Horticulture & Chemicals 

Not turf's best friend What can I do about dog-urine spots in my client's lawn?-MinnesotaThis problem is sometimes called "female-dog-spot disease." The...

Equipment and Irrigation 

Spark plug metals Is there an advantage to using high-end spark plugs made out of special metals vs. the standard, less-expensive models?-Texas (via the...

Poa Trivialis: Friend and foe 

Poa trivialis (rough-stalk bluegrass) is gaining recognition. That much is certain. However, not all of it is favorable. That, too, is certain. This turfgrass...

Why fungicide applications fail 

Remember last summer when you found some diseased turf on your grounds that looked similar to the problem you had the year before? After you spotted the...

Spraying requires proper equipment 

In the green industry, it is important that you have the appropriate equipment for the task at hand-especially when it comes to sprayers. Whether you...

Horticulture & Chemicals 

Dwarf-fescue maintenance Is the proper maintenance of dwarf and double-dwarf fescues any different than regular fescue?-California Standard fescue-maintenance...

Colorful climbers add new dimension to landscapes 

Some of the most intriguing plants for the home landscape are those that exuberantly grow beyond their bounds, reaching outward and upward toward sun...

Protect your equipment with clean fuel 

No one purposely puts dirt into his or her gas tank, but that is exactly what can happen every time you add gasoline to your equipment. Your fuel can...

Fertilizer/pesticide combinations 

For many years, Grounds Maintenance has brought you the "Turfgrass Chemical Update," covering herbicides, insecticides and fungicides with turfgrass registration....

Mahogany Run Golf Course 

St. Thomas, the most populous of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a prime tourist destination in the Caribbean. Like many tropical tourist destinations, favorite...

Care and feeding of power tools 

Many grounds managers invest significant sums of money to purchase the highest-quality power tools for maintenance and construction work. A broken saw,...

The Irrigation Association 

As a voice of the irrigation industry, the Irrigation Association's (IA) membership comprises a cross-section of the industry, including irrigation contractors...

Ground covers for shade 

Trees provide many benefits to the landscape but, as they become larger, growing grass beneath them becomes increasingly difficult. Therefore, a landscape...

Novel chemicals provide new grub-control options 

Root-feeding white grubs are a familiar headache for golf-course superintendents and lawn and landscape managers. Until recently, curative treatments...

Equipment & Irrigation 

Water wisdom I'm concerned that I waste a lot of water during irrigation. How can I be sure I'm watering my turf in an efficient manner?-Florida (via...

Colorants add a fresh look to ponds 

Ponds have a natural a tendency toward eutrophication. That is, a pond that starts out as clean, clear and well aerated will later become clogged with...

Inside GM 

Sometimes it's good to take a look at history to better appreciate where we are today. After just completing our annually published "Turfgrass chemical...

Sample for chinch bugs 

Chinch bugs rapidly kill turf once they've become established. Although they don't attack all grasses, some of the most common warm- and cool-season turfgrass...

Pull-behind sprayers 

As a dedicated unit or added to a truck or trailer, pull-behind sprayers come in many designs, configurations and sizes. Sometimes called "tow-sprayers,"...

Research Update 

Practice safe management Where should I look for information on environmentally safe horticulture, especially the use of pesticides on golf courses?-Address...

Research Update 

Y2K: Danger Will Robinson! With all the talk about the year 2000 problem (Y2K), I was wondering: Do I have anything to worry about with regards to my...

Tree and tree-service sales 

TO FIND OUT MORE... Unless otherwise noted, all figures provided here were excerpted from the U.S. Landscape Tree Planting Survey, September 1997 (the...

Chippers and shredders 

Most of our industry refers to chippers or chipper-shredders as pieces of equipment that can handle both wood and leaves. These machines have both a chipping...

Build a birdhouse 

Providing food and shelter for birds is becoming increasingly popular not only in residential communities but also in golf-course and institutional settings....

Gas and oil: The lifeblood of your power equipment 

The quality of the gas and oil you use significantly impacts the longevity of your power equipment. Thus, use of cheap oil or old gasoline is detrimental...

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