Agronomy
There are eight basic steps to remember when maintaining sports fields to ensure they are both playable and properly conditioned, members of the Sports Turf Association were told at the organization’s 26th annual field day in Mississauga, Ont. in September.
The invasion of the emerald ash borer has intensified in the south end of Guelph, Ont., but the city has yet to establish a strategy to fend off the insect's advance. FULL STORY
A number of courses and programs in turf management, including the 45th annual turf managers' short course, are ready to be offered at the University of Guelph. For more information or to register, visit http://www.OpenEd.uoguelph.ca .
Conventional sports field irrigation systems are everywhere. They are typically comprised of sprinkler heads spaced at even intervals in the play area. These sprinkler heads in the play area can cause a few issues, notably safety to the players and sports field maintenance constraints. 
In 2003, the City of Moncton, N.B. was nationally recognized by the Communities in Bloom program for having “the best sports turf” in Canada.
Runoff is pollution all by itself, without adding extra chemicals to it, lawn care professionals were told in March at the fourth annual Nutrite professional seminar in Guelph.
Mycorrhiza, referring to the symbiotic relationship between a beneficial fungus and the roots of a vascular plant, has been known for more than a century to help trees better survive, and that same science can be applied to the lawn care industry for the betterment of turfgrass health.
As the emerald ash borer continues to wreak havoc on targeted trees in its march through Ontario, arborists seeking to stop the pest in its tracks have sought any tool they can to fend off the devastation.
With cosmetic pesticide bans in place in some Canadian provinces and municipalities, lawn care professionals have had to rely on other means to keep weeds at bay on their customers’ lawns.
Now that we have cosmetic pesticide bans in place in several Canadian provinces as well as in a number of municipalities elsewhere throughout of the country, pressure is now mounting on fertilizer use, specifically the amounts of phosphorus that are being put down.
As part of an ongoing effort to maintain the overwhelming positive environmental impact of landscaping, Landscape Ontario members have vastly limited their use of phosphorous in their fertilizer blends for many years.
By Sean Jordan, T.Ag. Agronomist My contributions to Turf and Recreation magazine to this point have been, for the most part, technical in nature. For this article I am changing gears a bit and telling a story about an interesting aspect of links course management I learned as part of my internship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.
In the world of sports turf management, when one thinks of crumb rubber, it’s usually as an infill for synthetic fields, which gives the playing surface some resiliency as a means to minimize athlete injuries. But crumb rubber isn’t necessarily confined to only synthetic turf fields. Research has found the product to equally enhance natural turf surfaces.
Can an airplane flying “low and slow,” shooting high-resolution, multi-spectral imagery, help with sustainable management of a golf course?  Or perhaps assist with laying out a new facility?
Trees have an important role to play in the world. They are nature’s air conditioners, cooling the area around it, they contribute toward privacy and noise abatement, and infuse significant amounts of oxygen into the air. But on golf courses, trees may not necessarily be so friendly.
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