Industry News
April 16, 2019 – The general public is being urged to provide input about what should become of the land currently being used by the Regent par three golf course in Regina. Four different development plans are being considered for the site.
April 16, 2019 – The City of Burlington, Ont. is stepping up its efforts to control invasive pests, including the emerald ash borer and gypsy moth. The number of moths in the city is believed to be too high for natural predators to stay on top.
April 12, 2019 – Four sports fields at the Vollmer Complex near Windsor, Ont. have been maliciously damaged by tire tracks. The ill timing of the damage is coinciding with the imminent start to the spring sports season.
April 12, 2019 – A "sewing machine" the size of a motor home is stitching artificial turf fibres into the natural turf at Toronto's BMO Field. Once the work is complete – expected within the next five or six days – the hybrid turf system is expected to deliver a firmer, truer and more consistent playing surface for the Toronto FC soccer team.
April 11, 2019 – Boxer®, manufactured by Morbark, LLC, recently added six new companies to its worldwide Boxer distributor network, including Bradford Rental Sales & Service Ltd. in Bradford, Ont.
April 11, 2019 – The four associations that sponsor GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America, the industry's largest gathering, have announced a keynote for landscape and hardscape contractors at the 2019 event. "Never Fly Solo," set for Wednesday, October 16, 2 - 3 p.m., will feature Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman, who motivates business owners and crew members alike to trust their wingmen. Admission to the keynote, which is sponsored by John Deere, is included with registration.
April 11, 2019 – A redesign of Stouffville, Ont.'s Memorial Park could see its lawn bowling facility relocated to accommodate more parking. The possible relocation of the lawn bowling pitch isn't sitting well with many club members.
April 11, 2019 – A high school sports field installed in 2016 in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island has never been used, prompting questions as to why it has been idle the past three years. Improper construction has led to poor drainage, and the field will need to be remediated before it can be used.
April 10, 2019 – The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation has announced funding toward six research projects in 2019.
April 10, 2019 – Student athletes at Langford, B.C.'s Belmont Secondary School will no longer have to worry about poor field conditions due to wet fall and winter seasons. The school has officially opened its new artificial turf field – removed from Goudy Field – that replaces its original natural grass playing surface.
April 9, 2019 – A Windsor, Ont. city park neighbour caught on camera a car driver spinning doughnuts at the park. More than two minutes of video have been captured of three separate incidents spanning a couple of days.
April 9, 2019 – The cost to repair a Connecticut baseball diamond set afire in an attempt to dry it out could cost upwards of $50,000. A similar case was reported last week in Utah. About 25 gallons of gasoline fueled the fire.
April 9, 2019 – After being forced to play their games on softball diamonds for several years, the growing minor baseball program in Stephenville, NL will be getting an actual size baseball diamond of its own. The problem for the young ball players hasn't so much been a case of playing their games on diamonds not meant for baseball, but the challenge of finding field time among scheduled softball games.
April 8, 2019 – An opinion piece in the Airdrie, Alta. City View suggests that playing football on artificial turf fields is safer for athletes than playing on natural turf, contrary to popular belief. "Serious injuries such as ACL and MCL tears, as well as ankle injuries and concussions, are less common when football is played on artificial grass instead of natural-grass surfaces," the piece states.
April 8, 2019 – Acelepryn, an insecticide that targets the Japanese beetle, is being sprayed in Vancouver's city parks. The Vancouver Parks Board has assured residents that the insectide is safe and will cause no harm to humans, pets, bees, butterflies or other animals.

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