June 2017 Letter from the President

To my fellow stewards of the earth, happy spring and good tidings to you all.

In this article, I want to touch upon something that recently came up on the radar. When it comes to irrigation management, I’d like to say that every job I manage has a perfect irrigation system, and it’s perfectly tuned and 100 percent perfect at all times. But, that would not be true or very realistic. I will say I, and my technicians, do everything in our power to make every drop of water count, taking every measure possible to keep our irrigation water on the target areas and out of the gutter and, at the same time, providing enough water to sustain the health and vigor of the plant material.One of the most important things for me, and for all of us, I believe, is that we are in a constant state of progress. Utilizing available information and technology in irrigation management and utilizing the most modern parts and equipment available are important in efficient irrigation.

With regards to irrigation management, I heard a gentleman say the other day in conversation that he’d been “programming controllers that way for 30 years, and it had always worked for [him].” This was pretty shocking to me because technology and information in our industry have advanced immeasurably in 30 years. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do anything like I did 30 years ago. It’s important not to get “stuck” in our ways and to keep an open mind to the advancements available. Continuing education and training, for ourselves and our employees, keeps us on top of the industry and on top of our game. After all, our customers deserve the very best and so do you.

The Nevada Landscape Association offers the Landscape Industry Certified program, continuing education, and this year we are bringing the Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certification to Reno in October. This program is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency. This is good news for landscapers in our region. We are very excited about this program and can’t wait to see it in action. In the meantime, I’m going to keep educating myself and do my very best to stay abreast of great new products and information. How about you?

Have a great summer!

Rick Clark

Rick Clark

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