Feb. 15, 2019 – While British Columbia's Lower Mainland continues to deal with an abnormally challenging winter, salt usage on roads and sidewalks has been excessive to the point where such covered areas feel like salt flats, one horticulturalist says. The city is putting down just the right amount of salt, but homeowners and businesses are overdoing it, he says, posing an environmental challenge.
Feb. 13, 2019 – With another 50 centimetres of snow expected to hit the Ottawa region, residential customers of snow contractors are being urged to review their contracts to see if the anticipated precipitation will exceed their removal caps. Most contractors set a cap amount between 250 and 300 centimetres a season. The expected snowfall is expected to fall into that range.
The new Guelph Turfgrass Institute has completed the first phase of its transition to its new location at the Arboretum on the University of Guelph grounds. The move from the GTI’s original site off Victoria Road began in 2017 and will continue this year with the construction of a new two-storey G.M. Frost building that will facilitate educational instruction, office space and a boardroom.
Feb. 8, 2019 – The topic of trees has been making the news in Vancouver in recent times, including those intentionally cut in acts of vandalism or toppled over by wind storms, but at least one city resident has sounded off about the removal of two mature oak trees in his neighbourhood. The city claims the trees were rotting, but he questions that assessment.
Feb. 8, 2019 – A black walnut tree in downtown Fredericton, believed to be perhaps the largest of its kind in New Brunswick, could be in jeopardy as a result of planned new development. The black walnut is uncommon in New Brunswick, and it is believed there are less than 100 of the tree species in the entire province.
Feb. 6, 2019 – Ice melting products have their attributes, but they have their downsides, too, the home editor of Consumer Reports warns. Salt can seep into porous pavement, damaging walkways and driveways, and can harm plants and the paws of pets, Paul Hope says. Using less and mixing it with sand may be the better option.
Feb. 5, 2019 – A private snow removal contractor says he is back in business again in Brampton after shutting down his operation and inconveniencing his customers last week. Customers of Eccoclean Snow Removal paid hundreds of dollars up front for snow services, only to be jolted when the company didn't show up during the season's largest snowfall.
Feb. 4, 2019 – Operations have resumed at Hamilton's Central Composting Facility for the first time in more than seven months but at only one-third capacity. The plant was temporarily shut down last June while operating at full capacity. Odour complaints from neighbouring residents, however, forced the temporary shutdown.
Feb. 1, 2019 – Upcoming construction projects in London, Ont. will result in the removal of about 170 trees on York Street. Because the work will stretch from one side of the street to the other, including the need to tear up sidewalks, the trees cannot be saved, but a city official says many of the trees aren't in the best of healthy anyway.
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