Proper use of fertilizers minimizes environmental effects 

Increasingly, government agencies and society in general are placing a high priority on natural resources, and water in particular. Maintained turfgrass,...

Equipment decibel levels 

Even though we cannot see sound, it has a force with real dimensions and three definite properties: intensity, frequency and duration.* Intensity. This...

Today's Swiss+Army tractors 

You move snow. You spread seed, chemicals, fertilizer and topdressing. You aerate, dethatch, grind stumps and place fence posts. You mow, rake and sweep....

Utility vehicles deliver efficiency 

It's the norm--not the exception--to go to a job site and find many products from like numbers of manufacturers," says John T. Gillan, executive director...

Obeying the rules of safe hauling and dumping 

You have probably witnessed something falling off a truck. Maybe you have had a piece of gravel fly off an untarped dump truck and crack your windshield....

Irrigation access boxes get no respect 

Of all the parts needed to install an irrigation system, the valve box is perhaps the most underestimated and under-appreciated. Some of the earliest...

Heavy equipment 

There's something about operating heavy equipment that always gives me a thrill. Whether it's a back hoe, dump truck or front-end loader, I'm like a kid...

Manage roadside vegetation 

Research Update: Trenching near trees 

Ever eat a pine tree? I have a healthy, good-sized lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana), and I have noticed some holes in the trunk, sort of like the dots on...

The demand for heavy equipment 

The world demand for heavy-construction equipment is forecast to increase 4 percent per year, with sales reaching almost $87 billion in the year 2001,...

The legal aspects of equipment-safety training 

Manufacturers of grounds-care equipment offer a variety of turf-care, lawn-maintenance and lawn-beautification products designed to cut things, or at...

How To: Use a backhoe safely 

A skid-steer loader with a backhoe attachment can be extremely productive--if operated efficiently and safely. That means you need to recognize situations...

The essence of beautifying roadways 

Roadway beautification once meant planting a few trees and flowers. Today, it means much more. Cities and counties are combining a diverse palette of...

Equipment Options: Loaders 

When it comes to commercial grounds-care equipment, the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" does not apply. In fact, it couldn't be further from...

The battle of the bunkers 

I'm convinced that the colorful language that emits from golfers' mouths originated from players trying to extricate golf shots from the sand burrows...

Stregthen your machines' muscles 

You can't overemphasize the importance of hydraulics in the proper functioning of today's equipment. Hydraulics are its muscles. They aid equipment in...

The cost of routine mowing along North Carolina's approximate 300,000 acres of roadside turf amounts to the considerable sum of $16 million per year. Unfortunately, mowing is an unavoidable part of vegetation management. However, roadside vegetation manag 

Today's grounds manager can choose from among many woody and herbaceous ornamentals to use within the landscape. Arboreta, botanical gardens, plant propagators...

Safe Driving:Where the rubber meets the road 

In any service business where you need to travel to a client's property to provide care, the issue of getting there safely is a concern. Most organizations...

Managing soil pH in turf 

Too often, adjusting soil pH takes a back seat to other maintenance tasks that show more immediate results, such as fertilization and overseeding. However,...

Small-engine emissions 

Q: Are stricter emission standards for grounds-care equipment justified?John Dunlap, chairman, California Air Resources BoardCleaner-running lawn and...

What to do when you've been sued 

It may be handed to you by a process server--or it may arrive by certified mail. However it gets to you, the summons notifying you that someone is suing...

Tapping in to seasonal workers 

Tapping in to seasonal workers The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) titled its 1989 Crystal Ball Report "Personnel: Preparing to deal...

Spikeless-shoe policies 

Should golf courses require spikeless shoes?Larry Gilhuly, Western director, USGA Green Section If grass could talk, the answer would be an overwhelming...

Golf course reclaim "lost" land 

Reclaim--To make suitable for cultivation or habitation-- This definition aptly, if only generally, describes the process by which increasing numbers...

Technology has arrived: Site-specific management 

As a new father, I continually seek the advice of family, friends and experts on how to best raise my 8-month-old daughter. While their recommendations...

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