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What to know before purchasing landscape lighting or irrigation products

November 8, 2017By
Photo:Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah

Landscape lighting and irrigation services have some differences. Electricity and water don’t exactly mix. But contractors who offer these services have a few things in common: They both want to provide customers with the best coverage while conserving resources. That hasn’t changed, although the products for these services have evolved. Both are becoming more efficient and tapping into the advances... read more

GreenCare for Troops Guide: Freedom isn’t free

November 8, 2017By

Troy Clogg’s father was a World War II veteran, and this fact drives his participation with GreenCare for Troops and other military nonprofits. “Freedom isn’t free,” says Clogg. “It’s taken for granted what people give so that we can worry about whether the grass is cut or a tree is planted right. I have a lot of respect for the... read more

GreenCare for Troops Guide: Doing the right thing

November 8, 2017By

As a business owner in a military community, Bill Lillie sees his fair share of families and disabled veterans dealing with hard times—trying to juggle basic daily tasks, such as grocery shopping or shuttling kids to and from school. As a longtime volunteer for GreenCare for Troops, he wants to help take lawn care off that mile-long list. Along with... read more

GreenCare for Troops Guide: Start somewhere

November 8, 2017By

For business owners and individuals alike, part of the difficulty of beginning a volunteer activity might be getting over the initial intimidation. Paul Fraynd, co-owner of Sun Valley Landscaping in Omaha, Neb., has some useful advice. “Just start,” he recommends. “Giving back is hard until you get there, and then you’re glad you did it.” The company started its relationship... read more

Backstory: Kirk Brown

November 8, 2017By

Kirk Brown President, Kirk’s Lawn Care Limerick, Pa. Education Owen J. Roberts High School Pottstown, Pa. Class of 2010 “My high school’s horticulture class taught me skills that have been useful day to day in my business. The class confirmed my early belief that I wanted to pursue the green industry.” Work Experience 2008-2008 Intern, Hallman Landscaping Spring City, Pa.... read more

The soil moisture monitoring idea that hooked the “sharks”

November 8, 2017By

Landscape and irrigation contractors understand that remote soil moisture sensors and smart irrigation systems have the potential to revolutionize the way people use water. University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) horticulture student Jesse Lafian has secured more than $60,000 in grant funding to develop a soil moisture sensor that’s accurate and affordable. He pitched his... read more