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TAG: Jonathan Katz

3 keys to a ‘smarter’ business model

December 3, 2013By

EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year shares tips on how to successfully sell efficient irrigation systems. In October, Taylor Irrigation Service became the first Texas-based irrigation designer/contractor to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Partner of the Year Award. The EPA recognized the company for changing its business model by designing and installing irrigation systems that consume as much as 50... read more

Fuel savings

December 3, 2013By

John Shorb Landscaping backs its sustainable mission with diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. Some of the latest blog entries on John Shorb Landscaping’s website focus on sustainable landscaping practices, such as beneficial insects, rooftop gardens, conservation and stormwater management.  The company, based in Kensington, Md., also promotes its sustainability message on its Facebook page. The efforts all are part of an overall... read more

A ‘fair’ shot at a second chance

September 1, 2013By

How Fairhaven Lawn Care, a social enterprise business, turns the homeless into skilled, productive employees. In 2008, Fairhaven Lawn Care began operating in central Ohio with a modest goal to serve about a dozen customers. Today, the company provides landscape maintenance services to approximately 45 customers. But Fairhaven isn’t your typical landscape success story. Based in Lancaster, Ohio, about 30... read more

Sprinkler standard in the pipeline

August 15, 2013By

Irrigation professional Tim Malooly shares the latest efforts to implement the first U.S. landscape irrigation sprinkler standard. Water districts and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most notably through its WaterSense program, have pressured the irrigation industry to use water more efficiently. Some contractors are taking notice and action; the Irrigation Association has ramped up education, promotions and advocacy; and landscape... read more

Design debate

July 10, 2013By

Does software save time or muddy the irrigation design process? Designing an irrigation system can be a time-consuming process that becomes increasingly complicated when errors occur. Many irrigation contractors use design software to hasten the process and improve accuracy. Experiences using computerized design often vary. Some users report major efficiency increases, while other designers prefer the intimate knowledge they gain... read more

One-stop shop

May 22, 2013By

A Florida outdoor living co-op presents opportunities and challenges. Some homeowners envision their backyard as a secluded paradise with a pool, patio and fire pit. Others seek a Zen experience with koi ponds and water gardens. Yet sometimes these dream backyards are beyond the capabilities of a single landscape designer or company. In November, a group of businesses opened a... read more