WHILE many Canadian municipalities have recently embraced artificial turf sports fields as a means of alleviating the wear and tear of their natural fields, a prominent field in Toronto has opted to move in the opposite direction.
A team of Canadian Nutri-Lawn franchisees returned to the Dominican Republic in January to continue with their volunteer efforts from a year ago to help the children of an impoverished region.
WINNERS of the first Green for Life Award were honoured Jan. 13, at  Landscape Congress in Toronto, Canada’s largest international, horticultural lawn and garden trade show and conference.
By Alan Driedger Irrigation water management started with the golf industry and its need to manage the application of water for turf health, pump longevity, power management, water conservation and runoff reduction.
On Jan. 12, 2010, I was honoured with the Water Conservation Award for 2009 (presented in Toronto during Landscape Congress 2010). Unbelievable and deeply humbled for receiving an award for doing what I do…and over the past 20 years have come to love to do. When I see what can be achieved through education and application of the excellent irrigation water saving devices produced by the manufacturers of irrigation-related products, I wonder why others do not do the same.
BY being proactive, one’s irrigation nightmares can be reduced substantially. What it takes is preplanning, routine maintenance and a knowledgeable contractor and staff.
THE biggest story at the 2009 U.S. Open wasn’t so much Lucas Glover’s victory as it was the efforts of the golf course maintenance staff and about 100 volunteers working day and night to ensure optimum playing conditions were met in the midst of a rain-soaked week.
By Howard Grosfield It’s not what you know but who you know—there’s truth in this business proverb. Knowing the “right” people—those who can help your business prosper—is the payoff from successful networking.
St. George’s Golf and Country Club, annually ranked among the top 10 golf courses in Canada, has begun a new environmental awareness partnership with three neighbourhood schools in the Toronto area.
DR. Deborah Henderson, director of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute of Sustainable Horticulture (ISH), has been named educator of the year by the British Columbia Landscape and Nursery Association (BCNLA).
KWANTLEN Polytechnic University’s school of horticulture recently contributed to a community building initiative as 30 students, staff and faculty worked more than 300 hours to install a green roof for the Salvation Army’s “Gateway of Hope” building in Langley, B.C.
By Brian Birch, Assistant Executive Director Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA)   Bidding on work in the snow and ice industry can be a time-intensive and challenging part of the business. In order to sustain a successful, growing snow business, it can also be the most important aspect of your snow strategy.  One of the first struggles is simply determining how to price the work, and there are many models, including seasonal bidding, per push, per inch, or even per hour. Determining this, however, should be secondary to your overall bidding process. The ultimate goal is to develop  a method that allows you to price in any structure you need to, either because of the market you are in or at the request of an important client.
IMPLEMENTED as law last April, the cosmetic pesticide ban in Ontario continues to be debated throughout the province. The issue will not be lost in February at the 19th annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium in Guelph when two speakers will reflect on its first full season as well as the true costs of turfgrass management in its aftermath. Back-to-back presentations on Wednesday, Feb. 17 will be given by Violet Van Wassenaer of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, who will offer an overview of the ban, and by a trio of parks directors, who will address the true costs of maintaining quality sports fields without the use of pesticides. The OTS, which has adopted the theme “The Culture of Green” for its 2010 conference, will be held at the University of Guelph’s Rozanski Hall.
By Sean R. Jordan, T.Ag. Agronomist, Nutrite A position that I have enjoyed holding since my move to Southern Ontario is that of a sessional lecturer for the diploma in turfgrass management program at the University of Guelph, teaching equipment management.  My first lecture of each new semester typically involves the different types of equipment to get everybody in the class on the same page. The following week’s discussion follows suit on the topic of equipment selection. I have always enjoyed this particular topic because it is a good opportunity for those in the class with several years’ experience to “teach” a bit of the practical side of things to those just starting out in the business.
By Mike Jiggens DURING his 19 years as executive director of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association, Bob Wick witnessed significant growth within the organization and had a direct hand in both the success of its annual conferences and its “traveling road show” program. Earlier this fall, Wick stepped away from the WCTA following a career which began in 1991. Officially, he passed his office over to Jerry Rousseau in January, but remained on full time until the end of September, helping his successor comfortably ease his way into the position. “I really appreciated the opportunity to do it (serve as executive director),” Wick said. “It’s been very good for me. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with a lot of good presidents.”

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