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Feb. 15, 2019 – Regina has suspended its rabbit control program that was recently launched to save city trees. It's been learned that tampering has occurred with live traps set out. The city has not said if the suspension is temporary or permanent.
Feb. 15, 2019 – While British Columbia's Lower Mainland continues to deal with an abnormally challenging winter, salt usage on roads and sidewalks has been excessive to the point where such covered areas feel like salt flats, one horticulturalist says. The city is putting down just the right amount of salt, but homeowners and businesses are overdoing it, he says, posing an environmental challenge.
Feb. 14, 2019 – The former owner of a St. John's, NL lawn care company has been fined more than $8,000 for illegal pesticide use and spraying without a valid licence. The new owner of Green Lawn is not associated with the charges, his lawyer says.
Feb. 14, 2019 – A Kamloops landscaping company is literally melting away winter. While storms continue to dump snow in the region, Lyons Landscaping is using a CT-15 Trecan Snowmelter that melts as much snow as six dump trucks can haul away in an hour.
Feb. 13, 2019 – With another 50 centimetres of snow expected to hit the Ottawa region, residential customers of snow contractors are being urged to review their contracts to see if the anticipated precipitation will exceed their removal caps. Most contractors set a cap amount between 250 and 300 centimetres a season. The expected snowfall is expected to fall into that range.
Feb. 11, 2019 – Cowan Park in Woodstock, Ont. will be adding a multi-purpose field for soccer and football this summer. As part of the park's overall restructuring, the existing soccer fields will be reconfigured so that they face north to south from their current northeast to southwest alignment.
The new Guelph Turfgrass Institute has completed the first phase of its transition to its new location at the Arboretum on the University of Guelph grounds. The move from the GTI’s original site off Victoria Road began in 2017 and will continue this year with the construction of a new two-storey G.M. Frost building that will facilitate educational instruction, office space and a boardroom.
Banff, Alta. is the setting for the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference, scheduled for March 4-7. The event, presented by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, will feature more than 15 hours of education sessions as well as a two-day trade show.
There are a number of important steps to follow every time a grounds manager needs to fill an empty irrigation system, whether that’s following a winterization in the fall, a new system pressurization, or any other time a system has been depressurized, such as after repairing a line break.  
Feb. 8, 2019 – The topic of trees has been making the news in Vancouver in recent times, including those intentionally cut in acts of vandalism or toppled over by wind storms, but at least one city resident has sounded off about the removal of two mature oak trees in his neighbourhood. The city claims the trees were rotting, but he questions that assessment.
Feb. 8, 2019 – A black walnut tree in downtown Fredericton, believed to be perhaps the largest of its kind in New Brunswick, could be in jeopardy as a result of planned new development. The black walnut is uncommon in New Brunswick, and it is believed there are less than 100 of the tree species in the entire province.
Feb. 6, 2019 – Ice melting products have their attributes, but they have their downsides, too, the home editor of Consumer Reports warns. Salt can seep into porous pavement, damaging walkways and driveways, and can harm plants and the paws of pets, Paul Hope says. Using less and mixing it with sand may be the better option.
Feb. 5, 2019 – A private snow removal contractor says he is back in business again in Brampton after shutting down his operation and inconveniencing his customers last week. Customers of Eccoclean Snow Removal paid hundreds of dollars up front for snow services, only to be jolted when the company didn't show up during the season's largest snowfall.
Feb. 4, 2019 – Operations have resumed at Hamilton's Central Composting Facility for the first time in more than seven months but at only one-third capacity. The plant was temporarily shut down last June while operating at full capacity. Odour complaints from neighbouring residents, however, forced the temporary shutdown.
Feb. 1, 2019 – Upcoming construction projects in London, Ont. will result in the removal of about 170 trees on York Street. Because the work will stretch from one side of the street to the other, including the need to tear up sidewalks, the trees cannot be saved, but a city official says many of the trees aren't in the best of healthy anyway.

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