While most golf courses in Canada have shut down play for the season, one nine-hole facility in British Columbia has re-opened after briefly closing last week after a snowfall. The Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club in Vernon plans to keep its doors open on a day-to-day basis.
In spite of studies that suggest there is no correlation between artificial turf fields and injuries sustained by those who play on the synthetic surfaces, the professional athletes who play the majority of their games on artificial turf say otherwise. Almost 90 per cent of NFL players say they believe artificial turf is more likely to shorten their playing careers.
A large doe entangled in a soccer net in Coxheath, N.S. earlier this week was rescued by a group of Good Samaritans who calmed the animal and cut it free. It is believed the deer was trapped for several hours in the netting "like a fish in a net."
Corporate sponsorships and other donations are being sought in the Windsor, Ont. area to build a new accessible baseball field and track at Riverside Miracle Park. The goal is to begin work in April or May with completion anticipated in the fall of 2018.
Landscape Nova Scotia has embarked on a new program called LNS Remembers in which donations of professional landscaping work is being done to spruce up cenotaph sites, Royal Canadian Legion branch locations and cemeteries for veterans. "They (LNS members) believe in giving back to the communities they serve, and a great way to do that is to help the veterans who have given so much to the rest of us," LNS executive director Sean Kirby said.
An app that provides on-demand snow shovelling and lawn mowing services has expanded into Red Deer after having been founded two years ago in Calgary. The MowSnowPros app allows homeowners, renters and realtors to request a lawn mow or snow removal service only when needed instead of having to pay a monthly contract fee.
A "large and fierce" wild turkey has been terrorizing golfers at the Elm Ridge Country Club in Ile-Bizard, Que. One golfer was chased down a fairway, barely able to outrun the turkey, before he turned and hit the bird with a club.
A wheelchair-bound young man with partial sight and the use of only one hand has begun his own lawn care business in Kola, Man. Using a specially-modified zero-turn mower, he is already building a customer base.
Shifting toward a largely volunteer staff and updating equipment has given the century-old Sackville Golf and Country Club a new lease on life. The nine-hole New Brunswick course had been experiencing declining membership numbers and other challenges, but has found its change in direction might allow business to continue for another 100 years.
A multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art soccer complex in Edmonton – expected to be the biggest of its kind in Canada – has begun construction in the city. The domed facility is being built by the Edmonton Scottish Society to provide much-needed winter playing space in the city.
A new artificial turf field in Sooke, B.C. is soon to open for play, but the construction project didn't come without its share of challenges.
I recently attended my first-ever NASCAR event, thanks to some free tickets I managed to snare.
Dollar spot is typically the No. 1 disease facing golf course superintendents each year, and it’s one that was misunderstood for decades. “For about 30 years, folks were trying to figure out what this fungus was,” Richard Buckley, director of the plant diagnostics lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said in July.
When a sports field needs a season-ending overhaul, a number of things can be done to have it ready for play the following spring. It can be aerated to relieve compaction, overseeded to re-establish turf in worn areas or even sodded in such high-traffic areas as goalmouths and the field’s centre.
When turfgrass experiences a problem, it typically turns a shade of yellow, tan or brown, no matter if the culprit is a disease or insect, making it difficult to accurately diagnose. Lawn care professionals must therefore gather as much information as possible to determine the exact cause of the problem, former turfgrass extension specialist Pam Charbonneau said.
Growing new trees in Sault Ste. Marie is a difficult process, the president of Tree Canada says, which makes it all the more important to protect the trees that currently exist in the city. Cold temperatures, abundant road salt and few species to choose from inhibit the growth rate, Mike Rosen said.
Now is the best time of year to lay sod, says Home Hardware lawn and garden expert Mark Cullen. Cooler soil, cooler evenings and heavy morning dew are all contributing factors toward making this the ideal time for sodding, he says.
The giant hogweed, a noxious plant that can cause third-degree burns or permanent blindness if contact is made, is spreading throughout British Columbia and Ontario. Eradicating the plant has proven difficult.
The owners of an executive golf course near Sudbury, Ont. have dedicated themselves to making the property a model of ecological business. In order to promote an environmentally-friendly haven for wildlife, they have adopted a traditional Scottish design aimed at minimizing pesticide use and creating wildlife habitat.
The lawn at Richmond, B.C.'s city hall is an eco-friendly mix of tall fescue, micro-clover and wildflowers, called Fleur de Lawn, that is chafer beetle resistant. It is a "living lawn," the city's environmental coordinator says, adding it attracts beneficial insects while denying crows, skunks and racoons the chance to dig up chafer beetle grubs.
A newly-published guide offers best practices for landscape professionals to better protect such pollinators as bees and butterflies while reducing the amount of pests in lawns, golf courses and other managed turfgrass settings.
After a spring of beautiful weather we have all been busy taking care of customers and keeping the business up and running. Sometimes that means we get so busy that we get behind on some jobs that we know would make life easier down the road but don’t ever seem urgent enough to make it to the top of the to do list.
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.
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.
A Vancouver Island lawn bowling club has been granted permission to use pesticides on its playing surface after other attempts to remove mould on the greens failed. An existing bylaw had prevented the club from using chemical pest control products.
Dead or dying ash trees abutting Northfield Drive in Waterloo, Ont. need to be cut down at an estimated price of $1,200 per tree. But a debate has ensued as to who bears the responsibility of picking up the tab: the individual homeowner or the city.
A $1.6-million aerial spray program aimed at gypsy moths and cankerworms will be launched in the spring in Mississauga, Ont. The program is intended as a pre-emptive strike against the nuisance insects that defoliate hardwood trees.
The City of Hamilton, Ont. will spend $2.5 million in its battle against the gypsy moth that threatens trees throughout the municipality. Plans are to drop a pesticide called BTK from the sky, to blanket areas under threat by the insect.
In a 10-0 vote on Tuesday, Brantford, Ont. city councillors recommended putting $3.55 million into renovations of two city-owned golf courses when budget deliberations begin later this month and into December. Mayor Chris Friel said it's time for talk to give way to action in improving both the Northridge and Arrowdale municipal golf courses.
Potential renovations to Brantford, Ont.'s two municipal golf courses will be discussed by city councillors who will decide if the matter warrants inclusion in 2018 budget deliberations. Proponents of the renovations argue both Northridge and Arrowdale municipal courses are self-sustaining, and money poured into renovation projects is a good investment.
Upgrades to the Seaview Golf & Country Club in Sydney, N.S., including drainage work and cart path paving, have paid off handsomely, resulting in a successful 2017 season. The upgrades were made possible by $50,500 in CIP 150 program funding as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.
A Montreal area woman is beside herself after spending about $40,000 in landscaping work to her front yard, only to learn the city plans to rip up part of it and leave her with the bill. She claims city officials got their wires crossed when issuing her with the necessary permits.
The Osoyoos Golf Club in British Columbia has asked town council to commit $300,000 toward an upgrade to its watering system for the original nine holes on the Park Meadows course. Osoyoos is the only golf course in Canada that uses effluent water for 100 per cent of its irrigation needs.
The Oakvillegreen Conservation Association has thrown its support behind a tree planting initiative pitched by Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. The initiative is yet another means to help the Ontario city achieve its goal of 40 per cent canopy cover by 2057.
The people have spoken in Sarnia, Ont. They oppose the city's proposed tree bylaw which would have required residents wishing to remove a tree from their property to pay a fee to apply for a permit. But the permit could be rejected in some cases. Council has consequently axed the bylaw, for now.
Failure to remove a dead elm tree on a North End, Man. street is creating serious problems for adjacent neighbours. Large branches of the tree, which succumbed to Dutch elm disease about two years ago, recently fell from the weight of a snowfall onto driveways and hydro lines. Residents fear someone will be seriously injured if the city fails to remove the tree.
Loftness’ line of snow blowers accommodates many makes and models of skid steers and tractors. Each unit is built with heavy-duty construction for maximum reliability and high performance.
Legacy Building Solutions offers superior quality fabric structures as a cost-effective solution for salt and sand storage. The buildings utilize a durable rigid frame instead of hollow tube, open web truss “hoop” framing traditionally used in fabric structures.
Exmark introduced its new 24-inch, stand-on aerator at the recent GIE + Expo in Louisville, Ky. The enhanced design of the compact, stand-on aerator was based off the company’s successful 30-inch, stand-on machine, and significantly increases the productivity and efficiency of lawn care professionals aerating smaller properties.
Husqvarna’s newest additions to its portfolio of professional outdoor power products were unveiled at the recent GIE + Expo in Louisville, Ky. New product introductions include several entirely new series of innovative and performance-optimized wheeled products, additions to the versatile professional handheld and battery-powered lineups, as well as the company’s line of accessories.
The Spider remote-controlled slope mower has taken another step forward with the ILD02, offering four-foot cutting widths and ability to climb slopes up to 55 degrees. Among the product’s highlights is its patented drive system – the Dancing Step – that utilizes a patented chassis design and enables omni-directional mowing without complicated manoeuvering. Four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering allows the mower to move and mow forward, sideways and backwards with unlimited continuous turning of all wheels through 360 degrees.
Billy Goat’s Force II wheeled blowers are now offered with optional 10-gross horsepower Vanguard power. Ideal for medium size maintenance contractors and large property owners, the F1002V Force blower combines innovative fan technology and operator ergonomics and leading class engine technology for superior blowing power and reliability.
A new commercial two-stage snowblower from the Toro Company has joined the market: the Toro Power Max HD Commercial 1028 OHXE (38806). It offers the benefits of the Power Max HD line with several innovative features incorporated into the new design.
Outdoor workers, athletes and anyone who spends significant time on his feet knows the importance of providing the right amount of comfort and sole protection to get through the day without suffering sore and tired feet.
Grasshopper's new fully-enclosed, full-view, metal winter cab keeps snow-clearing operators protected against the harsh winter elements.
A new straight blade plow for UTVs has been introduced to the market by SnowEx, intended for use on sidewalks, paved walkways and other tight areas.
The ECO 600 topdresser attachment from Ecolawn Applicator will be unveiled in October at the GIE Expo in Louisville, Ky. It is unique in the company's line of broadcast topdressers.
The tools superintendents use to maintain their golf courses continue to evolve with each passing year, and much of what is available today can help save significant amounts of time, labour, inputs, resources and money. One such technological wonder that has recently left its mark on the industry is the drone, which has several useful applications on a golf course.

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