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Successful Scenes: When it Rains, it Drains

“Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day.” The problem of getting too little or too much rain is hardly new. The nursery rhyme that begins with those words originated in the days of Queen Elizabeth I, during the late 1500s. If only we could cause rain to fall in amounts and durations that suit our individual purposes, there probably would be no floods, no droughts, no ruined concerts, ball games or picnics. Nearly 500 years later and with all our technological advances, we still cannot control precipitation. What we can do is manage precipitation when it gets to earth....
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Irrigation Insider: The Big Picture

It won’t be long now until we start to see water in the news again. It’s become a perennial favorite of the news media. I suppose that’s good in that it brings awareness to how important the landscape and irrigation industries are to our communities’ hydrologic health. I further suppose it brings awareness to how important the landscape and irrigation industries are when neglecting our communities’ hydrologic health....
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Painted in a Different Light

The key to becoming a successful landscape lighting company is understanding the role lamp selection plays in the final outcome of a design and installation. “Landscape lighting designers are like artists who use all types of mediums to produce artwork, our medium is light and the way we paint light is based on lamp selection,” said Michele Swetesich, executive director of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals....
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Sustainable Landscapes: Sprinkler Systems in the Landscape

Diminishing resources and client demands have made Sustainable Landscapes extremely important. Water-wise (or Xeriscape) native plant material, best management practices and water-efficient irrigation systems are crucial components of sustainability. If irrigation systems are not designed to be efficient, they can waste water and cause many plant and lawn problems. By following some basic guidelines, property owners and landscape maintenance personnel can be more successful in keeping the lawnscape healthy and attractive. This article details the typical causes of problems when using automatic irrigation systems....
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Compact equipment helps Gulf Coast landscaper

Along the Gulf Coast, recovery from Hurricane Katrina continues more than two years after the storm came ashore. As the communities damaged by the storm recover, there is much to rebuild, from homes and businesses to schools and community infrastructure. Beyond these brick and mortar projects, there is another kind of rebuilding taking place -- installing new landscaping around homes and businesses is equally important in restoring a sense of normalcy in the area....
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Successful Scenes: Please Define “Good Design”

“I don’t know much about landscape design, but I know what I like,” says the client. I hope that his next words will communicate to me his sense of aesthetics, so that I too, may understand what he likes. The client is the cause of the project; it is his program, or goals for the project, his budget and his aesthetic taste that rule the final work. Budgets often wax and wane depending on the amount of satisfaction he anticipates from the final project. As the designer, I am responsible for creating a scene that the client will like, and one that I know is a good design....
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Inside Job: Grow your landscaping business by offering interior plantscaping services

Managing your business encompasses a lot of day-to-day duties that certainly pull your attention in multiple directions. But managing your business also means having the vision and foresight to grow your business through new or expanded offerings. Many landscape contractors are now offering interior plantscaping and seasonal decorating services as part of their business model. But how does one make the move indoors? To examine the benefits of offering interior plantscaping services, and the factors that go into entering the interior plantscaping market, Landscape and Irrigation recently spoke with KrisAnne Mehan, executive vice president, operations, west, for Initial Tropical Plants, a Buffalo Grove, Ill., provider of provider of interior landscaping, design, installation and maintenance services....