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 ...
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June 16 2014
Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of ...
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May 16 2014
As a contractor, you have some idea of what your costumers want, or of what's popular in your neck of the woods. Ther are other ways to get a picture of some of the broader green industry trends that are ...
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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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April 15 2014
Ask ten people on the street what fertigation is and you’ll probably get a couple of blank stares, and a few different guesses. Simply put, fertigation is the ability to use an irrigation system ...
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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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March 14 2014
There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So when you’re creating a design for a landscape, you want your thousand words to be good ones. Well, with computer ...
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March 14 2014
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place ...
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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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Feb. 14 2014
If you’ve been using plant material and wildflowers that are native to your local area, you’ve been in the eco-green movement for a while, although you may not have realized it. Now, more than ...
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Feb. 14 2014
“I did a dumb thing last year but I learned a lesson,” said one landscape contractor, who requested anonymity. Because he was rushing to close down for the winter, he did not prepare his equipment ...
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Jan. 15 2014
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, ...
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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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Jan. 15 2014
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an ...
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Dec. 16 2013
There’s an old adage that says, “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.” This may seem like a strange way to open a story about maintaining commercial ...
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Nov. 15 2013
Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for ...
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Nov. 15 2013
Beaulieu has built more than 1,300 water features around the world, including every major city in Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. These include every type and permutation of water ...
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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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Oct. 14 2013
Twenty to thirty years ago, a revolution swept through the automobile world like a hurricane—and now it’s making its impact on the green industry. Driven by rising gas prices in the 1970s and ...
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Aug. 14 2013
“LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!” yells the hollywood director. The studio lights are switched on to illuminate the set; the sound system is turned on and the cameras roll. on a movie set, ...
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