2005 CONSTRUCTION EXPECTED TO THRIVE 

With the construction market gathering speed, higher attendance figures than in recent years and the economy moving in the right direction, McGraw-Hill Construction's Outlook 2005 Conference had a decidedly optimistic tone....

HOUSING STARTS REBOUND 

The nation's home builders wasted no time catching up on their work following wet weather conditions that kept many projects on hold in September, according to figures on U.S. housing starts released by the Commerce Department....

Lighting up the Landscape 

It's no secret. Property values are booming. In fact, real estate has been one of the rare industries that proved relatively recession-proof throughout the past few years....

Bright Lights, Big Money 

After the traditional grounds maintenance summer and fall seasons have come to an end, a few smart entrepreneurs are beginning to look at non-traditional ways to increase revenue, which could lead to increased profits....

Room To Breathe 

A tough place to be on a hot, humid day is a golf course. It is even tougher if you are the turfgrass. Add in restricted air movement and low exposure to sunlight, and you have a recipe for problems....

ROOT OF THE PROBLEM 

We all know that sidewalk or street trees have a rough time 1) getting established and 2) thriving once established. Numerous environmental factors play against their success rather than for their success....

Finding Your Foundation 

The foundation planting is a basic component of the traditional landscape. Look at the base of almost any home and you'll see one as well as seeing them around libraries, old banks, courthouses and even garages and outbuildings....

TREND setters 

Ask ten landscape architects and designers for their opinions on current trends in landscaping, and you're likely to get as many different answers....

FINDING ANSWERS 

LITMUS TEST Q The retirement community where I work has lots of helpful residents. They are always trying to give advice, particularly about applying lime and using their litmus paper for testing the pH....

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OUT-FRONT-DECK MOWER Exmark Manufacturing introduces the Navigator, an out-front deck mower with a dedicated grass collection system....

Fenced In 

Fence options continue to explode to meet growing demands. Buffered on one side by security concerns and on the other by the strong housing market, the fence marketplace is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2007....

HOW TO: RID COMPACTION UNDER TREES 

Many instances of compaction develop around older trees through pedestrian or vehicular traffic. While the source of compaction may not be very close to the trees, continued use of sidewalks and driveways radiate the effects of compaction to the surrounding area....

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Snow bucket The new Snow Buckets from FFC Attachments can move large volumes of snow or other loose materials efficiently and can quickly attach to all...

FOCUS ON: Augers 

Augers of various widths and digging depths allow you to perform applications such as digging holes for posts, fencing, footings, trees and shrubs, and irrigation valve boxes....

GOLF SHOW WELCOMES CLUB MANAGERS ASSOCIATION 

With the focus on providing comprehensive business solutions for golf facilities, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) announce that the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) will join them in presenting the Golf Industry Show....

LANDSCAPING ENHANCES HOME VALUE 

Another constant in our lives, in addition to death and taxes, is change. The particular type of change I'm referring to in this article deals with changing locations - in other words, moving....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout September on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Do you use resources...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

ZERO-TURN MOWER Ferris Industries introduces the IS 3000ZXL mid-size zero-turn mower that offers a 26-hp Kawasaki liquid-cooled V-Twin engine....

GRASS ROOTS 

With the Presidential election on our doorstep as I write this column, I can't help but project on the impact it will have on this industry. I have always...

HOW TO: CONTROL DEER IN THE LANDSCAPE 

For landscape professionals, deer can evoke both joy and anger. There is no doubt that in parks, golf courses and commercial landscapes, deer bring joy...

PROJECT EVERGREEN STRIVES TO PROTECT THE GREEN INDUSTRY 

With activist threats increasing and recent pesticide bans in Canada and the United States threatening to impact the green industry, protecting our industry is now more important than ever before. That's why a group of green industry professionals have banded together to create a powerful organization called Project Evergreen....

On Retainer 

In addition to providing beautiful landscaped spaces and creating opportunities for dramatic plantscapes, retaining walls can be lifesavers on tough sites....

Hardscapes Made Easy 

Contrary to what many landscapers believe, planting trees, shrubs and flowers is the final step not the only step in creating an outdoor living space....

Field of Dreams 

For athletes from around the world, the Olympic Games represent the ultimate showcase of their talents. In much the same way, thousands of support personnel who make the Olympics a reality do their best to make their own "performances" as flawless as possible....

Come Hell or High Water 

"We've got a wonderful golf course that's in outstanding condition, and we've heard nothing but wonderful comments to this point from the players," said Tim Moraghan, director of championship's agronomy for the United States Golf Association (USGA) as he sat alongside Grounds Superintendent Tony Mancuso, CGCS, at a press conference the day before the opening round of the 25th U.S. Senior Open Golf Tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo....

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