Mike Jiggens

Mike Jiggens

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April 18, 2019 – Registration is now open for GIE+EXPO 2019. The industry's largest annual gathering is set for Oct. 16-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and online registration is available at www.gie-expo.com. Early bird registration is $15 through Sept. 5.
April 18, 2019 – A "dust devil" spun itself over a school's sports field earlier this week in Brooks, Alta. Dust devils are common at this time of year and are usually short-lived and weak.
April 18, 2019 – The emerald ash borer has an ally in its quest to destroy Winnipeg's ash trees. The cottony ash psyllid, also known as jumping tree lice, is also threatening black ash trees in the city, resulting in the planned removal of 700 trees.
April 17, 2019 – Buyers Products, a leading manufacturer of work truck equipment, has introduced a new municipal flex plow. Operators can “flex” the upper moldboard of the SnowDogg® SuperFlex™ into various positions. This makes it ideal for urban and expressway use.
April 17, 2019 – More than $1 million in contracts have been awarded by city council in Delta, B.C. to replace the artificial turf sports field at Holly Park and bring in new goals and bleachers. The field originally opened in 2005.
April 16, 2019 – The general public is being urged to provide input about what should become of the land currently being used by the Regent par three golf course in Regina. Four different development plans are being considered for the site.
April 16, 2019 – The City of Burlington, Ont. is stepping up its efforts to control invasive pests, including the emerald ash borer and gypsy moth. The number of moths in the city is believed to be too high for natural predators to stay on top.
April 12, 2019 – Four sports fields at the Vollmer Complex near Windsor, Ont. have been maliciously damaged by tire tracks. The ill timing of the damage is coinciding with the imminent start to the spring sports season.
April 12, 2019 – A "sewing machine" the size of a motor home is stitching artificial turf fibres into the natural turf at Toronto's BMO Field. Once the work is complete – expected within the next five or six days – the hybrid turf system is expected to deliver a firmer, truer and more consistent playing surface for the Toronto FC soccer team.
April 11, 2019 – Boxer®, manufactured by Morbark, LLC, recently added six new companies to its worldwide Boxer distributor network, including Bradford Rental Sales & Service Ltd. in Bradford, Ont.
April 11, 2019 – Target Specialty Products, a leading value-added service provider of turf and ornamental solutions in the United States and Canada, has launched Turf Fuel G™ 24-0-11 Mini. The Turf Fuel G™ 24-0-11 Mini is exclusively co-branded with Scotts® PRO and is part of a broader line of fertilizers that leverage Scotts® PRO technologies.
April 11, 2019 – The four associations that sponsor GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America, the industry's largest gathering, have announced a keynote for landscape and hardscape contractors at the 2019 event. "Never Fly Solo," set for Wednesday, October 16, 2 - 3 p.m., will feature Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman, who motivates business owners and crew members alike to trust their wingmen. Admission to the keynote, which is sponsored by John Deere, is included with registration.
April 11, 2019 – A redesign of Stouffville, Ont.'s Memorial Park could see its lawn bowling facility relocated to accommodate more parking. The possible relocation of the lawn bowling pitch isn't sitting well with many club members.
April 11, 2019 – A Vancouver Parks Board commissioner wants to have a closer look at whether or not the city's municipal golf courses present the best use for Vancouver's park land. Vancouver's three municipal courses have seen the number of rounds steadily decline since the late 1990s.
April 11, 2019 – A high school sports field installed in 2016 in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island has never been used, prompting questions as to why it has been idle the past three years. Improper construction has led to poor drainage, and the field will need to be remediated before it can be used.
April 10, 2019 – The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation has announced funding toward six research projects in 2019.
April 10, 2019 – Winter Equipment, a leading name in the municipal snow and ice management industry, offers its universal spinner that provides superior spreading of snow and ice treatments.
April 10, 2019 – Student athletes at Langford, B.C.'s Belmont Secondary School will no longer have to worry about poor field conditions due to wet fall and winter seasons. The school has officially opened its new artificial turf field – removed from Goudy Field – that replaces its original natural grass playing surface.
April 9, 2019 – A Winnipeg city councillor says taxpayer support of municipally-owned golf courses is an issue that needs to be explored. While the golf services financial report shows it’s breaking even, that’s only possible with an annual transfer from the city’s general revenue fund of $750,000.
April 9, 2019 – The second phase of construction at Kelowna's Glenmore Recreation Park has begun. The second part of the project includes the construction of two multi-use sports fields that are expected to be completed by the fall.
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