What does IPM mean to you? 

Few grounds-care managers haven't at least heard of integrated pest management, or IPM, as it's familiarly known. But do you know what IPM means?Some...

Grubs on the march 

White grubs may be the most damaging turf insect pests in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Japanese beetle grubs alone...

Smoothing out the rough spots 

No scalping? No problem. Mowers for rough terrain don't have to be rough on turf.It's not too much to ask for. You want a rotary mower that is comfortable,...

Determine threshold levels for turf pests 

It's virtually impossible to eliminate pests. But knowing when to treat can keep their numbers down to an acceptable level.As I sit here looking out the...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

To mulch or not to mulch When should you stop putting mulch around trees? We heard that the tree roots will remain near the surface and not penetrate...

Give grubs the BOOT 

By learning a few fundamentals, you can successfully manage white grubs before they become a problem.White grubs are among the most common and destructive...

A good infection 

Endophytic fungi offer several advantages to grasses. However, advances in this field are hard to come by.One of the more intriguing discoveries in the...

Degrees of freedom 

Are you tired of constant sampling? By helping you predict when insects will occur, degree-day monitoring will set you free.As the Environmental Protection...

PRODUCT PARADE 

Supplies sFREEZE-RESISTANT VALVES Haws Corporation offers a freeze-resistant valve for outdoor drinking fountains. The Model 6519FR is designed to prevent...

Consider the alternatives 

We receive many calls, letters and e-mails here at Grounds Maintenance, and they reflect a wide range of viewpoints. I once I received a note from an...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

Salt of the earth What effects do de-icing salts have on plants? How can the problem be mitigated? - via the InternetChris Starbuck, woody ornamentals...

Weed wars 

Every year, the United States spends billions of dollars fighting the battle against invasive weeds. Invasive plant species, introduced to a region either...

Equipment Options: Utility vehicles 

While water and fertilizer make the grass grow, utility vehicles make the work flow on golf courses and large landscape sites. From the first time a golf...

How To: Check for tank mix compatibility 

Tank mixing offers flexibility, saves time and may increase pesticide effectiveness. But without checking compatibility, the result may be a nightmare.Tank-mixing...

Take a shot at broadleaf weeds 

As we move into the spring of 2001, you will find an increasing number of herbicides available for post-emergence broadleaf weed control. At times, the...

the Ins and Outs of buying online 

Simple inquiries can answer your questions and put you at ease with e-business.You've seen it on television, heard it on the radio and read about it in...

Teach divot and ballmark etiquette 

Have the golfers at your course stopped minding their manners? No need to consult Emily Post. Here's how to get them back on track.Turf damage caused...

Lurking in the shadows 

Both cultural and chemical maintenance is needed to rid turfgrasses of ground ivy and violets.One of the challenges in turf care is maintaining quality...

Hiring across borders 

Green-industry businesses are discovering the benefits of hiring immigrant Hispanic employees. But what challenges should your business be prepared for?"They...

Bent out of shape 

Weed control in bentgrass is not impossible, but choices are limited and effective management can be difficult.While herbicide technology has led to the...

CHEMICAL UPDATE: TURFGRASS HERBICIDES 

Every year brings something new to this industry. Mergers, acquisitions and regulations result in new product lines and new manufacturers. As time progresses,...

Pain in the grass 

Grassy weed control in turf can be challenging. You must understand the enemy, what weapons to use and when to time the attack.Now is a good time to develop...

BANNED in the USA 

Methyl bromide will soon be gone. What are the alternatives? Methyl bromide has long been the pre-eminent chemical used for preplant fumigation. But it...

Equipment 

INDUSTRIAL UTILITY VEHICLE John Deere's new Worksite Gator is a 6 x 4 diesel utility vehicle made especially for worksite, rental, landscape and industrial...

Fairway irrigation - know where the water is falling 

A simple understanding of your system will let efficiency reign on your golf course.On an 18-hole golf course, turfgrass fairways may account for more...

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