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Recommender: Tips to prevent and treat dollar spot

March 11, 2020By
Dollar spot (Photo: Kevin Mathias, Bugwood.org)

What practices do you employ to prevent or treat dollar spot? Jim Nietubicz Co-Owner at Paramount Turf Co. Middleton, Del. Dollar spot is common in nitrogen-deficient soils. Although you can’t collect data on nitrogen through a standard soil test, samples should be done every year to determine what is truly going on underneath. A balanced nutrient plan through soil testing... read more

Experts’ Tips: How to maximize fall aeration windows

March 11, 2020By
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For lawn care companies to maximize the potential of their aeration services, three things are needed: Patient and cooperative clients; Equipment that maximizes uptime and productivity; and Systems and processes to help pull it all together. “Customers dislike having to wait to receive their aeration,” says Dayna Macbeth, branch manager for Fit Turf, a landscape company with four locations in... read more

How to knock down nutsedge

March 11, 2020By
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Yellow nutsedge can be found in regions throughout the U.S., especially in temperate climates, says Aaron Hathaway, technical services manager at Nufarm. Hathaway, Mike Sisti, golf and lawn care market manager at FMC Professional Solutions, and Eric Reasor, Ph.D., southeast research scientist at PBI-Gordon Corp., explain the best ways to identify and control yellow nutsedge. Identification A perennial grassy weed,... read more

Water World: An off-the-wall irrigation installation

March 10, 2020By
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Company: AgroSci Location: Hollywood, Fla. Tropical plants abound at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Fla. The hotel features 17 varieties of subcanopy tropical plants in the green walls, which are watered by two systems of irrigation, ensuring the plants receive the proper amounts of moisture. The small outdoor green wall is irrigated by a basic drip... read more

SafetyWatch: Hand tool safety

March 10, 2020By

It’s important to keep safety in mind when using different types of shovels Round mouth shovel The round mouth shovel is meant for digging, planting and moving material. It has a pointed end for driving into the ground or into piles of material and can also be used to trim sod or cut through thin roots. Landscapers should be careful... read more

Digging into trencher safety

March 10, 2020By
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Take advantage of certified training. “Proper equipment training is one of the best ways to extend the lifetime of your machine, and more importantly, keep operators and crews safe,” says Brian Grim, Ditch Witch product training and development manager. He recommends opportunities for education through associations, certified training through equipment manufacturers and online walk-behind trencher training. For example, many companies... read more