PRODUCT PREVIEW 

TOPDRESSER Earth & Turf Products announces the Model 24D TruFlow, a push-type topdresser for dry, flowable materials with 3 cubic feet capacity....

Pumped Up 

Let's face it, most of us give the portable backpack sprayer little thought. A staple of the lawn, landscape and pest control markets, this product has long been riding the backs of industry professionals, but strangely has seen few advancements during its decades of use....

CONGRESS DENIES H-2B RELIEF 

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) expressed the growing frustration of the green industry with Congress' inability to increase the H-2B temporary guest worker program cap....

Diesel Power 

There was a time when diesel power was considered something only a trucker could love. A diesel engine was fine for long haul trucks, but the ones Detroit made available were underpowered and fraught with trouble....

EQUIPMENT FORECAST 

As the economy continues to show moderate growth, so do the predictions for the equipment market shipments. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's (OPEI's) Economic Forecast for hand-held products predicts that shipments of hand-held gasoline powered trimmers and chain saws will post moderate gains during 2005, while those for blowers are forecast to slide....

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....

Code Blue 

Annual bluegrass, also commonly known by its scientific name Poa annua and often simply called Poa, is one of the most challenging weeds of golf courses....

FINDING ANSWERS 

TRIED AND TRUE Q I have a landscape business and have decided to branch out into lawn renovation and maintenance. The list of grass varieties and the claims made on how well they grow are baffling....

CONTROLLING ANNUAL BLUEGRASS: THE SAGA CONTINUES 

While some golf course managers are opting to cultivate annual bluegrass (AB) on their greens, others continue to treat the grass as a weed and attempt control....

NEW PLCAA/ALCA ORGANIZATION GETS NEW NAME 

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and The Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) are now merged and have announced their new name: the Professional Landcare Network....

VIRUS INFECTS RED IMPORTED FIRE ANTS 

Agricultural Research Service scientists recently discovered the first known virus to infect the destructive and costly red imported fire ant (RIFA)....

STEEL PRICES MAKE BIG IMPACT 

Off-road equipment manufacturers universally experienced higher steel prices, reduced steel availability and longer delivery times in 2004, according to an Association of Equipment Manufacturers survey....

WONDERING 'WEATHER' YOU SHOULD SPRAY TODAY? 

So you're about ready to apply chemicals to protect against pests and disease. Then comes the question every manager must answer in order to proceed:...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Turfgrass Herbicides 

January begins the first segment of Grounds Maintenance's Chemical Update series. Each year, we revise the Updates to bring you the most up-to-date and complete guide to pesticides registered for turf and landscape ornamentals....

HOW TO: OUTFIT YOUR LANDSCAPE TOOLBOX 

Being prepared for whatever task develops can prevent delays. So if you're maintaining flowerbeds for any of your clients, you can assemble a toolbox that include everything you might potentially need to get the job done....

PULSE of the industry 

Welcome to our very first issue focusing on the state of the green industry. As we put this issue together, we gave serious thought to information you could use as you look forward to 2005, and set out to compile what we believe is a comprehensive look at all aspects of the industry that will help you plan for the coming year....

2005 CONSTRUCTION EXPECTED TO THRIVE 

With the construction market gathering speed, higher attendance figures than in recent years and the economy moving in the right direction, McGraw-Hill Construction's Outlook 2005 Conference had a decidedly optimistic tone....

HOUSING STARTS REBOUND 

The nation's home builders wasted no time catching up on their work following wet weather conditions that kept many projects on hold in September, according to figures on U.S. housing starts released by the Commerce Department....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout November on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. As you make plans...

YOUR GUIDE FOR 2005 

December is typically a time for planning: determining budgets and strategic direction including planning purchases, labor needs and setting rates for next year....

FINDING ANSWERS 

BUDS OR BUGS? Q We have lots of cedar trees in our park that have deformed, ball-shaped pods on them. They are not berries, but have round dents on them....

IN-DEPTH UPDATE 

As the landscape industry grows, research supports or disproves common practices. The new American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1-2004), published by the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), incorporates recent research and experience....

Bull's-Eye 

Marketing is an essential ingredient in the recipe for growth even survival for any small business. Yet, many grounds maintenance professionals shy away from all but the most obvious ways to promote their businesses....

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