Posts Tagged ‘landscape irrigation’

  • VCTO - Oynx - #1
    12.03.14

    The Growing Attraction to Turf Conversion Rebate Programs

    There’s a lot more than just the severe water shortage changing landscapes in California. Public works rebate programs, many of which went into effect in 2009, are gaining in popularity due to commercial and residential real estate owners who are quickly realizing that replacing turf with drought-tolerant landscaping can be as financially rewarding and beautiful as it is good for the environment. Case in point: Oynx, a high-end apartment community in southern California’s Warner Center. When Updating Means Saving &... MORE >

  • bigthirst
    08.23.12

    Are We Wasting the Drought?

    We’ve always exalted Charles Fishman’s book The Big Thirst on our blog, but recently he wrote an article for the New York Times I think just missed its mark in a couple of ways.  Charles Fishman is an asset to our industry and an excellent proponent for water management in the United States so I was excited to see him get space in the New York Times and use it to call for changes in water management.  I thought much... MORE >

  • Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference: The Bottom Line for Green is Black
    02.28.12

    The Bottom Line for Green is Black

    The theme for the fourth annual Sustainable Urban Landscape conference being held at Cuyamaca College March 8 is “The Bottom Line for Green is Black,” examining the ways that good landscaping practices can be a profitable business model in addition to helping the environment. Architect John Picard, known as the “green prophet” for his pioneering work in sustainability is the key note speaker for event. He was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, a trade organization that... MORE >

  • Santa Ynez Slopes
    02.14.12

    If You Have a Problem We Have a Solution.

    BACKGROUND The scenic canyon location of this Santa Ynez community is a major draw for residents who enjoy views from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. But the hillside slopes surrounding the community proved problematic for the homeowners’ association. Faced with an aging irrigation system prone to breaking, the board decided to take action to prevent costly water loss from ruptures and to address serious soil erosion problems threatening homes. Project Scope Santa Ynez Homeowners’ Association was experiencing... MORE >

  • Amount of water used by housing irrigation
    02.06.12

    Landscape Water Volume & Cost: A Guess at Best

    In Richard Restuccia’s post last year, Inspect What You Expect, he touched on the importance of seeing results as an instigator of change. Rob Maday, founder of LandscapeResource.com, is of the same thinking and takes the measure what you manage philosophy to the next level with water consumption, by encouraging consumers to understand the difference in water consumption for landscape versus other uses. Rob agreed to share his thoughts and advice as a guest blogger in his post below. Make... MORE >

  • Landscape Industry Show Floor 2011
    01.26.12

    Don’t Miss This Year’s Landscape Industry Show

    Next week is the 2012 Landscape Industry Show sponsored by the California Landscape Contractor’s Association.  The show is titled “Back in the Game” and if you ask me, the CLCA has gotten back in the game.  The past few years I believe the show experienced a decrease in attendance, but this year the CLCA is back with some new offerings and I think this year has the potential to be one of the best. Your Chance to Get in the... MORE >

  • AWK Stock Performance
    01.12.12

    Who Will Get Rich from Water’s Scarcity?

    Today the commodity receiving the most interest is gold, but water is the one commodity we can’t live without.  As National Geographic put it back in 1993, “All the water that will ever be is, right now.”  Our supply of water is limited, but as long as we demand to water our lawns at noon or having lawns in sweltering climates, increased demand should amount to an increase in prices.  The only question that remains is, who will get rich... MORE >

  • H2Overhaul
    11.01.11

    The H2O Overhaul Challenge

    “H2Overhaul” seeks best ideas to include in next-generation water efficiency building projects around the world. Cassandra Cappello of Jovoto sent me the information below and I think this is an excellent opportunity for you to show others how you are literally saving water.  The challenge stared a few weeks ago, but there is still plenty of time for you to submit your concepts.  Please take a look,  rise up and accept the challenge. Come and check out one of the... MORE >

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