Posts Tagged ‘irrigation’

  • Low water use landscape
    09.26.12

    10 Low Water-Use Landscape Design Ideas

    Water Smart garden design is easy. Below are a few basics that can make any garden Water Smart. By incorporating these basics, success will come easy to those who take on the challenge. Water-smart landscapes are not rock and cactus. A well-designed Xeriscape landscape should look like it belongs in any popular home and gardening magazine. Additionally, you don’t need to totally redo your yard to achieve substantial water savings. Many simple ideas can be incorporated into your existing landscapes.... MORE >

  • Dormant Lawn
    09.20.12

    Brown is the New Green

    For years the Dallas/Fort Worth market has been on the forefront of seeding ryegrass into dormant turf for the winter.  Why seed ryegrass you ask?  (Ok, so you didn’t ask…but I’ll tell you anyway) Well, in this market the warm season turf, predominately Bermuda and St. Augustine, goes dormant in the winter, leaving the turf naturally brown. Years ago someone came up the idea of sowing ryegrass (a cool season turf) into dormant, warm-season lawns.  Magically, the brown grass became... MORE >

  • 09.18.12

    Make Time to Learn

    Football, pumpkin spice lattes, and changing leaves are some of the greatest parts of fall, but for water enthusiasts like us, we are only focused on one thing: The WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, the largest urban-water efficiency conference of its kind in the world. Why is this such a big deal to us? I’m glad you asked. Fellow bloggers Richard, Alan, and I would were discussing that just the other day. We’d like to share with you what we’re... MORE >

  • U.S. National Arboretum
    07.10.12

    A Trip To The Hill

    Today is day two of the Irrigation Association’s Advocacy Day in Washington DC.  This is running in conjunction with PLANET’s legislative day on Capitol Hill and Renewal and Remembrance,  the day PLANET members volunteer manpower and equipment to enhance the beauty of Arlington National Cemetery. Each year, this event draws hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the country to Arlington National Cemetery to spend the day mulching, cabling, improving irrigation, installing lightning protection for trees, pruning, planting, liming and... MORE >

  • 06.14.12

    In Defense of Outhouses: A Love Story

    After reading my Mother’s Day post, my dad made me promise not to blog about him for Father’s Day (he’s kind of shy). So Happy Father’s Day, Dad, your secrets are safe this year. The first time I met my father-in-law was on a farm in a small, rural village in Romania. We weren’t related yet, but he seemed to know we would be soon enough. He watched me all day, probably trying to assess what his son saw in... MORE >

  • Trilogy Lake Center
    05.31.12

    Water Management 102

    Each day I become more aware how important it is to educate customers about proper water management.  When customers understand the premises of water management, they value the benefits of certifications, case studies, and training a professional contractor provides through a team of expert water managers. Trilogy at Glen Ivy is a development that understands the value of proper water management.  It is located in the heart of Southern California’s Temescal Valley less than an hour from Los Angeles, Orange... MORE >

  • Snopack
    05.22.12

    A Little Louder Please

    There is little doubt in my mind we are headed toward another drought in California.   If you look at the drought monitor for California we are quickly trending in the wrong direction.  It’s been a little over a year since Governor Jerry Brown declared the drought for California was officially over.  Many periodicals and headlines proclaim the same great news. At the time I couldn’t help but wonder if the news was good or bad. At first glance, it was reasonable... MORE >

  • Danger Non-Potable Water Do Not Drink Sign
    05.08.12

    The Future of Non-Potable Water Use

    As potable water supplies dwindle and the cost per gallon rises, we have to be vigilant about how much we use and how we use it. One way to conserve potable water is to use non-potable water—rainwater, air conditioning condensate, stormwater run-off and treated wastewater—for purposes like landscape irrigation. Initiatives such as the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Program are driving the use of alternative water sources and the development of more efficient irrigation systems.  This trend is further... MORE >

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