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....

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....

Fenced In 

Fence options continue to explode to meet growing demands. Buffered on one side by security concerns and on the other by the strong housing market, the fence marketplace is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2007....

HOW TO: RID COMPACTION UNDER TREES 

Many instances of compaction develop around older trees through pedestrian or vehicular traffic. While the source of compaction may not be very close to the trees, continued use of sidewalks and driveways radiate the effects of compaction to the surrounding area....

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Snow bucket The new Snow Buckets from FFC Attachments can move large volumes of snow or other loose materials efficiently and can quickly attach to all...

FOCUS ON: Augers 

Augers of various widths and digging depths allow you to perform applications such as digging holes for posts, fencing, footings, trees and shrubs, and irrigation valve boxes....

Lighting up the Landscape 

It's no secret. Property values are booming. In fact, real estate has been one of the rare industries that proved relatively recession-proof throughout the past few years....

Bright Lights, Big Money 

After the traditional grounds maintenance summer and fall seasons have come to an end, a few smart entrepreneurs are beginning to look at non-traditional ways to increase revenue, which could lead to increased profits....

Room To Breathe 

A tough place to be on a hot, humid day is a golf course. It is even tougher if you are the turfgrass. Add in restricted air movement and low exposure to sunlight, and you have a recipe for problems....

ROOT OF THE PROBLEM 

We all know that sidewalk or street trees have a rough time 1) getting established and 2) thriving once established. Numerous environmental factors play against their success rather than for their success....

Finding Your Foundation 

The foundation planting is a basic component of the traditional landscape. Look at the base of almost any home and you'll see one as well as seeing them around libraries, old banks, courthouses and even garages and outbuildings....

TREND setters 

Ask ten landscape architects and designers for their opinions on current trends in landscaping, and you're likely to get as many different answers....

FINDING ANSWERS 

LITMUS TEST Q The retirement community where I work has lots of helpful residents. They are always trying to give advice, particularly about applying lime and using their litmus paper for testing the pH....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

OUT-FRONT-DECK MOWER Exmark Manufacturing introduces the Navigator, an out-front deck mower with a dedicated grass collection system....

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Snowplow The Snow Wolf Alpha Series had a sectional blade, with a 10-foot main blade and optional 1-foot sections to extend the blade to 12 feet. The...

FOCUS ON: Compact Equipment 

Compact equipment, such as skid steers, utility tractors, excavators and track loaders allow you to work in tight spaces on job sites. This equipment...

FINDING ANSWERS 

FALL TWIGS Q For the third year in a row, I am seeing short branches fall from my oak trees. Seems to happen every year in the fall. The trees are otherwise healthy and the branches that fall don't have leaf spots. What is causing this to happen?...

OZONE RESEARCH PUTS ON A NEW FACE 

A worldwide research effort to study the effects of elevated carbon dioxide and ozone on trees is underway in Wisconsin. Long-term effects are being studied with the aid of outdoor laboratories known as Free Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (FACE) - a series of tubes forming a ring around clusters on aspen, birch and maple trees....

AUGUST HOUSING STARTS REBOUND 

Housing starts climbed back to the highest pace of the year in August, reaching a seasonably adjusted annual rate of 2 million units, the U.S. Commerce Department reported....

GOLF SHOW WELCOMES CLUB MANAGERS ASSOCIATION 

With the focus on providing comprehensive business solutions for golf facilities, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) announce that the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) will join them in presenting the Golf Industry Show....

LANDSCAPING ENHANCES HOME VALUE 

Another constant in our lives, in addition to death and taxes, is change. The particular type of change I'm referring to in this article deals with changing locations - in other words, moving....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout September on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Do you use resources...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

ZERO-TURN MOWER Ferris Industries introduces the IS 3000ZXL mid-size zero-turn mower that offers a 26-hp Kawasaki liquid-cooled V-Twin engine....

GRASS ROOTS 

With the Presidential election on our doorstep as I write this column, I can't help but project on the impact it will have on this industry. I have always...

HOW TO: CONTROL DEER IN THE LANDSCAPE 

For landscape professionals, deer can evoke both joy and anger. There is no doubt that in parks, golf courses and commercial landscapes, deer bring joy...

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