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It's going to cost $92,000 to resod a downtown Ottawa park that played a prominent role in Canada Day celebrations. The events of the day along with extremely wet weather have contributed to the expensive repair bill. In a normal year, damages amount to about $10,000 at Major's Hill Park.
City officials in Charlottetown, P.E.I. says some lawn care customers are getting bad advice from the professionals caring for their lawns. Claims are being made that chinch bug infestations have taken over some lawns, but city officials say customers shouldn't be so quick to believe the existence of the pests equates to an infestation.
City officials in Regina, Sask. have decided to fight fire with fire in their battle to keep aphids from wreaking havoc on city trees. Hundreds of thousands of ladybugs have been released in Regina's Victoria Park as a means of driving aphid populations down.
Charlottetown, P.E.I. is reaching out to the public with pesticide-free and low-maintenance alternatives to maintaining lawns and gardens. A cosmetic pesticide bylaw was enacted by the city in January, and an educational outreach strategy is attempting to share with the public ways they can still achieve attractive green spaces.
The program and registration form for the National Symposium on Parks and Grounds are now available online. The event, to be held Sept. 13-16 in the capital region of Ottawa-Gatineau, is affiliated with the Communities in Bloom program.
Fourteen parks in the Kamloops area have been shut down due to the increasing danger of wildfires in British Columbia. The decision was made as a proactive measure in response to the out-of-control fires currently burning in the province.
In a letter to the editor of the Osoyoos Times, a man has expressed serious concerns about the impact an urban forestry bylaw will have on the British Columbia town.
A new tree plan has been approved for the City of St. Albert, Alta. that will see its current tree cover almost doubled in 20 years.
A flower bed in Longueuil, Que.'s Greenfield Park was supposed to spell out the name in flowers of the English-speaking borough, but the landscaper in charge has not fulfilled his duties, the city claims. Local residents are upset that other city borough's have their names spelled out in flowers, but Greenfield Park's designated flower bed is instead a bed of bushes.
A massive Canadian flag the size of a hockey rink will be painted on the grass at Lower Queen's Park in Stratford, Ont. to commemorate Canada's sesquicentennial. The job is expected to take six hours to complete.
Trees removed from an environmentally-sensitive area along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ont. has triggered a city investigation. A landscaper hired by the property owner said he had permits from the local conservation authority, but only the city is entitled to permit tree removal.
Metro Vancouver is reminding its residents to conserve water this summer, suggesting it isn't a big deal if their lawns turn a little golden. Water use in the summer is usually about 1.5 billion litres of water per day.
Stiffer penalties are being sought in Saskatoon for the illegal removal of city-owned trees. The recent removal of trees from a corner lot in the city has municipal politicians exploring means to deter future incidents.
Oakville, Ont.'s efforts to protect its green spaces has been recognized by Ontario Nature with Mayor Rob Burton being awarded the Lee Symmes Municipal Conservation Award for his local environmental leadership.
Edmonton needs to stop stalling and start mowing its city green spaces, an Edmonton Sun columnist has said. The delay has resulted in unsightly weeds and knee-high grasses.
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