November 2018

Big Picture: An elevated oasis

December 10, 2018By
Photo: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes

Location: New York City Company: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes Located in Manhattan, this residential building’s outdoor space included overgrown and failing plantings. The client looked to transform it into a well-manicured park for residents. The terrace lacks direct sunlight as it’s located on the northeast corner of the block and surrounded by 30-plus-story buildings. The John Mini team installed shade-loving... read more

What a banker looks for in a borrower

November 29, 2018By
Credit score app (Photo:

As your company grows, you may look for money to buy vehicles, equipment and inventory. Applying for credit can be frustrating. The first place you’ll probably look is a bank. Bankers’ first priority is to protect their loan portfolios and earn a competitive return on their loans, so you need to give them many reasons to feel comfortable with you... read more

Step by Step: How to install a simple fire pit

November 29, 2018By
Steel ring of fire pit (illustration: David Preiss)

Fire pits continue to be popular as more homeowners strive to create an outdoor oasis in their own backyards. But before installing a fire pit, there are several factors for contractors, as well as their clients, to consider. The most common types of fire pits are wood burning, natural gas and propane. Wood-burning fire pits are less expensive to design... read more

Products taking center stage at the 2018 Irrigation Show

November 28, 2018By

Get a sneak peek at a few products to be featured at the Irrigation Show, Dec. 3-7, in Long Beach, Calif. Pro-LC controller | K-Rain Manufacturing K-Rain’s Pro-LC controller includes a full-program display that highlights watering days, number of start days, number of stations and any special programming; permanent memory, which saves program settings during power outages; a valve locate feature... read more

The ultimate mission

November 26, 2018By
Loving's crews (Photo: Loving)

When Mike Haynes began mowing his neighbors’ lawns in middle school for extra spending money, he didn’t exactly have a passion for cutting grass. But fast-forward 20 years and Haynes will tell you that, today, passion is the main driver behind nearly every aspect of his landscape company. Even its name, Loving, was inspired by the care, commitment and joy... read more

Get a grip

November 19, 2018By
Aaron Katerberg (Photo: Ed Koziarski, Homesick Blues Productions)

Aaron Katerberg didn’t set out to be an irrigator. He’s been a tennis pro, pursued a master’s degree in divinity and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. After college, he tried working for his father’s irrigation business, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Grapids Irrigation, and that first stint didn’t pan out. A few years later, he finally made peace with the fact that irrigation runs... read more