Agronomy
Aeration is one of the most valuable turf management practices in the industry. It helps address challenges like soil compaction, layering, poor drainage, poor gas exchange, excessive thatch, the need to modify heavy soils in the root zone, and improves the establishment of sod or overseeding. The key is to choose the right method to match the problem you need to overcome.
Raking and bagging leaves from a home lawn in the fall may not be the best approach when thinking agronomically. Running over leaves with a mower, thereby mulching them, is the better option.
A 35-square-metre portion of land situated in front of a local Peterborough, Ont. business, has been transformed into a new green area, complete with native plants aimed at attracting pollinating bee populations.
One of the highlights among attendees at the recent CanWest Hort Expo in Abbotsford, B.C. was their interaction with the "electric daisy."
ALTHOUGH golf course superintendents are largely able to keep dollar spot under control through the first few months of a season, the disease traditionally makes an aggressive comeback in the early fall.
By Julia Webber The spring has brought many problems for pond owners this year with an abundance of algae and other problems quickly getting ahead of us. 
Not even seven years ago, Greg Lampman was an employee of the Ford Motor Company in Oakville, Ont. Two months ago, he was named by Sports Turf Canada as its sports turf manager of the year.
A member of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society has expressed his thoughts in dealing with annual bluegrass in a column published in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix newspaper.
Plant pathologist Dr. Joe Vargas of Michigan State University has been inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame for his achievements in research that have led to better playing conditions on golf courses. He has made many trips to Canada over the years, speaking to assemblies of golf superintendents and making personal visits to golf courses.
By Ryan Beauchamp The largest operational expenditure for a turf manager, outside of labour, of course, is the products applied through a turf sprayer. This includes fertilizers, surfactants and plant protectants.
FOLLOWING two brutally-cold, snow-packed winters in Ontario and other parts of Canada, the winter of 2015-16 was relatively mild by comparison. Nevertheless, golf course superintendents continue to reflect on the winters which preceded this past season and particularly that of 2013-14.
Tall fescue appears to be resistant to chafer beetles, according to a Vancouver Sun story.
GOLF clubs may have been using the same fertility programs for several years—and perhaps they have been working fine—but it’s good sometimes to step back and look at how things have been done and ponder if maybe there is a better way.
PERHAPS the most dangerous expression in the turfgrass industry is, “We’ve always done it this way.” Agronomist John Bladon, a principal with The Chimera Group, speaking at the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium in February at the University of Guelph, said turfgrass professionals need to think hard about the adage and its implications.
By Myron Love For Larry Gilhuly, strong turf maintenance standards are the key to building a solid foundation for all golf courses. Speaking at the annual Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association annual general meeting in November, Gilhuly noted that clear maintenance standards are the best tool that any private golf club could have, yet very few golf clubs have such standards in place.

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