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March 12, 2019 – Windsor, Ont.'s Optimist Park has sustained significant turf damage in what appears to be an act of vandalism. Tire ruts are numerous on turf next to an old baseball field near a dog park in the Walkerville area.
March 11, 2019 – New development at a Calgary golf course has been placed on hold after a drainage report produced some bad news. The report suggests a public safety risk exists that, for now, is preventing the construction of 16 new buildings and more than 2,000 residential units.
March 7, 2019 – A farmhouse built in 1861 and declared a heritage property has been relocated on the site of a Kitchener park that will be home to new sports fields and other amenities. The former farmhouse will serve as washroom facilities during the second phase of the RBJ Schlegel Park project. Two artificial fields, one natural field, a cricket pitch and a multi-purpose field are part of the project's first phase.
March 5, 2019 – A celebration of life will be held March 10 for the late Mike Warriner, former superintendent at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course in Invermere, B.C.
March 1, 2019 – The Propane Education & Research Council recently launched a new look for its website to better showcase all the things propane can do, including how propane maintenance equipment can help professional landscape contractors.
March 1, 2019 – The City of Kamloops is looking to reduce mowing operations on its sports fields this summer by applying plant growth regulators. The strategy is expected to make the turf more durable for user groups and requires less downtime and maintenance, less irrigation during hot summer months and about 40 per cent less mowing.
Feb. 28, 2019 – The emerald ash borer remains a threat in Manitoba in spite of an extremely cold winter in the province. Manitobans were hoping the extreme cold would have killed off the invasive insect, but many have survived and are expected to continue to destroy ash trees.
Feb. 28, 2019 – Snow and ice customers in Mississauga are taking issue with aan area contractor who reportedly has been taking the money but not doing the work. Brant Hills Landscape Group and Snow Removal of Burlington is being accused of not responding during recent snow events of significance.
Feb. 28, 2019 – Prince Edward Island is on the alert for an invasive caterpillar that poses a threat to not only oak trees but to humans as well. The browntail moth caterpillar feeds on oak trees and its hairs give off a toxin when touched.
Feb. 27, 2019 – Victoria's cherry blossom trees are safe, the city's mayor says. Lisa Helps said there has been no council decision to remove the trees and replace them with native species. She said the city has a policy to replace non-native plants with native species, but it doesn't apply to trees.
Feb. 26, 2019 – A tree expert at the University of Victoria has refuted a claim made by the city's mayor that climate change is among the major reasons for the pending demise of Victoria's famous cherry blossoms.
Feb. 26, 2019 – The head groundskeeper for Toronto's BMO Field says he has to be part scientist and part con man when getting the field game ready for play in February. Robert Heggie said he is trying to convince the turf that it is May and not February, and is trying to be careful that it doesn't think it's July.
Feb. 22, 2019 – At least 17 complaints have been leveled against a snow contractor in the Kitchener-Waterloo area who took customers' money, but failed to show to remove snow.
Feb. 19, 2019 – It looks as though the twin polar vortexes that hit Manitoba this winter have failed to kill the emerald ash borer. Ash trees will continue to be at risk, pest management biologist Fiona Ross says.
Feb. 19, 2017 – Arborists are on the watch for the potential Canadian arrival of oak wilt disease, a sweet-smelling fungus that can kill oak trees in much the same fashion as the emerald ash borer is killing ash trees. Currently, the disease is as close as Belle Isle in Michigan, a scant 600 metres from the Canadian border in Windsor.

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