Archive for the ‘water’ tag
Here’s a collection of some of the best stuff we found this week. Enjoy!
- Ron Edmonds at the Principium Group has a good collection of major acquisitions from 2011.
- Cynthia Barnett has a new book on how we can fix America’s water crisis. (Via UTNE)
- Today is Epiphany, so you’re allowed to take down your Christmas tree. Here are a few ideas on what to do with it.
- 2012 looks bleak for consumer spending.
- ArtisTree supervisor exceeds customer expectations, refuses customer kisses.
- Jeff Korhan’s predictions for business and social media in 2012. (Better content, more videos.)
- Why marketing for small companies follows the “fake-it-til-you-make-it” model.
- Above: A good illustration of turf’s benefits from BASF TurfTalk.
The Garden Media Group has released its predictions for next year.
It’s annual Garden Trends Report outlines what consumers want when they head out to their gardens. It’s a quick read, and something any green industry professional can find useful when planning for the next 12 months.
- Folks in urban settings are looking to garden in new places — balconies, tree lawns and vacant lots.
- Local is tantamount. Farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture and buying from the business down the street continue to grow in popularity.
- Anything, plants or technology, that can save water is a hit. Not only are people more conscious of their water use, but they are increasingly limited by their local governments on how much they can legally use.
- People want their service providers and the brands they buy to support good causes.
There’s plenty more in the full report, which you can download here.
As you continue your plannig for 2012, keep these in mind and think about what your customers want from you.
Glendale, Calif., is telling its residents, sorry, but the artificial turf must go. The city has banned fake grass in the front yard over concerns about potential environmental hazards, such as lead leaching out of the plastic and into the soil and heat island effect.
In recent months, we’ve heard from contractors in Houston and Boston who have said artificial turf is becoming more popular. It will be interesting to see if the trend reverses in years to come.
A new gadget could save multi-family buildings lots of water. It lets individual apartments track their own water usage and get charged accordingly, instead of aggregating everyone’s consumption and charging a blanket rate.
The technology, developed by an Atlanta-based team of researchers, was recently profiled in The Atlantic:
24 million apartments don’t have an individual water meter. Instead, the water bill is tallied by the entire building. That means that it is difficult to encourage efficiency through a price signal because people aren’t paying for the water they actually use. In the past, if you wanted to install individual meters for every unit, you’d have to cut into the water pipes and stick those meters inside. That’s expensive and time-consuming. The Soneter meter, by contrast, clamps on outside the pipe, meaning it’s easier and cheaper to install.
By making individuals aware of how much water they use, the thinking goes, you can get them to take more responsibility for their consumption.
Sounds like a great way for commercial landscape companies to help out their property managers keep tabs on their water use, especially in drought-stricken states Georgia.
Here’s a short list of the best stuff our editors have found this week.
- Would you give your employees $50,000 if they stayed with you for five years? This guy does.
- Company CEOs usually drive SUVs and brown bag their lunches.
- Florida readers: A December seminar in Orlando on how to run your numbers better. Other states: This could be coming to a city near you – check out their events page to see.
- Above: A brief video from Pam Sherrat, a turfgrass professor at Ohio State University, that outlines the benefits of turf.
- A great post from ValleyCrest’s Richard Restuccia on what water means to the world.
- An essay on the benefits of keeping your company small.
Even if you don’t live in Southern California, water is a big deal. Ever try growing grass without it?
ValleyCrest recently launched a blog on water management. It’s (naturally) well-designed and has a list of contributors that any contractor would be wise to follow: Richard Restuccia, Kelly Duke and Eric Santos, just to name a few.
Ostensibly, the blog is for property managers and other folks ValleyCrest courts for work, but it’s also a great resource for landscape contractors and designers who want to learn more about water use and how it impacts not only their business, but the business of their own customers.
They’ve arranged their content into four areas: innovation, trends, technology and resources, so there’s something for everyone – from the very technical to the less so. So even if it’s raining today – or maybe if it’s raining today – where you are, take a minute and check it out.