Staying the Course 

Whether it's a daily-fee course owned by a municipality or a private 18-hole championship course in an exclusive community, golf industry management professionals agree on one thing: The condition of the course ultimately determines the success of the property....

SOLVING SUMMER ANTHRACNOSE CONTROL 

Dr. Frank Wong, University of California-Riverside Extension plant pathologist, is on a mission. His goal: to find better fungicide alternatives for summer...

How To: Use Cultural Practices to Prevent Disease 

Turfgrass diseases are tough to control. Fungicides can be expensive and, in some cases, you can't entirely control the disease unless some other cultural practice alters the environment....

Alternative Treatments for Turf Disease 

Fungicides are a critical tool for controlling fungus-incited diseases on amenity turf, as well as in commercial and residential plantings of selected herbaceous plants, shrubs and small trees....

Diversify your business by offering perimeter pest control  

While many green industry professionals focus on providing their customers with green lawns, many have also realized the benefit and opportunities in offering add-on services, such as pest control....

Nematodes Nabbed 

Like all successful superintendents, Mike Combs understands the interrelation of production variables and their combined effect on turf quality....

H-2B CAP CRISIS 

On Jan. 4, 2005, the United States Department of Homeland Security issued a press release stating that it had received enough H-2B petitions to meet this year's congressionally mandated cap of 66,000 new workers....

JAPANESE BEETLE PROGRAM 

Although the Japanese beetle is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it is a pest that causes major eyesores when it comes to budgeting their control. ...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout January on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. For landscape contractors:...

FINDING ANSWERS 

IN DUE TIME Q Many turf maintenance recommendations refer to making the last nitrogen application in November when growth slows or stops....

MICROBES PERSEVERE 

There has been increasing attention paid to the health of soil microbial populations. Controversy surrounding organic vs. inorganic fertilizers, natural vs. synthetic pesticides continues....

RISE SHARES 2005 OUTLOOK 

Allen James, president of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) has released his 2005 outlook for the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry....

SUPERINTENDENTS FORM RESEARCH GROUP 

A group of golf course superintendents in the Northeast, in conjunction with turf specialists from the University of Massachusetts, have begun a multi-year research effort looking at one of the Northeast's most pressing golf management issues: winterkill....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

AERATOR ATTACHMENT The JRCO Hooker aerator offers zero-turn maneuverability. The unique tine rotors utilize the forward force of the mower to make holes up to e inches deep....

HOW TO: SAFELY WORK ON ROADSIDES 

In 2002, there were 1,181 persons killed while working in or driving by a roadway work zone. In addition, there were more than 40,000 people injured....

Chemical Update: Turfgrass Insecticides 

Products for controlling turfgrass insects is the focus of this, the second segment of Grounds Maintenance's Chemical Update series. We revise these Updates each year to provide a current and comprehensive guide to pesticides registered for turf and landscape ornamentals....

On the Level 

Insects. Everybody's got 'em. Good ones and bad ones. But should you worry about them? You bet. Not only should you worry about the damage they are causing, but also about how many of them are crawling around on your turf....

Japanese Beetles Make an Impression 

Japanese beetles have been a pervasive pest in East Coast states for many years. Although populations wax and wane with weather conditions, they recently have made a phenomenal comeback....

FOCUS ON: Trim Mowers 

When contemplating a trim-mower purchase, you should consider several factors. These include the longevity, durability and reliability you require from a mower, the need for a push-type or self-propelled unit, and bagging requirements....

Value vs. Volume 

What are you selling, mowing or lawn care? How would you define the difference? Is it better to service many clients at a low price or a few at a high price?...

NEW AGE CURMUDGEON 

Today I received a new CISCO Systems IP office telephone that I am told will make my life easier. I didn't ask for a new one, but the whole company is on the new CISCO system and each of us now has a new phone....

Earthworms: Beneficials or Pests? 

Earthworms are found in a wide range of habitats throughout the world, having adapted to many different soil types as well as to lakes and streams....

HOW TO: TANK MIX PESTICIDES 

Saving labor and enhancing the effectiveness of pesticides are two primary reasons for tank mixing them. Seems like an easy thing to do, but you must keep in mind that you are dealing with chemicals, and as you may recall from high school chemistry, sometimes mixing the wrong things together leads to unhappy results....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout December on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. In your estimation,...

40 YEARS, ONE MISSION 

When Grounds Maintenance published its first issue 40 years ago this month, the mission was simple: provide practical information that readers can immediately and effectively put to use on the job....

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