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As we close out July this week, I wanted to share this item from Bruce Birdsong and Precision Landscape Management. Precision was featured in a great EPA WaterSense case study:

Certified professional Bruce Birdsong is the president of Precision Landscape Management, which assumed grounds maintenance duties at Granite Park’s 372,000-square–foot landscape in 2008. After conducting an irrigation audit that revealed room for water efficiency improvements, Birdsong and his staff replaced the landscape’s clock timer irrigation controllers with weather-based models to tailor watering schedules to onsite weather conditions.

The landscape management firm also initiated routine system inspections to ensure Granite Park’s continued water savings. Maintenance measures included replacing broken sprinkler heads, ensuring adequate coverage, checking the system for leaks, and verifying proper controller programming and scheduling. In addition, rain and freeze sensors were installed to prevent watering at unnecessary times.

All in all, the system upgrades saved the office complex 12.5 million gallons of water and $47,000. We were on the case earlier this year when we profiled Precision’s irrigation department in our March issue.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out our July Water Issue for even more on how to position yourself as a water savings adviser.

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July 30th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

On not taking bad advice

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I was talking with Jerry Maldonado last week and he told me this great story about how his father started their business.

In the 1980s, Roy Maldonado bought a patch of land in San Antonio, cleared it enough to park trucks on, and started his landscape business with his three sons: Roy Jr., Jerry and Oscar.

Because they were just starting out and an hour from their hometown of Kerrville, Texas, the four of them lived in the trucks until they had enough money to build a shack on the property.

For years, they didn’t have running water or electricity. Just a hot plate they plugged into the cigarette lighter to cook cans of beans on.

The whole time, people were telling Jerry to quit and go to work for someone else and get the hell off this ‘ranch’ in the middle of San Antonio.

But he didn’t. His dad had always told him and his two brothers to never work for someone else. “Don’t waste your time making somebody else rich,” he would tell them. “Do it for yourself.”

A few years sleeping in a truck seems worth it today – Maldonado now does about $30 million a year and employs 400 people.

Good thing Jerry’s a bad listener. You can read more from him in our forthcoming September issue.

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July 29th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Monday morning start-up — Summer edition

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It’s the middle of July and feeling like summer. Enjoy some music for the season.

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July 15th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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Monday morning start-up: Canadian-style.

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Happy Canada Day!

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July 1st, 2013 at 12:43 pm

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Monday morning start up; Sorry Utah

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We’ve skipped the music this week and went with some humor to start your week.

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June 17th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

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No (physical) injuries

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“No one was injured, at least physically.”

Brian has a great round-up of his recent sojourn to Amish Country to visit with the newly energized New Holland team.

Read the full report here.

 

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June 12th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Monday morning start-up

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After a brief hiatus, the Monday morning is back to celebrate summer … at least we hope it’s like summer in your neck of the woods. We were still wearing jackets in Cleveland last week.

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June 10th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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Monday morning start-up — Freezing edition

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It feels like Minnesota here in Cleveland. We were in the 30s, so enjoy this Soundgarden gem. If you know the lyrics, you’ll know why we posted this.

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May 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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Monday Morning Start-up

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A belated Happy Birthday to Ace Frehley (April 27). His old band just isn’t the same without him Have a groovy week!

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April 29th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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Monday Morning Start-up April Fool’s Day Editon

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In honor of the rainy (and snowy) weather here in Ohio, and April Fool’s Day, we bring you a lost Led Zeppelin classic.

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April 1st, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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