www.torosports.com/news/superbowl.html (Toro Super Bowl Sports
The Toro Company announces the second annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf
Training Program. In February 2004, you will travel (all expenses paid)
to Houston to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest day
in football. To be considered for the program, you must complete and
submit the application form, as well as a 500-word typed essay, describing
where you see yourself, professionally, in 5 years and what you hope to accomplish
during that time. Also required is a reference from a professor, teacher
or employer, and work history. As a winner, you will experience first-hand
what it takes to prepare the field for the Super Bowl. You must be
available to work from January 25 to February 1, 2004.
(Santa Rosa Gardens)
Recently I attended the CanWest Horticultural Show in Vancouver. The
walk from the hotel to the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre was
punctuated by mass plantings of ornamental grasses in beds and large pots.
Once inside the trade show this emphasis continued. The horticulture
industry itself has placed a heavy significance on ornamental grasses.
With the continued push towards xeriscaping and low maintenance landscaping,
the ornamental grasses with their sometimes-stunning contrasts fit readily.
The website above features a good selection of grasses categorized by height.
Follow the link to ‘Ornamental Grasses’ and then select the subcategory.
The following websites also have a good selection of grasses… www.outsidepride.com/ornamentalgrass.asp,
www.kinipela.ca (Kinipela Golf Club)
One of the reasons this web site was made was to show the step by step process
of building a putting green, tee box, and sod wall bunker. People see
turf managers cutting, watering, fertilizing and think for the most part
that’s all they do, when in fact it’s the tip of the mountain. The
hope is that this web site will educate and bring a better understanding
to the golfer of what a superintendent and the staff have to do to maintain
high quality turf. The site has a step by step guide, complete with
pictures, on how to properly construct a green, a tee box, a bridge, and
a sod wall bunker.
(Sports Turf Association)
The Sports Turf Association was conceived in 1987, when, at a ‘brain storming’
session held at the University of Guelph, a broad segment of the turf industry
endorsed its need. Of particular concern at that meeting was the need
to minimize and avoid injury to participants using athletic facilities where
they relate to turf. The Association reached a milestone in 1995 when
it moved to an office at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute. An annual
educational conference and field day have been held successfully since 1988.
At the beginning of the new millennium, membership in the Sports Turf Association
exceeded 200, with representation from provinces across Canada as well as
internationally. There are resources here for Sportsfields Checklists,
Constructing Sportsfields, Integrated Pest Management, Understanding Turf
Management, and links to various turf / sportsfields associations.
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
AAFC's science site provides you with contacts and information at varying
levels of detail on the department's science programs, facilities, and staff.
Choose an audience type to find science information created with you in mind.
Scientists and Industry are geared to academic audiences and the agri-food
sector, respectively. Media caters to people who want to understand
how our unique science programs work to improve the lives of Canadians.
Youth is for students who are studying science or who are considering science
as a career. Of particular interest might be the sections on the health
of our water, air, and soil.
If you come across any interesting web sites (turf or non-turf related) please
forward this information to:
Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jeff at email@example.com