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,...

Control woody vines in landscapes 

Management of weeds is a significant component of landscape-maintenance programs. One important weed group is the woody vines, which pose special problems...

See where you spray 

Has this scenario ever happened to you? You spray a herbicide to control weeds on a turf area then continue to see them growing vigorously a few days...

Researching Maintenance 

Old sprinklers Where do you obtain data on sprinklers that are older than 20 years or are no longer made?--CaliforniaI contacted several major sprinkler...

Art exhibit focuses on mowing patterns 

The aesthetics of a lovely mowing pattern can enhance any turfgrass area. From sports turf to landscaped turf areas, you can dress up any of them with...

How To: Control plant disease with sanitation 

We prune. We rake. We cut down dead limbs. Then, we haul it all away. Mostly, we do this to achieve a certain look. However, landscape cleanup may have...

Equipment Options: Backpack sprayers 

With proper use, backpack sprayers can save you a lot of money on customer callbacks and satisfaction.The days of "one-size-fits-all" lawn and landscape...

Treat and dispose of chemical rinsate 

Monitor your decision. These are words to live by once you make a pesticide application. Prior to your decision on how to control a pest through the integrated-pest-management...

Recycling and yard-waste bans 

From 1985 to 1992, recycling and composting of yard trimmings became an integral part of integrated municipal-solid-waste (MSW) management. Franklin Associates...

The pros and cons of biological control: Bugs for hire 

For managing landscape pests, many people view the use of biological control favorably. Thus, when appropriate, this tactic can generate good will with...

Part II: Multiple chemical sensitivity 

Here's a health quiz for you.Do you experience any of the following symptoms? -- Headaches -- Breathing problems -- Short- or long-term memory loss --...

Proper use of fertilizers minimizes environmental effects 

Increasingly, government agencies and society in general are placing a high priority on natural resources, and water in particular. Maintained turfgrass,...

Equipment decibel levels 

Even though we cannot see sound, it has a force with real dimensions and three definite properties: intensity, frequency and duration.* Intensity. This...

Stregthen your machines' muscles 

You can't overemphasize the importance of hydraulics in the proper functioning of today's equipment. Hydraulics are its muscles. They aid equipment in...

The dirty half-dozen (creeping bentgrass diseases) 

A multitude of fungal pathogens attack creeping bentgrass (CBG). However, the types of diseases that occur and their severity vary considerably among...

Map and monitor pests for premium control 

Scouting your site for insect and weed problems may--at first--seem more time-consuming than simply spraying the whole area. But in the long run, it is...

Researching Maintenance 

Choosing a plant supplier How do you choose a reputable nursery? And how does a contractor decide between using a nursery vs. a wholesaler?--New JerseyDeveloping...

Innovation is a must for assistant superintendents 

The effectiveness of your role as assistant superintendent depends on your management style, your budget and your membership's demands. However, every...

PGMA winner: Mohonk Mountain House 

High atop a mountainous glacial ridge named the Shawangunks in New Paltz, N.Y., sits the Mohonk Mountain House. This beautiful Victorian Hotel, built...

Reduce allergies with plant selection, maintenance 

Every year, allergy sufferers sneeze, sniffle and cry during allergy season. It's an unwelcome annual ritual for millions of people. Is there anything...

Caring for your carburetor 

With your 4-cycle engine asked to do more work with less downtime, why would you want to wade through volumes of manuals to make a few minor repairs?...

Increasing your returns through water conservation 

The golf-course greenskeeper historically never lost his job because the turf was too green from overwatering," remarked a regional representative from...

Combine bulbs and perennials to extend bloom 

We usually think of using spring bulbs for ostentatious displays of color that an- nounce the arrival of spring. While no one can argue about the beauty...

Protecting your assets Don't let fraud put you out of business. 

American businesses lose nearly $12 billion each year to check fraud. Small businesses are frequent and vulnerable targets. If you operate a small landscaping...

Silver linings of regulations 

On the surface, you'd think that regulations are killing our industry, but is this really so? Of course, we should be concerned, and we as an industry...

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