Category Archives: March 2008

Preventative Maintenance

Warning: If you love equipment breakdowns, unnecessary equipment expenses and technician downtime, stop reading now! You take a personal vehicle in for an oil change because this preventative maintenance will save time, money and aggravation. As with a personal vehicle, a little preventative maintenance on spray equipment will go a long way. Unfortunately, too many people wait for power spray equipment to break down before providing service. Regardless of what was spent on the equipment–whether it is the newest top-of-the-line … Continue reading

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A Messy Situation

Bird infestations used to be frustrating simply because facility managers had to waste money cleaning up after a renewable source of mess. Today, managers have to deal with the threat of lawsuits as well as the day-to-day infestation problems. Besides leaving behind visually unappealing droppings, birds create dangerous environments. Studies show that over 60 diseases can be transferred from birds to humans, with some resulting in fatalities. A build-up of bird droppings has the potential for slip-and-fall lawsuits, not to … Continue reading

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Happy Trails

New Year’s Day brings hope and resolutions–many of the latter having to do with increased exercise and healthier living. One way to achieve these goals is walking on the abundant trails found within parks nationwide. Maintaining existing trails and creating new ones are on the agenda of many parks and rec departments, but the popularity of walking makes this difficult because the trails are often in use. That is why wintertime trail grooming is gaining in popularity. A Multi-Purpose Tool … Continue reading

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March Madness

It’s that time of year again when the NCAA basketball office pools start, and everyone speculates which team will become the reigning champion. Some of our teams won’t make it through the first round, and others will make it to the Final Four (Go Rutgers). March also is the time when most of us in the parks and recreation business are preparing athletic fields, school grounds, parks and golf courses for the onslaught of spring when all of nature starts … Continue reading

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Greens Fees For Free

In a business where more facilities have closed in the last two years than have been built, golf course owner Todd Ingraham says the secret to success is marketing. “We’ve always had the attitude of putting money back into the golf course on a continual basis,” he says. “We weren’t out buying sports cars and things like that.” Built in 1927, Bunker Hill Golf Course in Medina, Ohio, has seen three generations of Ingrahams at the helm, starting with Todd’s … Continue reading

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