Profiles
April 2, 2019 – Now that winter has given way to spring, British Columbia's Interior Health agency is warning the public to be on the lookout for ticks. The tiny insects are prevalent throughout the province's interior.
March 29, 2019 – Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio – site of the first ever National Football League game played in 1920 – is going to receive a new artificial turf field funded by the NFL Foundation. The field is expected to be completed in time to commemorate the league's 100th anniversary in 2020 and will feature a practice session by the Cincinnati Bengals.
March 28, 2019 – Leaving a portion of a lawn unmowed can help return bee populations to healthy numbers, an ecologist for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Great Britain says. Leaving some wildflowers and dandelions to grow to provide a food source for bees can help reverse the trend of declining bee populations, Dr. Helen Roy says.
March 22, 2019 – A Smiths Falls, Ont. golf course is embracing the legalization of cannabis and relaunching itself as a pot-themed facility that wants to "bring the fun back to cannabis." The Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club is renaming itself the Rolling Greens Golf Club and wants to introduce live music and a drive-in movie theatre to the premises along with night golf, mini putt and frisbee golf.
March 21, 2019 – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has been given a unique endorsement with his likeness carved into a two-acre field near an international airport in Texas. Earth artist Stan Herd created the piece of art the size of two football fields at a location clearly visible by planes taking off and landing.
March 19, 2019 – The new artificial turf field at Cold Lake, Alta.'s Energy Centre will be put to good use this summer as the home field for the Alberta Football League's newest team. Constructed last year, the field will be home to the Cold Lake Fighter Jets' home opening kickoff on May 25.
March 18, 2019 – A significant slash to the city budget in Winnipeg may have a notable impact on the city's future tree canopy, an editorial in the Winnipeg Free Press suggests. A 36 per cent decrease in deforestatation and urban forest enhancement will impact the city's efforts to save its North American-leading population of elm trees and will provide little help in the battle against the emerald ash borer.
March 15, 2019 – The landscaper at Fundy's Cape Enrage in Moncton is the most sought-after person at the tourist attraction among visitors. Tourists target the employee, finding he is intriguing and is willing to answer questions about the local way of life.
Remember the good old days before the Internet when snail mail was the norm? There was that feeling of excitement when physically opening an envelope bearing your name, except when it was a bill. If the envelope provided little or no clue as to the sender, that sense of mystery added to the thrill of thumbing open the seal.
The Canadian Truck King Challenge (CTKC) celebrated its 12th anniversary by crowning the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali as its champion. Sierra beat out five other challengers for the crown, marking the first time that General Motors has won in the half-ton (1500) category. Previously, GM has won the title in the heavy-duty (HD) category, including winning the challenge in 2018 with the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD.
Rainscaping – landscaping strategies that reduce rain from flowing off properties and into surrounding bodies of water through stormwater drains or other means – is becoming a hot trend in Canada and around the world. Rainscaping includes the use of simple techniques like rain barrels and rain chains, but also the installation of more complex systems such as rain gardens and permeable paving.
Marketing in the landscaping industry is about belonging, the owner of a Waterloo-based marketing firm says. Belonging isn’t “touchy-feely” but equates to revenue.
Looking closely at how you measure your organization’s safety performance is an important step toward improving it. However, finding the best way to measure safety performance can be difficult. Using leading and lagging indicators to measure safety performance can be an effective way to prevent workplace incidents.
Very impressed. That best sums up my opinion of February’s annual conference of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association in Richmond, B.C. It marked the first time I’ve been to a stand-alone WCTA conference during my tenure with Turf & Rec. All previous conferences I’ve attended were jointly presented with the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association.
Feb. 19, 2019 – A new solution has been initiated in the United States that allows dogs to do their business indoors on days when it's just too cold for them to go outside. DoggieLawn is a service that give dogs the chance to answer nature's call inside on a patch of natural turf. So far, the service is not available in Canada.

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