Aug. 10, 2018 – The spread of the emerald ash borer across Eastern Canada will have a profound impact on First Nations communities who depend on splints of the wood to weave baskets and preserve a long-standing cultural tradition. A basket maker from Akwesasne, near Cornwall, Ont. said the tradition has been passed down for generations, and she wishes it to continue.
Aug. 9, 2018 – Already a 35-time club champion at his home course at the Avon Valley Golf & Country Club in Nova Scotia, course superintendent Dean Woodman may have a leg up on the rest of the field when he tees it up this week at Avon Valley to compete in the province's senior men's championship.
Aug. 8, 2018 – West Nile virus season is soon to arrive in Saskatchewan. This is the time when the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active and present in higher numbers.
Aug. 2, 2018 – The City of Halifax is testing the resilience of palm trees during the winter season in Dartmouth parks. A total of nine cold-hardy palm trees have been planted in four parks to see how they will fare once temperatures plummet.
Aug. 1, 2018 – A new park in Osoyoos, B.C. will soon be going to the dogs. A former BMX track next to a local high school has been fenced, cleared and smoothed over and is just awaiting for grass seed to establish before it becomes a permanent off-leash dog park.
July 31, 2018 – The general public in the Sudbury, Ont. area are being warned about the dangers of tick bites. The local public health department is urging the public to exercise caution and has offered advice on what do if bitten.
July 27, 2018 – Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, N.S. has retained its No. 1 ranking in Canada among the country's top 100 golf courses based on a survey conducted by ScoreGolf. The Cape Breton golf course narrowly placed above Alberta's Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge to retain the crown as Canada's top layout.
July 27, 2018 – City councillors in Prince George, B.C. have dropped the ball in deciding how to operate the newly renovated Masich Place Stadium, an editorial in the Prince George Citizen claims. The newspaper's editor says the stadium's new synthetic turf infield is meant to reduce fertilizer, mowing and water costs, but public access is being restricted to half of what was previously allotted.
July 25, 2018 – Andrew Gyba, superintendent at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., was interviewed by the media yesterday prior to the start of the RBC Canadian Open which gets underway tomorrow. This marks Gyba's fifth Open, and he was asked about his course preparations, his fondest memories of past Opens he has worked and what advice he would give to another superintendent about to host such a high-scale tournament.
July 24, 2018 – A father and son who learned golf course design and maintenance by the seat of their pants are celebrating a full year since their nine-hole course opened in the Wallace River area of Nova Scotia. Armed with a chain saw, it took the duo 17 years to build the course.
July 23, 2018 – The future of Canada’s professional turf and grounds maintenance industry is in good hands. From coast to coast, several bright, young superstars have been making a difference in the industry, paving the way for the next wave of up-and-coming professionals. This week, we profile the 10th (in alphabetical order) of our Top 10 Under 40 roster of selected recipients: Cam Watt.
July 23, 2018 – The superintendent at Nova Scotia's famed Fox Harb'r Resort – the golf course owned by Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce – wears another hat: grape grower. Aaron Little began growing grapes three years ago at a 26-acre vineyard across from the golf course and, when the crop is ready, will bottle wine bearing the Fox Harb'r name.
There are many types of water aeration available on the market, ranging widely in application and price. As a result we are often asked, “How do you choose what is best for me?”
Understanding how fungicides work and knowing what part of the plant should be targeted will greatly assist golf course superintendents with their spraying programs, an audience of superintendents was told in March during a Syngenta-sponsored forum in Milton, Ont.
May 31, 2018 – Landscape professionals may have more choices of plant material than they think. Many imported trees and shrubs care fare well when mixed with native species, adding diversity.
May 17, 2018 – A Kitchener-area lawn care professional says aerating and overseeding lawns is an ideal way to choke out weeds, including dandelions. An a University of Guelph academic adds that regular fertility will produce the best lawns.
May 16, 2018 – A little bit of natural precipitation over the next few days will perk up dried out conditions at the La Verendrye Golf Club near Steinbach, Man., the club's manager has said. Tank watering is being done, much to golfers' dismay.
May 10, 2018 – Drought has beset southern Manitoba, affecting everything from farm land to golf courses. Cracks in the ground at the Old Drover's Run Golf Course in Niverville clearly reveal how parched conditions have become.
May 10, 2018 – While much of Atlantic Canada has been praying for rain to go away, the opposite is true in most of Manitoba. The superintendent at Quarry Oaks in Steinbach said a dry fall followed by one of the driest Aprils on record has left the golf course thirsty.
Lawn care professionals need to get out in front of a problem before it starts, incorporating integrated pest management into their programs, an audience of lawn care practitioners attending the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium were told in February.
Sodium and bicarbonates in the soil are a “big deal” and can rob golf courses of their nutrient dollar, superintendents attending BrettYoung’s annual spring turf academy were told in March at the Links of Kent Golf Club in Chatham, Ont.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ontario’s cosmetic pesticide ban, and some lawn care professionals are still lamenting that they can no longer use some of the pest control products they once took for granted.
Sharp mower blades promote healthier turf. When they’re dull, it makes turf more prone to disease, and golfers will see first-hand how substandard a course looks and how poorly it performs.
Divots are a natural occurrence in the game of golf. They are particularly abundant on par three tees, especially when a hole is short enough to warrant a wedge or nine-iron shot to the green. They are also commonly found in the fairways of par four and five holes, especially from approach distances that are reachable for most recreational golfers.
Aug. 13, 2018 – A Kitchener, Ont. couple who have invested thousands of dollars on natural plants to attract bees and other wildlife to their front yard boulevard have become embroiled in a battle with the municipality. The city wants the couple to cut down the plants' height to comply with a local bylaw, but that could mean denying the bees the flowers they need.
Aug. 9, 2018 – A public outcry over a developer's plan to remove a pair of century-old sugar maple trees from an Ottawa neighbourhood has resulted in the trees' getting a reprieve by the municipality.
Aug. 9. 2018 – The future of local baseball could be in jeopardy in Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ont. if plans for a $75-million community centre proceed, a couple of municipal councillors suggest. They say that two existing baseball diamonds will have to yield to construction of the community centre.
July 30, 2018 – The life of a 350-year-old red oak tree in Toronto has been spared after city council granted permission to city staff to negotiate acquisition of the North York home whose yard houses the tree.
July 30, 2018 – Four mature elm trees afflicted with Dutch elm disease in Fredericton, N.B. will be cut and removed, even though three of them are located in the city's historic Garrison District. The city doesn't usually announce its tree-removal plans, but the fate of downtown trees has become an issue since is was announced 19 trees would be cut down at Officers' Square.
July 25, 2018 – The City of Hamilton, Ont. is encouraging the general public to have a say in the municipality's long-term plan for the future of its urban forest.
July 18, 2018 – The legal inability in Ontario to spray for the Japanese beetle leaves few alternatives to combat the pest insect. The City of Cornwall, Ont.'s parks and landscaping supervisor said setting out pheromone traps can be futile unless surrounding neighbours opt to follow suit. READ MORE
July 17, 2018 – Moncton has passed a city bylaw requiring all lawns, weeds and other grasses to be maintained under 20 centimetres in length. Failure to comply can cost property owners fines ranging from $140 to $2,100.
June 22, 2018 – The City of Kelowna closed all of its sports fields yesterday following a storm on Wednesday. Protecting the turf from root damage and preventing player injuries were cited as reasons for the closure.
June 20, 2018 – Early detection traps for the emerald ash borer are being set up in the Fredericton area to alert officials of the arrival of the invasive pest. The city, however, is still pondering what to do once the pest makes its expected arrival.
June 20, 2018 – The Vancouver park board has voted against the city's desire to explore alternate uses for Langara Golf Course, opting to proceed with $3 million in drainage improvements to the course. The park board vote was unanimous.
June 19, 2018 – Residents of the Glenora are of Edmonton are not taking kindly to plans to cut more than 1,000 trees to accommodate the Valley Line West LRT. The project is in its final design stages, but is being met with opposition from neighbouring residents who believe the area's true heritage is at risk.
July 24, 2018 – The turf conditions for the recently concluded World Cup of Soccer competition in Russia were second to none. Cub Cadet's Infinicut turf mower was used to groom the pitches for the games involving the world's greatest players.
July 24, 2018 – A complete line of professional turf solutions bearing the name Turf Fuel™ are available to industry professionals to enhance plant strength and prepare intensely managed turf for extreme growing conditions.
July 23, 2018 – Residential customers who have invested greatly in new backyard features for their homes will want to spend quality time there during the summer months, but often they are driven inside by the relentless onslaught of mosquitoes. They are pleased with the quality work done by the landscape contractor they hired, but can't reap the full enjoyment of their new features because of the pest insects.
July 23, 2018 – A new compact track loader will be introduced in October at the 2018 GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. The large-frame, radial-lift Posi-Track® RT-75 is a product of ASV Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers.
July 19, 2018 – The addition of the 37.0 gross horsepower EFI Big Block™ V-twin (993cc) Vanguard engine has expanded the power options for the Scag Turf Tiger II.
July 18, 2018 – A new advance in automated golf cart technology has been designed to both save wear and tear on golf course fairways and promote health and wellness among golfers.
July 18, 2018 – Club Car has released a series of customizable, job-specific showcase vehicles intended for specific applications and based on the appropriate Club Car platform.
June 22, 2018 – Improved controls and simplified installation are but a couple of the features attributed to SnowEx's new DropPro™ 600 drop spreader.
June 21, 2018 – Turf managers and public works departments can reduce the risk of spray drift on golf courses, parks and other public areas with a new planning tool that identifies optimal spray windows.
June 18, 2018 – Greenworks Commercial, a leader in battery-powered outdoor equipment for landscaping and turf management professionals, has expanded its 82-volt line with a new commercial-grade tool ideal for fall outdoor maintenance.
June 14, 2018 – Blade-mounted dozer rakes from Solesbee's offer an efficient solution for land clearing, raking brush and piling trees and branches.
June 5, 2018 – Little Beaver Inc., a manufacturer of earth drilling equipment, has introduced new auger adapters, allowing customers to match other manufacturers' augers with reliable single-person earth drills.
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