Charting Conversion 

Kentucky bluegrass was once used extensively on golf course fairways in the transition zone. During the past 25 years, mowing heights decreased and Kentucky bluegrass was largely replaced with perennial ryegrass because of its superior tolerance to low-mowing heights and its establishment vigor....

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MULCH MATTERS Q Most references recommend mulching around new trees. I like the look of trees surrounded by a green lawn and so have been planting trees, then laying sod over the planting area....

BIOSOLID COMPOSTS EARN HIGH MARKS 

Research continues to support the idea that there is a market for biosolids. Researchers at Delaware Valley College studied the addition of municipal solid waste biosolid compost to soil prior to seeding and sodding Kentucky bluegrass....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS VARIETY Burlingham Seeds introduces a new variety Dynamo Kentucky bluegrass for commercial use....

2,4-D SURVIVES 17-YEAR SCRUTINY 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its comprehensive assessment of the herbicide, 2,4-Dichloro-phenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), under the agency's rergistration program....

HELP WANTED 

Instead of my usual ramblings you no doubt look forward to skimming each month, I would like to use this page to recognize the folks in our industry who are doing us proud....

How To: Transplant Trees 

Whether you're transplanting trees with a tree spade or planting them balled-and-burlapped from the nursery, you can improve transplant success by following these tips....

The Right Stuff 

I used to change the oil in my own car. I also did some of the light maintenance stuff like changing spark plugs, oil filters, air filters, etc....

Making the Most of Your Mower 

While commercial mowers are incredibly efficient at performing their appointed task making tall grass short they can also be a strong contributor to your bottom line in other ways with the right mix of attachments....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Vertebrate Pest Controls 

They're cute, often furry and more clever than other pests. And while vertebrate pests rodents, birds and deer can appeal to human sentiment, they can also wreak havoc to the properties you manage....

FOCUS ON: 2006 Trucks 

Rollouts of all-new truck models are scarce this year, but changes to existing models are plentiful, including lots of variants that fall just shy of being termed new models in their own right....

FUNGICIDES HIT GROWTH SPURT IN T&O MARKETS 

Sales of fungicides to the U.S. professional turf and ornamental market segments increased by nearly 12 percent in 2003 and 2004, according to a market study soon to be released by Kline & Company at www.klinegroup.com....

BRANCH OUT 

If you Google perennials or annual plants, you'll find countless entries. Countless because, if you're like me, you have neither the time nor the energy to research every entry....

HOW TO: FIND THE RIGHT PLANT FOR THE RIGHT SPOT 

Selecting the appropriate plants for your landscapes can reduce the amount of maintenance and labor required for the property. You will also reduce the chance of needing to replace the tree or shrub due to poor growing conditions....

MAKING THE SWITCH 

Irrigation issues, such as water shortages and budget constraints, combined with a continual goal of reducing golf course maintenance costs, have demanded that superintendents consider all options of course management....

U.S. TURFGRASS VARIETIES 

New varieties of turfgrass species enter the marketplace all the time; however, not all of them are tested by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP)....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results from the question posted throughout July on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Now, halfway into...

FINDING ANSWERS 

PUNY ANNUALS Q I have been very successful growing impatiens and several other annuals for clients. This year, I am having a hard time growing marigolds and ageratums (different beds, same property)....

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

STRING TRIMMERS Kawasaki introduces three new string trimmers the KGT27A (26.3 cc), KBL27A (26.3 cc) and the KTR26AC (25.4 cc) that are lightweight without sacrificing power....

Mixing It Up 

With the profusion of plants available these days, a walk through the nursery or even just flipping through the stack of trade publications on your desk can make your head spin....

From the Top 

The green industry has reached new heights, thanks to the advent of rooftop landscapes. The green-roof trend continues, but becoming a part of it requires sound knowledge, whether you are installing plants and materials or simply supplying roof-ready greenery....

ON SITE: House of Kings 

More than one million tourists visit Westminster Abbey, in the heart of London, every year. As Great Britain's Coronation Church for the past 900 years, Westminster Abbey frequently hosts church leaders and statesmen from around the world....

JUNE HOUSING STARTS CONTINUE STRONG PACE 

The pace of new home construction remained strong in June, closing out the quarter at a seasonally adjusted annual rate above 2 million units for the second quarter in a row, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures....

Balancing Act 

As if it's not nerve-racking enough managing turf that appears on national television on a weekly basis each fall, Andre Bruce has to function as a fast-change artist each weekend, switching from soccer to football in a 14-hour period....

EXPO 2005 SET FOR OCT. 14-16 

The dates for the 2005 International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo are set for October 14-16. The annual event, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, will draw industry members worldwide....

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