Agronomy
There will be no subsidy for residents of Vernon, B.C. who wish to replace their lawns with drought-tolerant plantings. A program to promote xeriscape landscaping to achieve improved water use efficiency has been recommended for the municipality, but a rebate program will not be in the works.
The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is a refrain to which golf course superintendents subscribe. Photographs help turfgrass managers explain agronomic and maintenance programs to members and sell renovation and capital improvement projects to boards of directors; a smartphone snapshot is now a powerful and ubiquitous communication tool of the trade.
The importance of overseeding sports fields cannot be overstated. Abundant wear leads to bare spots. If these sections of a field are ignored, playability is compromised, and injuries to athletes are inevitable.
Researchers in Georgia believe they have completed the first study in which handheld and mobile data acquisition for spatial analysis of natural turf sports fields are being used for comparison.
Milorganite is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year as the producer of a turfgrass fertilizer manufactured from recycled wastewater biosolids. The nutrient-rich material is kiln-dried into an environmentally-friendly and safe product that diverts materials from landfill disposal.
Lichens, a natural organism often found on trees, are not a threat to the health of trees. They are often found on older trees and should not be removed by such means as power washing which can damage the tree.
The digging required to install a backyard pool has resulted in damaged roots to a neighbour's beloved Norway maple tree, and now an arborist says the declining health of the tree must force its removal. The issue, that now involves lawyers, is a complicated one.
Noted Kelowna, B.C. horticulturalist Gwen Steele is passionate about her work in promoting xeriscaping—a landscaping strategy which either greatly reduces the amount of water needed or eliminates it altogether—and strives to protect the environment in any way she can.
A project forged between the Town of Lincoln, Ont. and the Ontariogreen Conservation Area will ensure that trees that do not belong in a particular setting will not be planted. The project will promote local biodiversity and offset the destruction caused by the emerald ash borer.
Aerator shoes—pairs of strap-on, spiked soles meant to be worn atop regular shoes—have become a hot-selling item on Amazon among those who wish to improve air flow and relieve compaction on their home lawns.
With winter right around the corner, golf courses in Canada are preparing to blow out their irrigation systems and prepare them for winter. An irrigation and water supply specialist has prepared a checklist for golf courses to follow as they get ready to winterize their systems.
Raking leaves from a lawn in the fall is common practice. Removing them, however, robs the soil of good organic matter. The better approach, an authority on the subject says, is to mow them, leaving small fragments behind that provide the soil with helpful organic matter and nutrients.
Are mushrooms harmful to a lawn? Are they perhaps beneficial?
By Kelly Daynard for AgInnovation Ontario. The differences between two young oak trees in a greenhouse at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) are immediately noticeable. Not only is one twice the size of the other, but its root base is much thicker.
Club de Golf St. Raphael in Montreal played host to the second annual Syngenta Challenge and Education Day in July, featuring a friendly golf match between members of the Ottawa Valley Turfgrass Association (OVTA) and the Surintendent Region de Montreal (SRM).

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