July 8, 2019 – British Columbia's largest landscaping business is turning 40 years old. Para Space of Burnaby began in 1979 as a one-man operation and has since grown to more than 165 employees.
June 18, 2019 – A big part of yesteryear at Toronto's Rogers Centre has made its way to Sudbury, Ont. to serve as the city's showcase baseball field at the Terry Fox Sports Complex. The complex has laid down the former artificial turf playing surface that Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar once roamed.
July 17, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
July 10, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
July 3, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
June 26, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
June 19, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
June 12, 2019 – A volunteer-driven program that helps seniors and people with limited mobility look after their yard care needs is finding the demand for the program is outpacing the number of volunteers available to do the work. The Sherwood Park, Alta.-based LawnBusters program aids with such tasks as lawn cutting and edging.
June 11, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
June 10, 2019 – The Vancouver Convention Centre has six acres of rooftop lawn that needs to be mowed once a year. A video shows what it's like to mow Canada's largest green roof.
June 4, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
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July 11, 2019 – With upwards of 80 millimetres of rain falling over much of Alberta in June, mushrooms are popping up in large quantities on lawns throughout the province. But a fungal expert is warning people not to eat them.
June 13, 2019 – Medicine Hat is dealing with an extraordinary increase in the number of dandelions growing in city green spaces this summer. The increase is being attributed to the hot, dry conditions the city has experienced the past couple of years.
June 5, 2019 – It's a banner year in Edmonton for dandelions. The city's snowy winter insulated the weeds from the cold, and now they are blooming in droves. The city is stepping up its battle against dandelions with increased mowing on municipal green spaces and treatment with iron chelate herbicide.
As director of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and a professor with the University of Guelph’s department of plant agriculture, Dr. Eric Lyons says his goal is to move the turf industry towards sustainability.
May 31, 2019 – Residents in the British Columbia region of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are being urged to take immediate action to prevent and control chafer beetle grubs on their lawns. With a ban on cosmetic pesticides in place in those municipalities, natural lawn care techniques are being prescribed.
May 8, 2019 – While spring signifies endless opportunity for many, in the landscape business, many don’t know how to get up to full speed. Many turf managers and lawn care operators wait all winter for the spring green-up, but when it’s “game time,” what’s the best way to get out of the gate strong?
May 17, 2019 – Managing thatch on golf courses is a practice superintendents have engaged in for years and one they must continue to perform if they are to deliver faster, firmer surfaces for their clientele. What has changed over the years is the means by which thatch and organic matter in bentgrass/poa annua systems is managed and controlled.
May 13, 2019 – Not all lawn care businesses march to the beat of the same drummer. Many – probably most – offer their customers programs that include a specific number of annual fertilizer and pesticide product applications. The latter, usually herbicide applications, can vary from region to region, depending on the product’s legality.
Municipal sports turf managers who know how their playing fields are categorized have a better chance to manage them more efficiently based on agronomics. By paying close attention to the root zone, sports turf can be better managed than by simply basing maintenance practices on usage time.
Research at the University of Guelph into the potential of biosolids as a sustainable alternative to conventional fertilizer products has produced data that could be perceived as encouraging.
Managing putting greens can be compared to running in a marathon. Golf superintendents must do as much as possible during the spring to “train” for the marathon that is typically “run” in July and August, and sometimes into September.
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.
July 3, 2019 – The City of Port Moody, B.C. has purchased a parcel of land to expand Rocky Point Park – a project that will include the construction of a FIFA-regulation artificial soccer field, two softball diamonds, a new fieldhouse and parking for 88 vehicles.
June 25, 2019 – Regina's decommissioned Regent Park par three golf course will be converted into a recreational park that will include dog parks, a toboggan hill, disc golf and seasonal washrooms.
June 19, 2019 – A Kamloops landscaper is pressing for change to the city's procurement process, arguing the municipality can save money while boosting small business.
June 18, 2019 – Calgary's Richmond Green Golf Course is done to its final season of play. City council has voted 12-1 to shut down the facility that generates the least amount of revenue among city-owned courses and has the poorest number of rounds played.
June 13, 2019 – The City of Windsor, Ont. has fielded a 40 per cent increase in the number of complaint calls made about the presence of tall grass in both private and public parks. City officials have responded by saying this spring's wetter-than-normal weather has prevented crews from being able to mow.
June 12, 2019 – Medicine Hat's parks and recreation department is tailoring its maintenance program for parks and sports fields based on usage. Simply put, those areas experiencing greater use will continue to undergo regular mowing and other maintenance services while those areas with less usage will see less frequent maintenance.
June 11, 2019 – A Lindsay, Ont. man is tired of having to mow the grass on a city-owned empty lot near his home, claiming the two-foot-tall grass and dandelions are having a negative impact on his respiratory health. The man's wife says she is considering withholding her property tax bill unless the city steps in to maintain the property.
June 10, 2019 – Winnipeg residents are being told to either mow their lawns regularly with heights not topping six inches or face a fine of $250. It's part of a new enforcement pilot program of the city's livability bylaw.
June 10, 2019 – Ever since Manitoba implemented its cosmetic pesticide ban five years ago, boulevards and parks in Winnipeg have become increasingly more yellow and then white as dandelions have outcompeted grass. The province said it will continue to discuss the matter with various parties, suggesting any modifications to the ban would be carefully considered.
June 6, 2019 – Ontario's recently shelved 50 Million Tree program has been given a new lease on life, rescued by the federal government. The Ford government had cut the program from its last budget, but the federal government has stepped in with a $15-million commitment to keep it going over the next four years.
May 22, 2019 – The City of Kingston, Ont. is hoping that smell will be a deterrent to ticks and mosquitoes. The city is spraying a garlic repellant in a couple of local parks as part of the second round of a pilot project.
May 21, 2019 – The Portage Regional Recreation Authority is looking for a new general manager, and the owner of the landscaping company contracted to maintain the Manitoba town's fields at Republic Park figures whoever is hired will have large shoes to fill.
July 2, 2019 – Those working outdoors during the growing season are prone to developing dry, flaky skin or worse – cuts, nicks, abrasions and bug bites. Natural products are available to help that are free of toxins, artificial fragrances, colourants and synthetic chemicals.
June 11, 2019 – Husqvarna, a division of the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products and lawn care equipment and a world leader in robotic mowing, has announced its Smartest Summer Job campaign. To showcase how easy it is to get a perfectly mowed lawn with Husqvarna’s Automower® robotic lawn mower, Husqvarna will select two summer students to serve as "Managers of Chilling," a role in which they sit in a Muskoka chair at Trillium Park at Ontario Place in Toronto and watch the robotic mower do all the work.
June 11, 2019 – StrackaLine, one of golf’s leading technology companies, has scanned Edmonton Country Club and will provide Alberta’s oldest private course with its best-in-the-game Greens Guides and Hole Location (HoLo) software.
May 8, 2019 – Titan International and Kubota Tractor Corporation/Kubota Canada Limited have entered into an exclusivity agreement for select Kubota compact tractor models to be equipped with Goodyear R14 crossover tires.
May 7, 2019 – Weego, innovators of portable jump starters, has launched the Crankenstein® Jump Starting 12V/24V Power Pack - a powerful, new, combination 12- and 24-volt portable jump starting solution, designed for light and heavy-duty equipment in landscaping. Crankenstein revolutionizes jump starting with industry-first features built into a compact power pack that is just nine pounds – 80 per cent lighter than comparable lead-acid jump starters.
April 30, 2019 – KIOTI Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA, Inc., began shipping its inaugural Zero Turn Radius (ZTR) mower line to dealerships across North America this week.
April 29, 2019 – The Cat® 299D2 XHP Land Management Compact Track Loader is a superior, purpose-built machine solution for customers involved in demanding vegetation-management applications, ranging from mulching, brush-cutting, vegetation control, and mowing. This segment-focused machine delivers the advantages of efficiency and economy in specific applications, including site preparation, utility right-of-way clearing, vegetation management for fire prevention, railroad maintenance-of-way, agriculture, and forestry.
April 17, 2019 – Buyers Products, a leading manufacturer of work truck equipment, has introduced a new municipal flex plow. Operators can “flex” the upper moldboard of the SnowDogg® SuperFlex™ into various positions. This makes it ideal for urban and expressway use.
April 11, 2019 – Target Specialty Products, a leading value-added service provider of turf and ornamental solutions in the United States and Canada, has launched Turf Fuel G™ 24-0-11 Mini. The Turf Fuel G™ 24-0-11 Mini is exclusively co-branded with Scotts® PRO and is part of a broader line of fertilizers that leverage Scotts® PRO technologies.
April 10, 2019 – Winter Equipment, a leading name in the municipal snow and ice management industry, offers its universal spinner that provides superior spreading of snow and ice treatments.
April 5, 2019 – Husqvarna, a leading manufacturer of outdoor power products and lawn care equipment, has introduced several new products to the market to make lawn and garden work more productive and intuitive.
April 3, 2019 – NDS, Inc., a leading provider of drainage and stormwater management solutions for both residential and commercial applications, has launched a new mobile app designed for contractors, civil engineers, landscape architects, and DIY homeowners. The “Stormwater Drainage Tools” app simply and quickly calculates stormwater runoff and determines requirements for implementing a variety of drainage solutions.

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