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...

PROTECT your investment 

To get the most from your equipment, it's important to understand the fundamental design elements of both 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines. Whether you have...

Part 1: Turfgrass pathogens 

It is hard to say what a new disease is when we don't know what happened 100 or 1,000 years ago. What we do know is that new, emerging and re-emerging...

Chemicals: safe mixing and loading 

If you decide to pre-treat the wash water and dispose of it on-site instead of recycling it, you should call your local EPA office to determine whether...

Part II: Tree and ornamental pathogens 

Sudden oak death Researchers believe that the primary pathogen of this new disease is a new species of Phytophthora. First discovered in California in...

They'll pay for that 

If you haven't established a collection policy for your business, you're putting yourself at a disadvantage. You're also inconveniencing your clients....

Answering tough questions 

Businesses have good years and tough years, and those that survive have developed good customer relationships. The lawn service industry has grown exponentially...

Irrigation headaches 

Of the problems that can occur in an irrigation system, those associated with sprinkler heads are the most noticeable to clients and the public. These...

Irrigation headaches 

Of the problems that can occur in an irrigation system, those associated with sprinkler heads are the most noticeable to clients and the public. These...

The unfab five 

As a turf-care specialist, you face many challenges in the quest for that perfect lawn for your clientele. However, your clients may present the greatest...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

Honest, officer For what vehicular citations can an employer be ticketed if an employee is pulled over in a traffic stop? via the internet Employers are...

TURFGRASS FUNGICIDES 

This is the third in our series of Chemical Updates for 2001. This information, compiled and updated with the help of chemical manufacturers, is the most...

A mysterious foe 

Plant pathogens often are more difficult for grounds managers to deal with than other types of pests. This may be due to the fact that you often can't...

Collect plant samples 

The first step in solving insect and disease problems is to correctly identify the cause. This often involves sending plant samples to a diagnostic clinic...

Heading into recession? 

Are the economy's good times about to end? Some economists are pessimistic while others say that the trends point more to a moderation of the economy....

Culture clash 

Alter the irrigation schedule to promote the recovery of damaged turfs. Lightly irrigate them daily and implement a midday syringe cycle to help reduce...

Backpack sprayers 

Backpack sprayers are standard equipment in most operations. They are convenient and well-suited for smaller application jobs, such as treating individual...

Vive la resistance! 

Turfgrass breeders have made real progress in improving disease resistance over the years and will continue to do so in the future. Every year, golf course...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Pest controls SOUTHERN-WEED HERBICIDE BASF's Image 70 DG herbicide helps control tough southern weeds in warm turfgrasses. The selective postemergent...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Equipment - ELECTRIC SCISSOR LIFTS JLG's large electric scissor lifts have non-marking tires with zero emissions for indoor use and standard automatic...

What does IPM mean to you? 

Few grounds-care managers haven't at least heard of integrated pest management, or IPM, as it's familiarly known. But do you know what IPM means?Some...

Grubs on the march 

White grubs may be the most damaging turf insect pests in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Japanese beetle grubs alone...

Smoothing out the rough spots 

No scalping? No problem. Mowers for rough terrain don't have to be rough on turf.It's not too much to ask for. You want a rotary mower that is comfortable,...

Determine threshold levels for turf pests 

It's virtually impossible to eliminate pests. But knowing when to treat can keep their numbers down to an acceptable level.As I sit here looking out the...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

To mulch or not to mulch When should you stop putting mulch around trees? We heard that the tree roots will remain near the surface and not penetrate...

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