CHEMICAL UPDATE: ORNAMENTAL PRODUCTS 

Ornamentals may not receive the regular chemical applications that you often provide for turf, but pesticides are a critical tool for managing pests that...

HOW TO: Sharpen rotary mower blades 

There is no technical mystery to sharpening a lawnmower blade. It just takes common sense and a bit of know-how. If you have a good bench grinder or a...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

No herbicide is that selective Are you aware of any post-emergence herbicide selective for broadleaf weeds in wintercreeper (Euonymus f. coloratus)? Via...

RESEARCH UPDATE: N LOSSES TO URBAN RUNOFF AND LEACHING 

Turf is increasingly blamed as a source of non-point source (NPS) pollution, including nutrients such as nitrogen. Some turf critics suggest using permanent...

The right tool for the job 

If you're a home improvement junkie like I am, then you've probably caught an episode or two of New Yankee Workshop. I watch with a jealous eye as he...

Avoiding trouble with wage-hour law 

Picture yourself in this situation: You're a grounds manager, minding your own business, busy with the work you need to get done. One day, you're unexpectedly...

Making a case for renovation 

The irrigation system is the heart of a golf course without a healthy one, the course will suffer. A system's life expectancy varies from 10 to 30 years,...

STANDING TALL 

Stand-on mowers have been on the market for less than 10 years, yet they already hold a significant niche in the commercial mower industry. Bill Wright,...

PRODUCTS IN PRACTICE: The People's Open 

Craig Currier knew he had a big job ahead of him when he became golf course superintendent at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York in June 1997....

Choosing the right herbicide formulation 

Experts often stress the value of proper weed identification. This makes it possible to determine the best cultural and chemical strategies for control....

SHORT CUTS 

Longhorns in Central Park A sugar maple and a Norway maple in New York's Central Park have been found to be infested with Asian longhorn beetles. These...

Is your company customer service sensitive? 

In a quest to increase your sales, you begin a campaign to market your company to as many potential clients as possible. You change into your sales role...

All wet 

Localized dry spots (LDS), also called isolated dry spots or hot spots, are common on golf greens, but not limited to high-sand-content turfgrass root...

THE DOS AND DON'TS OF Tank-mixing herbicides and fertilizers 

Applicators commonly mix nutrients with herbicides to increase efficiency when spraying turf areas. Unfortunately, the wrong combination can result in...

RESEARCH UPDATE: BATTLING THE INVADERS 

It is well-known that sea-going vessels are significant sources of imported, invasive pests. When cargo ships flush their ballast water in port, they...

One lump or two? 

Tree loss soon after transplanting is a serious problem for all involved in the landscape industry. Recent reports from the University of Ulster and the...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

You can never be too safe I would like to know where to obtain a safety manual that relates to landscape maintenance. via the Internet Many safety guides...

Food for turf: Slow-release nitrogen 

Synthetic controlled-release fertilizers accounted for nearly 30 percent of all fertilizers applied to U.S. golf courses in 2000. Controlled-release nitrogen...

Spread out 

If you're wanting to spread out granular fertilizer, here are some machines that can help ensure you get even distribution quickly and easily. If you...

Economy turning around 

The Conference Board reports that the U.S. economy is moving in the direction of an economic recovery. The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected...

How To: Install bulbs 

When used correctly in mass and contrast, spring bulbs direct the view of visitors and provide appeal for the owner as well. Find advice on spring bulb installation, planting technique, and post-bloom care here....

Keep profits FLOWING 

The design and quality of your ponds build your reputation and get you referrals and additional jobs. Typically 80 percent of our work has come from the...

Managing brown patch in tall fescue 

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is widely used in the Transition Zone because it has relatively good drought and heat tolerance and is easy to establish...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Chemicals ANTIBIOTIC FUNGICIDE Cleary Chemical offers Endorse, the first translaminar antibiotic fungicide available for turf. Endorse attacks turf diseases...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: FERTILIZER/PESTICIDE COMBINATIONS 

As an expansion of our Turfgrass Chemical Updates, Grounds Maintenance publishes additional Updates throughout the year. After all, you use more than...

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