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
You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler ...
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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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May 15 2013
‘The right tool for the right job’ is an old adage which, when followed, saves dollars and makes a lot of sense. Your arsenal of equipment needs to be fairly extensive, due to the wide variety ...
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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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April 16 2013
Be glad you’re not a male emerald ash borer out looking for a mate. If one of them could sit down next to you on a barstool and talk, he might complain about the artificiality of today’s ...
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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 14 2013
Color is one of those topics on which everyone has an opinion and no one agrees. What’s garish and gaudy to one person is bright and cheerful to the next. Our color preferences depend upon our ...
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March 14 2013
As spring approaches, it's never too early to start thinking about rejuvenating lawns and getting then ready for the summer. Lawns are classified as being either cool season or warm season, depending ...
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March 14 2013
The modern commercial mower is an awesome beast. The things it can do, the power it has, the technology that goes into it are truly remarkable. You probably own several of them. As you know, this much ...
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Feb. 15 2013
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, ...
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Feb. 15 2013
The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things ...
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Jan. 14 2013
High-end landscape work is a whole different universe. Contractors who work with clients for whom money is no object get to see breathtaking visions take shape, and they have the privilege of being the ...
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Jan. 14 2013
If you’re a design/build landscape contractor, we don’t have to tell you that it’s been a tough go over the last few years. if you’ve been smart enough and lucky enough to stay ...
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Jan. 14 2013
When we go to the movies, we escape from everyday life. Take a film like The Jungle Book. The viewer is instantly brought to a land of adventure; a world of natural wonders that many would give just ...
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Dec. 13 2012
One of the things we can count on in life is that nothing runs smoothly forever. If that wasn’t true, a lot more cars from the 1940s or even earlier would still be on the roads, instead of being ...
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Nov. 16 2012
North Carolina native Kim Lewey always wanted to be on a fast track. Willing to do the work, she wanted to know that if she had the ability—and she knew she did—she could move up in the business ...
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Nov. 16 2012
You have to take many things into consideration when you think of “winterizing” a pond or waterscape. In southern climates, it may be that putting a leaf net up if deciduous trees are present ...
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Oct. 16 2012
WILDFIRE! The very word sends terror through the hearts of homeowners, particularly those who live in “fire country.” Homes turned to ashes, miles of blackened earth...stunned families ...
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