Agronomy
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.
An iron chelate herbicide will be applied to 60 per cent of Edmonton's sports fields this year to combat dandelions. No longer able to use 2,4-D, the city will apply the iron-based herbicide up to four times this summer.
The City of Toronto's parks, forestry and recreation department is dedicated toward delivering safe and functional parkland and providing the economical, environmental and aesthetic recreational values associated with healthy parkland. Helping to meet the city's mandate is its integrated plant health care program that was founded in 2002 in response to new pesticide legislation Toronto was ready to adopt.
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.
The return of winter in southern Saskatchewan is going to cut into the playing time of young soccer players who were ready to begin their outdoor 2018 season. Official are hoping the season can begin by the beginning of May, but irrigation start-up, aeration, fertilization and a first mow still need to be tackled first.
Achieving high-performance putting greens doesn’t just mean fast and firm, but how well they cope with traffic, an associate professor of turfgrass science at Cornell University said in January at the Ontario Golf Management Conference in Niagara Falls.
Several of British Columbia's west coast golf courses have made tremendous strides over the past decade in their reduction of pesticide usage. Cultivating healthier grass to outcompete moss and other pests has become the focus for these superintendents.
Spring is on its way and there will be plenty of work involved with opening your client irrigation systems. This checklist will help you and your staff to complete each opening in detail so that unnecessary callbacks are kept to a minimum. There will be additions and/or deletions as sites vary.
When overseeding athletic fields, sports turf managers have a number of options as to the varieties and species from which to choose, with the objective being to achieve a safe playing surface.
In some municipalities, sports turf managers work with separate budgets for irrigation and drainage, but it’s not always the best approach, claims an associate professor of turfgrass science at the University of Guelph.
Oak wilt, poised to destroy tens of thousands of Windsor, Ont.'s oak trees, is on the verge of arriving in Canada. The serious vascular disease has already been confirmed on Belle Island in Michigan where it has infected 112 trees. The island is only 600 metres from Windsor.

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