The season is finally underway at the Sackville Golf & Country Club following a harsh winter and wet spring. Wet conditions delayed this year's opening, but it wasn't all doom and gloom during the winter months.
A federally-owned Alberta golf course could be facing a water shortage this summer. Low water levels in 2016 forced the Cold Lake Golf & Winter Club to use fire hydrants for irrigation purposes. The club has a new pump house this season, but is still concerned about having enough water for irrigation.
A flooded baseball field on Toronto's Centre Island has become a new home for carp that find the swamping waters attractive for spawning, but it's not baseball players upset with the situation. It's nudists.
In spite of the harsh winter that hit Atlantic Canada this year, golf courses in western Newfoundland are reporting good course conditions. Some courses are open already while others are on the verge of doing so.
At what age should a man stop worrying about his wardrobe, what’s in style and whether or not his shirt and pants match?
Everyone knows that hiring within an organization can be a stressful, confusing, and tedious process. Business owners, organization leaders, and hiring managers all want to choose the best job candidates so their companies can experience more productivity and less turnover.
People would rather be led than managed, and those in leadership positions who choose to simply manage their staff will find their employees will typically underperform, will coast through their jobs and will contribute to increased turnover, an audience of golf course superintendents was told in February in Victoria, B.C.
Sports Turf Canada is continuing to spread its wings across the country as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Guelph, Ont.-based organization that promotes better and safer sports turf reported a 20 per cent increase in its membership from 2015 to 2016 and is aiming to build it up further this year.
You’ve probably noticed by now that there’s something a little different about this issue of Turf & Rec.
A Richmond, B.C. landscape contractor is adding wine-making to his business empire. China native Frank Shang, owner of MRD Landscaping Inc., established his landscaping business 12 years ago and is now venturing into not only wine-making, but beekeeping and the establishment of a horticulture club.
Brantford, Ont.'s new $3.5-million Bisons Alumni North Park Sports Complex has officially opened, featuring a new synthetic turf athletic field, four-lane running track, new lighting, a renovated field house, bleachers to accommodate 750 spectators and a new media box. The field will be used for various sports, including soccer and football, and will alleviate muddy conditions associated with fall and spring play.
A seven-year-old Dartmouth, N.S. girl and her grandmother have joined forces to help tidy up the city by collecting 150 bags of garbage to commemorate Canada 150 celebrations.
Dollar spot is the No. 1 disease golf superintendents fight each year, and it’s important to be able to correctly identify it so that the proper control methods can be undertaken, superintendents attending BrettYoung Seeds Limited’s winter turf academy were told in March.
Lawn care season is in full swing for another year, but lawn care professionals need to realize that the events from one year may not necessarily repeat themselves during the subsequent season and that adjustments may be required.
Sports turf managers are in the business of developing playing surfaces and not in the business of growing grass, and everything they do to grow grass on athletic field surfaces is likely contrary to what the turf wants done, those attending the eighth annual Nutrite lawn care seminar in Guelph were told in March.
Trees need water. No kidding, right? The need for water is probably the simplest concept of plant growth, however, a commonly overlooked fact is that tree health in managed landscapes usually suffers more from excess or improper irrigation than from lack of irrigation. There are a number of reasons why tree health suffers from improper irrigation, some direct and some related to secondary issues such as disease or decay.
Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course superintendent Dan Nolin has shared the step-by-step process for which greens are resodded. The objective is to return them to a full bentgrass cover after poa annua had established itself, contributing to inconsistent play.
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont. is investigating improved turf grass cultivars in combination with new pest management tools to provide lawn care practitioners with the tools to grow healthy turf in residential areas.
Toronto's High Park and Lambton Park were the sites of prescribed burns on Tuesday, April 18 as part of a long-term management plan to protect and sustain the city's rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. The burns will help release seed and nutrients and remove invasive species.
Winter seasons in Atlantic Canada used to be predictable. Snow would arrive in the latter half of December and would remain until March when it would melt with rising spring temperatures.
Knowing when to prune a tree and how to do it properly as well as understanding why it must be done can make a significant difference in its lifespan and its structural integrity.
Winter temperatures that have soared into double digit figures this week in southern Ontario and other areas, including the U.S. midwest, could come with a price. Experts say the fluctuations in temperature without snow cover is apt to put stress on golf course turf and home lawns.
A Purdue University researcher has found that the amount of carbon deposited into the soil is affected by turfgrass species and how it is mowed.
This December, my crew and I were honoured by being named the 2016 Sports Turf Managers Association’s “Mowing Patterns Contest” winner for our opening day mowing pattern at Fifth Third Field, home to the Dayton Dragons (Class A affiliate, Cincinnati Reds).
Residents of one of Barrie, Ont.'s older neighbourhoods aren't pleased with the city's plans to remove century-old ash trees that are not yet infected by the emerald ash borer. They argue the trees can be treated with a pesticide so that they can be saved.
Public input is being sought by the City of Brampton, Ont. as to how the municipality should invest in parks and recreation facilities over the next 15 years, including the construction of 10 new fields.
Lawn watering restrictions have been initiated in Metro Vancouver to help conserve drinking water during the driest time of the season. The restrictions, which went into effect May 15 and will continue until Oct. 15, are designed to reduce the load on the city's system.
Five hundred new trees were planted May 13 at Oakville, Ont.'s Nautical Park to commemorate Arbor Day. The park had been significantly impacted by destruction left by the emerald ash borer.
Smoking at city-owned sports fields, playgrounds and other outdoor public facilities may soon be a thing of the past in Regina, Sask. if city council passes a new bylaw poised to be enacted July 15. The new bylaw would replace existing regulations that pertain solely to indoor sites.
If the city and local school board can reach an agreement, Maple Ridge, B.C. will become the beneficiary of four new synthetic turf sports fields, giving local sports groups more playing time.
Critics of a trail-widening project in Saskatoon feel the city went overboard in the number of trees it removed and hope a better balance can be struck in the future between improving trail networks and protecting the environment.
The Town of Oakville, Ont. has updated its private tree protection bylaw in an effort to protect and grow its urban forest for future generations. The measure was met with mixed reactions.
Signs are being posted at Winnipeg parks, golf courses and athletic fields to warn residents that helicopter-delivered larvicide spraying will be taking place to eradicate mosquitoes from areas where standing water make ideal breeding grounds. The signs have been posted primarily to warn the public about overhead helicopters as opposed to the product being sprayed.
The Manitoba government's plan to revise the province's cosmetic pesticide ban has riled up the previous governing NDP that implemented the legislation in the first place. The NDP claim the "responsible and practical" revision will put the health of Manitobans at risk.
Manitoba's cosmetic pesticide ban, enacted two years ago, could be loosened somewhat. Submissions made during a public consultation last summer were largely critical with the current regulations.
About one in six trees along Waterloo, Ont.'s streetscape are ash trees, and most will be removed as a result of damage inflicted by the emerald ash borer. Waterloo's treescape is viewed as the most affected among local cities.
Briggs & Stratton has introduced the Vanguard Oil Guard System for its 810cc EVI V-Twin and Big Block commercial engines, offering productivity gains and allowing for 500-hour oil change intervals.
Virtual technology is making landscaping easier, allowing both professionals and homeowners to use an app to preview how applied changes and additions can dramatically alter a residential landscape.
The Toro Company has improved upon its GreensPro® greens roller with a new model that features split stainless steel smoothing rollers. The GreensPro 1260's smoothing rollers reduce the risk of scuffing during turns and overlapping heads that deliver a consistent playing surface with each pass.
DeWalt has expanded its Flexvolt system with outdoor power equipment featuring batteries that automatically change voltage when the operator changes tools.
John Deere Golf and software company OnGolf have joined forces to provide golf courses with a cloud-based golf course management system that collects data and manages equipment, labour, water, chemicals, nutrients and playing conditions.
The Irrigation Association’s version of ABC’s popular reality TV show “Shark Tank,” Pitcher’s Mound, debuted at the recent 2016 Irrigation Show and Education Conference. Pitcher’s Mound was designed as an avenue to help inventors, entrepreneurs and business people in the irrigation arena bring new products to market.
DeWalt has expanded its 40V Max battery-powered outdoor equipment line for landscapers with the addition of its six-pack charging station (DCB116) and pole hedge trimmers (DCHT895 family).
A new cordless cooling fan jacket has been introduced by Makita to be worm in circumstances where heat could be an issue. The jacket provides constant air flow to improve sweat evaporation and maintain ideal body temperatures. It features three external pockets on both the left and right sides as well as the left chest. There are three air flow settings (low, medium and high) plus a turbo mode with LED indication. The turbo mode operates at maximum speed for about one minute when rapid cooling is desired. The fan can easily be removed from the jacket when it isn't required. Sleeves can be unzipped to convert the long-sleeved jacket into a short-sleeved one. The battery adaptor features dual USB ports to enable convenient charging of mobile devices on the job site. The shell is 100 per cent polyester. For more information, visit
Harper Turf Equipment has introduced its next generation of self-propelled turf vacuums. The T35 has been redesigned to save time and includes such economical features as a new cooling system, ergonomic operator station and smooth foot pedal operation. Most notable is the remote-mounted radiator and oil cooler for improved temperature control. The hydraulic powered cooling fan can be reversed to blow debris off the screen. The screen can be easily removed for deep cleaning. The operator station layout addresses performance and well-being through the ergonomic control placement and convenient adjustments. Controls for the unit have been moved to the right of the operator, providing greater productivity and increased visibility. The new, fully adjustable suspension seat reduces driver discomfort and improves posture. Brake release tools and cylinder stops can be stored in the operator station tool box. A manually controlled hydrostatis foot pedal provides a wide speed selection for comfort and convenience. The features allows operators to keep both hands on the steering wheel while adjusting ground speed and direction. The system increases pedal feedback, improving control and performance. The Kubota engine is available in either diesel or gasoline models. The four-cylinder Tier IV interim turbocharged diesel engine combines clean and quite power at 44 horsepower. The spark-ignited gas engine, at 49 horsepower, saves money and promotes faster job completion.
The Grasshopper Company's V-Series mower line has been expanded with the new model 227V-EFI. It features 12cc pump-and-wheel-motor transmission, 747 cc Kohler Confidant electronic fuel injection engine (with a limited three-year engine manufacturer warranty), 5.5-inch, extra deep decks in 52 and 61-inch cutting widths with foot pedal and drop pin height adjustment, large turf-style drive tires, and fully cushioned Cordura® covered seats with padded armrests. The V-Series mowers provide the agility of a zero-turn mower with a compact size that is able to manoeuvre in tight spaces without the fatigue associated with walk-behind mowers. These compact power units are ideal for landscape contractors who maintain small acreages and confined areas.
Tanners Turf, a landscaping service in Langley, B.C., has added synthetic turf installation to its array of services. The company's synthetic turf products are ideal for properties which receive little sun on a regular basis.
The following section features some of the newest equipment available to the turf and grounds maintenance industry for 2017.

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