SHIPMENTS DOWN IN 2005 

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) conducts a monthly shipments-research program that represents between 60 and 100 percent of all gasoline-powered hand-held shipments and between 75 and 100 percent of all commercial turf care shipments....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results for the question posted throughout December on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Have you participated...

The New Herbicides 

With the massive amount of new information that becomes available every year for turfgrass managers to decipher, it is difficult for anyone to keep up....

The Drive of Technology 

Have today's hotter golf balls and giant clubheads compromised the defenses of your course? Certainly; but according to industry veterans, the answer to restoring the challenge at your course is right under your feet....

...AND NOT A DROP TO DRINK 

Earlier this month, I was invited to serve as a panelist at the 2006 Rain Bird Intelligent Use of Water Summit in Pasadena, Calif., during the Rose Bowl....

FINDING ANSWERS 

I've always heard that Japanese beetles prefer purple-leaved plants to green-leaved plants. Is this true? South Carolina....

FINDING ANSWERS 

WEED WOES Q I installed sod for a new client. Several weeks later the sod seems infested with all types of weeds some bindweed and Johnsongrass....

HOW TO: SELL YOUR SERVICE 

Wash your truck! If needed, paint your truck! Being able to read your business name and phone number on your truck is important, especially when it's parked in front of a landscape that displays your quality work....

OPTI-REALISM 

It's hard not to be optimistic at Christmas time. I think maybe it's the subliminal messages in all the Christmas music they start playing on the radio shortly after Halloween....

MAKING THE SWITCH TO WASTEWATER IRRIGATION 

Superintendents considering the switch from fresh irrigation water to water from wastewater treatment plants will need to study all the adjustments required to accommodate the switch....

SHORT CUTS 

At the fall board of directors meeting of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the board approved moving the 2007 Annual Conference and Exhibition to San Antonio, Texas....

HAND-HELD GAS-POWERED EQUIPMENT WILL REBALANCE OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS 

According to industry estimates, overall shipments of hand-held products (hand-held blowers, backpack blowers, trimmers and chainsaws) are forecast to post moderate growth during calendar year 2005, reaching 12.2 million units....

HOUSING STARTS COOL IN OCTOBER 

According to U.S. Commerce Department figures, the housing market showed early signs of cooling off in October as the pace of new-home construction and the issuance of building permits both declined....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results for the question posted throughout November on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Do you provide...

Grand Winner and Irrigation Components/Systems Category Winner 

Grounds Maintenance announces the results of its second annual Innovative Product Award competition. The Grounds Maintenance Innovative Product Award...

Forecast for 2006 

When the cost of doing business took an unexpected spike following Hurricane Katrina, many businesses saw their profits sink in the final quarter of 2005....

The Equipment Equation 

Bidding a maintenance job is an art for some and a science for others; a customized trade secret derived from years of historical data, experience and some costly lessons learned along the way....

In Training 

When planning for your business' success, everything flows from one absolute necessity: great people. Without the best possible employees working in your organization and toward a common goal, your journey down the road to success can quickly become an obstacle course....

Paying Fair 

A small employer trying to stay current with state and federal laws regarding wages can sometimes feel overwhelmed. However, taking a few steps to understand the laws and how they can apply ot a green industry business owner can make all the difference in the world in staying compliant with the meaning of the law....

NOAA ISSUES U.S. WINTER OUTLOOK 

In the first of a two-part update to the U.S. Winter Outlook, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) meteorologists predict this winter to be warmer than the 30-year norm, yet cooler than last year....

SHORT CUTS 

Project EverGreen is planning its second annual "Because Green Matters" award program. The award is presented each year on Earth Day, April 22, to a company, organization or individual that promotes the beneficial effects of green spaces through a major project to create or improve a green space....

UPDATE ON H-2B WORKERS 

By voting to add the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2005 (SOS Act) to its version of the supplemental bill, the U.S. Senate helped ensure the passage of this short-term fix that was critically needed by American employers of H-2B workers....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results for the question posted throughout October on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Has your company,...

GREEN MATTERS 

And if you think it matters to just us in the green industry, think again. Project EverGreen has released the first in a series of surveys designed to gauge consumer attitudes about green spaces, what we do to maintain them and how we do it....

Aim High 

Making a profit requires a plan. Earning a profit, of course, is the result of many things: good customers, good people, hard work and, yes, luck....

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