July 17, 2018 – After a career spanning five decades, Karl Stensson – CEO and president of Sheridan Nurseries – is retiring.
July 17, 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 ninth (in alphabetical order) of our Top 10 Under 40 roster of selected recipients: Cameron Shaw.
July 17, 2018 – It's not just the emerald ash borer that is threatening the health of ash trees. Adding to the threat are "jumping tree lice" – better known as the cottony ash psyllid – that are attacking Winnipeg's ash trees.
July 17, 2018 – Nuisance Canada geese are being chased away from parks and other public spaces in Thunder Bay, Ont. by dogs from a local canine service. The dogs are trained specially not to harm the geese which are protected by the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act.
July 17, 2018 – The Tamarack Golf Club in Labrador City West in Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Much of the success behind the 18-hole executive-length course comes from its array of volunteers who help with the golf course staff.
July 16, 2018 – Research suggests that walking barefoot on turfgrass is beneficial and boosts both physical and mental health among human beings. The research suggests that direct physical contact with the ground might have beneficial physiological effects because the earth’s surface has a negative charge and is constantly generating electrons that could neutralize free radicals, acting as antioxidants.
July 16, 2018 – The turf at Toronto's Berczy Park has apparently gone to the dogs. Large bare patches at the Wellington Street park were thought to have been caused by a lack of irrigation, but it's now suspected that dogs are to blame.
July 5, 2018 – Black-legged ticks capable of spreading Lyme disease continue to move into new areas of New Brunswick. York County has recently become the sixth jurisdiction named as a risk area in the province.
June 29, 2018 – Edmonton has tapped into the future of lawn mowing with a pilot project being conducted on one its soccer fields. The city is using the Husqvarna 450x robotic mower to cut the grass on the field at Coronation Park.
July 4, 2018 – In the movies, it has proved effective in warding off vampires. In real life, it is showing promise as a repellent against Lyme disease-carrying ticks. A garlic-based spray is being tested this summer in Kingston in hopes of keeping ticks at bay.
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July 3, 2018 – Participants in this year's Communities in Bloom program are ready for visits by the judges in the Canada-wide annual event, and Strathcona County in Alberta is preparing to serve as host for the program's international symposium in September.
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.
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.
June 19, 2018 – The future of Vancouver's oldest golf course was to be decided Monday night with two possible options: a separate review of Langara Golf Course or a continuation of the current path of examining Langara through a review of the entire park system that's already underway.
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.
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.
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.
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