How To: Install a French drain 

The French drain is a time-honored system for eliminating excess water from low points and other areas prone to saturated soil. French drains are quite...

Omission 

In our May issue, we omitted thanks to Smitty's Lawn and Garden Equipment (Overland Park, Kan.) for lending their time and equipment for our cover photography....

Water works 

Even though water covers two-thirds of the Earth's surface, there is a limited amount that people can use for everyday life. Only 3 percent of the world's...

Getting pumped 

Whether you're selecting an irrigation pump to replace the one in your existing system or a new-install system, you'll first need to understand the different...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Chemicals LDS CURE United Horticultural Supply introduces Alleviate, a product designed to cure localized dry spot and water-repellent problems on golf...

ON-SITE: Riverpark Golf Center 

Some golf courses aim for grandeur, others a sense of tradition, some for a natural experience. However, many such courses are expensive and intimidating...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Plant growth regulators 

Plant growth regulators, or PGRs, offer various benefits. Turf and landscape managers typically think of them as tools to reduce plant growth, but this...

To the Last Drop 

Due to competing needs for existing water resources, the amount of water available for irrigation is dwindling. Like it or not, we're going to have to...

What's it take to make a lake? 

In addition to the expertise that golf course designers bring to a project in civil engineering, landscape architecture, planning and agronomy (not to...

Putting the brakes on bermudagrass 

Tall fescue is a perennial cool-season grass widely used as turf in much of the United States, due in part to its relatively good heat tolerance. Bermudagrass...

EXPO 2002 

At the International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo (EXPO 2002), is the keyword. New products, new features and new educational opportunities will...

Don't sell yourself short 

A few winters ago, I met with an irrigation contractor in New England who wanted to calculate his rates for service work. At the time, he was charging...

A creeping menace 

Golf course superintendents in the Transition Zone and parts of the South face a unique set of problems when it comes to growing turf. The summer heat...

Making It BIG 

Grounds managers' jobs are anything but mundane. On any given day, your crews might be mowing, collecting garbage, repairing vandalized property, fertilizing,...

The ultimate recyclable 

We're often warned about the precarious nature of our water supply. But the interesting thing about water is that we'll never actually run out; at least...

SHORT CUTS 

New hardiness zone map The Arbor Day Foundation has released a new Hardiness Zone map that takes shifting climate trends into account. This was the reason...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

Canal bank weeds We have a drainage canal with long, sloping banks that grow up in willows, maple, alder and several other woody shrubs. We are looking...

RESEARCH UPDATE: WHEN IS A FIELD TOO HARD? 

A reader recently asked us what is considered a safe degree of hardness for an athletic field. In addition, he wanted to know how hardness is measured....

HOW TO: Sharpen rotary mower blades 

There is no technical mystery to sharpening a lawnmower blade. It just takes common sense and a bit of know-how. If you have a good bench grinder or a...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

No herbicide is that selective Are you aware of any post-emergence herbicide selective for broadleaf weeds in wintercreeper (Euonymus f. coloratus)? Via...

RESEARCH UPDATE: N LOSSES TO URBAN RUNOFF AND LEACHING 

Turf is increasingly blamed as a source of non-point source (NPS) pollution, including nutrients such as nitrogen. Some turf critics suggest using permanent...

The right tool for the job 

If you're a home improvement junkie like I am, then you've probably caught an episode or two of New Yankee Workshop. I watch with a jealous eye as he...

Avoiding trouble with wage-hour law 

Picture yourself in this situation: You're a grounds manager, minding your own business, busy with the work you need to get done. One day, you're unexpectedly...

Making a case for renovation 

The irrigation system is the heart of a golf course without a healthy one, the course will suffer. A system's life expectancy varies from 10 to 30 years,...

STANDING TALL 

Stand-on mowers have been on the market for less than 10 years, yet they already hold a significant niche in the commercial mower industry. Bill Wright,...

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