APWA Public Works Projects of the Year 

The American Public Works Association's Public Works Projects of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in public works projects by recognizing...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Vertebrate Pest Controls 

Vertebrate pests rodents, birds and deer can be incredibly difficult pests for landscape managers. Not only are these pests a little more clever than...

VARIETIES OF TURF SPECIES 

Over the years, the number of varieties of turfgrass species that are commercially available has, for the most part, nearly doubled. Below are the National...

Zoysiagrass Water Relations 

All zoysiagrasses have the same drought resistance, don't they? Such a generalization existed when the cultivar was released in the United States. As...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout July on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. To fill-in bare areas...

The Right and Wrong of Native Grasses 

The surge of interest in using ornamental grasses in landscape designs has recently shined the spotlight on some of our best native grasses. These cold-hardy,...

FOCUS ON: Chain Saws 

A staple to any landscape business, chain saws assist in a variety of tasks such as limbing trees, cutting logs or clearing heavy brush. The following...

MOVING ON 

You could find her most days hunched over a section of curb, edging her yard with a pair of iron hedge clippers. Dressed in long sleeves and gloves with...

SHORT CUTS 

USDA AMENDS JAPANESE BEETLE REGULATIONS The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending its Japanese beetle...

FINDING ANSWERS 

POWER PLAY Q Where does the term come from and what is the standard for measurement? via the Internet A is a measurement of an engine's rate of doing...

DEICERSand the degrees they'll go to. 

Many landscape contractors and maintenance professionals do not use chemical deicers properly. They apply the deicer liberally and wait for it to completely...

Contract Critique 

Prospecting for new customers costs more time, more energy and more of your hard-earned dollars. A good customer these days is as hard to come by as a...

apwa news 

Snow Conference withstands all challenges It looks like nothing will keep APWA members from learning how to fight the snow. There's no doubt that attendance...

SHEDDING LIGHT ON SHADED TURF 

Is your shaded turf looking peaked, thin and chlorotic? That's no surprise turf grown in shade generally is thinner, lighter green, more succulent and...

Managing the New Alpha-Bents 

A group of new creeping bentgrass varieties released several years ago have earned the collective nickname A and G series. These grasses were selected...

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Snowplow Fisher Engineering's new 8- and 9-foot XBLADE snow plows combine an exclusive X-Bracing design with premium, corrosion-resistant stainless steel...

Battle of the Bents 

A new era will be ushered in when genetically modified turfgrasses hit the shelves. That day is soon to come. Scotts and Monsanto have joined forces to...

HOW TO: Stake a Tree 

Not all trees need staking. However, it's necessary to stake a tree under certain circumstances. Stake a tree when it's in a windy area, is top-heavy,...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

BLOWER Echo's PB-650 Power Blower offers reliable, commercial-grade power with a comfortable, easy-to-operate design. The blower has heavy-duty performance...

U.S. RETAIL GASOLINE PRICES FALL 

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline fell in late July for the first time in four weeks, decreasing by 0.8 cent per gallon as of July 28...

CHEMICAL HOTLINE: Seedling Safety 

If you're planning to plant during the summer, there are some important hints to consider that can help you meet the challenges and avoid some of the...

Shades of green 

Among cool-season turfgrasses, creeping bentgrass possesses only a medium amount of shade tolerance. On shaded tees, fairways and greens, this factor,...

Instant turfgrass 

When establishing a lawn, sod gives immediate results. Seeding may cost less money (approximately $30 per 1,000 square feet compared to about $200 per...

Hiring the Perfect Employee 

Staffing in the green industry is a complex job. It's a balancing act requiring talent, business finesse and a little bit of luck. Keeping full-time employees...

OVERBLOWN? 

When a landscaper heads out on a job in Palo Alto, Calif., there's one thing he'd better not forget. In addition to his equipment, driver's license and...

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