Mike Jiggens

Mike Jiggens

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Aug. 22, 2019 – Montreal's planned Great West Park, slated to be Canada's largest urban park and greater in size than New York City's Central Park, is getting a helping hand from the federal government to the tune of $50 million.
Aug. 22, 2019 – Montreal has a new cricket field – something that the sport's practitioners and fans have been awaiting the past three years.
Aug. 22, 2019 – The City of Brampton, Ont. recently cut down a number of mature maple trees as the first step toward widening a busy road, but the action and the purported lack of notice is not sitting well with adjacent residents.
Aug. 22, 2019 – A recently upgraded football field in Winnipeg – with $20,000 injected into a series of improvements – has been seriously vandalized, adversely affecting two local teams.
Aug. 21, 2019 – Fourteen elm trees in Regina have been confirmed to be affected by Dutch elm disease. The affected trees have since been removed.
Aug. 21, 2019 – Waterdown District High School's new $2.1-million artificial turf field and track is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for use once school starts in September. The Hamilton-area school will now have a longer season for its sports teams.
Aug. 21, 2019 – Police are investigating the break-in and theft of thousands of dollars worth of landscaping equipment from a business near Cobourg, Ont. Among the stolen equipment were two commercial grade zero turn mowers.
Aug. 21, 2019 – Residents near Cornwall, Ont.'s Daprat Park and the city's parks and recreation department are engaged in a turf war with one another over the length of the grass in the park. The naturalization of the turfgrass is an eyesore that "looks like hell," one of the residents says.
Aug. 20, 2019 – A customized golf cart valued at about $13,000 was recently stolen from a golf course in Millet, Alta. A shed was broken into to access the vehicle.
Aug. 20, 2019 – With about three-quarters of Winnipeg's ash trees rooted on private property, residents are being urged to tune into the reality of the potential destruction the invasive emerald ash borer poses. They are being told those trees may be gone within the next 10 years.
Aug. 19, 2019 – If the emerald ash borer wasn't enough of a threat to trees in Canada, a new tree killer from Asia has made its way to North America and has already been found in a number of Atlantic coastal U.S. states. The spotted lanternfly, which resembles a moth but isn't one, attacks any species of hardwood tree.
Aug. 16, 2019 – The Town of Orangeville, Ont. is in breach of its own bylaws when it comes to overgrown green spaces, one residents contends. The area in question, she says, is overrun with noxious weeds reaching as high as five feet.
Aug. 13, 2019 – A Montreal Canadiens fan from Labrador has seen images of his front lawn go viral after mowing a 30-by-50-foot logo of his favourite team into it. His workmanship has appeared on the National Hockey League's official website and in Montreal newspapers.
Aug. 13, 2019 – A landscaping company in Orangeville, Ont. is doing its part to help pollinators by using only native plants, claiming development as an industry is pushing pollinators away.
Aug. 9, 2019 – Landscape Ontario and the University of Guelph are presenting a Trial Gardens Open House on Thursday, Aug. 15 with a program that begins in the morning in Guelph and continues in the afternoon in Milton at Landscape Ontario's site.
The writing was on the wall six years ago that the Guelph Turfgrass Institute would likely have to relocate from its longtime site on Victoria Road. Originally built in 1987, the GTI has served as arguably Canada’s foremost centre of turfgrass research.
Turf & Rec’s second annual Top 10 Under 40 promotion was another success. The program recognizes some of the most talented young individuals across Canada who have contributed to their respective sectors of the industry through leadership, innovation, community involvement and other qualities that set them apart from others who have yet to reach their 40th birthdays.
Aug. 9, 2019 – The City of Calgary's decision to cut back up on its mowing of some city parks and green spaces is not because of a lack of care, but a move toward naturalization or habitat restoration.
Aug. 9, 2019 – A controversial miniature golf course installed in the historic Rochester Cathedral in England has proven to be a hit, bumping up the number of visitors by 80 per cent from the same time last year.
Aug. 9, 2019 – As the City of Fredericton prepares for the arrival of the emerald ash borer, municipal staff are deciding which ash trees are worth saving and which ones should be left to die.
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