Accurate job costing 

Job costing is one of the most important tasks you can do for your company. Unfortunately, many owners are too busy to job cost or their dislike of math...

Planting the seeds of success 

Your customers hired you because you are an expert at caring for turf and ornamentals. But when it comes to nurturing your own business, your thumb may...

Boost your image 

What can help your company make a memorable first impression, give your customers an added sense of security and motivate your employees to take greater...

GPS: Fertilizing with silicon 

Instituting the Global Positioning System, generally referred to as GPS, has totally changed management of transportation, agriculture and power utilities....

Water: Don't take it for granted 

In my home town in Central California, the city provided free water. Well, almost free. For a flat fee (and a small one at that), water use was unlimited....

Nice spread! 

Most grounds managers know that spreaders require periodic calibration and maintenance, and they know that if they don't calibrate, application rates...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

Pheromone traps I'm trying to find a supplier for pheromone traps. I am particularly interested in lilac/ash borer, peach borer and possibly other tree...

Standing strong 

A weed problem in newly established turf often means that one of the steps required to establish the turf has failed. To minimize competition from weeds,...

SHORT CUTS 

Cherry trees blamed for foal deaths Researchers and horse owners have been scrambling to find the cause of several hundred foal deaths in Kentucky this...

RESEARCH UPDATE: WATER TREATMENT RESIDUALS 

As most people are aware, drinking water is treated before distribution to users. Coagulation and flocculation are the processes by which various materials...

CORRECTION 

In our May Chemical Update on ornamental pesticides, we incorrectly listed the supplier of Compass fungicide as Syngenta. Compass is a Bayer product....

Dry spell lingers 

Some landscapers may have to rely more heavily on irrigation this summer. Recent dry weather has caused drought conditions in certain areas of the country....

Heads up 

Whether you're selecting sprinklers for an existing irrigation system or starting from scratch, you have a variety of types and sizes from which to choose....

HOW TO: Retrofit to drip 

As water becomes more scarce and more expensive for commercial irrigation applications, many maintenance superintendents are recommending the conversion...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Equipment OUT-FRONT ROTARY MOWERS Jacobsen's Turfcat 600 out-front rotary mowers are available in either 2- or 4-wheel drive. They feature a 26-hp Kubota...

Drainage Problems? 

Water has to go somewhere, right? When it rains or when you irrigate, water runs off, soaks in or evaporates, but it doesn't just disappear. What happens...

Improving herbicide performance with adjuvants 

Landscape and turfgrass managers use herbicides to control weeds quickly and effectively. To increase the effectiveness of herbicides, they sometimes...

Some like it hot 

So you want a grass that can take the summer heat. Who doesn't? That's arguably the toughest time for turf, and if you can find a turfgrass that thrives...

Trench warfare 

You have just finished laying the pipe and you feel the satisfaction of a job that's coming together. However, if you used a conventional trencher, the...

Taking the HEAT 

It's a 95F day in July, and one of your hardest-working employees has been mowing all afternoon. You notice he looks a bit pale and is sweating profusely....

Encountering resistance 

Insects cause millions of dollars in damage to woody ornamental plants each year. In addition, these pests are often expensive to manage. You must not...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: ORNAMENTAL CONTROLS 

Turf may seem to get all the attention, but a wide variety of effective products is available to treat pest problems of ornamentals. Good thing, too....

Mowing: More than cutting grass 

Perhaps more than any other activity, mowing typifies grounds care. This is not surprising when you consider that there are something like 20 to 25 million...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

Low-balled I have been a groundskeeper for 14 years. I am conscientious in my work, have a degree in horticulture, and always work hard, long days. The...

SHORT CUTS 

Glowing cactus An Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (USDA-ARS) scientist is studying gene expression in plants with green fluorescent...

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