Maintaining ground covers 

Whether they are complementing turf and mulches or supplanting them, ground covers can provide a spectrum of colors, textures and forms to enhance any...

Invasive pests 

For the past two years, the ear-piercing groan of power saws and wood chippers has resounded through the residential streets of Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood.Like...

Pink flamingos and plastic deer 

So, you've designed the perfect landscape-you've created a harmonious design with natural features that reflect the local environment, created spaces...

Mulching basics: Are you covered? 

During the last decade or two, mulching around landscape plants has gained wide acceptance. While it's true that proper mulching can dramatically improve...

Bring grace to the landscape with weeping trees 

Trees and shrubs with weeping growth habits have fascinated people for centuries. Many of these species have a long history of cultivation, particularly...

Skid steers: A load of options 

From their modest roots as a farm implement for moving manure and bales of hay, skid-steer loaders have become a piece of equipment coveted by contractors...

Use a transit 

In the landscape construction industry, as in many other fields, professionals use a transit to measure horizontal and vertical angles and to prolong...

Planning a course for improvement 

Golf course superintendents are often frustrated when they have to guess about management's expectations for their courses. The most effective way for...

Managing broadleaf weeds in warm-season turf 

Weed management is an integrated process that employs good cultural practices as well as the intelligent selection and use of herbicides to give the desirable...

Light up your lot 

Moonlight falls gracefully on the lawn and gardens that surround the silhouette of a stately oak. Overhead, the illuminated branches of the oak and other...

Researching Maintenance 

Pelargonic acid Do you know where I could obtain a product with pelargonic acid?-via the internetTwo suppliers are Monterey Chemical (www.montereychemical.com;...

Troubleshooting irrigation valves 

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."Nowhere is this truer than with irrigation valves. They are highly reliable and will last for years...

Hiring without fear 

You probably are aware that mistakes in how you fire workers can lead to big-time legal problems. But are you also aware that mistakes in how you hire...

The shape of trees 

When leaves are on trees, we often look at the trees without actually observing the individual character each provides. After the leaves have fallen,...

Turfgrass insecticides 

This is the second in our series of Chemical Updates, covering turfgrass insecticides. Each year we revise the Updates to provide you with the most up-to-date...

Researching Maintenance 

The wrong kind of trunk paint I care for a 25-year-old tree that was recently vandalized with red paint or stain (I'm not sure which). Do you know of...

Aeration is the key player on practice fields 

In the competitive world of the National Football League, where players' salaries can easily reach millions of dollars, protecting your assets is critical.If...

Recruiting and retaining a dependable work force 

What's the biggest factor holding back the U.S. economy? Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and the Congressional Budget Office have both cited the...

Turfgrass herbicides 

The past few years have brought the turf and ornamental industry a great deal of upheaval. Mergers and acquisitions have changed the marketplace considerably....

Perennial ryegrass on golf courses: Friend or foe? 

The use of perennial ryegrass on golf courses has increased rapidly during the past several decades. This is due, in part, to its upright growth habit,...

The Links at RiverLakes Ranch 

Bakersfield, Calif., tucked into the southern end of California's San Joaquin Valley, is typical Central California-hot, dry, agricultural. Despite the...

Comparing the new bents 

The recent availability of numerous new creeping bentgrasses has, for some golf-course superintendents, seemed more like an onslaught than a salvation....

Gray leaf spot comes on strong 

Blast disease-perhaps better known as gray leaf spot-is an emerging problem. Serious epidemics on perennial ryegrass fairways have become more frequent...

Topdressing and ball roll 

Topdressing has become standard in golf course management. For years, many golf course superintendents practiced heavy topdressing in the spring and fall...

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound 

Bentgrass is undoubtedly the quintessential element of golf courses worldwide. Sure, you'll find bermudagrass greens in warmer climates and even sand...

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