Landscape and horticultural services 

Landscape architects held more than 16,000 jobs in 1996. Two out of every five landscape architects worked for firms that provide landscape-architecture...

Buying vs. renting 

James Irish, executive vice president, American Rental AssociationWhen you consider whether to rent or purchase equipment, the best choice depends on...

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...

Researching Maintenance 

Burning turf We are looking into changing the work hours of our grounds crew to 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. instead of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We find that in the...

State of the U.S. economy 

As analysts predicted, the robust economy we've been experiencing in the United States is slowing down. Weak economic conditions in Asia as well as the...

Light-duty trucks for 1999 

While many light-duty models will be carried over from 1998 with few-if any-changes, both Ford and General Motors are releasing major new redesigns in...

Estimate labor costs 

A system for accurately determining labor costs is important for every company to develop sooner or later. Needless to say, the earlier the better. A...

Managing resistance-Part III: Insecticides 

Plants and insects have co-existed for millions of years. Because many kinds of insects attack plants, plants have evolved many natural insecticides that...

Irrigation retrofit improves responsible water use 

Responsible water use should be a core principle of every groundskeeper, whether your facility is adjacent to a large reservoir or depends upon a very...

Seed priming positively affects Kentucky bluegrass 

Seed vigor is a measure of seed's potential for rapid, uniform emergence under a range of field conditions. While genetics determines potential seed vigor,...

Meet customer expectations head-on 

More than many other industries, the green industry presents challenges that make every sale a unique experience. When a plumber installs a 2-inch pipe,...

Motivating to do better 

Last night I had one of those heart-to-heart talks with my 8-year-old son about always doing your best, finishing what you begin and persevering under...

Fuel choices--Do you feel propane is an appropriate alternative to gas or diesel fuel? 

Mike Ward, executive director,Virginia Petroleum Council (Richmond, Va.)In recent years, much attention has focused on alternative fuels. References to...

Part I: Increasing profitability-Improve your efficiency with strategic chemical use 

Most grounds-care professionals are aware of the advantages that chemicals bring to an operation. In fact, it's hard to imagine what grounds management...

Part II: Increasing profitability--Specialized equipment brings in the dollars 

Not too long ago, grounds managers had no skid-steer loaders, spin trimmers, bed edgers, intermediate walk-behind mowers or backpack blowers to perform...

Put the chill on winter weeds 

If you're fortunate, the only scares you'll have this month are from the ghosts and goblins of Halloween and not the ineffectiveness of your weed-management...

Beauty is only skin deep 

There are those who look at neatly manicured grounds as a purely aesthetic gesture and don't consider the functionality of the practice. True, a manicured...

Researching Maintenance 

Grub-control timing Which grub-control product works best in October?-MichiganA better question might be, "What time of year is best for grub-control...

Ornamental economics 

The United States is the world's largest producer of greenhouse and nursery crops. In fact, net farm income for growers of greenhouse and nursery crops...

Equipment Options: Hedge trimmers 

The hedge trimmer-it seems like such a simple tool. Yet, choosing the proper hedge trimmer shouldn't be a quick decision. Putting just a little forethought...

Tree topping 

Q: Are there any benefits to tree topping?Dr. Kim D. Coder, associate professor, University of Georgia, (Athens, Ga.)Do you know what tree topping is?...

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