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...

Designing a Residential Irrigation System Plan 

The key to a successful residential irrigation system project is a good plan. Keep this in mind and your customer's irrigation system will meet both their expectations and your own....

WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE 

Although evening news reports of the West Nile virus (WNV) are decreasing, reported human cases are on the rise. Since 2002, there were more than 13,000...

Revive Your Cold-Blooded Engine 

Storage presents unique challenges to gasoline engines that power landscaping and turf equipment, especially when the storage exceeds 60 days. While a...

FOCUS ON: Reel Mowers 

Knowing your options for trim and surrounds mowers will help you choose the right equipment for your needs. Take a look at what manufacturers are offering....

Post-emergence Weed Weaponry 

Crabgrass (Digitaria spp.) and goosegrass (Eleusine indica) are among the most common and troublesome turf weeds. These grasses germinate in the spring...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

UTILITY VEHICLE Snapper's Grounds Cruiser utility vehicle has a 9.5-hp Kawasaki OHV engine with full pressure lubrication and a heavy-duty air filter...

HOW TO: IDENTIFY & TREAT GIRDLING ROOTS 

There are times in the season when there is not much going on. Take this opportunity to inspect your properties for girdling tree roots. Roots can girdle...

Snow professionals heading for Lexington 

If spring blizzards don't keep them home, more than 1,000 ace snowfighters of the United States and Canada will meet in April to discuss the stickiest...

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Under tailgate spreader Fisher Engineering's Under Tailgate Spreader fits 96-inch-wide standard dump bodies and features a poly spinner to provide longer...

THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS 

Weed. It's one of the biggest four-letter words in this industry and it's been known to provoke turf managers to spout a few of their own, as well. Like...

MULCHING MATTERS 

Q Which is better for mulching new turfgrass seedings: farm hay or wheat/oat straw? Via the Internet, Kewaunee, Wis. A The answer is somewhat dependent...

SAME MANAGEMENT, NEW GREENS GRASSES 

The new A and G series bentgrass cultivars and DW-184 creeping bluegrass (Poa annua var. reptans) are more aggressive than their greens predecessor, Penncross,...

BUSH PROPOSES NEW PROGRAM FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS 

President Bush is proposing a new temporary worker program to match willing foreign workers with willing U.S. employers when no Americans can be found...

GCSAA CONFERENCE AND SHOW SAILS INTO SAN DIEGO 

The 75th Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) International Golf Course Conference and Show will be held at the San Diego Convention...

INVASIVE PLANTS IN THE UNITED STATES 

Protecting your greens and landscapes from weather, insects and invasive exotic plants isn't your only job, but it sure can take up a lot of time. There...

READER POLL 

Look for this new reader poll question at www.grounds-mag.com. What do you view as your No. 1 pest problem as a grounds manager? A. Turf weeds B. Turf...

Weed Control: It's Only Natural 

Science has done a great job in discovering chemicals to kill or suppress weeds in turfgrass. Conventional wisdom also indicates that cultural methods...

A New Approach 

Don't mess with Mother Nature! How often have we heard that refrain? But do we actually walk the walk, or, more often, do we just talk the talk? When...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Turfgrass Herbicides 

January begins the first segment of Grounds Maintenance's Chemical Update series. Each year, we revise the Updates to bring you the most up-to-date and...

True Colors 

Bermudagrass (Cynodon spp) is one of the most important and widely adapted warm-season turfgrass species. Advantages of bermudagrass are that it forms...

HOW TO: Winterize Your Irrigation System 

It's time to winterize your irrigation system. And it's not one of those tasks you want to put off, because before you know it, it'll be too late. Winterizing...

Last-Minute Tax Tips 

If you're inclined to let your accountant do all the worrying about your business and personal income taxes, you could be making a costly mistake. Your...

Synthetically coated sand makes debut 

Rootzone mixtures of putting greens constructed according to United States Golf Association (USGA) specification are composed of at least 60 percent medium-...

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