FINDING ANSWERS 

PLANT ID Q I need your help identifying a flower. It is a dark, royal purple, but it stinks. There is one leaf that is about 2 feet long and a stem that comes up from the middle....

Sensing Danger 

Oftentimes, we take our sight and hearing for granted, but protecting these invaluable senses is something none of us can afford to ignore....

Irrigation 101 

All irrigation systems require a design-even if it might be only in someone's head. Then you need the correct components to carry out that design and the know-how to install the system properly....

STEP ON A CRACK 

The debate continues on whether tree roots destroy sidewalks. Researchers from The Ohio State University continued the quest for answers with their study of street trees in Cincinnati....

FOUR FACTORS DETERMINE GROWTH IN LAWN MARKET 

The U.S. lawn and garden market reached a record $24 billion in sales in 2004, up a healthy 5 percent over 2003 sales, according to "The U.S. Lawn and Garden Market," a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts....

Focus On: Sprinkler Heads 

Determine the right sprinkler head, spray head, impact sprinkler head or rotor for the job by checking out these product options available in the sprinkler head marketplace....

SIGNIFICANT GROWTH WAITS UNTIL MODEL YEAR 2006 

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Economic Forecast predicts that significant growth will have to wait until Model Year (MY) 2006....

MORE ACCURATELY 

In our May issue, the term was used in error referring to all zero-turn radius mowers in our cover story, Mowing Matters. Used correctly, refers only to Dixon mowers because it is a registered trademark....

PGMS CALLS FOR GREEN STAR AWARD SUBMISSIONS 

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is now accepting entries for its Green Star Awards. The program honors outstanding grounds management projects....

DROUGHT FORECAST 

One of the wettest winters on record has resulted in major reductions in the area and severity of drought in the Southwest and the Colorado River Basin, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) 2005 U.S. Spring Outlook for April through June....

How To: Irrigate Slopes 

Irrigating slopes are growing environments that present a challenge nearly everywhere you go, on pre-existing slopes or man-made berms....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Ornamental Products 

Pesticides are still a critical tool for managing pests that attack trees, shrubs and herbaceous ornamentals, even though ornamentals may not receive the regular chemical applications that you often provide for turf....

TLC for Your UTV 

Whether your utility vehicle (UTV) is a tool or a toy, it's frustrating when you're ready to go and it isn't. Equipment downtime for repairs can hurt your business through lost revenue and project delays, not to mention the damage to your reputation....

WET BEHIND THE EARS 

I live in a neighborhood where most people irrigate their lawns with an automatic irrigation system, and my lawn sticks out like a sore thumb in the summer because I don't....

Making Every Drop Count 

Over the years, breathtaking panoramic desert scenery has attracted many an Easterner to situate a golf course in the Southwest. ...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout May on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Where do you get most...

Getting a Handle on Debris 

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) more commonly known as trash or garbage consists of everyday items such as food scraps, newspapers and grass clippings....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

STRAP The Strap & Blow from Herzog Manufacturing is designed to prevent recurring wrist pain from the use of backpack blowers for long periods of time....

An Efficient Plan 

Lavish curb appeal is a key element at the Regency at Monroe, an upscale, active adult community in Middlesex County, N.J.; just a short distance from New York City, the Jersey Shore and Philadelphia....

PRODUCT PREVIEW: Golf 

GOLF GROOMER The Jacobsen Groom Master-II bunker rake/infield groomer has power steering and a series-parallel 3-wheel-drive traction system....

FINDING ANSWERS 

SCOTCH GUARD Q Can Ornamec be used on Sagina subulata? What about Irish and Scotch moss? Charlie Ostella via E-mail. Ornamec, active ingredient Fluazifop, is a post-emergent, selective herbicide used to control weed grasses in some turfgrass and ornamental plantings....

Getting Water In 

Utility is a function long associated with turfgrass. For this reason, rapid soil drainage is a highly favorable trait of turfgrass systems. A well-drained soil enables activities, such as golf or other athletic events, to rapidly commence following an untimely rainstorm....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Plant Growth Regulators 

Plant growth regulators, or PGRs, offer a variety of benefits on top of acting as tools to reduce plant growth. Grounds care professionals are using PGRs to reduce maintenance and to improve plant vigor....

Feeling the Heat 

Decline in turf quality for creeping bentgrass during summer is a common problem on many golf courses, especially in warm climatic regions....

FOCUS ON: Reel Mowers 

With options from ride-on to self-propelled to pull-behind, there is a reel mower available to meet your mowing needs. Check out the options for golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals....

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