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Emily Schappacher is a freelance writer based in Cleveland.

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Get in early: the lowdown on early order programs Posted on 16 Oct 2018 in the 1018 & Current Issue categories.

Lawn care operators share five considerations for participating in early order programs. About five years ago, Brian Wiese began taking advantage of the early order program offered by his fertilizer... Read more»

The irrigation arsenal Posted on 16 Oct 2018 in the 1018 & Current Issue & Irrigation+Water Management categories.

Every industry has an array of gadgets that aim to save time and labor, and the irrigation industry is no exception. There are many tools and accessories contractors can add... Read more»

Push for pollinators Posted on 13 Sep 2018 in the 0918 & Design/Build+Installation & Featured categories.

Mike LaPorte says it’s an exciting time for pollinator-friendly plants. The co-owner of Owl Run Nursery in Catlett, Va., located about 35 miles outside of Washington, D.C., says customers come... Read more»

Space invaders: Invasive insects Posted on 31 Aug 2018 in the 0818 & Featured & Turf+Ornamental Care categories.

Invasive pests are a threat to trees, shrubs, landscapes and crops in every region of the U.S. Left unchecked, they can devastate entire plant species, threatening food supplies and costing... Read more»

Seeing it through: A persistent approach to irrigation Posted on 17 Aug 2018 in the 0818 & Featured & Irrigation+Water Management categories.

Over the course of two years, John Bianco worked patiently, yet persistently, with the property managers of a Mather, Calif.-based homeowners’ association (HOA) to upgrade 127 outdated irrigation controllers to... Read more»

From start to finish: Irrigation startups and shutdowns Posted on 10 Aug 2018 in the 0718 & Featured & Irrigation+Water Management categories.

For an irrigation system to run properly throughout the warm summer months, it’s important that it’s turned on and off correctly at the beginning and end of each season. No... Read more»