How clean is clean? 

The effort to clean our air of pollutants is laudable, but at what cost and where does it end? In the case of engine emissions, the U.S. Environmental...

Trimmer efficiency 

No professional grounds manager can provide a quality mowing job without employing the additional use of spin trimmers. These devices have become integral...

Power equipment sales 

Grounds-care analysts are optimistic that shipments of commercial products will increase in 1997, 1998 and through the end of the decade. In its Power...

Appraising air-cooled and liquid-cooled engines 

Your expensive mower has broken down again. Or your snow thrower's been sluggish. You know you've got to make some choices in repairing or replacing the...

Gasoline-powered blowers 

How do you feel about bans on power blowers?Robin Pendergrast, marketing/public relations consultant, Echo Inc.The noise issue with power blowers has...

Tracking trends in riding-mower design 

In the last 15 years, riding mowers have undergone a tremendous change. What many considered a commercial unit at that time, we now regard as a consumer...

Increase in sprinkler-head longevity 

A term you commonly hear in the vernacular of lawn-care professionals is "mower bait." This is how operators refer to sprinkler heads that are incorrectly...

Benefits of oil analysis 

A detailed analysis of engine, transmission and hydraulic oils enables you to identify potential problems before a major repair is necessary. Oil analysis...

Convert your fairway to bentgrass 

During the 1960s and '70s, most golf-turf research focused on the management of putting greens. Improved chemical and mechanical cultural practices, irrigation...

Researching Maintenance 

Oklahoma webworms Sod webworms have been a problem on some of my clients' lawns. However, I don't have time to monitor on a regular basis. Is there a...

Control crabgrass with fall-applied pre-emergents 

The signs of spring are indicators to most turfgrass managers that a ruthless competitor is lying in wait--crabgrass. Many choose to battle this pest...

Evaluate sprinkler-irrigation uniformity 

In order to ensure your health, it is important that you have your "vital signs" checked regularly. The basic "check-up" includes measuring your blood...

Irrigation water source 

Dave Harbison, water management specialist, Coachella Valley (Calif.) Water DistrictGolf course irrigation is made possible through long-range planning....

Irrigating layered soils 

Proper irrigation is an important component of sound turfgrass management. Managers base irrigation scheduling decisions on the water use or evapotranspiration...

Reduce spray drift with better nozzles choices 

Misapplication of pesticides is a potential risk of which you must always be aware. One form of misapplication is pesticide drift. When you apply pesticides,...

Effective trencher maintenance = efficiency 

Like any piece of construction equipment, you've got to do a good job of maintaining your trenchers if you want them to make you any money. If you don't...

Improve your course with strategic tree placement 

The reasons for planting trees on a golf course vary. The course may be newly constructed in an open area, or plant material may have been lost as a result...

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,...

Head-to-head with Mother Nature 

Natural disasters happen every year, and this year is no exception. Typically the West gets the press with its annual brush and forest fires, mudslides...

Researching Maintenance 

Give your tree some PEP You recently reported on the use of PEP for wound dressing on trees. What is PEP and where can I get it?--WisconsinPEP is short...

Average precipitation 

Signs of warm weather are usually welcomed with enthusiasm--that is, except, when spring begins with immense flooding. After record snowfall in some areas,...

Choosing a sprinkler: The ABCs of DRCs 

Ideally, irrigation systems apply water like rain--uniformly. But a typical sprinkler's basic throw pattern shows that it applies more water close to...

The Broadmoor Hotel Resort 

The Broadmoor Hotel Resort is a five-star, five-diamond resort that encompasses 3,000 acres, much of which is native underdeveloped land. Maintaining...

Conduct job interviews without legal problems 

Just yesterday (or so it seems), the philosophy of job interviews was simple: Interview the most promising applicants and hire the best. Today, nothing...

Living-and succeeding-with kikuyugrass 

No one plants it, but it gets into everything and seems to be everywhere. After it's established, you can't get rid of it-it's tough and it's strong....

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