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March 22, 2019

Kamloops using growth regulars on sports turf

The City of Kamloops is looking to reduce mowing operations on its sports fields this summer by applying plant growth regulators. The strategy is expected to make the turf more durable for user groups and requires less downtime and maintenance, less irrigation during hot summer months and about 40 per cent less mowing.

Irrigation disruption, dust may hamper bowling pitch

The Simcoe, Ont. Lawn Bowling Club will be facing a number of challenges this summer as scheduled repair work to an abutting street threatens to disrupt its irrigation supply as well as possibly spew dust onto the pitch, create ground tremors and emit noise. The club is particularly concerned with a lack of parking while the work is being done, something that could prove difficult during major tournaments.

Innovation keeps dust under control

Better infield dust control and improved playability are the result of water cannons having been installed at all 10 ball diamonds at Moncton, N.B.’s CN Sportplexe. The completely skinned infields were notorious for the amount of dust that would be kicked up by the prevailing winds that negatively affected the way the game was played.

New Walkerton soccer fields already in need of repair

Walkerton, Ont.'s new million-dollar soccer fields are only two years old, but are already in need of upgrades. The one-year warranty on the fields at Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park expired in May of last year. Since then, drainage concerns have come to light as well as irrigation heads protruding from the surface, settling of the fields and severe crowning on two playing surfaces.

First phase of GTI transition complete

The new Guelph Turfgrass Institute has completed the first phase of its transition to its new location at the Arboretum on the University of Guelph grounds. The move from the GTI’s original site off Victoria Road began in 2017 and will continue this year with the construction of a new two-storey G.M. Frost building that will facilitate educational instruction, office space and a boardroom.
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Another way to effectively control water

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. » Read More

Rotors include SMART ACCESS feature

Toro's Infinity® Series of rotors offer innovative features and benefits to help bring outstanding irrigation results to superintendents and grounds managers. Features include the SMART ACCESS™ feature that allows crews quick and easy access to internal components, including solenoids, pilot valves, two-wire control modules and wire splices – all without digging to provide significant labour and operational savings. » Read more...

Simplifying home lawn irrigation with Click-n-Go sprinkler

Several maintenance customers of landscape contractors have lawns not set up for irrigation. When moisture is necessary to keep a lawn in optimal health, these customers may attach a garden hose to an oscillating sprinkler, but the proper coverage is seldom delivered. Consequently, the sprinkler must be moved about several times and it becomes a burden for the homeowner. » Read more...

Toro’s SMRT Logic connects with Google Home, Amazon Alexa

The Toro Company has simplified the ease and productivity of outdoor tasks with its connectivity to Google Home and Amazon Alexa. » Read more...

Springtime sprinkler start-up made simple

There are a number of important steps to follow every time a grounds manager needs to fill an empty irrigation system, whether that’s following a winterization in the fall, a new system pressurization, or any other time a system has been depressurized, such as after repairing a line break. » Read more...

SIMA 22nd Snow & Ice Symposium

June 25 - 28, 2019
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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TPI Summer Convention & Field Days

July 23 - 25, 2019
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
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