Mower sales 

Flip a coin. Heads, mower shipments are up. Tails, mower shipments are down. Heads or tails, you are correct, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment...

Walk-behind vs. riders 

Dan Copeland, vice president, S&D Lawn Maintenance (Oldsmar, Fla.)The most obvious difference is price when choosing between riding or walk-behind mowers....

Dealing with clippings 

More than any other part of the landscape and lawn-care business, dealing with clippings is probably one of the most cumbersome. It can be tiring, sweaty...

Irrigation heads 

Sprinklers vary as much as the landscape industry itself. Whether your project is a backyard landscape, municipal complex or golf course, you have a variety...

Researching Maintenance 

Tree fertilization I am looking for a soil-injectable fertilizer with an analysis of around 10-30-20. Do you know of any? Most soil-injectable fertilizers...

Countour mowers 

The problem of mowing uneven ground is an old one for turf managers. However, in some respects, it is even more serious now than in times past. As mower...

Venomous anthropods 

Most landscape professionals are familiar with the discomfort and pain that venomous arthropods-ants, wasps, spiders, fleas, ticks, scorpions, etc.-can...

How long can you mow 

A traditional method of grouping turfgrass species has been according to their recommended height of cut. However, as new cultivars of almost every species...

Equipment Options: Intermediate walk-behind mowers 

Intermediate-size walk-behind mowers are the silver bullets in a grounds manager's arsenal. They are the unsung heroes-the big dogs. They can cut large...

How To: Safeguard your tools during transport 

Grounds-maintenance professionals require a variety of tools and equipment with which to do their jobs. Considering the cost of that equipment, an investment...

The art of mowing fairways 

A lengthwise mowing pattern is one of the most-popular effects on golf courses. To achieve it, the operator drives the machine along the length of the...

Maintain quality tees 

Nearly all superintendents have to deal with problem tees at some point during their career. Tees receive as much wear as any area of the golf course,...

Inventory control: Stocking your shelves 

Do you like to play games? Most of us do but only if we win, right? When it comes to your business, however, it is difficult to play guessing games. Without...

Traction on turf 

With the introduction of synthetic turf in the 1970s, concern over injuries resulting from the condition of athletic-field playing surfaces became more...

Meeting the needs of your landscape-design clients 

Whether new in the business or possessing decades of experience, as a landscape designer or installer you have heard every possible reason for why your...

The perplexity of PVC-fitting failures 

Many golf-course superintendents resign themselves to repairing broken PVC-pipe fittings. Some have humorously suggested that the task provides built-in...

Tag, you're it. 

It seems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tagged the newest "kid" to be "it"--the entire group of organophosphate insecticides. EPA...

Attachments Increase Reel-Mower Effectiveness 

To groom quality turf most effectively, you have a variety of reel-mower options and attachments from which to choose. Today, you can find standard features...

Turf and ornamental pesticides 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 875 active ingredients currently are registered for use as "conventional" pesticides--herbicides,...

Safe Driving:Where the rubber meets the road 

In any service business where you need to travel to a client's property to provide care, the issue of getting there safely is a concern. Most organizations...

Cultural and environmental factors influence green speed 

The effects of nitrogen and mowing height on putting-green speed are well-known. Less obvious are the long-term effects of secondary practices, such as...

Finale vs. Roundup 

Q: Which herbicide is better--Finale or Roundup? Dr. David Spak, Field development manager, AgrEvo Environmental HealthFinale herbicide is unique because...

Pesticide interactions 

When confronted with a difficult or complex pest problem, you may be tempted to mix several pesticides together in one labor-saving, cost-efficient treatment....

Prevent, contain and clean up chemical spills 

Turf managers handle a variety of chemicals, many of which-when accidentally spilled-pose a threat to human health and the environment. Most of the pesticides...

Master basic hydraulics for adequate irrigation 

You define hydraulics as the study of the movement of fluids. In our case, that means the movement of water as it passes through the pipes, fittings,...

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