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Dec. 14, 2018 – Dozens of trees, including several valuable Garry oaks, that were earmarked for removal to make way for sewage treatment piping in a Saanich, B.C. neighbourhood have been spared. In response to an uproar by neighbouring residents, regional officials have devised a new plan to satisfy both ends, but it will come with a price.
Dec. 13, 2018 – A Natural Resources Canada official is urging Halifax residents to keep an eye out for woodpecker activity, suggesting the bird's presence on ash trees could be a sign of emerald ash borer activity. Woodpeckers also help curb the problem by eating up to 85 per cent of the larvae on a single tree.
Dec. 12, 2018 – The Royal York Golf Course in Armstrong, B.C. will see its final season of play in 2019. The club's ownership has decided to shut down operations after 28 years due to a serious decline in rounds played.
Dec. 12, 2018 – Residents neighbouring Notre Dame Regional Secondary School in East Vancouver are rallying against a proposed all-weather football stadium on the grounds of the Catholic school. It marks the second time in 14 years such a project has been opposed with residents concerned about traffic, noise and parking issues.
Each region of Canada has unique geographic features, ones that set it apart from the rest. However, while that description also applies to our newest province – Newfoundland – when you are there, there is also a vaguely perceptible “other world” sense about the place.  
Two days of information aimed at the lawn care, sports turf, golf and nursery sod sectors of the professional turfgrass industry will be presented at the University of Guelph Feb. 20-21 at the 2019 Ontario Turfgrass Symposium.
Dec. 10, 2018 – Nanaimo's urban forestry coordinator wants to see local bylaws changed to afford better protection to the city's tree canopy. Bylaws were implemented and amended in 1993 and 2013, but the city needs to increase its capacity "to be able to oversee replanting, plant more trees, care for those trees, monitor development and set aside good guidelines for tree retention.”
Dec. 10, 2018 – The Halifax region has lost three ash trees so far to the emerald ash borer and further damage will result in a significant alteration to the aesthetics of the area, the municipality's superintendent of urban forestry says. The eastward-moving insect made its arrival in the area in September.
Canada’s premier horticulture and green industry trade show and conference – Landscape Congress – will be held Jan. 8-10 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The 46th edition of the event will feature more than eight acres of show floor space, three days of educational seminars and workshops, and networking opportunities.
A new venue has been selected for the winter conference of the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association following a healthy run in Niagara Falls. The association is moving its annual conference and trade show to Blue Mountain Jan. 15-17.
Landscape contractors across Canada may still be reeling from paying high gasoline prices throughout this summer, which reached a four-year high in August across all of North America.
The evacuation of water on a sports field is that much faster when it has been prepared with slit drainage. This leads to fewer cancellations, better field playability and less wear.
Lifting and handling 100 pounds can be a difficult task, even for young and fit individuals. For many workers, it’s a quick ticket to the emergency room – followed by a costly workers’ compensation claim for their employer.
Dec. 7, 2018 – Residents of Saanich, B.C. are up in arms over plans to cut down about 50 trees to accommodate a new sewage pipe. A campaign has been initiated on Grange Road to tie green ribbons around trees on the street to highlight what could be lost, including highly valued Garry oaks.
Dec. 7, 2018 – Not wanting the turf areas of their recreational spaces and schoolyards to serve as salad bars for roaming elk and deer, officials in Banff and Canmore are considering fencing off those areas. The hungry ungulates are attracted to large patches of grass.
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