Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

FEB 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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Dig Into This Book A Free Resource Guide for All Landscape Aficionados by Greg Frank, LC/DBM I In collaboration with the Los Angeles De- partment of Water and Power, the Metro- politan Water District of Southern Califor- nia and Southern California Gas Company, Douglas Kent offers the general public a beautifully constructed field guide that is certainly one of the most diverse, coherent and poignant landscaping texts to be pub - lished in recent times. California Friendly: A Maintenance Guide for Landscapers, Gardeners, and Land Managers is an extremely useful tool for landscape professionals, not only in Cal - ifornia, but throughout the nation. The text perfectly serves as a resource handbook that contains a plethora of highly detailed, in-depth, step-by-step instructions, pic - tures, lists, definitions, advice, charts and tables; all in a manner that is approachable and easy to understand. Some of the pictures are hand-drawn diagrams by Kent himself, while others are actual photos of examples or features. Douglas Kent is an adjunct professor at the John Lyle Center for Regenera - tive Studies on the campus of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His publications include four other books in the broader field of landscaping. Additionally, he is the owner of Douglas Kent and Associates, a company that "specializes in 21st century land management." Kent got his inspiration for this book by driving through California and seeing the failing landscapes. "What we do in our landscapes affects everyone. They are vital to our liv - ing conditions and provide some of the biggest benefits to our communities," said Kent in an interview with LC/DBM. Kent took two years to construct the text, and his main goal was to reverse the damage done to landscapes due to droughts and poor maintenance. He 32 LC DBM Above California Friendly descriptively summarizes what it takes to have proper irrigation in your land- scapes and provides many photos and diagrams includ- ing this one. Kent states that uniformity, cleanliness and pressure are the three main keys to success. The water delivery device is suggested to be uniform throughout the system to ensure that performance is consistent. Using devices with dissimilar rates of delivery can create wet or dry spots and damage the landscape. Making sure that the irrigation line is clean and flushed is also important; this will reduce the risk of the line breaking. If the line ruptures due to a blockage, it could cause flooding and cost time and money to repair. Pressure also needs to be monitored, as too much pressure will cause the sprinkler heads to mist, while too little pres- sure will cause them to dribble. Left This text provides information on a wide range of landscaping facets. It covers efficient irrigation, maintenance tips for hundreds of plants, managing weeds, sustainably utilizing rainwater and much more. It is free for everyone online and certainly applies nationwide despite its name.

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