The Giving Tree 

When you think of all that trees provide us oxygen, shade, beauty and shelter it makes sense for grounds care professionals to do as much as they can to protect them from harm....

CULTIVAR EFFECTS ARE GREATER THAN THOSE OF SEEDLOT 

When inspecting new seedings, do you wonder why one area germinated faster than another, even when they both have the same species of grass?...

ARS, TURFGRASS GROUP SIGN RESEARCH PACT 

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Turfgrass Federation (NTF) recently signed an agreement to launch a long-term research program aimed at improving the nation's turfgrass....

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ALCA AND PLCAA ANNOUNCE INTENT TO MERGE The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) announced that, pending ratification by their memberships, they will consolidate into a new green industry association on Jan. 1, 2005....

THE GROUNDS CARE PROFILER 

As a grounds care professional, you are very conscious of how your day on the job is spent. You know what types of jobs your company works on, whether it is mowing, landscape design, turfgrass aeration or tree care....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout June on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Have you ever considered...

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UTILITY VEHICLE The Carryall 294 44 utility vehicle from Club Car uses the IntelliTrak system to deliver a fully automatic, on-demand 44. The vehicle...

Better BIDS 

Enhancements for a lawn maintenance contractor should significantly add to the bottom line. However, they are often overlooked or neglected simply because they are managed improperly (or not at all) because of a lack of time and personnel to do so....

Downsizing 

While Ralph Waldo Emerson was plodding behind a pony-drawn reel mower may well have been the moment he first mumbled those famous words, "If a man owns land, the land owns him."...

Cutting Up 

There is a missing link in many lawn care programs an underutilized cultural practice that boosts turf health and, potentially, your bottom line. Vertical mowing is a healthy habit and a beneficial component of an annual turf care routine....

FOCUS ON: Walk-behind Aerators 

Grass, just like people, can get overstressed sometimes. While we can take a vacation to unwind, your turf needs to unplug to reverse stress....

Clean Slate 

Spring cleaning may be over and done with, but you can clean statues all year round. Add the service of cleaning statuaries to your resume and offer clients a way to keep their garden and landscape pieces looking in top shape....

Path to Conversion 

Several products and methods have been developed to control Poa annua over the years. These include many different herbicide chemistries and the use of plant growth regulators to control seed head production or limit Poa annua growth....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Vertebrate Pest Controls 

They're more clever than other pests and their appeal to human sentiment can create something of a public relations predicament. Vertebrate pests - rodents, birds and deer - can be incredibly difficult pests for landscape managers....

Sizing Up Sports Field Renovation 

Nothing lasts forever. Even an athletic field that is creatively designed and meticulously constructed has a finite lifespan. By the age of 25 or 30, a typical field has usually seen its better days and becomes a candidate for a renovation....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Ornamental Products 

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

THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS 

The cost of doing business ain't what it used to be. Gasoline prices recently broke the $2 barrier in most of the country....

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RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT NEMESIS GAINS FOOTHOLD IN FLORIDA According to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and scientists who are working to control the red imported fire ant, the permanent establishment of a new species of phorid fly is bad news for the aggressive ant that has spread across the southern United States....

Irrigating Difficult Spaces 

Of the challenges faced in irrigation design, trees, stair-step landscape design, slopes, pots and planters tend to be the most difficult. Here is some advice for dealing with them....

ROUNDS PLAYED INCREASE IN FIRST QUARTER 

According to data from golf facilities from around the country, rounds were up 5.3 percent nationwide for the first quarter 2004. ...

How To: Prune Spring-Flowering Shrubs 

The timing of pruning can affect how and how much a plant blooms. Find tips on pruning all types of spring-flowering shrubs here....

DROUGHT FORECAST 

Across the country, recent rainfall has brought relief to some of the driest areas. However, the drought is forecasted to persist in the West and other areas could develop droughts throughout the summer....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout May on the Grounds Maintenance Web site at www.grounds-mag.com. What add-on services...

Good Sports 

Sports turf maintenance has come a long way from the days when the people who practiced the craft were referred to as and their tools may have consisted...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

Hunter Industries introduces the PGJ, a mid-range rotor for use on all 15- to 30-foot sites....

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