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....

Troubleshooting Your Irrigation System 

When faced with the prospect of troubleshooting an irrigation system problem on an athletic field, the answer is simple: Just follow the water....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

UTILITY VEHICLE The Chuck Wagon full-sized utility vehicle from Brister includes an electric start Honda GX340 340cc, 4-stroke engine, DANA Corp's fully enclosed transaxle, automatic transmission, a rear multi-link and double "A" arm front suspension....

2005 TRUCK & VAN PREVIEW 

The buzz hasn't been this loud in five years. New trucks are hot again. And from what we hear around the industry, the bigger they are the faster they're going....

Trimming the Tree 

Keeping trees healthy and attractive requires strategic trimming or pruning on occasion. To effectively trim trees, it's important to have the proper training, use the right equipment and implement safe practices and techniques....

The Key to Locking Out Theft 

There is no one key that locks theft out of the realm of possibilities. Bert Thompson knew that when he tagged all the equipment that powers A.S.T. Landscape Services, Inc....

How To: Plant Blooming Bulbs for Spring 

Whether you're planting in a residential or commercial setting, there are a few things to keep in mind and a few tricks you may want to try....

Aquatic Weed Eaters 

Lake weeds are almost becoming endangered species on some golf courses, in homeowners' association developments and in public parks across a wide belt of the United States....

Industrial Strength 

A single tree coming into contact with a high-voltage transmission line can cause an electrical failure that affects millions of customers....

APWA news 

Be a speaker at the 2005 North American Snow Conference The American Public Works Association (APWA) is now accepting proposals for The North American...

FOCUS ON: Backhoes and Loaders 

When you are using a backhoe or a loader, you want it to be reliable and easy to operate. Whether you are digging for landscape applications or transporting material with a front-end loader, you need a piece of equipment that will withstand pressure and the daily wear and tear....

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Snow Pushers RCS Mfg. and Development offers snow pushers in four models. The RCS Loader Series ranges in size from 10 to 30 feet with a 48-inch moldboard...

KICKING TIRES 

When I mention my excitement about the new fall line being introduced in the coming months, I guess I can see where people might be confused....

Equipment Maintenance 

When you think about storing equipment for the winter, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A simple wash and wax? Or do you really get it ready for a period of long storage?...

FINDING ANSWERS 

FOR REAL? Q I've been reading a lot of advertisements from synthetic turf distributors lately, and I am wondering if there are any regulation 18-hole courses that have synthetic greens....

CORRECTING ENVIRONMENTAL OOPS! 

Seems like everyday there is some sort of environmental disaster or another. Thanks to these researchers, we have a bit more information about correcting some of these problems....

EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE WATER SOURCES 

Condensate from air conditioners is an abundant source of clean water that irrigators can turn to during the hot summer months when they need it most, according to a technical paper to be presented at the 25th International Irrigation Show....

SHORT CUTS 

MODERATE GROWTH FORECAST FOR UPCOMING MODEL YEAR Following uneven growth for some products during the current model year (September 2003-August 2004), the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's (OPEI) Econometric Forecast Model for consumer and commercial turf products, revised in July 2004, forecasts moderate growth during the 2005 model year....

CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS RULES 

With everyone from scientists to politicians to manufacturers voicing opinions about emissions to the environment, it's almost enough to get lost in all of the noise....

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