Category Archives: October 2007

Staring Down Vandalism

Surprisingly, modern American cities and villages of the Early Roman Empire have something in common: they have been invaded by the same marauders, vandals. In the Roman Empire, that’s Vandals with a capital “V.” The Vandals were East Germanic people who overran Gaul, Spain and northern Africa in the fourth and fifth centuries, and sacked Rome in 455. According to historical accounts, they earned a reputation for plundering, pirating and otherwise wreaking havoc. The modern-day vandal is spelled with a … Continue reading

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Maintenance Standards

The development of comprehensive maintenance standards is as important to you and your agency as a detailed business plan is to any commercial, for-profit enterprise. Unfortunately, like the much maligned business plan, creating these standards often falls under the “things to do before I die” list instead of the “things I must do today in order to succeed” list. Why? Creating these standards is viewed as hard work–a potential time-sink full of information gathering, information organizing, meetings, meetings, meetings and, … Continue reading

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Tree-Chopping Technology

Like many people who tend large acreage tracts, Alex Stout was looking for an easier way to manage 92, 274 acres in eastern Pennsylvania. Lackawanna State Park is an ideal environment for invasive species like mulitfolora rose, autumn olive and Tartarian honeysuckle. Left unchecked, these nuisance varieties can quickly overtake an area, crowding out native species. Stout and his crews had a Bobcat S250 with McClaren mud tracks, and were searching for an attachment to aid in resource-management efforts. They … Continue reading

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Moving Really Big Trees At Arrowhead Stadium

Digging and transplanting a half dozen tall shade trees on a summer day when the forecast calls for a high of 94 F is a scary move. “Nobody wants to take a risk like that unless they absolutely have to,” said Head Groundskeeper Andre Bruce of the Kansas City Chiefs. And Bruce had to do just that—twice, in fact–during the summer of 2005 with six Seedless Marshall Ash trees over 15 feet tall on the grounds outside Arrowhead Stadium. “The … Continue reading

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Know Thy “No-Mow Zones”

Islands of bright, native wildflowers add beauty, butterflies and wildlife in remote sections of public parks. Variegated bands of tall grasses provide privacy and contrast around carefully manicured golf course greens. No matter what shape or character, “no-mow zones” are springing up in parks, golf courses and along freeways. However, before you decide to throw out that gas-guzzling, repair-laden lawn mower and fire the kid who never shows up on Saturdays … here are a few things to consider. Know … Continue reading

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