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.
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.
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.
“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.
Most pest problems directly relate to the health of the plant. Pests target stressed and weakened plants; therefore, maintaining plant health will prevent most pest problems. Also, every addition or subtraction to a landscape changes the environment and leaves a possible opening for anything invasive -- insects, weeds or pathogens.
Landscape and Irrigation recently asked several industry leaders to provide inside information about the state of the landscape and irrigation industries as we begin 2008. Part two in a two-part series.
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.
Just a few years ago, irrigation professionals were questioning the use of low-volume irrigation products. Today, however, professionals are well aware that drip irrigation systems can save significant amounts of water, and still provide the irrigation necessary for healthy, beautiful plants.
The recent passing of Evel Knievel got me to thinking. Let’s start this year right and everybody spend a just little time thinking about taking care of some personal business -- namely, being safe on the job site and minimizing trauma to our vitals.
Landscape and Irrigation recently asked several industry leaders to provide us inside information about the state of the landscape and irrigation industries heading into 2008. Part one in a two-part series.