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...

RESEARCH UPDATE: POTASSIUM FERTILIZATION ENOUGH IS ENOUGH 

Science long ago established the necessity of potassium to plants, and this element has always been a standard component of fertilizers. However, because...

EQUIPMENT OPTIONS: 2001: A mulching odyssey 

The case for mulching grass clippings is compelling. Save time. Save money. Save landfill space. Grass recycling is not a universal practice in the grounds-care...

HOW TO: Buy a mower 

As a contractor or a grounds manager, the prospect of buying equipment can be exciting but also can cause you a great deal of anxiety. For many of you...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Equipment DRILLING FLUID SYSTEM The Ditch Witch FM 13 Drilling Fluid System is the largest of three stand-alone, modular fluid systems for mixing drilling...

MOWER Innovations 

Manufacturers seem to have limitless creativity when it comes to engineering mowers. Grounds managers and commercial cutters continue to look for that...

Directing traffic 

While it's easy enough to throw money at the Internet to create a bleeding edge web site, getting people to actually stop by is the real challenge. Without...

Sick of golf? 

Golfers today have grown accustomed to playing on quality turf and are willing to pay higher greens fees to play on greens. But are higher greens fees...

MOWER SAFETY begins with the operator 

As we enter the mowing season, it's time to brush up on your mowing safety procedures to increase your productivity and help keep yourself free of injury....

Slow and Steady WINS THE RACE 

Soluble forms of nitrogen are fast-acting. In turf, they produce greening and a growth flush almost immediately, but the nitrogen is quickly used up and...

PR trumps science 

Diseases often seem to come out of nowhere. Pathologists know better. Almost every industry faces environmental controversies. The green industry arguably...

Gas prices heat up industry 

The whole country has felt the effects of higher energy costs, whether in the form of gasoline costs or heating bills. So it should be no surprise that...

WATER polluter OR WATER filter? 

The question is hotly debated; the answers can be as clear as mud. What happens to rainwater after a storm probably is not something you spend much time...

Tiptoeing on turf 

Compact utility loaders and mini skid steers have been highly praised for their adaptability, productivity and utility. The variety of attachments available...

In the zone 

In order to create the best irrigation design for your site, you need to understand the site's potential as well as its possible limitations. To maximize...

The benefits of BENEFICIALS 

A fascinating, but often misunderstood, aspect of soil is its biological component. More living organisms occur in the soil than all other ecosystems...

Defeat runoff with BMPs and buffer strips 

I have both good news and bad news for you. The good news: researchers have determined that turf is an effective filter of chemicals. This is probably...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Computer MAPPING SOFTWARE Farm Works Software manufactures GPS mapping software geared toward the golf-course industry. The package, called Precision...

Weeds overboard 

Aquatic weed growth can become excessive due to several conditions. Your pond may have clear, shallow water that allows sunlight to reach the bottom....

EQUIPMENT OPTIONS: Blown away 

Powered blowers have become a standard piece of equipment for anyone in the business of maintaining landscapes. As a matter of fact, most landscape contractors...

New uses for urban tree refuse 

As landfill gates began slamming shut to urban tree refuse in the last decade, fertile minds began to think up ways to recycle this material into useable,...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: FERTILIZER/PESTICIDE COMBINATIONS 

As an extension of our Turfgrass Chemical Updates, Grounds Maintenance publishes additional Chemical Updates throughout the year. Extensive information...

Landscaping that's nothing to sneeze at 

Thirty years ago, fewer than 12 percent of Americans had allergies. Today, a whopping 38 percent of us suffer from them. Not too many years ago, death...

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