July 10, 2018 – Starting in 2019, the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers will be banned in Beaconsfield, Que. between the months of June and September. A vote passed by council erupted in tensions when the ban was passed.
July 5, 2018 – Black-legged ticks capable of spreading Lyme disease continue to move into new areas of New Brunswick. York County has recently become the sixth jurisdiction named as a risk area in the province.
July 4, 2018 – Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been trapped in Winnipeg. Although confirmation of the disease among the trapped insects has been made, the virus has not been passed along to any humans yet.
July 3, 2018 – Homeowners surrounding the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club in Barrhaven, Ont. have sent a clear message to stop new development that would accommodate 158 more homes and consequently shorten the golf course. Residents fear allowing new development could spell the beginning of ongoing construction that might eventually take over the golf course and greatly reduce property values.
June 29, 2018 – Edmonton has tapped into the future of lawn mowing with a pilot project being conducted on one its soccer fields. The city is using the Husqvarna 450x robotic mower to cut the grass on the field at Coronation Park.
June 28, 2018 – Charlottetown, P.E.I. is taking a proactive stand to ward off the invasive emerald ash borer now that it has touched down in New Brunswick and appears to continue its journey eastward. The city has about 300 ash trees in its street inventory.
June 28, 2018 – Opponents of Fredericton's plan to cut down several trees at its historic Officers' Square finally got their chance to speak to city officials. Almost 7,900 people have signed a petition to halt all construction at the site.
July 5, 2018 – Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg has received a $125,000 contribution to improve its sports fields. The fields are used for soccer, cricket and ultimate Frisbee in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.
July 4, 2018 – In the movies, it has proved effective in warding off vampires. In real life, it is showing promise as a repellent against Lyme disease-carrying ticks. A garlic-based spray is being tested this summer in Kingston in hopes of keeping ticks at bay.
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July 3, 2018 – Participants in this year's Communities in Bloom program are ready for visits by the judges in the Canada-wide annual event, and Strathcona County in Alberta is preparing to serve as host for the program's international symposium in September.
June 29, 2018 – Dalhousie University's faculty of agriculture and the Correctional Service of Canada have teamed up to offer a horticulture skills training program that teaches female offenders vocational and technical skills to use in transition to employment post-release. The program has grown significantly since it began in 1995.
June 26, 2018 – The Sandy Beach Regional Park golf course in Lloydminster, Sask. has officially opened its bigger and better greens. The nine-hole course had previously operated with sand greens that measured about 1,000 square feet. The putting surfaces now measure about 4,500 square feet and are grown to a grass covering.
June 25, 2018 – A nine-year-old girl's school project about the history of baseball has turned into a campaign to have a local baseball field designated as a heritage site. During his research, Sophia Hillier learned the Jerry Marsh Ball Field in New Waterford, N.S. is Canada's second oldest ball field, at 107 years of age.
June 22, 2018 – The City of Kelowna closed all of its sports fields yesterday following a storm on Wednesday. Protecting the turf from root damage and preventing player injuries were cited as reasons for the closure.
June 22, 2018 – The addition of artificial greens at the Lampman Golf Course in Saskatchewan has succeeded in attracting more golfers and new interest in the game. The artificial greens replaced former sand greens that required raking after completing the holes.
June 21, 2018 – Turf managers and public works departments can reduce the risk of spray drift on golf courses, parks and other public areas with a new planning tool that identifies optimal spray windows.