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Flaming mulch This year we applied hardwood mulch and Snapshot pre-emergent to two median strips. Not long after, we experienced fires, probably due to...

Tank-mixing insecticides can reduce rates 

The loss of certain pesticides from the market, as well as heightened environmental awareness, has led to increased popularity of biorational products...

Don't dread electrical-system troubleshooting 

For many of today's operators and mechanics, electrical systems can be one of the most intimidating areas of your equipment on which to work. After all,...

Doing business today 

Doing business today is quite different than it was 20 years ago. Sure, we still address our basic business needs--providing a service or product, selling...

Researching Maintenance 

Boron in their water Our irrigation water has excessive amounts of dissolved boron. What steps can we take to decrease boron problems? Our soil is a clay...

National economic forecast 

The current economic outlook for the nation is clear and promising. According to recent studies by Standard & Poor's, the economy is "in great shape and...

How long can you irrigate without runoff? 

When you irrigate, the one thing you want to avoid most is to overirrigate. That is, you don't want to irrigate so much that you waste water--and dollars--when...

Calculate areas 

The ability to calculate the size of an area is a vital skill every groundskeeper should have. Square footage is a necessary piece of information for...

What's New: Portable generators 

Portable generators can give you the power and versatility you need to accomplish many common and unusual tasks related to grounds maintenance. For many...

Repair divots and ball marks 

The average golfer leaves about 12 ball marks during a typical round of golf. With a daily average of 160 rounds on a typical golf course, your greens...

Take time to winterize 

"Pay me now or pay me much more later"--this axiom typifies the failure to prepare equipment for winter. Cold-weather woes can mean hard starts for equipment...

PGMA Winner: Syntex Chemicals 

Deep in the heart of Boulder, Colo., is a thriving pharmaceutical manufacturing company: Syntex Chemicals. The company was originally established in 1975...

Tree topping is rookie error 

Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree limbs to a rounded or other unnatural shape. The intent is to make a tree fit a space in one fell swoop....

Comp. time vs. overtime 

Sally L. Ford, president/CEO, Ford Consulting Group Inc.There are several advantages to the employer vs. the employee under the new compensatory-time-off...

Put it in writing 

How often have you heard the words, "It isn't worth the paper it's written on"? All too often, I'm sure. Any guarantee or warranty, for that matter, is...

Avoid legal grief when firing employees 

More and more fired workers are suing their former employers. When the ex-workers win--as they often do--the verdicts can be financially disastrous, especially...

Thorny business problems: The top 10 

Frustration! It may be a cash-flow problem, a disorganized filing system or a problem with personnel management. Whatever it is, you might be encountering...

What to consider when designing recreational facilities 

Parks provide important recreation and leisure opportunities for people of all ages. Communities increasingly are developing parks to keep up with demand...

Striving for low maintenance 

You only can achieve maximum productivity and efficiency with forethought and action. Every move you make--or don't make--whether it's a task you perform,...

Grounds-care market continues to grow 

Two factors that contribute to the year-after-year growth of the landscape and lawn-care markets have become more evident over recent years. For one,...

Effortless beauty 

A key to growing low-maintenance trees is performing the critical preplanting work of assessing the site's limitations and selecting plant material accordingly....

Differences exist among non-selective herbicides 

Although you often hear the terms "non-selective herbicide" and "soil sterilant" used interchangeably, the two are distinctly different. Soil sterilants--more...

Light-duty trucks for 1998 

More variety is planned for the light-duty truck domain next year. For starters, Dodge will offer a four-door pickup, the Quad Cab, which is based on...

What's New: Fall-applied pre-emergents for broadleaf weeds 

Though most grounds managers don't think of fall as the time to apply pre-emergents, doing so results in two main benefits. One benefit is controlling...

Researching Maintenance 

How much can one groundskeeper handle? How much square footage should one groundskeeper be able to maintain? We need this information to help decide whether...

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