Light-duty trucks for 2000 

In recent years the truck market has virtually exploded with product launches, new technologies and new support packages. And manufacturers continue to...

Prepare your vehicle for hauling 

Few people in the landscape-maintenance business have not had at least one mishap while hauling equipment or materials to a work site. Often, these are...

New guidelines for handling troubled employees 

Arthur, an employee with a psychiatric disability, works for a lawn-care contractor. He usually has no customer contact and little regular contact with...

Fertilize woody ornamentals the right way 

Another article on fertilization.What's the big deal, anyway? Anyone with a bag of 10-10-10 and a spreader can apply fertilizer, right? Well, yes and...

Roadside safety 

The next time your crew heads out for a job along a highway or other major thoroughfare, keep this in mind: In 1996, 133 workers were killed in highway...

Going, going, gone: Diagnosing tree decline 

Imagine yourself as a young child being dressed by your mother in boots and a blue, hooded, nylon coat. As she struggles with your boots, you remember...

Off road utility vehicles get to work 

With names like Mule, Huskie or WorkHorse, you know right away you're not dealing with glamorous driving machines.And if you have the need for speed,...

Solve design problems with perennials 

Herbaceous perennials have soared in popularity in recent years. They are no longer relegated solely to the "perennial garden," but rather have become...

Control winter weeds pre-emergently in warm-season turf 

Unlike disease and insect pests, which tend to occur sporadically, weeds of some sort will almost certainly be a problem every year. In warm-season turf,...

Designing irrigation for greens and surrounds 

Designing irrigation for a green can be easy or difficult. The degree of difficulty is determined by the shape of the green and how it is framed by the golf hole....

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...

Rehabilitate a lawn 

You've just inherited a horrible account; a real fixer-upper. The lawn has weeds, ruts, low areas and lots of coarse grasses. The owner expects you to...

Researching Maintenance 

Hover mowers I have been searching for an industrial, air-cushioned hover mower. I have not found anything so far. Can you point me in the right direction?-IndianapolisOne...

Bale choppers and mulch spreaders 

You need to cover your newly seeded area with a mulch of straw or hay. You could spend hours under the scorching sun poking the prongs of a pitchfork...

Time to seed 

As I look out my window at the car-filled lot on this hot summer day, I spot my dark-colored car that I am sure is cooking at about 180oF inside. Fortunately,...

Mix and blend cool-season grasses 

People frequently ask turfgrass specialists to provide the best selection of turfgrass species and cultivars for a variety of situations. "What variety...

Kentucky bluegrass comes back to fairways 

Kentucky bluegrass is the primary turfgrass species for home lawns, grounds, parks and sports fields in the cool-arid and cool-humid parts of this country....

Iron nutrition improves turf's mettle 

Under normal turfgrass-growing conditions, it is common to observe a color response in turfgrass after an iron application, especially if the turfgrass...

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...

Give bermudagrass sports turf proper fall management 

Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), both common and hybrid types, is the predominant turfgrass for sports fields in warm-season climates. This is due to...

Non-selective products 

Non-selective chemicals, as the name suggests, control a wide range of pests. However, each non-selective chemical is unique-each controls certain types...

Giving and receiving criticism 

Ruth Decker supervises a staff of eight in the county government's personnel office. Robert Hodges is the youngest and newest addition to Ruth's staff....

Choosing productive mowers 

Grounds-care professionals always are looking for ways to control their budgets and increase their productivity-without reducing the quality of their...

Cutting machines prevail in this business 

When I worked on a golf course in Massachusetts, I looked at winter as a time to clear the woods of dead trees and brush that lined fairways. The course...

Horticulture & Chemicals 

Stressing out I recently transplanted a large B&B weeping Japanese maple that was shipped from Oregon to my location in Southern California. It keeps...

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