Pre-emergence Controls

Chemical, Biological & Cultural Options


Weed and Pest Control
Spring is here, at least in some parts of the country. Soon little green things will be sprouting up all over. As usual, the sprouts will include not only the plants we want but some of the others, too . . . the good, the bad, and the ugly. For landscape contractors this means finding ways to protect the good while getting rid of the bad and the ugly. In other words, weeds.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Design for Success


Landscape
An old story about Michelangelo says that the artist was so gifted that he could visualize a sculpture in its entirety before his chisel ever touched the stone. The physical crafting of the piece was then only a matter of removing the excess to reveal the image inside. But while freehand may have worked well for Michelangelo, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us aren’t quite at that level.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Train Your Mowing Crews


Landscape Maintenance
I USED TO OWN A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE COMPANY THAT I SOLD to another company when I retired. Well, that didn’t last too long; I got bored and took a position as president of a landscape company. Along the way, I learned a lot about how to make more bottom-line profits.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 BILL PHAGAN

Guide to Buying a Utility Loader


Power Equipment
One of the greatest summer pleasures is catching a professional baseball game. There’s something thrilling about watching a pro throw a shutout or leap for a line drive. As it turns out, baseball and power equipment have something in common.   More
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Maintaining Your Mower Equipment: It Adds Dollars and Makes Sens


Landscape Maintenance
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year, your lawn mowers will be operated on a daily basis. Yet unlike cars, trucks or other pieces of equipment, the contractor often does a minimum amount of maintenance on their mowers, running them into the ground. There’s got to be a better way and there is.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 RICHARD LENTI

Selecting the Perfect Turf for Your Sports Surface


Landscape
To stand out in any field today you must have something unique or exceptional. That's especially true in sports and it carries over for the individual managing the sports turf surface. Any team's record begins with the quality of the field.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Bruce F. Shank

Color Your Project with Pizazz


Landscape
Properly used, annual color can invite, enhance, conceal, distract, relax or excite. But color can also be a meaningless, busy hodgepodge. Healthy flowers are almost always a worthwhile addition to a site.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

The Performance Spec is Dead, Almost


Landscape
The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

How Many Associations Should You Join?


Business Articles
How Many Associations Should You Join? Association dues come up for renewal every winter. Few expenses pave the way toward professionalism more than association dues.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Fertilization Can Help Turf Withstand Traffic


Fertilizer
Every landscape manager has them, places where turf just won't survive because people take short cuts.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

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