June 2017

SafetyWatch: Be aware of fuel types

July 10, 2017By

Every experienced landscaper will tell you a story of the wrong fuel being used in a piece of equipment. There are two possible outcomes—both bad: It’s time-consuming to drain the improper fuel and start again, or the equipment is badly damaged because it has run on the wrong fuel. Either way, it’s an expensive hassle. There are four types of... read more

Beyond saving water: The evolution of drip irrigation

July 7, 2017By
Photo: Dig Corp

As drip irrigation technology evolves, pros embrace the benefits beyond saving water. In April, California’s governor officially declared the state’s nearly five-year-long drought to be over. While that news might be considered bad news for water conservation efforts, Rick Foster, principal product manager for drip irrigation for Rain Bird in Azusa, Calif., isn’t worried. “Even in places where it starts... read more

Top outdoor design elements homeowners want

July 5, 2017By
Photo: David Livingston

The 2017 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects sheds light on what homeowners want. The top five elements in the outdoor design category are illustrated above. Consumers prefer sustainable—yet tech-friendly—design elements for their outdoor living spaces, according to the 2017 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects... read more

Big Picture: Blending old with new

June 30, 2017By
Photo credit: Ledden Palimeno Landscape Co.

Location: Collingswood, N.J. Company: Ledden Palimeno Landscape Co., Sewell, N.J. The clients wanted a small plunge pool to take on the feel of a pond, with strong elements of rock walls and bluestone terracing. It had to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and century-old residence. Access was limited, so small equipment was needed. The mature trees needed to be... read more

Robotic revolution

June 26, 2017By
Photo: Robin

Dallas-based lawn maintenance company Robin looks to the future with robotic mowers. While flipping through an issue of Wired, Justin Crandall came across an article about robotic lawn mowers. With a background in business startups and technology, he was intrigued by the concept and wanted in on the action. “We look at ourselves as a tech-forward company and want to... read more

Backstory: Chris Lambton

June 23, 2017By
Photo: Chris Lambton 

Chris Lambton Owner/President, E. Lambton Landscaping Dennis, Mass. Education Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Yarmouth, Mass. Class of 1995 Providence College Providence, R.I. Math and chemistry Class of 1999 “Whether I’m doing patios or stonework, there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t use the Pythagorean theorem.” Work Experience 2001 Fidelity Investments Mutual fund analyst Boston “It was like... read more