June 15, 2018 – Residential developers in British Columbia should favour native plants instead of cheaper, mass-produced invasive greenery, a development group's landscaping manager says. Native plants offer lower maintenance, are hardier and less dependent on irrigation, he said.
June 15, 2018 – An Orangeville, Ont. landscaping company – celebrating its 25th anniversary this year – is considered a leader in the industry after tapping into new technology and embracing environmentally friendlier approaches to appease its customers. Whispering Pines Landscaping has become the first company in Canada to partner with Cub Cadet to bring automatic, electric mowing services to its customers.
June 13, 2018 – A new high school athletic field and perimeter track in Old Perlican, NL has been named in memory of a student athlete who died four years ago in a motor vehicle accident. Baccalieu Collegiate's senior physical education teacher said the facility is likely to get more students involved in athletics.
June 13, 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 fourth (in alphabetical order) of our Top 10 Under 40 roster of selected recipients: Sam Geleynse.
June 8, 2018 – Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.'s Taurus Field is ready for its grand opening. The $9.6-million artificial turf sports facility will accommodate soccer, football, rugby and field lacrosse.
June 8, 2018 – The owner of a Toronto-area landscaping business says the industry must become more proactive as pressure continues to mount in attempts to silence leaf blowers. He said the industry needs to get ahead of the game before leaf blower bans are introduced.
June 6, 2018 – A 50 per cent increase in the number of Lyme disease cases reported in Canada in 2017 was realized from the year before, and experts are forecasting another significant increase this year.
June 5, 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 third (in alphabetical order) of our Top 10 Under 40 roster of selected recipients: Brett Finlayson.
I can still vividly recall the day I turned 10. It was my first milestone birthday and was a big deal for me. If someone asked me my age, I proudly said I was 10, as in two digits. My life as a single digit youth was over.
It’s humid and the temperatures are soaring. You’ve been working hard for hours. You feel dizzy, have a pounding headache, and your intense thirst suddenly reminds you that it’s been hours since you’ve paused to drink something. You may be dehydrated, and that can cause severe health problems if left unchecked.
Snow and ice may be the last thing on most people’s minds during the heat and humidity of June. For landscapers who make their living doing snow removal in the off-season, however, it’s time to turn thoughts toward winter success.
In a crowded market, it can be tough for landscape contractors to set themselves apart from other businesses offering essentially the same services. However, with an ever-increasing concern for the environment, and awareness of our individual carbon footprints and harmful fuel emissions, incorporating services that promote sustainability and reduce emissions provides a way for contractors to stand out from the crowd.
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.
June 15, 2018 – An original plan to remove 19 trees from historic Officers' Square in Fredericton to make way for new development has been downsized to accommodate the removal of only five, but the compromise still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of those wanting to save every tree. Council's decision yesterday to remove the five trees was met with a chorus of boos from members of the public.
June 15, 2018 – A Tree Canada spokesman says Fredericton's ash tree population could survive the threat of the emerald ash borer if the city inoculates its trees next year with a larvae-killing vaccine.
June 14, 2018 – The purchase of a 22-hectare parcel of land in Cambridge, Ont. has been conditionally approved to accommodate a new outdoor soccer complex. The cost of the land acquisition is $1.2 million.
June 14, 2018 – With the recent arrival of the emerald ash borer in New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton is warning its residents to prepare for the loss of tens of thousands of trees.
June 18, 2018 – Public consultations will help to decide the fate of a baseball field in Montreal, even though it has already been demolished. The field was deemed unsafe to pedestrians and motorists outside the property, who were at risk of being hit by an errant foul ball.
June 11, 2018 – The fate of 19 trees at Fredericton's Officers' Square – left off of Monday's council meeting – triggered another protest outside city hall. A group called Save The Elm Trees of Officers' Square has more than 5,500 signatures on a petition in opposition to new development at the city site.
June 12, 2018 – It took the clout of Toronto Mayor John Tory to intercede on a city ordinance that would have forced an elderly couple to cut the grass on a traffic island fronting their home. Disturbed by a newspaper story that said the couple – 91 and 88 years of age – were responsible for cutting the patch of grass, the mayor ordered city staff to tackle the job.
June 8, 2018 – Municipalities in Manitoba are being urged to prepare for the coming of the emerald ash borer. Now that the destructive insect has been found in Winnipeg, calls are being made throughout the province to take the threat seriously.
June 8, 2018 – Two new soccer fields will be constructed in Yorkton, Sask. as a result of a municipal surplus. The additional pitches will allow the city to host major tournaments, including provincial tournaments.
June 5, 2018 – The New Brunswick government has invested $750,000 into a new artificial turf sports field to be installed next to the new Moncton High School. The $2-million project addresses safety concerns associated with the school's natural turf field.
June 4, 2018 – The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has changed its mind about Imidacloprid. Three years ago, the PMRA determined the environmental risks for most products containing imidacloprid did not meet current safety standards.
June 4, 2018 – While plans to remove 19 trees from Officers' Square in Fredericton have been put on hold, an investigation is underway to determine the age of the mature elm trees. Activists seeking to save the trees from removal to make way for new development are arguing the trees' age classify them as having historic importance.
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.
June 5, 2018 – The Toro Company has simplified the ease and productivity of outdoor tasks with its connectivity to Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
June 5, 2018 – Wright Manufacturing's Stander X, Generation 2 commercial mower has won a Twenty for 2018 new product award.
May 17, 2018 – Americhem, a designer and manufacturer of custom colour masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies, now offers a wider breadth of customized solutions to meet the needs of its customers.
May 16, 2018 – Unique Lighting Systems has introduced its new Flex Gold Vivid Series LED lamps, available in two adjustable colour types.
May 15, 2018 – High-performance jump starting is now available in a compact package designed for power-starved jobsite professionals. The Weego 66 is the most rugged 12-volt lithium-ion jump starting power pack among Weego's line of portable power products.
May 10, 2018 – Professional turfgrass managers in Ontario, limited by the number of pest control products legally available for use under the provincial cosmetic pesticide ban, have a newly-registered product they can add to their toolbox.
May 9, 2018 – A rear camera kit has been added to the list of available options for the Bobcat skid steer and compact track loaders.
May 8, 2018 – Both knives and tools can be sharpened with the same device – the AnySharp Multi-Tool Sharpener.
A new concept in wide-area rolling has been presented by Progressive Turf Equipment. Its Pro-Roll 10 and Pro-Roll 15 are versatile wide-area turf rollers with 10-feet, eight-inch or 15-foot rolling widths.
Both professionals and homeowners can safely and efficiently prune trees and other shrubbery at height with Bahco's new line of extended reach pruning tools.

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