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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.
Feb. 13, 2019 – Regina's efforts to save its city trees are being challenged by an exploding population of rabbits. Deeper snow has resulted in rabbits choosing trees to feast on, resulting in the city taking new measures to control the animal population.
I found myself in the hospital not long ago to be checked over for some pain that was giving me grief. I’m generally a rather healthy guy who’ll usually experience nothing more serious than the common cold. Consequently, I rarely set foot in a hospital.
Golf superintendents must be equally adept at managing both their playing surfaces and the staff under their supervision. Being able to successfully do both makes for a better work environment and a course that golfers want to play.
A healthy workplace promotes the total health and well-being of its employees and strives to protect them from psychological harm, including stress. A recent white paper released by Morneau-Shepell and the Mental Health Commission of Canada reveals that more than a third (34 per cent) of Canadians cite workplace stress as the primary cause of their mental health issue.
An Ontario landscaping firm has taken an eco-friendly approach toward its maintenance practices over the past three years, utilizing electric-powered equipment for half of its operations in order to reduce harmful emissions, generate less noise and promote better health among its employees and customers.
The clock is ticking toward an upcoming event destined to be the ultimate test of my personal confidence. On the morning of Feb. 21, I’ll be standing before an expected audience of 200 to 300 people in Richmond, B.C., delivering a “mini keynote” address at the annual conference of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association.
Jan. 23, 2019 – Homeowners who stick to simple and affordable lawn fertilizing and weed control can notably boost the sale price of their home while healthy greenery around a stone walkway can elevate the cost even further. Overdoing things, however, may not bring about an expected return on investment.
Dec. 12, 2018 – The positive response to our first Top 10 Under 40 competition has prompted a follow-up. Turf & Rec is calling upon its readers to nominate deserving young professionals under the age of 40 who are leaders, innovators or difference makers in the industry, whether it’s the golf, landscaping, lawn care, sports turf, academic, sod growing, business or other sector.

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