CHEMICAL UPDATE: Non-Selective Chemicals 

Most often, as grounds managers you are looking to kill out a weed in the midst of turf without damaging the surrounding turf and ornamentals. For that...

How to: Design, lay out and plant formal bulb displays 

Spring bulb shows make a huge impact. You may have trouble convincing your client to spend the money on spring bulbs, but they are such a welcome sight...

Fall Into Color 

As the long, hot days of summer slowly come to a close, I anxiously await the arrival of my favorite time of year. In autumn, I am constantly captivated by the systematic transformation of a landscape from basic green into flamboyant hues of crimson, auburn, deep ochre and rich violet. Often, plants that spend the spring and summer lurking in the background of their flashy brethren suddenly burst onto the stage...

Grass seed increases in value but seed yields decline for 2005 

The value of all grass seed species increased 5.4 percent during the 2003-2004 crop year with an increase of 22,291 acres (4.9 percent) in 2004-2005....

I.Q. Smart 

Usually, if you're I.Q. smart, it means you're good at figuring things out and taking tests to prove it. But this month, I'm more concerned with your...

Leasing vs. Purchasing Your Equipment 

Choosing the right tool for the trade at the right price is just the beginning of the purchasing decision. Sealing the deal comes with an option: whether to lease or purchase....

Finding Answers 

CANKER SORE Q I have an oak tree, which I believe is a water oak, that has bark falling off in patches around the trunk. The top of the tree isn't looking...

Finding the next All-American  

Although, researchers have not identified an American elm that can take the place of the American elms that once graced our neighborhoods and highways,...

PLANET and ANLA agree not to merge at this time 

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that they have decided not to proceed with...

Short Cuts 

EPA TO RAISE CONSUMER AWARENESS THROUGH CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing details of its program...

Hand-Held equipment forecasts decrease for 2006 

Although a 4.3 percent contraction is expected in 2006, hand-held blower unit shipments will still remain above 2 million units. Backpack blowers will...

Product Preview 

LASER-GUIDED MOWER McMurtry Limited introduces the MAS Mower 01, the electrically-powered machine that combines a conventional 36-inch-wide, six-bladed...

FOCUS ON: String Trimmers 

Don't leave for your first scheduled job without making sure you have a string trimmer or two in tow. To achieve that well-groomed and manicured look...

How To: Test Irrigation Water Quality 

As we try to grow a large variety of plants in areas where only the toughest survive, irrigation becomes a major player. Water shortages and poor water...

In the Grind 

While maybe not the most common piece of equipment in your fleet, owning a stump grinder can prove to be very profitable. Whether your client wants to...

Rx for Turf 

When diagnosing turf for possible renovation, you need to recognize the difference between renovation and re-establishment. Renovation usually involves...

Chemical Update: Adjuvants/Wetting Agents 

There are many reasons for you to want to make spray mixtures more effective. Sometimes factors are present that prevent the pesticide from doing as it...

Long on Design 

All architects will be a lot more comfortable when the powers that be in golf finally solve the ball problem If the distance to be gotten with the ball...

Slit Seeders 101 

It's tough to beat slit seeders for achieving a consistently high level of seed-to-soil contact for successful germination. And while a slit seeder alone is no guarantee of success, modern slit seeders are well-respected among landscape professionals for the quality results they can deliver....

Selecting the Right Commercial Generator 

From pond aeration to nighttime construction at an office park to cooling golf greens with fans all of these activities require dependable, portable power. Enter the portable generator....

Making Amends 

Many green-industry textbooks describe an ideal growing media as having the following volumetric proportions: 50 percent solids, 25 percent air-filled...

Finding Answers 

AIRING OUT Q I've seen a lot of demonstrations of different core aerating machines, along with different approaches (some with tines going into soil at...

Teaming Up for Renovation 

When a top college football team swarms onto the field at a freshly renovated stadium, there is one feature every fan sees and appreciates: the turf....

AIR ENRICHMENT STOPS DISEASE 

Researchers at the Duke University Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) research forest in Durham, N.C., are discovering amazing things. FACE is a forest with...

Chemicals Update: Ornamental Products 

While ornamentals probably do not receive chemical applications with the regularity that you give turf, pesticides are still a critical tool for managing...

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