This month, Grounds Maintenance blasts off with the introduction of our new Web site at http://www.grounds-mag.com. Here you'll find an unparalleled source of grounds-care information that is accessible with the click of a button.
We're dividing the Web site into several sections you can easily access according to your needs. It'll be easy to keep from getting tangled up in our Web. For example, at the top of the list is "GM Online," which offers a direct line to the GM editorial staff. You can use this section to ask editors questions that will be answered in "Researching Maintenance" in future issues, participate in exclusive GM surveys or send us your comments.
If you are looking for feature articles that appear in GM, click on "The Magazine." There, you'll find full text and pertinent graphics of current-issue and back-issue feature articles. You also will be able to access our searchable Buyers' Guide and find out more about products that interest you. Researching information has never been easier than this.
Speaking of research, our Web site's "Exclusive Research" section opens the door to our library of industry studies, such as our "Salary Survey," "Brand Preference Study" and "Reader Profile." We also include our "Turfgrass Chemical Update" series, which annually appears in our January, February and March issues. The "Update" series will be searchable to make it easier for you to zoom in on your specific interests. For more information sources, you can link to other Web sites through another section of our site called "The Industry." There, you'll find a comprehensive listing of trade show and other industry events. So take a spin on our new Web site and be sure to let us know what you think.
In developing our Web site, we had to work out a few bugs before it met our expectations. They were more of a nuisance than a serious problem. However, your bug problems -- the insects, weeds and diseases on your grounds -- are more important. In recognition of the beginning of the pest-control season for most of the country, this issue focuses on that topic.
Although you've probably relied on cultural practices and a choice of adapted species to indirectly control pests, your primary tool is probably pesticides. Unfortunately, government regulation and economic factors-associated with reregistration-are whittling down the number of these tools. Some chemical manufacturers have determined that the cost to reregister their pesticides is too high to justify continuing the products' manufacture. Find out more about how the reregistration process is affecting you in our opening feature by Technical Editor Eric Liskey, "Pesticides in jeopardy" (page 14).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently indicated it would give top priority for reregistration for biological pesticides and those deemed "safer" under the new Food Quality Protection Act. Biologicals have garnered more interest in recent years as regulatory pressure has increased. But grounds managers are still skeptical of their performance. Learn more about what biologicals can and can't do in the continuation of our series on these products (page 45).
For the time being, you still have pesticides as a major tool for controlling pests on your grounds, so don't throw your sprayer out yet. In fact, if you are considering the purchase of a new sprayer as pest-control season begins, we can help. Take a look at "What's New: Turf sprayers" (page 78). Here you'll find an overview of sprayer features and a list of products on the market today.
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