I don't believe in New Year's resolutions.

That's not to say I don't make a few of my own, along with nearly everyone else — if for no other reason than to have an answer to the inevitable question, “So, what are your New Year's resolutions?” Sure, they're something everyone talks about around this time of year, but by the time you read this, most people have already broken the resolutions they made and have long since forgotten what seemed so important for them to do back in December when they were making plans for the new year. Not to say that we shouldn't reevaluate and make an attempt to better ourselves. But why wait for the new year? Why not make changes when we see something that needs to be changed? Instead of putting it off until the new year, why not do it now? Plus, who needs the pressure of living up to something big enough to be added to a New Year's resolution list?

The way I see it, we sit around during the holidays and think of all these resolutions we are going to make next year: lose weight, spend less time at work and more time with our families, travel more, enjoy life more, whatever. Some of us even make a list of these things. Think of all the effort we put into this, when, if we put even a fraction of that effort into starting right then, we could get a jump on what we really want to accomplish. Of course, the concept of New Year's resolutions is a good way to procrastinate through the fall. If we determine in October that we want to begin an exercise program, it's all too easy to say, “That'll make a great New Year's resolution,” and we put it off, guilt-free until January 1. It's also a way to justify our over-indulgence through the holidays. Now, I know all about procrastination — if it weren't for deadlines I might never get anything done. But I definitely see the value in not waiting to do things — in doing them when I see that they need to be done. It's all about the timing.

Getting your timing down is also the focus of this issue of Grounds Maintenance. In our cover story, “Timing is everything,” Dr. Thomas Watschke emphasizes the importance of timing in the application of pre-emergence herbicides. If you want to maximize their efficacy, you have to time them just right. To learn how, turn to page 14.

But if you do find yourself procrastinating and miss the boat with pre-emergence herbicides, all is not lost. You can still use post-emergence herbicides for crabgrass and other broadleaf weeds. Jeffrey Derr explores some of the benefits of post-emergents in “Crabgrass control” on page 28.

For a complete listing of all the turfgrass herbicides available to you, check out the first in our annual series of Chemical Updates on page 33.

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