STMA ELECTS TRIGG AS PRESIDENT 

Mike Trigg, CSFM, (Certified Sports Field Manager) superintendent of parks, Waukegan Park District, Waukegan, Ill., officially took office as the 15th President of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) on Jan. 20, 2005....

RISE FIGHTS BAN ON PHOSPHORUS-BASED FERTILIZERS 

Businesses and associations, including RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) and CropLife America, recently filed a motion and supporting papers with U.S. District Court in Wisconsin, asking the Court to strike the City of Madison and Dane County ordinances banning the display, sale or use of lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus....

HOUSING STARTS ARE AT HIGHEST PACE IN 21 YEARS 

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, housing starts rose 4.7 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.159 million units, the highest pace in 21 years....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout February on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Will the cap placed...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

FUNGICIDE Sipcam Agro USA, Inc. introduces Tenacity 1.3ME Turf and Ornamental Fungicide, which is a broad-spectrum systemic fungicide....

Staying the Course 

Whether it's a daily-fee course owned by a municipality or a private 18-hole championship course in an exclusive community, golf industry management professionals agree on one thing: The condition of the course ultimately determines the success of the property....

FOCUS ON: Trim Mowers 

When contemplating a trim-mower purchase, you should consider several factors. These include the longevity, durability and reliability you require from a mower, the need for a push-type or self-propelled unit, and bagging requirements....

Value vs. Volume 

What are you selling, mowing or lawn care? How would you define the difference? Is it better to service many clients at a low price or a few at a high price?...

NEW AGE CURMUDGEON 

Today I received a new CISCO Systems IP office telephone that I am told will make my life easier. I didn't ask for a new one, but the whole company is on the new CISCO system and each of us now has a new phone....

Earthworms: Beneficials or Pests? 

Earthworms are found in a wide range of habitats throughout the world, having adapted to many different soil types as well as to lakes and streams....

H-2B CAP CRISIS 

On Jan. 4, 2005, the United States Department of Homeland Security issued a press release stating that it had received enough H-2B petitions to meet this year's congressionally mandated cap of 66,000 new workers....

JAPANESE BEETLE PROGRAM 

Although the Japanese beetle is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it is a pest that causes major eyesores when it comes to budgeting their control. ...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout January on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. For landscape contractors:...

FINDING ANSWERS 

IN DUE TIME Q Many turf maintenance recommendations refer to making the last nitrogen application in November when growth slows or stops....

MICROBES PERSEVERE 

There has been increasing attention paid to the health of soil microbial populations. Controversy surrounding organic vs. inorganic fertilizers, natural vs. synthetic pesticides continues....

RISE SHARES 2005 OUTLOOK 

Allen James, president of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) has released his 2005 outlook for the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry....

SUPERINTENDENTS FORM RESEARCH GROUP 

A group of golf course superintendents in the Northeast, in conjunction with turf specialists from the University of Massachusetts, have begun a multi-year research effort looking at one of the Northeast's most pressing golf management issues: winterkill....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

AERATOR ATTACHMENT The JRCO Hooker aerator offers zero-turn maneuverability. The unique tine rotors utilize the forward force of the mower to make holes up to e inches deep....

HOW TO: SAFELY WORK ON ROADSIDES 

In 2002, there were 1,181 persons killed while working in or driving by a roadway work zone. In addition, there were more than 40,000 people injured....

Chemical Update: Turfgrass Insecticides 

Products for controlling turfgrass insects is the focus of this, the second segment of Grounds Maintenance's Chemical Update series. We revise these Updates each year to provide a current and comprehensive guide to pesticides registered for turf and landscape ornamentals....

On the Level 

Insects. Everybody's got 'em. Good ones and bad ones. But should you worry about them? You bet. Not only should you worry about the damage they are causing, but also about how many of them are crawling around on your turf....

Japanese Beetles Make an Impression 

Japanese beetles have been a pervasive pest in East Coast states for many years. Although populations wax and wane with weather conditions, they recently have made a phenomenal comeback....

Pesticide Practices 

We've all seen them. The obvious signs that pests are feasting on the plants that you're paid to take care of, destroying their beauty with each bite....

FOCUS ON: Chemical Sprayers 

Whether you are applying herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or fertilizer/pesticide combinations, your chemical spraying equipment must stand up to the pressure of your job applications....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

TOPDRESSER Earth & Turf Products announces the Model 24D TruFlow, a push-type topdresser for dry, flowable materials with 3 cubic feet capacity....

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