Control winter weeds pre-emergently in warm-season turf 

Unlike disease and insect pests, which tend to occur sporadically, weeds of some sort will almost certainly be a problem every year. In warm-season turf,...

Designing irrigation for greens and surrounds 

Designing irrigation for a green can be easy or difficult. The degree of difficulty is determined by the shape of the green and how it is framed by the golf hole....

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...

By foot or by hoof 

In my adventurous youth, I had the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean in what turned out to be one of those growing and learning experiences we all...

Researching Maintenance 

Just don't let the golfers have it How can I make or buy a stimpmeter? I cannot find one on the web.-Via the internetStimpmeters are sold by the U.S....

Light-duty trucks for 2000 

In recent years the truck market has virtually exploded with product launches, new technologies and new support packages. And manufacturers continue to...

Prepare your vehicle for hauling 

Few people in the landscape-maintenance business have not had at least one mishap while hauling equipment or materials to a work site. Often, these are...

New guidelines for handling troubled employees 

Arthur, an employee with a psychiatric disability, works for a lawn-care contractor. He usually has no customer contact and little regular contact with...

Fertilize woody ornamentals the right way 

Another article on fertilization.What's the big deal, anyway? Anyone with a bag of 10-10-10 and a spreader can apply fertilizer, right? Well, yes and...

Roadside safety 

The next time your crew heads out for a job along a highway or other major thoroughfare, keep this in mind: In 1996, 133 workers were killed in highway...

Going, going, gone: Diagnosing tree decline 

Imagine yourself as a young child being dressed by your mother in boots and a blue, hooded, nylon coat. As she struggles with your boots, you remember...

Iron nutrition improves turf's mettle 

Under normal turfgrass-growing conditions, it is common to observe a color response in turfgrass after an iron application, especially if the turfgrass...

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...

Give bermudagrass sports turf proper fall management 

Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), both common and hybrid types, is the predominant turfgrass for sports fields in warm-season climates. This is due to...

Non-selective products 

Non-selective chemicals, as the name suggests, control a wide range of pests. However, each non-selective chemical is unique-each controls certain types...

Rehabilitate a lawn 

You've just inherited a horrible account; a real fixer-upper. The lawn has weeds, ruts, low areas and lots of coarse grasses. The owner expects you to...

Researching Maintenance 

Hover mowers I have been searching for an industrial, air-cushioned hover mower. I have not found anything so far. Can you point me in the right direction?-IndianapolisOne...

Bale choppers and mulch spreaders 

You need to cover your newly seeded area with a mulch of straw or hay. You could spend hours under the scorching sun poking the prongs of a pitchfork...

Time to seed 

As I look out my window at the car-filled lot on this hot summer day, I spot my dark-colored car that I am sure is cooking at about 180oF inside. Fortunately,...

Mix and blend cool-season grasses 

People frequently ask turfgrass specialists to provide the best selection of turfgrass species and cultivars for a variety of situations. "What variety...

Kentucky bluegrass comes back to fairways 

Kentucky bluegrass is the primary turfgrass species for home lawns, grounds, parks and sports fields in the cool-arid and cool-humid parts of this country....

Sharpen a chain saw 

To understand how to sharpen a chain saw, you must have a basic understanding of the entire mechanism. To simply sharpen the chain without adjusting pitch...

Chain saws are 'safety-first' tools 

Chain saws are, without a doubt, one of the most helpful tools in your arsenal of grounds-maintenance equipment. However, according to Larry VanDeValk,...

Getting the line on string trimmers 

Given that one of this summer's biggest movie hits (Austin Powers) involves time travel, I thought I'd invite you to go back in time with me for a moment....

Earthworm casting creates maintenance nightmare 

Earthworm casting on the surface of golf-course fairways rapidly is becoming one of the most challenging management issues for superintendents in the...

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