Taking the Heat  

Talk about a long, hot summer. The summer of 2006 will go down in the record books as one that was particularly harsh. According to the National Oceanic...

Pushing the Envelope 

Damon Ervie didn't know crabgrass from bluegrass when he got his first job as a groundskeeper at a rural, nine-hole golf course when he was 17 years old....

Emerald ash borer re-emerges in Maryland 

Maryland officials recently confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) in ash trees located in the Clinton/Brandywine area...

Small Talk 

Landscape design-and-build projects continue to be in demand. Homeowners realize the benefits of a landscaped home. A Gallup Survey reported that 62 percent...

Short Cuts 

GREEN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE FEATURES SPANISH SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently announced that participants in its...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Green industry expo and OPEI expo enter into trade show alliance 

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently...

Short Cuts 

MID-YEAR GOLF COURSE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE The National Golf Foundation has reported that closures have outpaced openings in the first six months of 2006....

Product Preview 

BACKPACK BLOWERS Three new Kawasaki backpack blowers offer landscape and turf care professionals more power, comfort and convenience. The KRB650B features...

Predicting Turf Performance 

Imagine that you had a supernatural gift, one that would allow you to predict how any given turf type or management practice would perform at your location....

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