Cosmetic pesticide use in the City of Burnaby, B.C. has officially been banned. The Lower Mainland municipality's ban went into effect April 1. The city plans to continue its ongoing education campaign to alert residents about alternative means to combat weeds and other pests without resorting to chemicals. A free workshop to promote pesticide-free lawn care will be help April 19, from 1-4 p.m., at the Canada Way Education Centre. For more information, visit http://www.burnaby.ca/cityhall/departments/engnrn.html and follow the link “what’s happening” and “Let it Grow, Naturally.”
Expect to see weeds growing this year in municipal flower beds in Ontario. Dennis Wale, foreman of horticulture and turf maintenance for the City of Brantford's parks and recreation department, told the Brantford Expositor that the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act, which goes into effect this year, has "taken a tool from our toolbox." The city's Lorne Park, a frequently-visited green space and a popular location for summer wedding photographs, is apt to find its rose gardens threatened by the terms of the act. The city had formerly used Roundup to keep weeds at bay in city plantings, costing the municipality about $2,800 annually. One of the acceptable alternative products would cost the city about $39,000 annually and would not work as well, Wale said.
Exmark Manufacturing laid off 80 full-time employees at its Beatrice, Neb. in early April as a result of a decrease in production demand. The commercial mower manufacturer announced the temporary layoffs will begin April 20. Additionally, all remaining seasonal workers are to be laid off at that time. The company also anticipates the layoff of another 40 full-time employees around the beginning of August. An Exmark spokesman, however, said the actions will keep the company competitive in the market, and the affected employees will be hired back once production demand increases which he expects will occur at the start of the next fiscal year in October.
Walker Manufacturing Ltd. has laid off 10 per cent of its work force as a means of dealing with the troubled economy. Based in Fort Collins, Colo., the company manufactures commercial mowers for the landscape contracting market. It marks the first company layoff since the 1980s. In addition, Walker is shutting down its plant for three weeks this month in addition to its traditional three-week shutdown in the summer. The layoff has shrunk Walker's work force to 148.
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SEVERAL Canadian dealers of Jacobsen turf equipment were honoured in February at the Golf Industry Show in New Orleans. Jason D’Andrea of G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd. in Burlington, Ont. captured one of seven “Pacesetter Awards” for 2008. Jacobsen’s “Customer Care Dealer of the Year Award” for 2008 was won by O.J. Company Ltd. of Sherrington, Que. “TFC Awards” among Canadian dealers in 2008 went to: • Eastern Turf Products Ltd., Dartmouth, N.S. (platinum) • Rollins Machinery, Langley, B.C. (gold) • O.J. Company, Sherrington, Que. (silver) • Clark Supply, Strathmore, Alta. (silver) • G.C. Duke Equipment, Burlington, Ont. (bronze)
The Kent Essex Golf Superintendents Association held its annual Spring Educational Seminar on Feb. 17, which was hosted by Dave Cours at the Ambassador Golf Club. KEGS was pleased to have the sponsorship of Syngenta Crop Protection for the event.
BY introducing its “Green for Life” program, Landscape Ontario has re-established the connection of how green gardens really are. “Our members grow, plan and nurture true green,” said Tony DiGiovanni, executive director of Landscape Ontario. “We felt this was a good time to talk with consumers about the real benefits of spending more time outside. From the growers with nurseries that grow our landscape plants to the garden centres, the designers and the landscape service providers, we help green the province.” From cooling our cities to removing pollution and improving our quality of life, green spaces with trees and other landscape plants make a difference, Landscape Ontario says. Shade trees reduce the need for air conditioning and plants help cool their air temperatures through evaporative cooling. With more than 2,000 members, Landscape Ontario is Canada’s premier horticultural trades association. Its mission is to raise awareness for the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of gardens and green space. Outreach for Landscape Ontario’s Green for Life program will include a new consumer website set to launch this spring. It will showcase hundreds of award-winning member designs to help inspire consumers to better use their outdoor living spaces. The program also includes outreach to consumers with signs for landscape contractors’ trucks, store signs and banners for garden centres, and public relations activities. “Green for Life will inspire with hundreds of award-winning images of landscape and nursery professionals,” said Denis Flanagan, Landscape Ontario’s public relations manager. “Our province is blessed with some of the best designers in the world. When you see the magic designers create in an outdoor living space, you begin to understand our excitement regarding the consumer outreach program. Connecting the public to the outdoors is what we do best.”
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The 15th annual Golf Course Hockey challenge took to the ice Jan. 13 and 14 in Fort Erie, Ont. with 12 teams representing both Canada and the United States in competition for the coveted "Reel Cup."
ORGANIZERS of the 2009 Landscape Congress conference and trade show are citing another successful year for Canada's largest lawn and garden trade show. "Each year, attendees and exhibitors come together to preview the latest trends, newest tools and innovations in the industry," said show manager Paul Day. "This year was no exception. The show floor was a hub of activity with deals taking place throughout the aisles." The three-day event, attended by professionals from the horticulture, lawn and garden, and landscape industries, featured more than 600 exhibitors and hundreds of new products on display, as well as a variety of workshops and networking opportunities. Feedback from those in attendance was positive, with high marks going to Congress' many new and green products as well as its speaker lineup. Its Green Forum, held for the first time at the show, proved to be an ideal place for the exchange of information, including best practices on sustainable green initiatives. "The Congress show is phenomenal for its consistent attendance numbers year over year," said Mike Riehm, president of Envirobond Products Corporation, winner of this year's "best in show" booth award. "This is the show to be at in Canada." Congress is sponsored by Landscape Ontario. "Congress 2009 was a great place to discover hundreds of new products, get the latest ideas for design and construction, attend numerous workshops and network with experts and professionals from all different sectors of the business," Day said.
FIVE days of education seminars have been earmarked for the 2009 Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show, March 7-11 in Halifax, N.S. The event, sponsored by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, includes two days of pre-conference seminars and a trade show scheduled for the final two days of the conference. Keynote speaker for the conference is golf historian David Joy of St. Andrews, Scotland, who will speak on Monday, March 9. He has become well known in recent years for his portrayal of Old Tom Morris in a one-man show aimed at preserving St. Andrews and its traditions. Joy is also a playwright and author. Speaker highlights Monday, March 9 • "Organic program at Vineyard Golf Course," presented by Jeff Carlson, superintendent at the Vineyard Golf Club on the Island of Martha's Vineyard. The golf course is one of the first organically-conceived, constructed and maintained golf courses in the United States. • "Foliar nutrition:â€ˆa splash on the grass," presented by Roch Gaussoin, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Session will aid in better understanding foliar nutrition. • "Winter kill: causes, prevention and recovery," presented by Kevin Frank, extension turfgrass specialist at Michigan State University. A discussion of the causes of winter kill and preventative strategies. • "Determining golfer exposure and hazard to pesticides," presented by John Marshall Clark, professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. An examination of the exposure risks associated with turfgrass pesticides. • "The value of the superintendent and how best to promote yourself," presented by Matt Shaffer, member of the USGA green section committee. How to educate employers about the difficulty and diversity of the golf superintendent profession. • "Cultivation of golf turf," presented by James Murphy, turfgrass extension specialist at Rutgers University. A look at the factors involved in the proper management of golf turf. • "Course renovations from a superintendent's perspective," presented by Mike Rossi, superintendent at Humber Valley Resort's River Course. The process, techniques and challenges associated with renovation projects from a superintendent's point of view. • "Biological control of European crane fly and black cutworm," presented by Louis Simard, supervisor of research projects in turfgrass entomology and nematology at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Practical information on alternative control of these pests. • "An environmental approach to golf course design," presented by Ian Andrew, golf course architect responsible for the restoration of many of Canada's top golf courses. How architecture can assume a leading role in reducing golf's impact. • "The process of identifying and treating turf diseases," presented by Dr. Tom Hsiang, associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Guelph. Tips and techniques to better identify common turf diseases. Tuesday, March 10 • "Soil consistency and turf health," presented by David Doherty, president and founder of the International Sports Turf Research Center Inc. How soil makeup affects the health of turf on the golf course. • "Wear and soil compaction management," presented by Dr. Robert Carrow, professor of crop and soil sciences at the University of Georgia. Factors contributing to wear and soil compaction stresses. • "Assessing soil firmness and the effects of soil moisture," presented by Matthew Pringle, senior research engineer with the USGA's technical department. The effect of soil moisture on soil firmness and soil firmness' effect on course playability and turf health. Wednesday, March 11 • "Environmental management systems and their value," presented by Terry Muir, certified environmental auditor and member of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association. The movement among Australian superintendents from environmental laggards to environmental leaders through environmental management systems. • "Principles and strategies of poa management," presented by Mike Agnew, developer of turfgrass fungicides and special projects with Syngenta. Cultural practices and plant protection products to help maintain the health of annual bluegrass. • "The impacts of spray tip technology on application effectiveness," presented by Ralph Walker, founder of Appli-Tech Canada. A look at the advances in spray nozzle design to help concerns related to buffer zones, wetlands and wildlife habitats. • "Improving water conservation: new concepts, technologies and products," presented by Dr. Robert Carrow of the University of Georgia. How to achieve water-use efficiency and conservation. • "Preparing for the U.S. Open," presented by Mark Woodward, chief executive of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. A reflection of the challenges associated with hosting the 2008 U.S. Open. • "Vision to reality: the building of Black Bear Ridge Golf Course," presented by Bill Fach, superintendent at Black Bear Ridge Golf Course. The planning, construction, grow-in, problems and successes of growing in the course. • "Minimizing turf inputs," presented by Cale Bigelow, associate professor of agronomy at Perdue University in Indiana. How to maximize efficiency, from proper species and cultivar selection to mowing, irrigation and fertilization practices. • "Bunker renovations," presented by Robert Randquist, director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla. A look at bunker architecture, drainage design and installation, and liner installation. Pre-conference seminars Topics that will be covered during the two-day pre-conference sessions March 7-8 include: • integrating accounting, budgeting and finance for turfgrass professionals • water use symposium • turfgrass traffic stress: physiology and management • turfgrass soil fertility and nutrition:â€ˆassessment and management • physical properties of soils • how to prepare, manage and recover from winter kill injury, and cool season turfgrass nutrition, fertilizers and programming • practical IPMâ€ˆconcepts and resources • employee motivation, evaluation and incentives More information For more information about the conference and trade show, visit www.golfsupers.com .
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