Mike Jiggens

Mike Jiggens

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June 14, 2019 – Inoculating the city's ash trees with an insecticide is the best possible strategy to stave off the destructive path of the emerald ash borer before it makes it way into Fredericton, city officials are being told. The insect was first discovered in the Atlantic province last year, but has yet to make its way into Fredericton.
June 13, 2019 – The City of Windsor, Ont. has fielded a 40 per cent increase in the number of complaint calls made about the presence of tall grass in both private and public parks. City officials have responded by saying this spring's wetter-than-normal weather has prevented crews from being able to mow.
June 13, 2019 – Medicine Hat is dealing with an extraordinary increase in the number of dandelions growing in city green spaces this summer. The increase is being attributed to the hot, dry conditions the city has experienced the past couple of years.
June 13, 2019 – Amid a decline in the number of rounds played and mounting financial losses, it appears the plug is about to be pulled on Calgary's Richmond Green Golf Course. It is estimated the par three, nine-hole course is losing about $150,000 a year.
June 12, 2019 – Medicine Hat's parks and recreation department is tailoring its maintenance program for parks and sports fields based on usage. Simply put, those areas experiencing greater use will continue to undergo regular mowing and other maintenance services while those areas with less usage will see less frequent maintenance.
June 12, 2019 – The transformation of the former McArthur Island Golf Course in Kamloops into a combined disc golf course and nature park is nearly complete. The process to determine what was to become of the closed course was mired in controversy, but those who have already visited the site are impressed by what they see.
June 12, 2019 – Green spaces that were traditionally mowed in a pair of Prince Edward Island towns are being left to grow natural in an effort to benefit wildlife such as bees and provide buffer zones in water body areas.
June 12, 2019 – A volunteer-driven program that helps seniors and people with limited mobility look after their yard care needs is finding the demand for the program is outpacing the number of volunteers available to do the work. The Sherwood Park, Alta.-based LawnBusters program aids with such tasks as lawn cutting and edging.
June 11, 2019 – Husqvarna, a division of the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products and lawn care equipment and a world leader in robotic mowing, has announced its Smartest Summer Job campaign. To showcase how easy it is to get a perfectly mowed lawn with Husqvarna’s Automower® robotic lawn mower, Husqvarna will select two summer students to serve as "Managers of Chilling," a role in which they sit in a Muskoka chair at Trillium Park at Ontario Place in Toronto and watch the robotic mower do all the work.
June 11, 2019 – StrackaLine, one of golf’s leading technology companies, has scanned Edmonton Country Club and will provide Alberta’s oldest private course with its best-in-the-game Greens Guides and Hole Location (HoLo) software.
June 11, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
June 11, 2019 – A Lindsay, Ont. man is tired of having to mow the grass on a city-owned empty lot near his home, claiming the two-foot-tall grass and dandelions are having a negative impact on his respiratory health. The man's wife says she is considering withholding her property tax bill unless the city steps in to maintain the property.
June 11, 2019 – Calgary's Bearspaw Country Club – which shut down suddenly on May 1, shocking its members – has reopened for play for the duration of the season, as a semi-private course. For the first time, the course will be open to the public.
June 10, 2019 – Corner Brook, NL's local baseball association has grown tired of having to import its ball field mix from Ontario each year, spending about $4,000 to have $1,600 worth of material shipped in. The association is hoping a provincial supplier can step up to the plate to provide the needed material.
June 10, 2019 – A Vernon, B.C. landscaper was incensed to learn his prize bicycle had been stolen from his place of work, and set off on a quest to relocate it. A day later he found the bike in the hands of another which led to a scuffle, but it's back in his possession.
June 10, 2019 – The Vancouver Convention Centre has six acres of rooftop lawn that needs to be mowed once a year. A video shows what it's like to mow Canada's largest green roof.
June 10, 2019 – Winnipeg residents are being told to either mow their lawns regularly with heights not topping six inches or face a fine of $250. It's part of a new enforcement pilot program of the city's livability bylaw.
June 10, 2019 – Ever since Manitoba implemented its cosmetic pesticide ban five years ago, boulevards and parks in Winnipeg have become increasingly more yellow and then white as dandelions have outcompeted grass. The province said it will continue to discuss the matter with various parties, suggesting any modifications to the ban would be carefully considered.
June 7, 2019 – Sarnia, Ont.'s oldest baseball field is in the stretch run of its $1-million makeover. Stan Slack Field at Errol Russell Park recently completed a new backstop and netting and will have several new amenities upon completion.
June 7, 2019 – The City of Victoria, B.C. will use funds originally earmarked for a second playing field at Topaz Park to help design a new artificial turf field for Victoria High School. Council has agreed to a staff recommendation to replace the field at Topaz and designate $250,000 toward a replacement field at the high school.
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