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....

The Art of Attraction 

Watching butterflies and hummingbirds flit, flutter and fly through the landscape is a beautiful scene. Both of these creatures are a welcomed addition to most any landscape....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Non-Selective Chemicals 

Even though selective herbicides seem to offer the ultimate in pest control--the ability to eliminate weeds without harming desirable turf and ornamentals--you sometimes need the opposite: a product that completely eliminates vegetation for renovations....

FOCUS ON: Seeders 

The summer heat has not been very kind to most parts of the country this year and if the turfgrass you care for is looking a little patchy, it might be time to consider filling in the dead spots with new grass seed....

Loading Up on Safety 

Multi-terrain loaders (or compact track loaders) are compact machines that are equipped with similar components and technology to skid-steer loaders....

Air Patrol 

Those glorious geese. Their sounds signify a changing of the seasons. We all look in wonder as they fly in perfect formation. They're beautiful, majestic and seem to know just where they're headed....

Getting Started 

So, the day is going well. You've finished three mowing jobs on time and it's only noon, when suddenly, your mower quits. Stone cold quits, just like you shut off the switch....

SAFETY IN NUMBERS 

As I began to go through the topics of articles in this month's issue of Grounds Maintenance, I thought to myself, Interesting, but not really enlightening....

Prairie Grass Headquarters 

In the 1800s, you could see thousands of buffalo roaming the plains south of the Missouri River in what is now suburban Kansas City. Yet roaming among the buffalograss these days are 14,000 Sprint employees who enjoy a large and lush corporate campus....

FINDING ANSWERS 

PLANT ID Q I need your help identifying a flower. It is a dark, royal purple, but it stinks. There is one leaf that is about 2 feet long and a stem that comes up from the middle....

Sensing Danger 

Oftentimes, we take our sight and hearing for granted, but protecting these invaluable senses is something none of us can afford to ignore....

REDUCING THATCH DEVELOPMENT IN NEW CREEPING BENTGRASS GREENS 

With the introduction of every new type or category of turfgrass comes the need for research to fine-tune the culture and pest control strategies of each....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Adjuvants/Wetting Agents 

Adjuvants come in many forms, but their essential role is to make spray mixtures more effective. Sometimes factors are present that prevent the pesticide from doing as it is intended....

NEW JERSEY TREES TREATED FOR LONGHORNED BEETLES 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will treat approximately 20,200 trees susceptible to the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Middlesex and Union counties, N.J....

SHORT CUTS 

PRESIDENT SIGNS H-2B CAP RELIEF. The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that President Bush signed H.R. 1268, the "Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act," which provides funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan....

SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE 

Keeping your crews safe is an ever-present issue that you face daily, whether you are mowing turfgrass or applying chemicals....

READER POLL 

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

PRODUCT PREVIEW 

TRIMMER Tanaka introduces the TBC-2500, a lightweight 24cc, 1.2-hp grass trimmer to its professional landscaper line-up....

FOCUS ON: Stand-on Riders 

If you're looking for a mower that combines the maneuverability of a zero-turn riding mower with the flexibility of a walk-behind, look no further....

HOW TO: USE ADJUVANTS 

Which of these products is which and which of them do I use? Do I need to use them at all? Are they all different or is one the same as the other?...

Safety First 

The statistics are gruesome, if a bit uncertain: Estimates of lawn-mower-related injuries range from 23,000 to a horrendous 75,000 annually, with a significant number of those injuries involving children....

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