story is a prime ...
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Jan. 15 2018
Some people have to learn everything the hard way, and apparently, I’m one of them. For instance, for years when cleaning house, I’d use the same bottle of spray cleaner, toting it from room ...
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Jan. 15 2018
Decorative water elements have consistently ranked in the top ten in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey for the past ten years
Dec. 15 2017
One earthquake and several pounding rainstorms later, that wall—and the hill, and the house—are all still in place. That’s a testament to the skill and knowledge of the landscape contractor ...
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Oct. 16 2017
Whether you’re learning how to throw a fastball, or to play the piano, everything starts with the fundamentals. Throwing a ball against a pitchback over and over or practicing the scales may not ...
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Oct. 16 2017
Darr has experienced how keeping this clear space around a property also helps the professionals who are trying to save it. “We had the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012, and the Black Forest fire in 2013. ...
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Sept. 15 2017
I can’t think of a homeowner who hasn’t dreamed of owning a water feature. The same thing that compels a person to travel hundreds, even thousands of miles to gaze at Niagara, Victoria or ...
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July 15 2017
It can happen in the middle of the night or in broad daylight, while your crew eats lunch at a fastfood restaurant. Whether it is a small string trimmer or a $20,000 commercial mower, landscape equipment ...
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July 15 2017
Ahhh, summer! The season where each weekend is full of opportunities to experience the great outdoors. Couples go to the beach in the morning, have drinks on their patio in the afternoon, then in the evening, ...
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May 15 2017
When Greg Taylor, owner of GTM Services in Largo, Florida, went to the Green Industry Expo (GIE) in 2014, he noticed that there were a few more companies selling battery-powered outdoor equipment. He saw ...
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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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April 15 2017
I never did come down with the classic Vitamin C deficiency ailment that fruit-deprived sailors used to get, however, because my indulgent grandmother gave me grape juice instead. That was one of her many ...
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