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...

FERTILIZER PRICES STILL ON THE RISE 

As much as grounds care professionals want to deny it, the price of fertilizer is still inching upward. Two factors causing high prices are tight supplies...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout March on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Once you've decided...

Chipping In 

New research is driving at an environmentally friendly use of scrap automobile tires beneath golf courses. A University of Wisconsin (UW) engineer says...

Left Behind 

To leave or not to leave clippings, that is the question. Certainly, leaving clippings is better from an agronomic and environmental perspective. Nutrients...

Ridding Rapid Blight 

With its natural terrain of lakes and live oaks, and spectacular views of South Carolina's Intracoastal Waterway, Glen Dornoch Golf Club draws an average...

FOCUS ON: Trimmer Attachments 

By allowing you and your crew many options to perform many different applications, trimmer attachments give you the advantage to do more without having...

NATIVE OR NOTHING? 

The hot recommendation of the day seems to be native plants among extension specialists and horticultural consultants. I have no problem with principles...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Fertilizer/Pesticide Combinations 

Designed to complement our Turfgrass Chemical Updates, Grounds Maintenance publishes additional Updates throughout the year that guide you through your...

How To: Prepare Soil for Annual Beds 

The difference between a healthy, vibrant color show and a ho-hum show can be soil preparation. Get some soil preparation advice here....

FINDING ANSWERS 

EATING HABITS Q If Japanese beetle grubs eat my tall fescue roots, why don't they eat the dandelions in my lawn? via e-mail A Japanese beetle grubs don't...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

EQUIPMENT VIDEO Wisconsin Metal Fab introduces the Power Bucket CD, a video offering a close-up view of the multi-task Power Bucket skid steer attachment....

A LITTLE CONVERSION RESULTS IN DECREASE OF FUNGICIDE USE 

It is possible to convert fungicide-needy perennial ryegrass fairways to Kentucky bluegrass without using nonselective herbicides. Researchers at Kansas...

ANLA APPLAUDS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON H2B CAP 

Congress is introducing legislation designed to provide relief to the current H2B temporary and seasonal labor crisis. The H2B problem emerged when U.S....

Gauging Your Business 

If proper record keeping is the bedrock of monitoring the health of a business, then profit is the sweet fruit produced after all the intensive planning,...

Enhancing Efficiency 

Nitrogen influences turf health and quality more than any other nutrient. For this reason, nitrogen efficiency is a key component of every turf management...

Foliar Feeding 

Fertilization exists to supply essential nutrients to plants to achieve desired color, growth and pest resistance. As the demands of the turf are increased...

The Root of the Problem 

The use of dense creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) cultivars to achieve desired greens speeds often leads to excessive organic matter buildup in...

PAYING MY DUES 

When I first joined Grounds Maintenance, I gained a position on the magazine based on my merits as a journalist. I approached the job with four years...

FINDING ANSWERS 

DOWN THE DRAIN Q We are running a French drain into a 4-foot 4-foot 4-foot gravel-filled drain lined with filter fabric to prevent earth from falling...

TRANSPLANTING BARE-ROOT TREES: SUCCESSFUL AND COST-SAVING 

Due to a major budget cut, a city in New York decided to try installing bare-root trees in their street tree-planting program. The city of Ithaca, N.Y.,...

How To: Divide Ornamental Grasses 

Ornamental grasses continue their popularity in both residential and commercial landscapes. Their graceful habit, variety of texture and color and low...

Perfect Timing 

The majority of landscape professionals agree on the value of turf aeration to relieve compaction and aid thatch breakdown. They don't, however, always...

FOCUS ON: Trailers 

Almost every grounds care professional owns a landscape trailer to remove debris or move equipment from place to place and job to job. It would be difficult...

USDA BEGINS FIELD TRIAL FOR GEESE 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's National Wildlife Research Center announced that it will begin field...

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