New pest controls for the new millennium 

As the clock passed midnight on January 1, 2000, you may have felt let down. "Gee, it doesn't feel any different. Business as usual." Your operation probably...

Spraying more efficiently 

Many changes are taking place with pest control products. New materials are available that are highly target-specific and effective at low rates. As products...

Pros and cons of granular combination products 

Performing two tasks with one effort saves time and money. This is the idea behind formulations that combine fertilizers and pesticides into one product....

Cutting a wide swath 

Regular visitors to parks, campuses or golf courses may look out at the vast expanses of land at these locations and admire the beauty of the seemingly...

Acidify irrigation water to lower soil pH 

Proper pH is one of the most important factors influencing the suitability for soils for growing turfgrass. Most turfgrasses prefer neutral to slightly...

Subsurface applications drop pests in their tracks 

For many years, turf managers have relied on broadcast applications of pesticides to control soil insect pests. Typically, this involves a surface application...

2,4-D and canine-cancer link debunked 

Do you remember the hoopla a few years ago when a research report indicated a link between 2,4-D use in yards and cancer in dogs exposed to the treated...

Researching Maintenance 

Donate them to a museum * I have a Pennsylvania-brand power mower with a Briggs & Stratton 2 hp gas engine. I believe it is an antique. Do you have any...

Sprayers for on-road transport 

Using a sprayer on a job site is one thing. Getting the sprayer to the job site is another. If you need to haul your spraying equipment from site to site,...

Spruce up sprayers for spring 

As spring approaches, so does the need to prepare your turf equipment for the season ahead. A few hours spent now with your turf sprayer will pay dividends throughout the spraying season....

Harry P. Leu Gardens 

Orlando, Florida, is known primarily for.well, you know-a certain tourist attraction. Actually, millions of visitors come to the area each year for a...

Fertilizer/pesticide combinations 

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

Supina bluegrass: a new turf species for the North 

Maintaining quality turf stands that withstand athletic-field conditions has always been a challenge, particularly in cool-season climates. Athletic-turf...

Designing irrigation systems that conserve water 

Water, sunlight and temperature all influence healthy plant growth, but water is the factor over which landscape professionals can exert the most control....

Attracting wildlife and beneficial insects through landscape design 

Whether you are a turf management specialist, a landscape designer or a homeowner, you can play an important role in enhancing and improving wildlife...

Mowers for tees and surrounds 

Golf course greens, with their meticulous, manicured look, clearly receive special attention. That includes specialized mowers that provide the close...

Overseed northern sports fields with bermudagrass 

Premier athletic fields exhibit lush, high-density turf. But even on the best fields, conditions deteriorate when play increases or severe weather strikes....

Alien invasion 

It seems that, in this day and age, society is more concerned with regulation of the tools to control pests than the actual pests, their destructive environmental...

Researching Maintenance 

Eager bulbs I purchased some miniature jonquils and grape hyacinths, among other bulbs, and planted them in October (I'm in Zone 6). However, they immediately...

Airing it out 

Turf would be a lot easier to maintain if no one ever walked on it, played on it or drove heavy equipment over it.But except for the cranky guy down the...

Sample turf for grubs and sod webworms 

Have you ever seen a lawn ravaged by raccoons, skunks or crows? These critters don't cause this damage to be mean; they're just looking for food. What...

Nine holes at half the cost 

If Superintendent John Sonner had known better, he might not have attempted what he set out to do 11 years ago. The Greenville Country Club (Greenville,...

Ornamental grass: high visibility, low maintenance 

Try them-you'll like them," I argued six years ago."Well maybe we could work in a few," replied Dr. Bruce Branham, who was then director of the Hancock...

Establishing turf on low-maintenance sites 

Establishing turfgrass on low-maintenance sites presents many challenges. Limited budgets and resources may result in cutting corners from standard turfgrass-establishment...

Turfgrass fungicides 

This is the third in our series of Chemical Updates for 2000, covering turfgrass fungicides. This information, compiled and updated with the help of chemical...

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