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....

LAWN SIZE 

The national average lawn size is about one-fifth of an acre for the 85 million households with a private lawn. Estimated average lawn size varies from state to state, ranging from .06 acre in Washington, D.C., to .51 acre in Georgia, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout April on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Do you employ minors?...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

MOWER Hustler Turf Equipment's Super Z Diesel mower offers a 34-hp Caterpillar diesel engine and a top speed of 15 mph. The mower has a cutting height range of 1 inch ot 7 inches....

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....

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."...

FINDING ANSWERS 

LIMITED BIOCONTROL Q I keep hearing about biocontrol of turf diseases with a product called TX-1. How does this product work? via the Internet...

Stop Trouble Before it Starts 

As compact utility loaders continue to gain popularity, contractors are depending on them for more and more applications. To complete all of the tasks that a compact utility loader is used for, many contractors keep them running from un up to sun down....

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT 

My son is 15 this year and is thinking about a summer job. Of course I'm trying to push him toward employment in the Green Industry, but that is for him to decide....

GIVING TREES WHAT THEY NEED 

We invest a lot of time in the growth of our landscape trees. The time may not be measured as actual time spent directly cultivating the trees, but measured in how many years have passed since the trees were planted....

Keep Your Eyes Open 

There are many kinds of dangers that can befall your grounds equipment. Hoses can leak, belts can wear thin or bearings can corrode. In the course of performing preventtive maintenance on equipment, there are several steps to follow....

POWER EQUIPMENT DEMAND WILL RISE THROUGH 2009 

U.S. demand for power lawn and garden equipment is projected to rise more than 3 percent per year through 2009, reaching $10.7 billion....

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