Equipment Options: Compact Equipment 

Allmand with an exclusive ESL backhoe design and digging power, the Allmand TLB-535 heavy-duty compact tractor loader backhoe is designed to meet the...

How To: Safely remove a tree 

The removal of large trees should be left to professional arborists. Their training and liability insurance make them the best people for the job. However, for smaller trees that have died, are dying or are interfering with the growth of desirable, adjacent trees, you might want to tackle the job yourself. The following suggestions should help keep you and your surroundings safe from falling tree hazards. ...

Orchid Overview 

Q I care for the grounds at a retirement community that has been given a collection of orchids for its lounge area. They have asked me to care for them....

National Effort 

The U.S. National Arboretum, in Washington, D.C., should be on your list of gardens to visit and visit regularly. The arboretum is home to collections...

Lessons in Landscaping 

Working with living systems like landscapes always involves an element of surprise. Sometimes the surprises are good: the perennials you planted last year came back despite an unusually harsh winter. Sometimes the surprises are not so good: drought conditions and water restrictions wipe-out thirsty perennials. ...

Time’s Up 

At a certain point in every piece of landscape equipment’s life, its owner must face the question of whether to keep it or sell it off and start with fresh equipment. Some contractors trust their gut instinct, and when they feel equipment performance has diminished or requires an inordinate amount of extra service, they put the machine out to pastu...

Finding Answers 

Poison ivy plagues my crew, even in winter. Everything I've researched describes the differences between poison ivy and Virginia creeper...

Taking the sting out 

If sting nematodes (Belonolaimus longicaudatus Rau) are a problem in your turf, you may already have relief on site. Researchers at Auburn University...

U.S. lawn and garden consumables demand to exceed $9 billion in 2010 

U.S. demand for packaged lawn and garden consumables, which include fertilizers, pesticides, growing media, seeds, mulch and other related products, is...

Researching Rubber-Track Loaders 

The rising popularity of rubber-track loaders in the construction equipment category marks a dominating force in an industry blanketed with an array of equipment brands, styles, features and technologies. So how do you decipher the differences and find the best machine for your needs?...

Understanding the Wheeled Blower 

The wheeled blower is a blower that rests on wheels instead of your shoulders. Consisting of a fan, housing and engine, the wheeled blower is quite a simple device, however the best wheeled blowers available today are highly engineered for maximum performance....

How To: Comply with ADA regulations 

Though the Americans with Disabilities Act has been in effect for more than 15 years, it's important to periodically evaluate yourself to insure that...

Employment increased in July 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 113,000 in July. The number...

2007 Trucks 

Fleet owners, especially of medium- and heavy-duty power units, may not be in the best of buying moods next year, given their concerns about how much trucks with EPA '07-compliant diesel engines may cost to buy and run. Nonetheless, there will be plenty of tires to kick on perhaps the biggest convoy of all-new or updated Class 1 to 8 commercial vehicles to come into view in quite some time....

Back to Basics 

When it comes to landscaping equipment, few machines have a more demanding life than the tractor loader backhoe. Regardless of the application anything...

Focus On: Chain Saws 

These chain saws offer the latest in power, lightweight features, debris-cleaning systems and anti-vibration systems....

Chemical Update: Vertebrate Pest Controls 

Vertebrate pests rodents, birds and deer can appeal to human sentiment, but they can also wreak havoc to the properties you manage. If you find yourself...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Non-Selective Chemicals 

Most often, as grounds managers you are looking to kill out a weed in the midst of turf without damaging the surrounding turf and ornamentals. For that...

How to: Design, lay out and plant formal bulb displays 

Spring bulb shows make a huge impact. You may have trouble convincing your client to spend the money on spring bulbs, but they are such a welcome sight...

Fall Into Color 

As the long, hot days of summer slowly come to a close, I anxiously await the arrival of my favorite time of year. In autumn, I am constantly captivated by the systematic transformation of a landscape from basic green into flamboyant hues of crimson, auburn, deep ochre and rich violet. Often, plants that spend the spring and summer lurking in the background of their flashy brethren suddenly burst onto the stage...

Grass seed increases in value but seed yields decline for 2005 

The value of all grass seed species increased 5.4 percent during the 2003-2004 crop year with an increase of 22,291 acres (4.9 percent) in 2004-2005....

In your own words 

Wow. I love reader feedback. Good thing, because I got a lot of it in response to my column on immigration reform that ran in May. So for the past few...

Finding Answers 

SPRUCING UP Q I am trying to include some variety of evergreens in my landscapes instead of the same old spruces and junipers. Any suggestions to help...

FOCUS ON: Verticutters 

Verticutting benefits turf by removing thatch and excess turf growth. Thatch causes many problems that range from scalping to poor water penetration to...

On Target 

A State University of New York College of Environmental Science (SUNY-ESF) study has compared the herbicide deposition of four conventional vegetation...

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