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EQUIPMENT THEFT RING BUSTED The Sheriff's Department of Ventura County announced that its Construction Burglary Task Force has effectively dismantled a criminal organization responsible for construction site burglaries, rental equipment thefts and landscape equipment thefts that have plagued Southern California and the Southwestern United States for the past three and a half years....

Going Corporate 

Nearly three-fourths of the millions of small businesses in the United States are sole proprietorships, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce....

OPEI PREDICTS MORE EQUIPMENT-BUYING IN 2006 

As the mowing season starts to wind down, you may be auditing your mowing equipment as well as other maintenance equipment that you use to perform your jobs to see what needs to be repaired and what needs to be replaced....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results for the question posted throughout August on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Are you or any of...

Lowering Healthcare Costs 

If you're like most grounds maintenance professionals, you're fighting what sometimes looks like a losing battle against the onrushing tide of rising healthcare costs....

PRODUCT PREVIEW: CONTRACTOR 

UNDERGROUND PIPING INSTALLATION The Hitch-N-Ditch is designed to attach to a 4-wheel-drive vehicle hitch allowing users to install underground piping for irrigation while simply driving their vehicle....

Charting Conversion 

Kentucky bluegrass was once used extensively on golf course fairways in the transition zone. During the past 25 years, mowing heights decreased and Kentucky bluegrass was largely replaced with perennial ryegrass because of its superior tolerance to low-mowing heights and its establishment vigor....

FINDING ANSWERS 

MULCH MATTERS Q Most references recommend mulching around new trees. I like the look of trees surrounded by a green lawn and so have been planting trees, then laying sod over the planting area....

BIOSOLID COMPOSTS EARN HIGH MARKS 

Research continues to support the idea that there is a market for biosolids. Researchers at Delaware Valley College studied the addition of municipal solid waste biosolid compost to soil prior to seeding and sodding Kentucky bluegrass....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS VARIETY Burlingham Seeds introduces a new variety Dynamo Kentucky bluegrass for commercial use....

2,4-D SURVIVES 17-YEAR SCRUTINY 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its comprehensive assessment of the herbicide, 2,4-Dichloro-phenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), under the agency's rergistration program....

A New Look at an Old Bentgrass 

Ask turfgrass managers what they consider to be the best attributes a turfgrass can have and immediate answers include increased density, color and texture as well as the highest possible environmental stress, disease and insect resistance....

Preparing for Winter 

Bermudagrass is the most widely used turfgrass in the southern United States for golf courses, athletic fields, parks, roadsides and private grounds....

Hydraulic Seeding 

You have probably driven down the highway or through neighborhoods and have seen that green stuff sprayed on dirt. The correct terms for it are hydromulch or hydroseed....

Healthy Choices 

How we plant and maintain our landscapes has a direct effect on the health of the people living, working or playing in these landscapes. Green areas that produce high amounts of either pollen or mold spores will consistently make people sick, and landscapes that are clean and low in pollen and spores will make people feel better....

Starting Your Own Nursery 

Whether your business is big or small, you're looking to increase profits. While there are many ways to do this (add more clients, include more services), there is another avenue that may have not occurred to you....

FUNGICIDES HIT GROWTH SPURT IN T&O MARKETS 

Sales of fungicides to the U.S. professional turf and ornamental market segments increased by nearly 12 percent in 2003 and 2004, according to a market study soon to be released by Kline & Company at www.klinegroup.com....

BRANCH OUT 

If you Google perennials or annual plants, you'll find countless entries. Countless because, if you're like me, you have neither the time nor the energy to research every entry....

HOW TO: FIND THE RIGHT PLANT FOR THE RIGHT SPOT 

Selecting the appropriate plants for your landscapes can reduce the amount of maintenance and labor required for the property. You will also reduce the chance of needing to replace the tree or shrub due to poor growing conditions....

MAKING THE SWITCH 

Irrigation issues, such as water shortages and budget constraints, combined with a continual goal of reducing golf course maintenance costs, have demanded that superintendents consider all options of course management....

U.S. TURFGRASS VARIETIES 

New varieties of turfgrass species enter the marketplace all the time; however, not all of them are tested by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP)....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout July on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Now, halfway into...

FINDING ANSWERS 

PUNY ANNUALS Q I have been very successful growing impatiens and several other annuals for clients. This year, I am having a hard time growing marigolds and ageratums (different beds, same property)....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

STRING TRIMMERS Kawasaki introduces three new string trimmers the KGT27A (26.3 cc), KBL27A (26.3 cc) and the KTR26AC (25.4 cc) that are lightweight without sacrificing power....

Mixing It Up 

With the profusion of plants available these days, a walk through the nursery or even just flipping through the stack of trade publications on your desk can make your head spin....

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