Feb. 13, 2019 – Regina's efforts to save its city trees are being challenged by an exploding population of rabbits. Deeper snow has resulted in rabbits choosing trees to feast on, resulting in the city taking new measures to control the animal population.
I found myself in the hospital not long ago to be checked over for some pain that was giving me grief. I’m generally a rather healthy guy who’ll usually experience nothing more serious than the common cold. Consequently, I rarely set foot in a hospital.
A healthy workplace promotes the total health and well-being of its employees and strives to protect them from psychological harm, including stress. A recent white paper released by Morneau-Shepell and the Mental Health Commission of Canada reveals that more than a third (34 per cent) of Canadians cite workplace stress as the primary cause of their mental health issue.
An Ontario landscaping firm has taken an eco-friendly approach toward its maintenance practices over the past three years, utilizing electric-powered equipment for half of its operations in order to reduce harmful emissions, generate less noise and promote better health among its employees and customers.
The clock is ticking toward an upcoming event destined to be the ultimate test of my personal confidence. On the morning of Feb. 21, I’ll be standing before an expected audience of 200 to 300 people in Richmond, B.C., delivering a “mini keynote” address at the annual conference of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association.
Jan. 23, 2019 – Homeowners who stick to simple and affordable lawn fertilizing and weed control can notably boost the sale price of their home while healthy greenery around a stone walkway can elevate the cost even further. Overdoing things, however, may not bring about an expected return on investment.
Dec. 12, 2018 – The positive response to our first Top 10 Under 40 competition has prompted a follow-up. Turf & Rec is calling upon its readers to nominate deserving young professionals under the age of 40 who are leaders, innovators or difference makers in the industry, whether it’s the golf, landscaping, lawn care, sports turf, academic, sod growing, business or other sector.
Remember The Dating Game? If you’re younger than 50 you may not. How about Love Connection? If you’re younger than 35, you may not.
Dec. 10, 2018 – One of Canada's most renowned and important golf course architects is the subject of a new historical publication written by a Prince Albert, Sask. physician. Dr. James Harris has completed Stanley Thompson and Icons of Canada, a five-year project that delves into the life and career of the architect who designed upwards of 150 golf courses in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and South America.
Exposure to noise, too often, is more than just annoying and disruptive – it can permanently damage our hearing. Occupational noise is one of the most common health hazards in the workplace and can affect people differently, depending on how susceptible they are.
Nov. 29, 2018 – Although golf has evolved over the past few decades as a more environmentally aware and environmentally conscious sports, few Canadian golf courses have taken advantage of the Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary Program for Golf. Slightly more than 80 Canadian golf courses – from among thousands – have joined the program.
Nov. 9, 2018 – An Elmira, Ont. landscape contractor is using technology to cut overgrowth on steep slopes without endangering his employees. Conestoga Contracting Group is using the remote-controlled Flailbot to cut in challenging areas that would ordinarily pose a safety hazard.
Keeping up with worn goalmouth areas is typically the biggest challenge faced by sports turf managers on soccer fields. It’s the area of the playing surface that sees the greatest amount of wear, and keeping up with that section of the field is often a never-ending task.
A three-year research program aimed at improving turfgrass in residential areas has concluded at the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre at Vineland Station, Ont.
Best management practices for fertilizer application will differ from golf superintendent to golf superintendent, but it’s all about making the optimum use of available resources.
These days, homeowners are being pulled in more directions than ever and their free time is increasingly precious. As they look at how to simplify their lives, more and more of them taking a long, hard look at their lawns – and gardening centres must therefore be ready with both good replacement options and good guidance.
Oct. 2, 2018 – An opinion piece in the Vancouver Courier suggests it's time for city residents with synthetic turf lawns to do away with them and turn toward other natural alternatives if they don't wish to maintain a natural grass lawn.
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.
Feb. 14, 2019 – Delview Park in Delta, B.C. will soon become the new home of a cricket pitch, complete with safety netting. The pitch is being created in response to the sport's growing interest in the area.
Feb. 7, 2019 – Users of the trails at Windsor, Ont.'s Black Oak Heritage Park are confused and frustrated by the shutdown of several trails and the removal of many trees while the city undertakes a study to create a management plan for the park.
Feb. 7, 2019 – The family of a Montreal piano teacher and musician who died two years ago felt slighted last year when the city honoured her legacy by naming "a very small patch of grass" after her. But current Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said a much larger city park has been approved to bear the name of Daisy Peterson-Sweeney.
Feb. 6, 2019 – Renovations to Parliament Hill's Centre Block may be putting a lone heritage elm tree in peril. The Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital (GACC) is urging the Federal Government to ensure the roughly 100-year-old tree remains on Parliament Hill.
Feb. 5, 2019 – The sports field adjacent to the former Moncton High School is being converted into a 562-space parking lot in spite of opposition from neighbouring residents who wanted the city to retain the downtown green space. The school closed in 2015, reopening with a new building elsewhere in the city.
Jan. 30, 2019 – The City of Moncton has bolstered its bylaw enforcement staff to better police unkempt properties. A bylaw has already been established in the city to ensure weeds and other grasses grow no more than 20 centimetres on any land in the city except vacant properties.
Jan. 30, 2019 – A decision has finally been made about what is to become of the former McArthur Island Golf Course in Kamloops. City council voted 5-3 Monday to turn the property into one that will accommodate both disc golf and a nature setting.
Jan. 25, 2019 – Moose Jaw is offering its residents free trees to plant to help beautify its new subdivisions. Alder and spring snow crabapple trees are new offerings this year.
Jan. 24, 2019 – A new off-leash dog park is ready to open in the spring in Niagara Falls. The project had undergone a series of delays due to the need for regrading and to be fitted for proper drainage.
Jan. 22, 2019 – The City of Kanata, Ont. should take over the Kanata Golf & Country Club in order to stop proposed development at the site – at least until it's sold first to a private bidder, one councillor says. Course owner ClubLink claims it's getting harder to make money from the operation.
Jan. 10, 2019 – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil's lobby for a track and field facility – including both artificial and natural turf fields – in his home constituency had no bearing on its approval, the province's deputy minister says.
Jan. 4, 2019 – A new track facility, including a natural turf infield, will go ahead for North Delta Secondary School in Ladner, B.C., whether or not the provincial government kicks in any funding. The municipality has guaranteed funding for the project up to $10 million.
Feb. 6, 2019 – Kubota Canada Ltd. has unveiled its lightest and most maneuverable compact track loader to date. The SVL65-2 is positioned in a lighter rated operating capacity weight class than previous models in the series.
Jan. 25, 2019 – Toro's Infinity® Series of rotors offer innovative features and benefits to help bring outstanding irrigation results to superintendents and grounds managers. Features include the SMART ACCESS™ feature that allows crews quick and easy access to internal components, including solenoids, pilot valves, two-wire control modules and wire splices – all without digging to provide significant labour and operational savings.
Jan. 25, 2019 – John Deere's 2700 and 2750 PrecisionCut™ triplex mowers and the 2700 and 2750 E-Cut™ hybrid triplex mowers have been designed to meet customer needs at a time when quality labour availability and tightening operating budgets continue to be challenges.
Jan. 25, 2019 – Cub Cadet's Infinicut™ now offers a fixed head for top value and uniform quality of cut and appearance on playing surfaces. The unique design and flexible setup allows for precise operator tuning, providing height-of-cut adjustments within .10-millimetre increments.
Dec. 10, 2018 – Several maintenance customers of landscape contractors have lawns not set up for irrigation. When moisture is necessary to keep a lawn in optimal health, these customers may attach a garden hose to an oscillating sprinkler, but the proper coverage is seldom delivered. Consequently, the sprinkler must be moved about several times and it becomes a burden for the homeowner.
Dec. 3, 2018 – Caterpillar's newest backhoe loaders provide top lifting performance, high breakout forces and improved operating comfort and ergonomics. The Cat 440 and 450 centre pivot models have recently been added to the company's backhoe loader lineup.
Dec. 3, 2018 – A municipal-quality cutting edge system extends snow blade life and decreases downtime for contractors. Winter Equipment has launched a snow plow cutting edge system designed for medium- to light-duty trucks that brings large plow technology to the contractor marketplace.
Nov. 30, 2018 – Ecolawn Applicator has introduced a new topdress attachment – the ECO 600T. The three-point hitch attachment is unique in Ecolawn Applicator's line of broadcast topdressers.
Nov. 16, 2018 – Caterpillar's recent foray into the utility vehicle market has taken another step forward. The company has since introduced its gasoline-powered Cat CUV85 and diesel-powered CUV 105 D models.
Nov. 13, 2018 – Joining M.K. Rittenhouse & Sons Ltd.'s product line is the Ripagreen Thermal Weeding System, a high-velocity thermal weeder that uses heat to control weeds in urban and rural areas with no chemicals required.
Nov. 13, 2018 – Contractors have a new option for faster snow clearing with Toro's Power Max® HD commercial snowblowers. The Power Max HD line sets new standards for size and power and offers a range of major enhancements for increased productivity and durability.
Nov. 7, 2018 – SiteOne Landscape Supply has launched the new LESCO Smart Guided precision spray system, featuring an easy-to-install GPS that maximizes labour efficiency, minimizes application error and optimizes chemical budgets.
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Ontario Turfgrass Symposium
WCTA annual conference and show
Canadian Golf Course Management Conference
March 4-7, 2019