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Lawn & Landscape Staff | September 11, 2012

Save water, save money

Water restrictions don’t have to dry up business. Landscapers are realizing the bottom-line benefits of offering a product that genuinely reduces the water requirements of turf and plants. Read our whitepaper on moisture management and find out how you can save money and save water. To download the full whitepaper for free, visit bit.ly/ecologel. All you need to do to register is give your name, email and company name.

Here’s a snippet from our whitepaper on water management:

After installing landscapes on commercial properties, the real challenge began for Michael MacLeod and his business, Precision Landscape Maintenance, in greater Orlando.

“The properties we maintained were starting to show drought stress shortly after installation,” he says, noting how water restrictions in his county have intensified during the last few years.

MacLeod would talk to the water management boards of homeowners associations, his primary client base, to find out if there was more he could do for the property. But usually, he ended up having to go back to customers with bad news. “It’s difficult to tell a client, ‘Work with it,’” he says.

And that’s no way to retain business either. “We had to find an alternative,” MacLeod says.
 



Speaking from experience

For the latest Bionutrition Today newsletter, we spoke with Greg Kershaw, installation/ maintenance manager at McDugald-Steele Landscape Architects & Contractors in Houston. Kershaw has been practicing organic lawn care for 20 years, so he can remember when it was just a novelty.

“When I began using them 20 years ago, it was because I wanted to focus on getting the soil health at an optimum level so the plants would be able to perform as well as possible,” he said. “Over these 20 years, I have proven to myself that when you create and sustain a healthy soil, you not only create the healthiest plants, but you also conserve water and spend less money on pesticides and fertilizers.”

In addition, we also caught up with Frank Crandall, owner of Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions in Rhode Island, who broke down the basics of bionutrition and organic lawn care. We also go beyond lawn care and interviewed Camilla Warden owner of Camilla Landscape Design in Brookfield, Conn., about use of organic practices in design plans. Visit bit.ly/bio0812 to read all three stories from the August edition of Bionutrition Today.
 



Out of the Ashes

Wildfires can be devastating, regenerating, fear-inducing and awe-inspiring. They reveal heroic feats as well as scarred hillsides. The latest issue of L&L’s sister publication, A Garden Life, examines the many faces of wildfires, including the personal stories of those who face the flames to protect us, the Earth’s response to the blazes – both good, and bad – and how you can safeguard your home and landscape to the best of your ability if you’re in the path of a fire. Visit bit.ly/outofashes or go to bit.ly/AGLsub to download the complete issue of A Garden Life on your iPad or your Android tablet.
 



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