Profiles
July 20, 2018 – Judging of entries into Saskatchewan's provincial Communities in Bloom competition is well underway, bringing with it both excitement and apprehension. This summer marks the province's 21st year of involvement in the greening competition.
July 17, 2018 – After a career spanning five decades, Karl Stensson – CEO and president of Sheridan Nurseries – is retiring.
July 17, 2018 – The future of Canada’s professional turf and grounds maintenance industry is in good hands. From coast to coast, several bright, young superstars have been making a difference in the industry, paving the way for the next wave of up-and-coming professionals. This week, we profile the ninth (in alphabetical order) of our Top 10 Under 40 roster of selected recipients: Cameron Shaw.
July 17, 2018 – It's not just the emerald ash borer that is threatening the health of ash trees. Adding to the threat are "jumping tree lice" – better known as the cottony ash psyllid – that are attacking Winnipeg's ash trees.
July 17, 2018 – Nuisance Canada geese are being chased away from parks and other public spaces in Thunder Bay, Ont. by dogs from a local canine service. The dogs are trained specially not to harm the geese which are protected by the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act.
July 17, 2018 – The Tamarack Golf Club in Labrador City West in Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Much of the success behind the 18-hole executive-length course comes from its array of volunteers who help with the golf course staff.
July 16, 2018 – Research suggests that walking barefoot on turfgrass is beneficial and boosts both physical and mental health among human beings. The research suggests that direct physical contact with the ground might have beneficial physiological effects because the earth’s surface has a negative charge and is constantly generating electrons that could neutralize free radicals, acting as antioxidants.
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.
Turf & Rec is once again publishing its annual Buyers Guide & Directory in our August/September issue. To ensure your company (manufacturer, supplier or industry consultant) is properly listed in this edition, please click here.
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.

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