Ornamental products 

Pest control in turf often is a more intense affair than it is in ornamentals. After all, ornamentals allow landscape managers certain luxuries not possible...

Pull-behind wide-area rotaries 

Until recently, you have not had a wide array of equipment from which to choose for mowing large-turf areas. Agricultural-type rotary mowers pulled behind...

Fertilizer/pesticide combinations 

For many years, Grounds Maintenance has brought you the "Turfgrass Chemical Update," covering herbicides, insecticides and fungicides with turfgrass registration....

Mahogany Run Golf Course 

St. Thomas, the most populous of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a prime tourist destination in the Caribbean. Like many tropical tourist destinations, favorite...

Care and feeding of power tools 

Many grounds managers invest significant sums of money to purchase the highest-quality power tools for maintenance and construction work. A broken saw,...

The Irrigation Association 

As a voice of the irrigation industry, the Irrigation Association's (IA) membership comprises a cross-section of the industry, including irrigation contractors...

Ground covers for shade 

Trees provide many benefits to the landscape but, as they become larger, growing grass beneath them becomes increasingly difficult. Therefore, a landscape...

Novel chemicals provide new grub-control options 

Root-feeding white grubs are a familiar headache for golf-course superintendents and lawn and landscape managers. Until recently, curative treatments...

Equipment & Irrigation 

Water wisdom I'm concerned that I waste a lot of water during irrigation. How can I be sure I'm watering my turf in an efficient manner?-Florida (via...

Colorants add a fresh look to ponds 

Ponds have a natural a tendency toward eutrophication. That is, a pond that starts out as clean, clear and well aerated will later become clogged with...

Inside GM 

Sometimes it's good to take a look at history to better appreciate where we are today. After just completing our annually published "Turfgrass chemical...

Sample for chinch bugs 

Chinch bugs rapidly kill turf once they've become established. Although they don't attack all grasses, some of the most common warm- and cool-season turfgrass...

Pull-behind sprayers 

As a dedicated unit or added to a truck or trailer, pull-behind sprayers come in many designs, configurations and sizes. Sometimes called "tow-sprayers,"...

Poa Trivialis: Friend and foe 

Poa trivialis (rough-stalk bluegrass) is gaining recognition. That much is certain. However, not all of it is favorable. That, too, is certain. This turfgrass...

Why fungicide applications fail 

Remember last summer when you found some diseased turf on your grounds that looked similar to the problem you had the year before? After you spotted the...

Spraying requires proper equipment 

In the green industry, it is important that you have the appropriate equipment for the task at hand-especially when it comes to sprayers. Whether you...

Horticulture & Chemicals 

Dwarf-fescue maintenance Is the proper maintenance of dwarf and double-dwarf fescues any different than regular fescue?-California Standard fescue-maintenance...

Colorful climbers add new dimension to landscapes 

Some of the most intriguing plants for the home landscape are those that exuberantly grow beyond their bounds, reaching outward and upward toward sun...

Protect your equipment with clean fuel 

No one purposely puts dirt into his or her gas tank, but that is exactly what can happen every time you add gasoline to your equipment. Your fuel can...

FQPA: Nail-biting time draws near 

This year could bring the first stages of closure to a pesticide-regulation controversy that's been brewing for more than 2 years. However, as welcome...

Using biological-control strategies for turf. Part 1: Insects 

Many turfgrass and landscape managers seek alternatives for managing insect and mite pests. The use of beneficial organisms including predators, parasitoids...

Made in the shade 

While shade may be welcome relief on a hot summer day, landscape managers know it poses maintenance challenges for landscape plants. Shade limits plant...

Using biological control strategies for turf, Part 2: Diseases 

Turfgrass managers increasingly view biological control as a desirable alternative treatment because it can be a rational way to extend and augment the...

Using biological control strategies for turf, part 3: Weeds 

After World War II, a series of synthetic herbicides became available to the turf market. Among them were 2,4-D and MCPP, highly effective products for...

Controlling critters in golf-course landscapes 

Golf courses make excellent habitat for many birds and mammals. For many golfers, seeing wildlife on the course adds to the beauty of the surroundings....

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