Greg Stewart’s love of plants and trees blossomed during his high school job at a local nursery in his hometown of Medford, Ore. But he joined the military upon graduation, determined to see the world. “I wanted to get away from southern Oregon, but when I got out of the service I realized the Valley wasn’t such a bad place to live,” says Stewart, referring to the lush Rogue Valley, dotted with vineyards and forests.
Drainage-related issues have steadily increased in the 15 years Dave Smith has been golf course superintendent of Fawn Lake Country Club, in Spotsylvania, Va. Woven through wetlands, the course sits on heavy clay soils and excess rainfall often leads to moisture-related problems.
Sedge control used to be a major challenge for Jerad Hamilton on the tall fescue lawns his company manages throughout California. “It can get pretty ugly,” says the Quality Assurance Ag Manager at Clark Pest Control, based in Lodi, Calif.