Sanctified stewardship 

After spending years on the road, accepting offers to speak on a variety of environmental issues, Ron Dodson, president and CEO of Audubon International,...

Managing foliar fungal diseases: Timing is everything 

While robins may be a herald of spring, a sure sign that summer has arrived is the barrage of visits to my office from alarmed tree owners. They arrive...

FQPA: Nail-biting time draws near 

This year could bring the first stages of closure to a pesticide-regulation controversy that's been brewing for more than 2 years. However, as welcome...

Using biological-control strategies for turf. Part 1: Insects 

Many turfgrass and landscape managers seek alternatives for managing insect and mite pests. The use of beneficial organisms including predators, parasitoids...

Made in the shade 

While shade may be welcome relief on a hot summer day, landscape managers know it poses maintenance challenges for landscape plants. Shade limits plant...

Using biological control strategies for turf, Part 2: Diseases 

Turfgrass managers increasingly view biological control as a desirable alternative treatment because it can be a rational way to extend and augment the...

Using biological control strategies for turf, part 3: Weeds 

After World War II, a series of synthetic herbicides became available to the turf market. Among them were 2,4-D and MCPP, highly effective products for...

Controlling critters in golf-course landscapes 

Golf courses make excellent habitat for many birds and mammals. For many golfers, seeing wildlife on the course adds to the beauty of the surroundings....

Control landscape weeds pre-emergently 

Although we have not completely escaped the effects of winter, you are probably thinking about what you will be doing when the busy season hits. To ease...

Reclaimed water: Challenges of irrigation use 

If you are considering irrigating with reclaimed municipal wastewater, you must be ready to make changes in your grounds-management practices. The quality...

Environmental Care 

Silicon Valley is well-known as a center of development for the computer industry. This area-in the southern section of the San-Francisco-Bay metropolis-has...

Maximize pre-emergence control in cool-season turf 

The weeds that are most commonly the target of pre-emergence controls in cool-season turf are smooth crabgrass and goosegrass (also commonly referred...

Built for (green) speed: Managing ball roll 

Golfers often request changes in golf-green quality, and, frequently, they want to see an increase in green speed (though faster greens are not necessarily...

Contained plantings 

Today's designers and contractors must know how to do more than simply design and install typical landscapes. They often must provide greenery on roof...

Unusual and overlooked: Summer bulbs offer something different 

The profusion of flowering plants in the summer months sometimes eclipses summer-flowering bulbs. Competition from perennials, annuals and shrubs conspires...

Temporary grasses stabilize soil 

Man-made disturbances, such as roadside or reclamation projects, can result in serious soil-erosion problems, destroying the soil profile and adversely...

Water needs vary across course terrain 

The level of sophistication in irrigation systems varies extensively from one golf course to another. Some superintendents get by with outdated systems...

Sod cutters do more than name implies 

The sod cutter has long been a mainstay in the equipment arsenal of the grounds-maintenance industry. Users of this tool have found a multitude of applications...

Equipment options: Stump cutters and grinders 

When removing a tree or large shrub, many contractors leave the stump behind. However, you have some important issues to take into account when dealing...

How to install drainage 

A variety of drainage products and techniques are available to grounds managers and superintendents, including newer technologies that are receiving some...

Research update: Asian Invasion >TXUPDATE: ASIAN INVASION Some of the most problematic exotic pests are wood-boring beetles. One species, the Asian longhorned beetle, has succeeded-at least temporarily-in becoming established in New York and Chicago, appa 

There goes a rubber tree How do I treat for carpenter ants?-Address unknown (via the internet)Carpenter ants, the most common of which is the black carpenter...

Gardens in the sky 

Think of yourself as the NASA space agency. Your mission: To send up a team of complex living organisms-in this case, plants-into permanent orbit in space....

Community image influences preferences 

I recall jogging through an unfamiliar city once during a visit. It was a warm, pleasant morning, and the streets were quiet. I felt relaxed, enjoying...

Associated Landscape Contractors of America 

When was the last time you went out to dinner and were so happy with the service that you felt the staff deserved more than a 20-percent tip? More often...

Equipment & Irrigation 

Generating power I am in the market for a generator. What do I need to know to find a generator that will be sufficient for me?-Address unknown (via the...

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