July 16, 2018 – The turf at Toronto's Berczy Park has apparently gone to the dogs. Large bare patches at the Wellington Street park were thought to have been caused by a lack of irrigation, but it's now suspected that dogs are to blame.
July 5, 2018 – Black-legged ticks capable of spreading Lyme disease continue to move into new areas of New Brunswick. York County has recently become the sixth jurisdiction named as a risk area in the province.
June 29, 2018 – Edmonton has tapped into the future of lawn mowing with a pilot project being conducted on one its soccer fields. The city is using the Husqvarna 450x robotic mower to cut the grass on the field at Coronation Park.
July 4, 2018 – In the movies, it has proved effective in warding off vampires. In real life, it is showing promise as a repellent against Lyme disease-carrying ticks. A garlic-based spray is being tested this summer in Kingston in hopes of keeping ticks at bay.
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July 3, 2018 – Participants in this year's Communities in Bloom program are ready for visits by the judges in the Canada-wide annual event, and Strathcona County in Alberta is preparing to serve as host for the program's international symposium in September.
June 29, 2018 – Dalhousie University's faculty of agriculture and the Correctional Service of Canada have teamed up to offer a horticulture skills training program that teaches female offenders vocational and technical skills to use in transition to employment post-release. The program has grown significantly since it began in 1995.
June 26, 2018 – The Sandy Beach Regional Park golf course in Lloydminster, Sask. has officially opened its bigger and better greens. The nine-hole course had previously operated with sand greens that measured about 1,000 square feet. The putting surfaces now measure about 4,500 square feet and are grown to a grass covering.
June 25, 2018 – A nine-year-old girl's school project about the history of baseball has turned into a campaign to have a local baseball field designated as a heritage site. During his research, Sophia Hillier learned the Jerry Marsh Ball Field in New Waterford, N.S. is Canada's second oldest ball field, at 107 years of age.
June 21, 2018 – A longtime Powell River, B.C. city employee, who found her true calling in landscaping and gardening in 2000, is retiring after 32 years. Brenda Powell credits working outdoors as keeping her fit and healthy.
June 20, 2018 – Artificial turf home lawns are becoming increasingly more popular in the Edmonton area, a local landscape contractor says. Perry Stothart of Classic Landscapes Ltd. said many suburban homeowners are looking for lower-maintenance alternatives to natural turf lawns.
June 18, 2018 – Mowing the grass on Toronto's traffic islands appears to be a hit-and-miss practice. Many are unsightly with tall grass and significant weed cover. Controversy arose last week when an elderly couple were ordered to cut the grass on the island in front of their home, until the mayor chimed in.
June 15, 2018 – Residential developers in British Columbia should favour native plants instead of cheaper, mass-produced invasive greenery, a development group's landscaping manager says. Native plants offer lower maintenance, are hardier and less dependent on irrigation, he said.
June 15, 2018 – An Orangeville, Ont. landscaping company – celebrating its 25th anniversary this year – is considered a leader in the industry after tapping into new technology and embracing environmentally friendlier approaches to appease its customers. Whispering Pines Landscaping has become the first company in Canada to partner with Cub Cadet to bring automatic, electric mowing services to its customers.
June 13, 2018 – A new high school athletic field and perimeter track in Old Perlican, NL has been named in memory of a student athlete who died four years ago in a motor vehicle accident. Baccalieu Collegiate's senior physical education teacher said the facility is likely to get more students involved in athletics.

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