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...

Artistic Field 

When maintaining an athletic field or mowing a lawn, you can create a unique business opportunity for yourself by adding a logo to a ball field or enhancing...

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND 

At the time, it sounded like a good idea to some Ban pesticides because they may cause injury to people and the environment. Not to say that they do,...

FINDING ANSWERS 

CHOCOLATE MULCH Q I am trying to locate organic cocoa hulls for use as a mulch. Can you direct me? Bozeman, Mont. A Cocoa bean hulls make a dark, attractive...

SOD BEATS THE HEAT 

During the heat of summer, sod quality takes a dive during transport, storage and transplant stages. A field of Kentucky bluegrass can look great at the...

CONSTRUCTION TRENDS IN '03 SIMILAR TO '02 

Construction put in place lost steam in May but is still ahead of 2002's pace, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors...

SHORT CUTS 

VIRUS AIMED AT MOSQUITOES One mosquito genus, called Culex, has been found to transmit the West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis. Agricultural Research...

HANDHELD LAWN AND GARDEN PRODUCTS 

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) estimates that 9,850,603 gasoline powered handheld products were shipped in Model Year 2002. Handheld products...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout June on the Grounds Maintenance Web site www.grounds-mag.com. Do you maintain/repair...

Skid-Steer Loaders and Skid-Steers 

Put down the shovel and get into the driver's seat of a skid-steer loader. You can make routine landscaping jobs effortless with machines that haul, load,...

How To: Maintain A Diesel Engine 

You already understand changing the oil and air filter are crucial to properly maintaining an engine. To prolong the life of a diesel engine, you can...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

AERATOR With a unique design and low center of gravity, the EZair aerator from Billy Goat is easier to control on slopes and delivers more consistent...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Non-Selective Chemicals 

Selective herbicides seemingly provide the ultimate in pest control: the ability to eliminate weeds without harming desirable turf and ornamentals. However,...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Plant Growth Regulators 

Plant growth regulators, or PGRs, offer various benefits. Turf and landscape managers typically think of them as tools to reduce plant growth, but this...

Nitrogen Know-How 

The use of chemical fertilizers on lawns is becoming increasingly controversial, even creating tension among neighbors in many residential areas. The...

REVENUE RENOVATION 

You know what it takes to keep turfgrass healthy. And if you could control all the variables, the turf on your grounds would no doubt flourish. But that's...

FINDING ANSWERS 

SUBMERGED TURF Q How long will turf tolerate submersion? via the Internet A The answer is not always so cut and dried. Turf injury from submersion depends...

Focus On: Renovation Equipment 

If you have a large area to renovate, you need equipment designed to handle the size of that job. The following renovation equipment is more effective...

BEATING BUGS FROM WITHIN 

Bluegrass billbug larvae are difficult to control and feed on Kentucky bluegrass shoots from the inside. As an alternative to traditional control methods,...

How To: Overseed 

Establish seeding date. About eight weeks before first frost is best. Identify and correct the problem. If you skip this step you are bound to encounter...

SHORT CUTS 

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS OF PLANTS Scientists have found that the 24-hour circadian rhythms that guide animal behavior also exist in plants. Research at the...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

FUNGICIDE ProStar 70WP Fungicide from Bayer Environmental Science is now available for control of foliar Rhizoctonia and rust in ornamental plants. The...

WHITMAN RESIGNS FROM EPA 

EPA Administrator Christie Whitman met with President Bush at the White House May 20 and tendered her resignation as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental...

OVER DO IT 

With the months of April, May and early June behind us and the sultry months of summer creeping in fast, the best part of the turfgrass growing season...

Phasing out Pesticides 

In response to a growing concern of high cancer rates in Long Island communities, Suffolk County legislators passed a law in 1996 requiring all county...

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