TAG: Beth Geraci

On the water front

January 9, 2015By
Photo: Irrigation Association

Michael Dukes, Ph.D., P.E., CID, is an irrigation specialist and professor in the University of Florida’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. He’s also director of the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, which strives to protect Florida’s natural resources through responsible landscape management. Widely published, Dukes’ research centers on water management and quality. In October, Dukes’ efforts to create efficient... read more

PLANET Community Stewardship Award Winner: Nemetschek Vectorworks

July 2, 2014By

When 32 Nemetschek Vectorworks employees participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in 2006, they laid the foundation for homes—and built a long-term commitment to volunteerism in the process. “Since then, our desire to play a larger role within our community spread like wildfire among employees,” says Eric Gilbey, landscape industry specialist at the Columbia, Md.-based design software provider. “I... read more

The giving trees of the 9/11 Memorial

March 14, 2014By

A cold rain fell on the 9/11 Memorial the morning of Feb. 25. Then a thick fog rolled in, engulfing the New York City skyline in a sea of gray. The dreary weather was a fitting backdrop as visitors perused the names of more than 2,700 people who perished in New York on September 11, 2001. Some of them took pictures.... read more

Construction comeback?

August 15, 2013By

The design/build sector finally shows signs of growth. After years of decline, the construction business finally is showing signs of a turnaround, reports Engineering News-Record magazine in its latest Construction Industry Confidence Index. The second-quarter report released in June showed that a record 69 percent of more than 300 respondents felt optimistic about the state of the market, indicating it... read more

1-Minute Mentor: Chris Davitt

July 10, 2013By

Meet Chris Davitt, president of Ruppert Landscape, Laytonsville, Md.   Who’s your mentor? Over the course of my life and career, my mentor has changed, but one is Craig Ruppert. That started when I first began working with Craig [at age 11]. There are just so many fundamental processes about work and life that Craig coached me on. Additionally, my... read more

Getting attached

June 17, 2013By

For one business owner, a small investment in attachments pays off big. It’s no secret that finding innovative ways to grow your business has become increasingly important in recent years. And some landscape business owners, such as Carl Williams, general manager at Lawn Sense in Monroeville, Pa., are finding compact equipment attachments to be a direct and inexpensive path to... read more