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October/November 2003
by Dave Allan and Steve Wilson, Fairview College   (Toro Super Bowl Sports Training Program)

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…,  and   (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

or Jeff at

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