FINDING ANSWERS 

According to my soil test, the pH is slightly high for growing azaleas and rhododendrons. However, I was given instructions on lowering the pH to a more acceptable level....

When the Mowing Gets Rough 

When it comes to cutting the tough jobs those jobs with tall strands of thick grass, weeds and even small trees the flail mower steps to the plate....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Plant Growth Regulators 

Plant growth regulators, or PGRs, offer a variety of benefits on top of acting as tools to reduce plant growth. Grounds care professionals are using PGRs to reduce maintenance and to improve plant vigor....

Feeling the Heat 

Decline in turf quality for creeping bentgrass during summer is a common problem on many golf courses, especially in warm climatic regions....

FOCUS ON: Reel Mowers 

With options from ride-on to self-propelled to pull-behind, there is a reel mower available to meet your mowing needs. Check out the options for golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals....

HOW TO: FIX A FLAT 

When in the field operating power equipment, there are a number of potential problems. Reducing downtime for the equipment is important in maintaining your profit margin, or for accomplishing the tasks on your long list....

Getting Ahead 

Three-wheel riders made up much of the commercial mowing landscape before zero-turn radius mowers were ever invented. And today, even with the rise in demand for zero-turn riding mowers, three-wheel machines with out-frong mower have their niche in the markteplace....

Want a Client? Adopt a Highway 

Along the nation's highways there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of Adopt-A-Highway signs. They acknowledge individuals, businesses and organizations that help beautify the highways....

Fresh Cut 

Some questions in life are easy. Watch the game or tackle the household honey-do list? Go out for wings and beer or stay in for steamed veggies and rice?...

WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF... 

A common recurring question I get from laymen of turfgrass management, like my neighbors, is, "When are they going to develop a grass that doesn't need mowing?"...

Mowing Matters 

A long-time lawn mower dealer in Maryland said he could remember the days when homeowners got out their push reel mowers and mowed their lawns every Saturday....

HOUSING STARTS PEAK AGAIN IN FEBRUARY 

The appeal of homeownership continued to drive the housing market in February as single-family housing starts set a new all-time record and multifamily construction was buoyed by the condominium market....

Crabgrass control with pre-emergence herbicide applications 

As spring approaches, the majority of turf managers budget pre-emergence herbicide applications as the first big expense of the year for control of summer annual weeds such as crabgrass and goosegrass. The use of pre-emergence herbicides has traditionally been the basis of turf chemical programs; however, applying these materials never guarantees complete weed control. Erratic levels of control are often attributed to seasonal variations or cultural mismanagement that reduces herbicide efficacy....

PROJECT EVERGREEN PROMOTES GREEN SPACES TO CONSUMERS 

Less than 2 years ago when Project EverGreen was created, its goal was to gain enough green industry support to raise funds to promote to consumers the positive aspects of well-maintained green spaces including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses, parks and other green spaces....

Anger Management 

It was a Ladies' Day like any other at Keller Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn. Players shuttled from hole to hole enjoying the day while employees went about the work of keeping the course in shape....

MODEST GROWTH FORECAST FOR HAND-HELD GASOLINE-POWERED EQUIPMENT 

According to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), shipments of hand-held gasoline powered trimmers, chain saws and hand-held blowers are forecast to post moderate gains during 2005 and 2006....

RISE SUPPORTS NOMINATION 

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) is pleased to acknowledge the nomination by President Bush of Stephen Johnson to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

VERTI-DRAIN Redexim Charterhouse introduces the ride-on Verti-Drain 7007 with hydrostatic drive. ...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

MOWER The John Deere 2500E Hybrid Tri-Plex Greens Mower is equipped with two engine options an 18-hp, four-cycle Kawasaki V-Twin gas engine or a diesel-powered 18-hp, three-cylinder John Deere series 220 engine....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Fertilizer/Pesticide Combinations 

Because you use more than just straight herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, this month's Chemical Update features pesticide/fertilizer combinations to serve as a resource for the other products you use....

FOCUS ON: Spreaders 

When determining whether or not to purchase a new spreader, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. What type of spreader will you be using on your jobs--drop spreaders or broadcast rotary spreaders?...

HOW TO: FERTILIZE TREES 

Experts don't agree on all aspects of fertilization of urban trees in landscapes, but they do agree on a few basic principles, which apply to all trees....

Make Time to Update Technology 

Trees are only one component in today's landscapes, yet they require frequent checkups and maintenance. Tree maintenance can be as simple as applying a bag of mulch or as complex as installing cabling systems and lightning protection....

ON TARGET 

The components of the disease triangle (host, pathogen and environment) set the stage for disease development. One environmental component that is commonly accepted as an important factor in the onset of disease is nitrogen fertility....

The Power of H 

The concept of adjusting soil pH has a rich history. Marcus Varro, one of the most prolific writers of Roman history, wrote in a book around 116 B.C., "They manured their fields with white chalk which they dug out of the ground."...

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