How To: Collect plant samples 

Sooner or later, every grounds-care professional requires the services of a plant laboratory. The two basic reasons for submitting plant samples are to...

Use course design to speed up play 

When was the last time you were able to complete an 18-hole round of golf in less than 4 hours? This has become an almost impossible feat on weekends...

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...

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...

NTEP needs your help! 

You may recall last year around this time that the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) was battling to save its USDA funding that President Clinton...

Researching Maintenance 

Mulch for turf establishment Which mulch is best for using over grass seed? I am now trying grass clippings. Is this effective or hurting my germination...

Evolution of turf seed 

Over the last 30 years, seed producers have developed and introduced thousands of new varieties. And, as with any commodity, success increases consumer...

PGMA Winner: The Mirage 

Las Vegas needs no introduction. Known the world over as an entertainment and gaming center, this gambler's mecca arose from desert sands that seem the...

Tips for sports turf managers 

Compaction can be a turf manager's nightmare. Traffic, weather conditions and normal use push soil particles closer together, reducing pore space and...

Re-evaluating your business format 

Three years ago you started doing business as a sole proprietor. In light of your exposure to personal liability, is a sole proprietorship still the best...

Measuring soil moisture helps schedule irrigations 

Man's early attempts at irrigating plants took place almost 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. These early farmers must have realized quickly that if they...

Seedbed preparation 

Before the mechanical equipment rolls in to prepare a seedbed for turfgrass plantings, the enlightened grounds-maintenance manager has already spent hours...

How To: Read a pesticide label 

You can't determine seed quality just by looking - you must rely on what the label tells you. However, to get the best value for your seed dollar, you...

Seed-field burning 

Should burning be allowed on turf-seed fields?Linda Clovis, executive director, Intermountain Grass Growers Association (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho)In Eastern...

Engineering turf for the future 

For the past several decades, breeders have made dramatic improvements in turfgrass cultivars of many species. Cultivars available today offer greater...

Plant bulbs now for dazzling color next spring 

Bulb flowers signal the rebirth of spring with a color show that is unmatched any other time of the year. Vibrant shades of red, blue, purple, pink, yellow...

Portable augers are praiseworthy assets 

You might think portable augers - sometimes called hole diggers - are "luxury" tools: nice to have but not very cost-effective. Yet portable augers can...

High-voltage advice on irrigation wiring 

Ask anyone involved with irrigation-system maintenance and they'll probably agree: Troubleshooting an irrigation electrical system is one of the most...

Low-maintenance turfgrass - the practical choice for golf-course roughs 

In The Dictionary of Golf, Spencer David defines "rough" as the "undesired playing area where grass is maintained above 1.5 inches in height." This is...

Convert your fairway to bentgrass 

During the 1960s and '70s, most golf-turf research focused on the management of putting greens. Improved chemical and mechanical cultural practices, irrigation...

Researching Maintenance 

Oklahoma webworms Sod webworms have been a problem on some of my clients' lawns. However, I don't have time to monitor on a regular basis. Is there a...

Treating soil compaction near trees 

Soil compaction is a problem in many landscapes. A recent survey of arborists estimated that 40 percent of commercial and residential properties had an...

James Madison University 

James Madison University recognizes that the landscape is a vital component of the campus. With this understanding and a commitment to preserve the beauty...

Secure your trailer investment 

In an effort to stay ahead of today's fluctuating business market, grounds-maintenance operators need to transport their equipment to many different locations....

Wage and hour rules can be tricky 

Laws covering wages and hours can trip you up. Consider, for example, the common practice of giving employees time off in place of overtime pay. It is...

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