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...

Beaumont Services Corp. 

In the spring, when many companies assess turf and hard-surface damage after a long, cold winter, one question always comes up, "How could we have improved...

Equipment & Irrigation 

When it rains, it doesn't drain I have a problem with my sports fields here in Oklahoma. When it rains, they remain wet for days. That causes a lot of...

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em 

Say what you want about Poa annua, but I'd be willing to bet that the number of golf courses that elect to manage for Poa on greens--as opposed to controlling...

Chemicals & Horticulture 

Tennis, anyone? I am seeking information regarding the maintenance of grass tennis courts. Can you point me in the right direction?--Address unknown (via...

Greens mowers 

Ask any golf-course manager what it is that players care most about, and 90 percent of them will say, "The greens." Greens are the heart and soul of any...

Managing Poa annua greens 

I once overheard a turf professional say to another, "Our bentgrass-management techniques must be good for Poa, because all we have is Poa." The implications...

Controlling Poa annua in bentgrass greens 

Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is the most troublesome winter-annual grassy weed on golf courses. It has a lighter green color than most turfgrasses and...

Cup cutters to the rescue! 

Our long-time greens-keeper, Alberto Aguiar, strode past my office window with a stern expression on his face. He was headed for the tool room. After...

10 Steps to Renovate a Sand Bunker 

Sooner or later, every golf course and its superintendent faces rebuilding or renovating its sand bunkers. When this time comes, course management should...

Effective greens topdressing depends on approach 

Putting greens constitute a small percentage of the golf course, but they demand major attention from both the golf-course superintendent and the golfer....

Camouflage ugly amenities 

As a designer, I am often aware of or am challenged to hide, soften or camouflage some of the less attractive parts of the landscape: utility boxes--such...

PGRs affect turf-disease management 

Plant growth regulators (PGRs) have been in use for many years, but we still have relatively little information about how they affect turf-disease management....

ON SITE: The British embassy 

Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. The words evoke images of diplomats, limousines and formal state ceremonies. Thus, you might expect embassies to maintain...

The making of a golf course: Sycamore Ridge 

New golf courses typically receive their greatest attention not as they are constructed but when they finally open for play. This is appropriate, of course,...

Set in stone 

Stones are part of the earth's exposed skeleton, bones punching through its soft, verdant skin. Although they are most often used with water, plants and...

Repair or replace hand-held equipment? 

Many factors come into play when trying to determine whether it is time to replace or repair broken power equipment. But before you can make any type...

Paying attention to details 

We are now "into the season." Let's hope you've worked all the bugs out of the system you have in place to care for your customers' needs. Some parts...

Dodge the insurance snow job 

A well-designed business-insurance program is essential when it comes to protecting your business from the many risks you face every day. This is especially...

Topdressers are dressed up with accessories 

Golf is not the only sport that requires a uniform turf surface. Lots of sports use topdressing to level existing turf and achieve a uniform surface....

Research Update: Good for the goose...Bad for the environment? 

Salinity problems My 9-hole course has many areas with high salinity. Please recommend trees that can survive these conditions. Russian olives make it...

Course makeover can knock over players 

When you visit the home in which you grew up, you probably find comfort in the fact that some things never change. Mom still makes the best mashed potatoes,...

Reduce public liability in landscape design and construction 

The mitigation of liability is a critical concern in the design and construction of grounds and landscapes for public use. As our society becomes increasingly...

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...

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