As demand for city-operated golf courses continues to decline in Ontario, some municipalities are wondering if the land would be better served for something else.
A large bird, thought to be an owl or hawk, has died after getting caught in the mesh of a soccer field at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines, N.S. It's believed to be the first such incident since the school was built in the mid-1970s.
Four underused A2 ball diamonds in Kitchener, Ont. are getting a $2-million makeover to turn them into A1 fields in time for the 2019 season. A major sponsor has come forward to help fund the project.
Two Nova Scotia golf courses have been designated Audubon cooperative sanctuaries, becoming only the second and third courses in the province to earn the elite honour. Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs met the stringent criteria to earn their spot among the world's 890 sanctuaries.
A Nova Scotia landscaper/snow contractor who was once a firefighter encourages his staff to respond to emergency sites for free and doesn't charge for equipment use and material costs. He said it's only right that first responders should be able to arrive to an address that is free of snow and ice.
Man, that is one nasty winter we’re “enjoying” this year. As I write this, it’s not even the middle of January and there’s more to the season still remaining than what has already transpired.
As if driving wasn’t perilous enough at the best of times, welcome to another season of winter roads. You can’t control the weather, but you can adjust to it by preparing yourself and your vehicle for the worst of winter and the white stuff, and ensuring you stay safe.
Inefficiencies, waste and mistakes can rob a landscaping company of several thousand dollars each year in missed potential revenue. By addressing these shortfalls, companies can hire and retain the best possible staff, achieve a healthy bottom line and grow their business.
Extensive renovations to the Toronto Golf Club’s 18-hole Colt course in 2009 exposed its nine-hole Watson course to a number of shortcomings. Its antiquated irrigation system provided poor coverage, bunker faces were failing, tee decks were too small, drainage was practically non-existent, and a driving range recklessly wedged between two holes was an accident waiting to happen.
By the time this issue reaches our readers, the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference will just about be upon us in Quebec City. I have mixed feelings about this event.
The new South Kitchener District Park is set to open in 2019 even though the third phase of construction isn't expected to be complete until 2025. The first phase of the project will include two artificial turf fields, one natural turf football field, a multi-purpose field, a cricket pitch and well-lit soccer fields.
Heavy rains on Monday in Antigonish, N.S. caused a brook to spill its banks, flooding a sports field and parking lots. The situation was complicated by a flash freeze that followed. The field serves as the venue for the area's Highland Games.
Several of British Columbia's west coast golf courses have made tremendous strides over the past decade in their reduction of pesticide usage. Cultivating healthier grass to outcompete moss and other pests has become the focus for these superintendents.
Spring is on its way and there will be plenty of work involved with opening your client irrigation systems. This checklist will help you and your staff to complete each opening in detail so that unnecessary callbacks are kept to a minimum. There will be additions and/or deletions as sites vary.
When overseeding athletic fields, sports turf managers have a number of options as to the varieties and species from which to choose, with the objective being to achieve a safe playing surface.
In some municipalities, sports turf managers work with separate budgets for irrigation and drainage, but it’s not always the best approach, claims an associate professor of turfgrass science at the University of Guelph.
Oak wilt, poised to destroy tens of thousands of Windsor, Ont.'s oak trees, is on the verge of arriving in Canada. The serious vascular disease has already been confirmed on Belle Island in Michigan where it has infected 112 trees. The island is only 600 metres from Windsor.
Katie Dodson grew up in golf course management. Her father and grandfather, two uncles and a brother all are – or were – golf course superintendents, and she herself was an assistant superintendent (in Whitehorse) before switching to the research side almost 15 years ago.
Dollar spot is typically the No. 1 disease facing golf course superintendents each year, and it’s one that was misunderstood for decades. “For about 30 years, folks were trying to figure out what this fungus was,” Richard Buckley, director of the plant diagnostics lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said in July.
When a sports field needs a season-ending overhaul, a number of things can be done to have it ready for play the following spring. It can be aerated to relieve compaction, overseeded to re-establish turf in worn areas or even sodded in such high-traffic areas as goalmouths and the field’s centre.
When turfgrass experiences a problem, it typically turns a shade of yellow, tan or brown, no matter if the culprit is a disease or insect, making it difficult to accurately diagnose. Lawn care professionals must therefore gather as much information as possible to determine the exact cause of the problem, former turfgrass extension specialist Pam Charbonneau said.
Growing new trees in Sault Ste. Marie is a difficult process, the president of Tree Canada says, which makes it all the more important to protect the trees that currently exist in the city. Cold temperatures, abundant road salt and few species to choose from inhibit the growth rate, Mike Rosen said.
Now is the best time of year to lay sod, says Home Hardware lawn and garden expert Mark Cullen. Cooler soil, cooler evenings and heavy morning dew are all contributing factors toward making this the ideal time for sodding, he says.
The giant hogweed, a noxious plant that can cause third-degree burns or permanent blindness if contact is made, is spreading throughout British Columbia and Ontario. Eradicating the plant has proven difficult.
A user group took it upon itself to clear snow from the artificial Fenn Burdett Field in North Vancouver this week to allow outdoor soccer to be played, but wound up damaging the playing surface in the process. The city has warned user groups to stay off the field to allow snow to melt naturally.
The Brow of the Hill Residents' Association of New Westminster, B.C. wish to see more trees planted and parks created in their neighbourhood. The group has made its appeal to the city, claiming little greenspace has been created in the area for decades.
A group of property owners in Mitchell, Ont. say they can no longer mow the turf on a flood plain adjacent to the West Perth Thames Nature Trail and Whirl Creek. Residents have done the work to keep the area clean but say age and cost are factors in deciding to stop the practice.
Arguing golf course maintenance practices are much more environmentally friendlier than they were in 2001 when a land use bylaw clause was enacted, a would-be developer wishes to open a new par three golf course on the site of a former golf property in Kentville, N.S.
The first phase of construction for a new park in Kelowna, B.C. begins tomorrow. A new playground is part of the initial phase for Rowcliffe Community Park. Ultimately, the park will also be home to a new recreation sports field.
Exemptions in Charlottetown, P.E.I.'s cosmetic pesticide bylaw will remain in place after the city's mayor was forced to break a tie vote on whether or not to remove the exemptions. The debate focused on the exemption to use banned products in the event of an infestation.
A better job of protecting trees in Abbotsford, B.C. must be done, a local councillor claims, after acknowledging the city lost about seven per cent of its tree cover between 2005 and 2015. Planting a sapling doesn't make up for the loss of a mature tree, she says.
The Town of Oliver, B.C. is exploring three design options for a new park, ranging in cost from $60,000 to $160,000. The park will ensure there is parkland at all four corners of the bridge on Fairview Road.
The City of Ottawa laid 19 charges this week against unlicensed private snow contractors, increasing the number of charges so far this year to 40. The city is urging consumers to ensure the contractor they hire is properly licensed. Unlicensed contractors face a fine of $260.
A proposed housing development on a private golf course in Surrey, B.C., that would see the course reduced in size to nine or 12 holes, attracted dozens of speakers to a council meeting on Monday. The owner of Coyote Creek Golf Course said revenues are about half of what they were 10 years ago.
Glen Abbey Golf Course has been provided with additional protection against potential development on the Oakville, Ont. property. Town council convened a special meeting Monday, voting unanimously to pass extra measures to restrict what can be built at the historic golf course.
The Town of Saugeen Shores, Ont. wishes to buy a former gravel pit to serve as the site of a new sports complex to include badly needed baseball diamonds. Council voted 7-0 in favour of the $1.5-million purchase price.
A new self-propelled, hybrid turf mower has been introduced to the sod growing market, enabling fast, precision cutting and decreasing the average cost per acre.
Outdoor power products manufacturer Husqvarna has reformulated its machine oils to set new standards in performance and product longevity. The improved formulations deliver low operating temperatures and greater detergency inside engines. The new bar and chain oil range offers reduced friction and wear on cutting equipment.
Grasshopper's new FrontMount Model 900D 1.3L mower is equipped with a Tier 4 final-compliant, fuel-efficient and powerful 1.3L MaxTorque diesel engine that requires no power robbing after-treatment systems.
Civitas Turf Defense is a registered plant protection, fungicide and insecticide product with an innovative ability to increase turf stress tolerance capabilities. Formulated with superior actives andproven through countless university research trials, the product primes turf to prevent damage from biotic and abiotic stresses before they would normally occur.
Save time and increase productivity when burying wire around the yard with the Perimeter Wire Machine PWM600MH from Portable Winch, available in Canada from Rittenhouse in St. Catharines, Ont.
Land Pride's RC37 Series folding rotary cutters are available in widths of 12 and 15 feet and feature a three-inch cutting capacity with a cut height of 1.5 inches to 14 inches.
An assistant golf superintendent has come up with an idea that simplifies the deployment and collection of turf covers, reduces the amount of labour involved in their implementation, and significantly extends their shelf life.
Nutrite has begun distribution of Anuvia Plant Nutrients' GreenTRX to the Canadian turf industry. The product is an advanced-efficiency, multi-nutrient, slow-release specialty fertilizer that delivers fast, deep greening to turf.
Loftness’ line of snow blowers accommodates many makes and models of skid steers and tractors. Each unit is built with heavy-duty construction for maximum reliability and high performance.
Legacy Building Solutions offers superior quality fabric structures as a cost-effective solution for salt and sand storage. The buildings utilize a durable rigid frame instead of hollow tube, open web truss “hoop” framing traditionally used in fabric structures.
Exmark introduced its new 24-inch, stand-on aerator at the recent GIE + Expo in Louisville, Ky. The enhanced design of the compact, stand-on aerator was based off the company’s successful 30-inch, stand-on machine, and significantly increases the productivity and efficiency of lawn care professionals aerating smaller properties.
Husqvarna’s newest additions to its portfolio of professional outdoor power products were unveiled at the recent GIE + Expo in Louisville, Ky. New product introductions include several entirely new series of innovative and performance-optimized wheeled products, additions to the versatile professional handheld and battery-powered lineups, as well as the company’s line of accessories.
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Canadian Golf Course Management Conference
February 26-1, 2018
21st annual Snow & Ice Conference
June 26-29, 2018