- IA certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor
- IA certified Commercial Irrigation Designer
- NJDEP licensed Irrigation Contractor
Backflow Testing & Repairs
- ASSE Certified Tester and Repairer
- NEWWA Certified Backflow Inspector since 2001
- NYSDOH Certified
- NJDEP approved and listed
I began my career in the Green Industry in 1976 as the sole proprietor of Mountain Greenery Landscape Company. I was a gardener, an avid gardener (my wife would call it “over-zealous”). So I bought a 1963 Ford Pickup Truck and painted it green- with a paintbrush. Voila, I was in business!
In 1984, I had a lawn maintenance customer in Hackensack who wanted a new sod lawn in his front yard. He wanted a lawn sprinkler system as well- automatic (they were trending at the time). He got his wish and I became a “sprinkler man”.
Fast forward to 1994- I combined my company and became a partner in Aqua-Mist Irrigation. Over the next 20 years, our firm had success as a commercial irrigation design, construction and maintenance firm. Our projects grew in scope to include professional sports fields, hi-tech/high security government work, and large-scale pumping systems which utilized collected stormwater for landscape irrigation. Our work in this area required knowledge of both government regulations and the water cycle. Retention and detention basins, drainage, run-off, pond water quality were subjects that became quite familiar.
During that time I continued my professional education through The Irrigation Association, becoming certified as both a landscape irrigation designer and auditor. I learned the science behind plant-soil-water relationships: different soil types, and their water holding capacity; how to apply water without runoff; how temperature, wind and sun affect the amount of water that plants need (ET).
As a contractor, I was responsible to keep the grass green and the flowers growing. The landscapers, homeowners and property managers would call me with any issue related to water. It is too wet, too dry, too much rain, water in the street, water in the basement, grass is brown, not enough drainage, drought restrictions, my pipes bang when I take a shower. My investigation skills continued to develop…
The past 35 plus years of experience have led me to an understanding of how to use water efficiently in our landscapes, homes and industries, and why the protection of fresh water resources is essential for the future.