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Election news coverage has always been excessive, and this election is no exception. It is literally impossible to listen to television or radio news...

New construction 

After a strong start in the beginning of 2000, new construction fell slightly at mid-year. Contracting for new construction slipped 3 percent from June...

Landscape trailers 

Landscape trailers. They're a familiar sight. Almost everyone in commercial landscaping owns one - it would be hard to conduct business without one. However,...

Controlling Pythium blight on overseeded bermudagrass greens 

From September through November in Florida and other warm-winter regions, the growth of bermudagrass tends to slow down and many superintendents start...

Dot.coms for grounds care 

Many green-industry professionals are finding the value of business-to-business e-commerce invaluable, but how exactly is it changing the way they do...

Selling irrigation to residential customers 

The first questions any contractor must ask when looking for additional business are, "Who would be interested in my services, and how do I reach them?"...

Facility security: keeping them away 

Protective lighting is a smart addition to any facility. Using light to deter intruders is cheaper and more effective than you might think.With so many...

Winterize your equipment 

Preparing equipment for winter reduces stress levels, cuts downtime and increases profits when spring rolls around."Pay me now or pay me much more later"...

HOW TO: Light your landscape 

Want customers to see your work in a positive light? Follow these steps to enhance your landscape project with lighting.When it comes to installing a...

2000 Salary survey 

The median income of respondents to Grounds Maintenance's 2000 Salary Survey was $43,987 - an increase of more than 17 percent compared to 1996.How do...

Ornamental grasses: high visibility, low maintenance 

These grasses require little effort, but make a big statement. It's no wonder they're catching on."Try them - you'll like them," I argued six years ago."Well...

New trucks for 2001 

A preview of exciting options for next year's trucks. "Change" is the operative word for describing what's happening to truck manufacturing. Not only...

Managing athletic fields on a tight budget 

As communities all over the country grow, the need for safe athletic fields is greater than ever. As an athletic-field manager, you are responsible for...

Subcontracting: More service can mean more sales 

Branching out your services is a growing idea, but is it right for you? It's becoming a common situation: your client is happy with all the services you've...

The adaptation of Kentucky bluegrass to high and low nitrogen 

New NTEP trials make it easier to identify Kentucky bluegrasses tailored to specific fertility regimes.Hundreds of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars have come...

Traction on turf 

Athletic-field managers can make a difference in playing-surface quality.With the introduction of synthetic turf in the 1970s, concern over injuries resulting...

Fertilizers: the stories keep growing 

Anecdotes about fertilizers sometimes acquire a life of their own. They can achieve mythic proportions as stories are passed on that relate astonishing...

RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE 

Pine tree trimming I am seeing a lot of pine trees with side branches being stub-cut. I assume this is to reduce the weight of the branch. Won't the branches...

Fertilizer Use 

According to The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) in Washington, D.C., nitrogenous fertilizer still leads the way in U.S. fertilizer consumption. In 1999, use...

Prescription fertilization: ] for trees 

The idea of fertilizing trees to meet specific objectives is taking root.Tree fertilization is a controversial subject. Even the use of the word "feed"...

HOW TO: Get the most out of cultivar evaluations 

How are you selecting the cool-season turf-grasses you're about to plant this late summer and early autumn? With only a few appropriate turfgrass species...

Understanding spreaders for large-area applications 

Fertilizers and pesticides are often applied in granular form. Understanding the differences in spreader performance and calibration procedures can improve...

Art exhibit focuses on mowing patterns 

Any grounds manager who's gone to the trouble to mow a pattern into a client's lawn can appreciate the work that goes into it. Now the rest of the public...

Learning the art of sand-green fertility 

Recent advances have put more science into sand-green fertility management. However, there's still no "cookbook" that works for all greens.Sand-based...

Evaluating an outdoor athletic facility 

Do you have a problem with your sports field? Here's a form you can use to help find out just what is wrong."What a terrific field!" You've heard it before...

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