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....

Staying Sharp 

Reel maintenance has finally evolved to the high tech arena. Aside from using micro chips to monitor engines, drive lines and hydraulic systems, reel...

PUBLIC PERCEPTION 

The phone is ringing. It's Canada with our wake-up call. We can either sit up and answer it, or we can roll over and go back to sleep. We can either join...

FINDING ANSWERS 

GETTING CRABBY Q I have several clients with crabapple trees that look beautiful in the spring, but have sparse and spotty foliage by mid summer. I have...

GREENNESS REDUCES CRIME 

Green spaces are known to reduce stress several studies have reported such findings. Now we can also thank green spaces for reducing crime. Researchers...

SHORT CUTS 

Healthcare Assistance For Seasonal Workers. Project Evergreen Becomes New Name For Evergreen Foundation. PGMS Calls For Green Star Awards Submissions. National Turfgrass Research Initiative Has New Web Site. Mower Sales Show Improvements....

HEALTHCARE ASSISTANCE FOR SEASONAL WORKERS 

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced the launch of the Seasonal Worker Healthcare Assistance Plan, for green industry firms that...

MOWER SALES SHOW IMPROVEMENTS 

Improvements in the national economy and consumer sentiment are having a positive impact on shipments of most consumer and commercial turf products. Riding...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout April on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. How specific are...

How Gas Price Affects Equipment Design 

The reality of paying $3.00 for a gallon of gas is upon us, and it's clear that the continued escalation of fuel prices has had an effect on the new equipment many manufacturers have recently introduced....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

BACKHOE LOADER The WB140PS-2N backhoe loader from Komatsu includes features such as increased hydraulic speed, more advanced components and Tier 2 component...

Overcoming Obstacles 

Ron Stanley doesn't let anything get in the way of his job. Day in and day out, he faces obstacles 20,000 of them, to be exact. But he doesn't let them get him down. Not when he has a fleet of zero-turn mowers to help him sidestep them at every turn....

Hitting the Slopes 

Tending turf on steep embankments has been a thorn in the side of many a mowing crew. Addressing erosion issues, fertilizing even seeding, with hydro...

COMFORT zone 

SO WHAT'S THAT HAVE TO DO WITH CUTTING GRASS? More than you might think. Ergonomics is a major consideration in the design and engineering of today's mowers and grounds care equipment....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Plant Growth Regulators 

While you may think of plant growth regulators, or PGRs, simply as tools to reduce plant growth, this is just one of their attributes. In reality, PGRs...

FOCUS ON: Riding Rotary Mowers 

Riding rotary mowers are designed to aid in time management and profitability by cutting down the time it takes to mow a large area. If you can do more...

HOW TO: PROTECT AGAINST WEST NILE VIRUS 

West Nile Virus, a mosquito-transmitted disease, has been diagnosed in nearly every state in the nation. For most of us, mosquitoes have been transformed...

To the Rescue 

Spring is now upon us and many gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts are enjoying the warming conditions and sun-filled days that spring ushers in. The old adage "April showers bring May flowers" still holds true, but for many, April showers and May flowers also signal the onset of a busy season battling the Red Imported Fire Ant....

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