Stop Ornamental Diseases before they Start 

Ornamental plant diseases can significantly affect the aesthetic quality of many plants in the landscape. Not only do some of these diseases impact appearance...

Customize your Equipment 

The use of compact equipment in lawn and landscape maintenance is growing in popularity. Compact equipment usually describes skid steer loaders, mini...

Focus On: Topdressers 

Whether you're using them for light, frequent topdressing or traditional heavy applications, topdressers are important tools for managing your fine turfgrass....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

REPELLENT Bird-B-Gone Inc. introduces Goose-B-Gone, a repellent that makes grass areas impaletable to geese and ducks. Apply the product by spraying it...

In the Running 

The potential for runoff from turf to pollute our drinking water concerns many people and is a theme commonly found in newspapers and magazines throughout...

Back to Basics 

Diesel engines have become very popular in the grounds-maintenance equipment market. They are durable, fuel-efficient and provide the power you need to...

Driving Out Roadside Weeds 

Weed control along roadsides can be more complicated than it needs to be because roadside groundcover is often uncomfortably positioned between functional...

NFL PLAYERS PREFER GRASS SURFACES 

The NFL Players Association announced the results of its latest league-wide player survey concerning NFL playing surfaces. The written survey was conducted...

Filling Up your Tank 

With the coming of spring and the muggy days of summer to follow, you are no doubt hoping for little or no turf disease this year. This is a nice concept,...

Resistance is (not) Futile 

Penncross is the best-known creeping bentgrass, and historically this durable plant has been the standard by which all other varieties of creeping bentgrass...

TURF PLAGUES 

You've read the headlines: Gray leaf spot runs rampant over perennial ryegrass; Dead spot puts a strangle hold on bentgrass; Rough bluegrass, annual bluegrass...

Take a CLOSER LOOK 

Some turf diseases, like summer patch, are difficult to diagnose and control without elaborate investigative methods and an expensive fungicide program....

DETERMINING SOIL TEXTURE 

There is a simple way to get an estimate of the percentages of sand, silt and clay that are in your base mix. This experiment provides a nice, inexpensive...

PEST SET FOR QUARANTINE? 

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) has urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and the Department of Agriculture to move swiftly...

FOCUS ON: Aerators 

Turf aerators have long offered grounds managers and golf course superintendents a tool to promote strong, healthy turf. Equipment manufacturers offer...

2002 UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES 

Monthly national figures published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show unemployment either rose or stayed the same in all regions except for the Midwest...

How To: Identify White Grubs 

White grubs are one of the most destructive insect pests of turf. They feed on grass roots and can destroy the entire root system of the plant, killing...

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

SCREENER/CLEANER Use the Harley screener/cleaner to screen athletic infields and make your own topsoil. Screen horse tracks and arenas for use on landscape...

Cricket Control 

Mole crickets have traditionally been considered Southern golf course pests, but their impact goes beyond just golf courses and just the South. Athletic...

The Art of Infields 

The first thing that strikes your eye when watching a big league baseball game is the turf: the bright green grass, razor sharp edges and detailed mowing...

Putting Greens: Speed Kills 

The putting greens are your business card and resume. But focusing on greens speed alone can kill your greens and your job. ...

Don't Give up on Ground Pearls 

Ground pearls represent one of the most unusual turfgrass insect pests that grounds managers experience. They are a type of scale insect, a group of bugs...

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout January on the Grounds Maintenance Web site www.grounds-mag.com. How have you responded...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Turfgrass Insecticides 

This is the second segment of Grounds Maintenance's Chemical Update series. Revised each year to provide a current and comprehensive guide to pesticides...

FIGHTING fire 

A Florida golfer dies as a result of massive fire ant stings; a 91-year-old bedridden woman was bitten more than 600 times in a Texas nursing home. Although...

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