Meeting in the middle 

Considerable research has been conducted over the years in developing the technology for constructing better golf greens. U.S. Golf Association specifications...

Using AVL to keep your fleet on track 

Think of it as pennies from heaven, but with long strings attached. By using the Global Positioning System and a phone or computer, you can now track...

EQUIPMENT OPTIONS: Easy rider 

Time management. It's the key to productivity and, in business, to profit. The principle is common sense: If you can do more work in an hour, you can...

HOW TO: Increase your business 

Many companies today spend a significant amount of energy trying to increase the size of their business. At the same time, few give as much thought to...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Equipment BLOWER-SHREDDER-VACUUM The Mantis BSV (Blower-Shredder-Vacuum) serves as a multi-task machine that blows, vacuum-shreds and recycles yard debris...

Turbulent economy 

Attack on the economy The attacks of September 11 have undeniably impacted our economy for the worse. However, recently released economic figures suggest...

Fairway mowers: lightweight division 

Lightweight fairway mowers came on the scene in the late 1980s as superintendents sought lighter equipment to minimize turf damage and compaction. The...

Giving turf the breath of life 

The growing environment of the turf on and around a green complex essentially is determined by sunlight penetration and air movement. These factors contribute mightily to the rate at which the putting green complex dries out....

Against the grain 

Grain can be defined simply as the direction in which the grass is growing, or laying, as the case may be. Controlling grain on your golf greens is an important step in ensuring that they putt true to their contours. ...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

Get reel! I have been having serious problems with scalping at one of my hybrid bermuda mowing accents. I recently tried using a Walker rotary mower at...

Equipment shipment forecast 

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has updated its Economic Forecast for consumer equipment and commercial turf products. As of August 2001,...

Fall Aeration and Overseeding 

Since the beginning of civilization, the seasons have been used as life's markers. Spring? Time to plant. Summer? Tend the fields. Fall? Harvest the crops,...

Goin' vertical 

Sooner or later, just about any lawn or turf area accumulates excess thatch, that layer of dead stems, roots and runners that builds up on the soil surface....

SHORT CUTS 

TOMA BECOMES HALL-OF-FAMER On August 3, 2001, George Toma was presented with the Daniel F. Reeves Pioneer Award, an acknowledgment of Tomas decades of...

RESEARCH UPDATE: ORGANICS TAKING ROOT 

Researchers are exploring the value of organic-based strategies in turf establishment and finding positive results. In one study, a University of Missouri...

Prep school 

Making the bed. It may be a chore you don't like to do with your own bed, but when it comes to your seedbed, it's a chore that you can't opt out of. Whether...

HOW TO: Take a soil sample 

You can't tell anything without a soil sample. This clich has been repeated so often sometimes as the punch line of a joke people often overlook the truth...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Equipment LANDSCAPING APPLICATIONS Caterpillar utility grapple buckets and forks are designed for handling bulky and irregularly shaped debris encountered...

Pulling the plug on turf problems 

Most turf managers are sold on the value of aeration. After all, what's there to argue about? You know that a loose, aerated rootzone that drains well...

LIVING in the SHADOWS 

Turf in shaded sites requires different management practices than turf in full sun. Realizing the differences between sun and shade environments will...

Greening our grounds 

Rejuvenate the landscape, save energy and decrease water use. These goals may seem contradictory at first glance, but at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory...

Tipping the scales 

Scale insects are among the more unusual and mysterious insects associated with landscape plants. Sedentary creatures, a few kinds are economically useful,...

Small trees make a big impression 

As you drive through various neighborhoods and commercial properties, you tend to see the same plants over and over again. The reasons for this phenomenon...

Hydraulic seeding: It's all in the slurry 

Rapid growth after World War II created the need for an easy method of grass establishment for the new highways and buildings being built around the United...

Variety is the spice of life 

I enjoy trying out uncommon plants to see how they'll do in my yard. Sometimes they thrive, and I am thrilled that I've found another species that will...

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