Bonita Bay 

If you have ever wondered what entices people to relocate to Florida, be it for a season or year-round, the description of Bonita Bay may just give you...

Retain employees by offering benefits 

The grounds-care industry, like many others, has one of business's most perplexing problems: how to attract and keep quality employees. Business people...

Trimmer attachments create versatility 

Since the introduction of the first spin trimmer (Weed Eater) in the early 1970s, these machines have become indispensable for turf-care operators by...

Sprinkler rotor options 

Q: Which has the greater benefits-closed-case or open-case rotors?Frank Simon, president, Landscape Irrigation Consulting (Dana Point, Calif.)The main...

Managing Resistance --Part I: Fungicides 

Site-specific fungicides, better known as systemic fungicides, are vital tools for turfgrass managers. Their effectiveness and length of control are superior...

Powered pole pruners make for quick work 

The advent of gasoline-powered pole pruners has virtually revolutionized tree-trimming and -pruning operations. Not only have they taken the "elbow grease"...

Convert home lawns to new varieties 

The rate at which breeders are commercializing new cultivars of virtually all species means a relatively new lawn can become outdated in a short time....

The art of erognomics >By Mark Michaels, Husqvarna Forest & Garden Co. 

Making a special effort to enhance your personal environment is one of the smartest things you can do. When grounds managers don't, all too often accidents...

How To Sharpen a Chain Saw 

Manufacturers design chain saw cutting chains for easy maintenance. However, to do the job right you must first understand the basic principles involved....

Taking fatigue out of grounds care 

Having entered the grounds-care profession some 30-odd years ago, around the same time Grounds Maintenance was launched, I've seen some pretty dramatic...

PGMA Winner: University of Richmond Stadium 

The University of Richmond Stadium (Richmond, Va.), formerly City Stadium, has been the site of sporting events since 1929. In 1983, the University of...

Relating to the challenges 

Designing landscapes involves similar, basic steps that are common with other creative productions. It involves an analysis of your site considerations...

Value of landscaping 

In 1997, more than 22 million households spent a combined $14.6 billion on professional landscape, lawn- and tree-care services, according to the Gallup...

Choices in edging products 

Q: Which is better: Poly/vinyl or aluminum/steel edging?Larry Olson, president, Oly-Ola Sales Inc. (Villa Park, Ill.)Safety and function are the most...

Water features enhance the landscape 

It is raining heavily as a northern Illinois homeowner turns off the main road and drives down a private access lane. He drives over a bridge spanning...

Take a bite out of leaf-feeding insects 

Grounds managers know that leaf-feeding insects can be a major problem for ornamentals. However, they may or may not be aware of how the damage they are...

CAD takes off...Finally! 

When Geoff Fenlong begins another day working on a variety of upscale landscape-design projects, you won't find him sitting at a drafting table. Instead,...

Equipment Options: Backpack and walk-behind blowers 

A rather fanatical anti-blower advocate in Portola Valley, Calif., has come up with a new term for power blowers: noise bazookas. This Santa Barbara-area...

How To: Install Concrete Pavers 

When installing an interlocking concrete paver system, 90 percent of the work involves preparation of the subsurface. You will do most of the work on the paver project - planning, excavating and preparing the base - before you lay a single paver....

Research Update: Verdant spray oils 

Mixing lime and fertilizer I have heard that lime and fertilizer should not be applied to turf at the same time but a few weeks apart because it could...

Tournament course requires extra care 

When the developers of the Champions Club built a new, links-style golf course on virgin farmland on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb., their philosophy might...

Surmount bridge-construction obstacles 

Wetlands mitigation, construction restrictions and land use contribute on a daily basis to the need for more and more bridges to be built on our nation's...

How insecticides work 

Grounds-care professionals who use insecticides on turf and ornamentals can benefit from an understanding of how these materials work. Knowledge of these...

Design functional and attractive parking lots 

Standing on the eighth floor of a downtown building, I looked out the window on a featureless parking lot filled with what seemed like match-box cars...

Lawn-turned-hay field 

Being a self-reliant type, I am not one to readily ask favors of anyone. But I have my limits. I broke down and asked my neighbor if I could borrow their...

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