Better BIDS 

Enhancements for a lawn maintenance contractor should significantly add to the bottom line. However, they are often overlooked or neglected simply because they are managed improperly (or not at all) because of a lack of time and personnel to do so....

Downsizing 

While Ralph Waldo Emerson was plodding behind a pony-drawn reel mower may well have been the moment he first mumbled those famous words, "If a man owns land, the land owns him."...

Cutting Up 

There is a missing link in many lawn care programs an underutilized cultural practice that boosts turf health and, potentially, your bottom line. Vertical mowing is a healthy habit and a beneficial component of an annual turf care routine....

FOCUS ON: Walk-behind Aerators 

Grass, just like people, can get overstressed sometimes. While we can take a vacation to unwind, your turf needs to unplug to reverse stress....

Clean Slate 

Spring cleaning may be over and done with, but you can clean statues all year round. Add the service of cleaning statuaries to your resume and offer clients a way to keep their garden and landscape pieces looking in top shape....

Path to Conversion 

Several products and methods have been developed to control Poa annua over the years. These include many different herbicide chemistries and the use of plant growth regulators to control seed head production or limit Poa annua growth....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Vertebrate Pest Controls 

They're more clever than other pests and their appeal to human sentiment can create something of a public relations predicament. Vertebrate pests - rodents, birds and deer - can be incredibly difficult pests for landscape managers....

Sizing Up Sports Field Renovation 

Nothing lasts forever. Even an athletic field that is creatively designed and meticulously constructed has a finite lifespan. By the age of 25 or 30, a typical field has usually seen its better days and becomes a candidate for a renovation....

BEAT THE HEAT 

It's hot outside. That's right, I said it. Not in a I'm-trying-to-make-small-talk-in-the-elevator kind of way. But as a declaration. It's summertime and it's hot....

HOW TO: BUILD A BRICK WALKWAY 

Brick walkways are a nice addition to the landscape. But if you decide to install one, you'll find the biggest challenge is making the base stable and the surface even....

FINDING ANSWERS 

MAINTENANCE MYSTERY Q Last season we hydroseeded several lawns, some new construction, some renovations. After preparing the soil and checking the pH, we seeded all the lawns with northern climate seed using hydroseed mulch, starter fertilizer and tackifier....

The Giving Tree 

When you think of all that trees provide us oxygen, shade, beauty and shelter it makes sense for grounds care professionals to do as much as they can to protect them from harm....

CULTIVAR EFFECTS ARE GREATER THAN THOSE OF SEEDLOT 

When inspecting new seedings, do you wonder why one area germinated faster than another, even when they both have the same species of grass?...

ARS, TURFGRASS GROUP SIGN RESEARCH PACT 

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Turfgrass Federation (NTF) recently signed an agreement to launch a long-term research program aimed at improving the nation's turfgrass....

SHORT CUTS 

ALCA AND PLCAA ANNOUNCE INTENT TO MERGE The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) announced that, pending ratification by their memberships, they will consolidate into a new green industry association on Jan. 1, 2005....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout May on the Grounds Maintenance Web site at www.grounds-mag.com. What add-on services...

Good Sports 

Sports turf maintenance has come a long way from the days when the people who practiced the craft were referred to as and their tools may have consisted...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

Hunter Industries introduces the PGJ, a mid-range rotor for use on all 15- to 30-foot sites....

Adding Value 

Like many mid-sized cities, Jackson, Miss., suffered its share of hard knocks during the economic downturn after the dot-com bubble burst. The city lost population, as well as business and industry....

Losing Your Identity 

Identity thieves are looking for you. They love small business owners and managers because you make such profitable victims. If they catch up with you, they can destroy your personal financial standing--even your business....

Application Aptitude 

As a professional turf manager, you routinely apply pesticides and fertilizers as part of your maintenance operation. You already know that proper selection of chemicals is critical....

Focus On: Irrigation Software 

Today's irrigation technology not only can design and evaluate your irrigation system, but also provide more weather data than The Weather Channel....

FINDING ANSWERS 

WEEDS ARE WORK Q. I have established beds with lilies, hostas, bleeding hearts, hollies, ornamental grasses, vinca, sedum, bulbs and annuals....

Clear Cut 

Cutting up brush. Felling trees. Trimming limbs. Without the help of a chain saw, you probably would never even consider offering these services to your clients....

SALINE IRRIGATION HAS VARYING EFFECTS ON TURFGRASS 

Rough bluegrass is often used to overseed bermudagrass to provide winter turf cover in the Southeastern United States. Depending on location, irrigation water for these sites has some degree of salinity....

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