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....

The making of a golf course: Sycamore Ridge 

New golf courses typically receive their greatest attention not as they are constructed but when they finally open for play. This is appropriate, of course,...

Set in stone 

Stones are part of the earth's exposed skeleton, bones punching through its soft, verdant skin. Although they are most often used with water, plants and...

Repair or replace hand-held equipment? 

Many factors come into play when trying to determine whether it is time to replace or repair broken power equipment. But before you can make any type...

Paying attention to details 

We are now "into the season." Let's hope you've worked all the bugs out of the system you have in place to care for your customers' needs. Some parts...

Dodge the insurance snow job 

A well-designed business-insurance program is essential when it comes to protecting your business from the many risks you face every day. This is especially...

Beaumont Services Corp. 

In the spring, when many companies assess turf and hard-surface damage after a long, cold winter, one question always comes up, "How could we have improved...

Equipment & Irrigation 

When it rains, it doesn't drain I have a problem with my sports fields here in Oklahoma. When it rains, they remain wet for days. That causes a lot of...

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em 

Say what you want about Poa annua, but I'd be willing to bet that the number of golf courses that elect to manage for Poa on greens--as opposed to controlling...

Chemicals & Horticulture 

Tennis, anyone? I am seeking information regarding the maintenance of grass tennis courts. Can you point me in the right direction?--Address unknown (via...

Greens mowers 

Ask any golf-course manager what it is that players care most about, and 90 percent of them will say, "The greens." Greens are the heart and soul of any...

Managing Poa annua greens 

I once overheard a turf professional say to another, "Our bentgrass-management techniques must be good for Poa, because all we have is Poa." The implications...

Controlling Poa annua in bentgrass greens 

Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is the most troublesome winter-annual grassy weed on golf courses. It has a lighter green color than most turfgrasses and...

Cup cutters to the rescue! 

Our long-time greens-keeper, Alberto Aguiar, strode past my office window with a stern expression on his face. He was headed for the tool room. After...

10 Steps to Renovate a Sand Bunker 

Sooner or later, every golf course and its superintendent faces rebuilding or renovating its sand bunkers. When this time comes, course management should...

Effective greens topdressing depends on approach 

Putting greens constitute a small percentage of the golf course, but they demand major attention from both the golf-course superintendent and the golfer....

Camouflage ugly amenities 

As a designer, I am often aware of or am challenged to hide, soften or camouflage some of the less attractive parts of the landscape: utility boxes--such...

PGRs affect turf-disease management 

Plant growth regulators (PGRs) have been in use for many years, but we still have relatively little information about how they affect turf-disease management....

ON SITE: The British embassy 

Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. The words evoke images of diplomats, limousines and formal state ceremonies. Thus, you might expect embassies to maintain...

Aeration 

Turf aerators have long given grounds managers and golf-course superintendents the "punch" needed-literally-to promote strong, healthy turf. With advances...

Manage grassy in landscape beds 

Grasses include several valuable ornamental species for landscapes. However, they also include many important weeds that infest landscape beds. Like all...

Perform seasonal engine maintenance 

Generally, equipment managers "winterize" equipment to increase or maintain performance in winter or prevent problems after long periods of winter storage....

Vertical mowers and dethatchers 

Thatch is a layer of decayed and partially decayed turfgrass-plant parts-such as stems, roots and sometimes leaves-that accumulate over time. Plant parts...

Pursuing the elusive verticutter 

Early in September, I took on what has become an annual pilgrimage to the rental center in pursuit of a vertical mower for renovating my lawn. The problem...

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