Understanding Fungicides 

What are fungicides? The popular definition: fungicides are any chemical that can inhibit the growth or development of a fungus. The technical definition:...

UNDER ATTACK? 

New diseases continue to challenge even the most skilled turfgrass managers. The most recent threat, a summertime patch disease of creeping bentgrass,...

Paying Out 

Whether your grounds-care business does payroll manually or uses a service, the time is right to reevaluate your payroll processes the outsourcing options...

Lines of Distribution 

If you spread many granular chemicals, you already know that it's important to keep your walk-behind spreader properly calibrated. Many calibration instructions...

The Root of the Problem 

The use of dense creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) cultivars to achieve desired greens speeds often leads to excessive organic matter buildup in...

PAYING MY DUES 

When I first joined Grounds Maintenance, I gained a position on the magazine based on my merits as a journalist. I approached the job with four years...

FINDING ANSWERS 

DOWN THE DRAIN Q We are running a French drain into a 4-foot 4-foot 4-foot gravel-filled drain lined with filter fabric to prevent earth from falling...

TRANSPLANTING BARE-ROOT TREES: SUCCESSFUL AND COST-SAVING 

Due to a major budget cut, a city in New York decided to try installing bare-root trees in their street tree-planting program. The city of Ithaca, N.Y.,...

How To: Divide Ornamental Grasses 

Ornamental grasses continue their popularity in both residential and commercial landscapes. Their graceful habit, variety of texture and color and low...

Perfect Timing 

The majority of landscape professionals agree on the value of turf aeration to relieve compaction and aid thatch breakdown. They don't, however, always...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

SENSOR ADAPTERS Onset Computer Corporation introduces the 12-bit 4-20 mA adapter and 0-5 VDC voltage Universal Sensor Adapters that enable HOBO Weather...

The Replacements 

Times change, products change. If you wander up and down the aisles at Barnes and Noble, you'll find that most modern day philosophers encourage managers...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Turfgrass Insecticides 

Controlling turfgrass insects is the focus of this, the second segment of Grounds Maintenance's Chemical Update series. We revise these Updates each year...

In Transition 

The transition period from perennial ryegrass to bermudagrass in the spring is a critical time in managing turfgrasses that are overseeded. A timely transition...

Think Safety This Spring 

Don't let a case of spring fever catch your team off guard now is the time to refresh yourself and your employees on the importance of mowing safety....

FOCUS ON: Topdressers 

Whether you require light, frequent topdressing for routine maintenance or heavy topdressing during aeration, these topdressers provide a solution to...

Spring Cleaning 

Now is the time to prepare commercial walk-behind mowers for the spring mowing season. Spending a few hours inspecting equipment and getting ready for the busy season will assure you of having mowers that are ready to cut grass instead of head back to the maintenance shop....

Biological Hazards 

Sometimes it seems almost too dangerous outdoors to be a groundskeeper. As if rattlesnakes, honeybees and Lyme disease weren't enough to deal with, over...

The Low-Down on Greens Height 

The demand for faster putting greens is putting added stress on turfgrass - and on golf course superintendents, according to Charlie Hadwick, superintendent at The Country Club of Lincoln in Nebraska's capitol city....

CERTIFICATION: A MUST? 

In January, I had the opportunity to attend the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) show in San Diego. On the way from the airport to the hotel, I...

Pest Prophecy 

Cost effective insect management often begins with the cost of the insecticide selected to control the pest. However, many other factors can be equally...

FINDING ANSWERS 

CERTIFIABLE Q I recently read of a Golf Course Irrigation Auditor certification. How does one obtain this certification? Where is the training available...

REPRIEVE FOR PESTICIDES 

A preliminary report exonerates pesticides as the probable cause of fish deformities in a section of the Willamette River known as the Newberg Pool. Industrial...

WINTER HEATING FUEL AND GASOLINE COSTS ARE UP 

The outlook for winter 2004 household heating bills compared to winter 2002-2003 indicate that natural gas-heated homes are up 8 percent; propane-heated...

SHORT CUTS 

PLCAA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT The Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) begins the New Year with Jim Campanella as its new president. Campanella...

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