Archive for the ‘water’ tag
So much good stuff this week, it was hard to pick. But I have to say my favorite is the above video, which illustrates exactly how an engineer’s mind differs from the rest of ours. What would happen if we took that racing bike and put it inside that riding mower? To the shop!
- Another reason to fear ants: They’ve formed a colony as big as the world and (Eds: will likely soon) become self aware.
- Eye candy: The insides of golf balls.
- L.A. expands turf buy-back program.
- Do you have a Bobby?
- For the designers: Very cool moveable fractal garden.
- Above: Are crash helmets and road rash guards part of your crew uniforms yet?
Big week this week. Lots of cool stuff on new turf research, end-of-year plans and why your truck is now the most-stolen vehicle in America.
- Research on how the urban forest cleans the air we breathe.
- Related: A worthwhile tree cause.
- Sharing water savings.
- When your boat is sinking.
- A to-do list for the rest of the year. (via Marty)
- F-250s are now the most-stolen vehicle. Lock up those pick-ups.
- Post-LCO business model.
- Above: Cool stuff from iTurfAppsLive.
We’re working on getting our July issue to the press this week, and the whole thing focuses on water. We’ve got features on the best plants to use in drought-stricken climates, how to position your company as a water management adviser and a big set of data from homeowners on their perceptions of water in the landscape.
It’s going to be great, but in the meantime, here’s two guys filming water droplets at high speed.
Here’s your round-up for the week. Have a good weekend, and remember why we’ve got Monday off.
- Thoughts from Square on why small businesses need to think like big ones. (via Roger Phelps)
- Next week is Hurricane Awareness Week. Get ready.
- Related: How to get federal disaster relief funds for your business.
- IPM water quality protection guide.
- Aging in place: How to target the growing senior citizen market.
- Cool sustainabile landscape program from ISC-Audubon.
- Above: A mower at Stonehenge.
Some very cool stuff this week: New research examines the health benefits of green space, a big western city is raising water rates because people are saving too much water and Pittsburgh reinvents itself from a black smudge of steel factories to a champion of sustainability. There’s hope for us all.
See you next week.
- ASLA Guide to Washington’s great landscapes was nominated for a Webby. Vote here.
- Portland is raising its water rates to keep pace with lagging demand.
- The outside Rx.
- Related: New study further shows health benefits of green space.
- 6 of the coolest trees in America.
- How to choose a board for your business.
- Above: Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory opens the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at the “greenest building on Earth.”
This week I’ve got a lot of cool forest stuff for you, as well as the latest research on America’s Hispanic population and a neat case study on water savings. Needless to say, it’s a grab bag. Have a great weekend!
Spring isn’t technically here yet, but we’ve made it through the longest shortest month, and that’s reason enough to celebrate. This week I’ve brought you a solid reading list, a video to share with your friends and a great post on marketing.
- Lead gen tips for your sales team.
- Jim McCutcheon explains that you can make real money as a landscaper. (via Chris Heiler)
- Late winter reading list from Marty.
- Medieval flower clock.
- Rainscaping is growing more popular out east.
- Marketing means answering this question: Who do we want to change?
- Learn more about how to figure that out in our Grow the Market report.
- Above: Some pre-spring blooms to get you through the rest of winter.
I had a great talk today with Richard Restuccia, director of water management solutions at ValleyCrest Co., and a contributor to Lawn & Landscape magazine.
We talked about California’s water conversation in Landscaping Act of 2006, which took effect in 2010.
So why, you may ask, are we discussing state-specific legislation that was enacted two years ago? Well, apart from the fact that I think Richard is just really smart and I just enjoy talking with him, California’s AB 1881 is an example of how legislation seen my many as a threat to the industry could really be an opportunity for contractors. And, as water supplies become more scarce and intense drought becomes more normal, these kinds of regulations are going to spread from California to the rest of the country.
You’ll be able to hear our conversation later this week on the Lawn Care Radio Network.
Here’s our weekly list of cool and otherwise interesting things from the web. I’ll be out next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, so look for more updates after. Enjoy!
- A guide for commercial property owners and managers on the new EPA WaterSense program, and how it can save them water.
- Related: Water savings ad campaign in Denver uses naked people to get its point across. (via the Water Bloggers)
- Deer now vectors for malaria-like disease in New England.
- Sales training for California contractors.
- Landscape lighting to the max.
- Finally, some logical news from Canada’s Left Coast.
- Lessons on Lincoln’s leadership.
- Above: The third issue of MOWmentum is live now in iTunes and on Google Play. Check it out today.
Here’s our collection of interesting things we found on the internet this week. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.
- A visual guide to American employee tenure.
- Demand for water will outstrip supply by 2030. (via @H2Otrends)
- 40 things to say before you die. (via @joecalloway)
- Long read: Flowers in the psych ward.
- New report: Home prices up in many markets.
- Where do multimillionaires live?
- Above: 9 things you can do to stay in the black this year.