Agronomy
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.
Katie Dodson grew up in golf course management. Her father and grandfather, two uncles and a brother all are – or were – golf course superintendents, and she herself was an assistant superintendent (in Whitehorse) before switching to the research side almost 15 years ago.
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.

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