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...

Maintaining wildflower plantings for enduring beauty 

Native wildflower plantings are beautiful expressions of the original landscape that once covered much of the country, including the great prairies of...

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...

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...

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...

Writing a prescription for a sick engine 

Even if you perform regular preventive maintenance on your equipment, you occasionally will run into an engine that just won't start when you expect it...

How clean is clean? 

The effort to clean our air of pollutants is laudable, but at what cost and where does it end? In the case of engine emissions, the U.S. Environmental...

Trimmer efficiency 

No professional grounds manager can provide a quality mowing job without employing the additional use of spin trimmers. These devices have become integral...

Power equipment sales 

Grounds-care analysts are optimistic that shipments of commercial products will increase in 1997, 1998 and through the end of the decade. In its Power...

Appraising air-cooled and liquid-cooled engines 

Your expensive mower has broken down again. Or your snow thrower's been sluggish. You know you've got to make some choices in repairing or replacing the...

Gasoline-powered blowers 

How do you feel about bans on power blowers?Robin Pendergrast, marketing/public relations consultant, Echo Inc.The noise issue with power blowers has...

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