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May 15, 2019 – Estevan, Sask.'s parks department expects a busy season this year. The city's sports fields are up and running, and next up are gopher and pest control, flower planting and landscaping.
May 13, 2019 – A Winnipeg neighbourhood association is campaigning for city funds to be freed up to cover the cost of replacing boulevard trees stricken by Dutch elm disease and the emerald ash borer.
May 13, 2019 – Work is underway on a third golf course at Nova Scotia's Cabot Links Golf Resort. The new course is a par three, 10-hole layout that is slated to open in 2020.
May 10, 2019 – Montreal residents with ash trees on their property can take advantage of a limited time program to have their trees treated for free against the invasive emerald ash borer. The free offer expires July 31. Last year the city covered two-thirds of the treatment costs, but figures making it entirely free is more cost effective.
May 9, 2019 – When the new Moncton High School opened its doors in 2015 on the outskirts of the city, the building came with a sports field that was lumpy and too undersized for varsity football. Since then, a new $2.25-million artificial turf field has been constructed at the site and might be ready for play this fall.
May 8, 2019 – Neighbouring residents of a nine-hole golf course in the Montreal borough of Verdun are fit to be tied that the club has turned itself private, even though it is located on public land. Angry residents argue that public land should be open to the public.
May 20, 2019 – Landscape contractors have more options than ever before when considering alternative fuel equipment for their fleets. More and more brands continue to add propane or battery-powered equipment to their lineups to meet demands for reduced emissions and noise pollution. And while alternative fuels used to be seen as niche products, the equipment now offers multiple advantages to contractors that may tip the scales away from gasoline and diesel.
May 9, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
May 15, 2019 – Toronto’s ever-evolving BMO Field has taken yet another giant step forward. It’s not something that fans of the Toronto FC or Toronto Argonauts are likely to notice, nor is it something that will be readily apparent to the players of both teams. But head groundskeeper Robert Heggie and his staff are going to see and appreciate the difference.
May 7, 2019 – The City of Kitchener is joining an environmental group in a pilot project to plant new trees in the city. Reep Green Solutions has joined the cause to expand Kitchener's tree canopy.
May 6, 2019 – Ticks are moving across Canada at a rate of between 35 and 55 kilometres a year. Once rare in Canada, ticks have made their way into regions of Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, and they are virtually everywhere in Nova Scotia, bringing with them the threat of Lyme disease.
May 6, 2019 – About three million trees are expected to be destroyed by an Ontario nursery due to the scrapping of a provincial tree-planting program. Ferguson Tree Nursery in Kemptville was one of the main nurseries to take part in the program, but its CEO says he can't afford to pay for staff, supplies and operating expenses to run the nursery and maintain all the trees that are in various stages of growth.
May 3, 2019 – Ten ash trees have been earmarked for removal in Halifax Regional Municipality's DeWolf Park following detection of the invasive emerald ash borer. The insect was first detected in Nova Scotia last year.
May 3, 2019 – A municipal councillor in Brockville, Ont. – who also owns a landscaping company – fears council will be facing a budget crunch in the near future to deal with removal of ash borer-damaged ash trees. “We’ve known it was coming but we played turtle and we buried our head," he told council.
May 3, 2019 – The real reason for the sudden and unexpected closure of the Bearspaw Country Club in Calgary was the construction of its new clubhouse going well over budget, Bearspaw's club pro said. Its members, who had already paid their dues, weren't able to contribute the outstanding amount to keep the operation going. About 80 full and part-time staff are currently out of work.

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