Research Update 

Y2K: Danger Will Robinson! With all the talk about the year 2000 problem (Y2K), I was wondering: Do I have anything to worry about with regards to my...

Tree and tree-service sales 

TO FIND OUT MORE... Unless otherwise noted, all figures provided here were excerpted from the U.S. Landscape Tree Planting Survey, September 1997 (the...

Chippers and shredders 

Most of our industry refers to chippers or chipper-shredders as pieces of equipment that can handle both wood and leaves. These machines have both a chipping...

Build a birdhouse 

Providing food and shelter for birds is becoming increasingly popular not only in residential communities but also in golf-course and institutional settings....

Gas and oil: The lifeblood of your power equipment 

The quality of the gas and oil you use significantly impacts the longevity of your power equipment. Thus, use of cheap oil or old gasoline is detrimental...

Sanctified stewardship 

After spending years on the road, accepting offers to speak on a variety of environmental issues, Ron Dodson, president and CEO of Audubon International,...

Managing foliar fungal diseases: Timing is everything 

While robins may be a herald of spring, a sure sign that summer has arrived is the barrage of visits to my office from alarmed tree owners. They arrive...

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...

Community image influences preferences 

I recall jogging through an unfamiliar city once during a visit. It was a warm, pleasant morning, and the streets were quiet. I felt relaxed, enjoying...

Associated Landscape Contractors of America 

When was the last time you went out to dinner and were so happy with the service that you felt the staff deserved more than a 20-percent tip? More often...

Equipment & Irrigation 

Generating power I am in the market for a generator. What do I need to know to find a generator that will be sufficient for me?-Address unknown (via the...

Landscape expenditures 

AN INDUSTRY IN TWO PARTS The green industry-as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-has two major subsectors: environmental horticulture (trees...

Fertility program solves green's ills 

Matt Foster has a degree in aviation from Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, La.), but you're more likely to find him down on his hands and knees, studying...

Environmental Care 

Silicon Valley is well-known as a center of development for the computer industry. This area-in the southern section of the San-Francisco-Bay metropolis-has...

Maximize pre-emergence control in cool-season turf 

The weeds that are most commonly the target of pre-emergence controls in cool-season turf are smooth crabgrass and goosegrass (also commonly referred...

Built for (green) speed: Managing ball roll 

Golfers often request changes in golf-green quality, and, frequently, they want to see an increase in green speed (though faster greens are not necessarily...

Contained plantings 

Today's designers and contractors must know how to do more than simply design and install typical landscapes. They often must provide greenery on roof...

Unusual and overlooked: Summer bulbs offer something different 

The profusion of flowering plants in the summer months sometimes eclipses summer-flowering bulbs. Competition from perennials, annuals and shrubs conspires...

Temporary grasses stabilize soil 

Man-made disturbances, such as roadside or reclamation projects, can result in serious soil-erosion problems, destroying the soil profile and adversely...

Water needs vary across course terrain 

The level of sophistication in irrigation systems varies extensively from one golf course to another. Some superintendents get by with outdated systems...

Sod cutters do more than name implies 

The sod cutter has long been a mainstay in the equipment arsenal of the grounds-maintenance industry. Users of this tool have found a multitude of applications...

Equipment options: Stump cutters and grinders 

When removing a tree or large shrub, many contractors leave the stump behind. However, you have some important issues to take into account when dealing...

Research update: Asian Invasion >TXUPDATE: ASIAN INVASION Some of the most problematic exotic pests are wood-boring beetles. One species, the Asian longhorned beetle, has succeeded-at least temporarily-in becoming established in New York and Chicago, appa 

There goes a rubber tree How do I treat for carpenter ants?-Address unknown (via the internet)Carpenter ants, the most common of which is the black carpenter...

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