Agronomy
Eastern Canada, including much of Ontario, has experienced significantly colder-than-normal temperatures the past couple of years, even though the trend over the past 60 years has generally been leaning in the opposite direction.
With the recent re-opening of the greens at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, the topography that first inspired Stanley Thompson more than 85 years ago will far better reflect the famed architect's original intent than was the case a little more than a year ago. 
By Justin Parsons, OTRF directorAll of us, no matter what gender, age, or walk of life we come from, benefit from turfgrass. Our lives are improved in dozens of ways, just by its very existence. Yet few of us stop and think about what those benefits are or how different our world would be without them. Most people likely associate turfgrass with the environment and, although the environmental benefits are numerous, turfgrass also contributes to our economy and our communities.
Summer patch is a turfgrass disease golf superintendents would rather do without, but it can be dealt with successfully through good management practices and strategic timing, a plant pathologist from Rutgers University told an assembly of golf superintendents in the spring.
SODDING and seeding both have their place in landscaping, but how does a lawn care professional know which method to recommend to his customer?
NOT all lawn care businesses offer their customers the same program options, but most are structured on a tier system in which one will offer customers more services than another.
In our last issue, we published a state-of-the-industry report which looked at golf as it stands today and what might be in store for tomorrow. It’s no secret that two of the game’s greatest opponents are the cost to play and the amount of time required to play it.
More fungicide goes into dollar spot treatment than that of the next top five turfgrass diseases combined, those attending the 12th annual IPM seminar series sponsored by Master’s Turf Supply were told in March.
The winter of 2013-14 is still being talked about one year later. It was the winter which wreaked havoc on golf courses across southern Ontario whose putting surfaces were grown to poa annua.
How much fertilizer should one apply? “When it comes to fertilizer, there are two questions we need to answer," Dr. Micah Woods, chief scientist at the Asian Turfgrass Center and assistant adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, said in January at the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association’s conference and trade show in Niagara Falls.
The 2014 season was a busy one for Greenhorizons Sod Farms. The Cambridge, Ont.-based company not only responded to the needs of a number of southern Ontario golf courses which were looking for bentgrass to replace their seriously winter-injured poa annual greens, but were working with the Toronto 2015 Pam-Am Games committee to supply and install turf for the Games’ natural turf venues.
LAST season’s harsh winter, which negatively impacted golf courses from Chicago to Detroit to Toronto and beyond, “was a reminder for a lot of courses as to just how painful winter injury is,” said the USGA green section’s Adam Moeller.
The Toronto Blue Jays are determined not to be Major League Baseball's last holdout for playing on artificial turf. Efforts are underway with the University of Guelph to find a way of outfitting the Rogers Centre with natural turf in time for the 2018 season.
RAINWATER management is poised to become a potential entrepreneurial niche market as recent trends are placing a greater need for rainwater harvesting and management in Canada.
“What storage systems are available? How do I size a storage system?”

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