Landscape & Irrigation

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 12, December

Beware!: Business Insurance Rates Rise; Start Your Shopping Today. (Resource Guide)
Terrorist attacks inside the borders of the continental U.S. Terrorist earlier this year have triggered insurance price increases across the nation. Like it or not, these rising costs will be handed down to you, the customer, whether you own a large...
Check before Selecting Wood for Landscape Uses. (Hard Goods)
Hardwood (from deciduous trees) or softwood (from conifers)? Treated or untreated? What about grade? And those are only your initial questions when selecting a wood type for a planned residential deck or patio. Most -- not all -- woods that are...
Choosing a Corporate Christmas Tree. (over Easy)
Charlie Brown may be able to get away with a sparse tree at Christmas, but for businesses, the tree that graces the lobby needs a little more prestige. Tall, full, and perfectly proportioned, a corporate Christmas tree is like a runway model: so beautiful...
Dealerships Undergoing 21st-Century Changes. (Viewpoint)
A change in how your friendly local dealer operates began last century, but it has carried over -- in a big way -- into this, the 21st century. For one thing, there are far fewer dealers. But we don't need to tell you that. For another thing, the...
Juniperus Conferta -- Shore Juniper. (Plant Palette)
Junipers are among the most appealing evergreen conifers. They have been long appreciated for their incredible variety in shape and dize, textural richness and tidiness. Some in the landscape industry are re-discovering the genus after years of...
Mailbag: More Than One Way to Skin a Cat; More Than One Way to Estimate. (the Buzz)
TO THE EDITOR: In the August issue of "Landscape & Irrigation," an article entitled "The Price is Right: Five Ways to Estimate" ran. In it, a system of recovering overhead called MORS that I personally have successfully used in hundreds of millions...
Selection Tips: Cell Phone Technology. (Tool Box)
To coin an old television commercial, today's business-communications technology "has come a long way, baby." You can now use one communications handset as a digital cellular telephone, digital two-way radio and alphanumeric pager. From your vehicle,...
The Buzz
"We believe this will serve as a new growth platform that we are uniquely positioned to implement," says Foley. Independent Marketers will have access to all of the company's proprietary products, enabling them to serve all segments of the professional...
The Low-Down on Drip. (Sprinklers 'N' Such)
To the industry's credit, landscapes are becoming more intriguing. However, they also need more complex management regimens and more elaborate infrastructure. And the more diversified the plant material and its water requirements, the more nubile the...
Viburnum Cassinoides -- Witherod Viburnum. (Plant Palette)
Although I grew up on a nursery, I only really started to Although learn my woody plants when I took a two-semester "Landscape Plants" course at the University of Wisconsin. My professor was Dr. Edward Hasselkus, who was (and still is) a guru to generations...
Walk-Behinds vs. Riders: Consider Job Size. (Power Equipment)
One of the most perplexing decisions that lawn/landscape One maintenance contractors eventually face is when to abandon the walk-behind mower that's served their growing business so well, in favor of a bigger, faster riding mower. At that point,...
When Animals Attack: (Landscape Plants, That Is). (High Science)
The average adult male deer can consume more than 5 lb. of food a day. That's a lot of begonias. Deer forage for food where it is most plentiful and nutritious. They forage on leaves, stems and buds of woody plants, flowers, grain, fruit, vegetables...