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,...

Researching Maintenance 

Pelargonic acid Do you know where I could obtain a product with pelargonic acid?-via the internetTwo suppliers are Monterey Chemical (www.montereychemical.com;...

Troubleshooting irrigation valves 

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."Nowhere is this truer than with irrigation valves. They are highly reliable and will last for years...

Hiring without fear 

You probably are aware that mistakes in how you fire workers can lead to big-time legal problems. But are you also aware that mistakes in how you hire...

The shape of trees 

When leaves are on trees, we often look at the trees without actually observing the individual character each provides. After the leaves have fallen,...

Turfgrass insecticides 

This is the second in our series of Chemical Updates, covering turfgrass insecticides. Each year we revise the Updates to provide you with the most up-to-date...

Pink flamingos and plastic deer 

So, you've designed the perfect landscape-you've created a harmonious design with natural features that reflect the local environment, created spaces...

Mulching basics: Are you covered? 

During the last decade or two, mulching around landscape plants has gained wide acceptance. While it's true that proper mulching can dramatically improve...

Bring grace to the landscape with weeping trees 

Trees and shrubs with weeping growth habits have fascinated people for centuries. Many of these species have a long history of cultivation, particularly...

Skid steers: A load of options 

From their modest roots as a farm implement for moving manure and bales of hay, skid-steer loaders have become a piece of equipment coveted by contractors...

Use a transit 

In the landscape construction industry, as in many other fields, professionals use a transit to measure horizontal and vertical angles and to prolong...

Planning a course for improvement 

Golf course superintendents are often frustrated when they have to guess about management's expectations for their courses. The most effective way for...

Managing broadleaf weeds in warm-season turf 

Weed management is an integrated process that employs good cultural practices as well as the intelligent selection and use of herbicides to give the desirable...

Light up your lot 

Moonlight falls gracefully on the lawn and gardens that surround the silhouette of a stately oak. Overhead, the illuminated branches of the oak and other...

Topdressing and ball roll 

Topdressing has become standard in golf course management. For years, many golf course superintendents practiced heavy topdressing in the spring and fall...

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound 

Bentgrass is undoubtedly the quintessential element of golf courses worldwide. Sure, you'll find bermudagrass greens in warmer climates and even sand...

Triplex greens mowers 

The math can't be disputed: Three is greater than one.So it makes sense that a triplex greens mower-with three cutting units-would be able to trim your...

Determine cup and tee-marker location 

Placing tee markers and cups on a golf course is much more than a random process. Performing this job correctly can save hours or even days of work down...

Irrigating steep-sloped landscapes 

Extremes provide irrigation designers most difficult challenges. The irrigation designer trying to cover a steep slope has arrived at what many consider...

Researching Maintenance 

The wrong kind of trunk paint I care for a 25-year-old tree that was recently vandalized with red paint or stain (I'm not sure which). Do you know of...

Aeration is the key player on practice fields 

In the competitive world of the National Football League, where players' salaries can easily reach millions of dollars, protecting your assets is critical.If...

Recruiting and retaining a dependable work force 

What's the biggest factor holding back the U.S. economy? Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and the Congressional Budget Office have both cited the...

Turfgrass herbicides 

The past few years have brought the turf and ornamental industry a great deal of upheaval. Mergers and acquisitions have changed the marketplace considerably....

Perennial ryegrass on golf courses: Friend or foe? 

The use of perennial ryegrass on golf courses has increased rapidly during the past several decades. This is due, in part, to its upright growth habit,...

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