August 2007

August 7, 2007

West Nile virus is here. Make sure your employees are well protected with spray containing “deet”. Also, it may be wise to put up a sign at the first tee to spray for bugs and do it on a non-turf area like a cart path. I find most courses supply mosquito spray for their employees.

July 2007

July 5, 2007

Ever have a Tournament and they want a circle on the green around the pin? Try Cornstarch! It is very cheap and washes off overnight with the irrigation system. Use a rope tied to the flagstick, a funnel with a ½ inch hole and a metal rod to tap the side of the funnel to get the cornstarch to fall out. It works well, is highly visible and a player can putt through it without disruption to ball roll.

June 2007

June 3, 2007

We had a tremendous seminar in Nipawin on June 6th. Jim Ross of the Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre in Olds Alberta gave an interesting presentation on Snow Mold. This captivated those 30 plus turf managers in attendance.

May 2007

May 5, 2007

Most of the courses in our province are in excellent condition, having come through the winter with very little injury. Some courses, however, have an abundance of water which is being pumped off the property. Hopefully everyone will have a good season with lots of activity.

April 2007

April 3, 2007

The Provincial ban on pruning Elm trees is in effect between April 1st and August 31st. Dutch elm disease was first discovered in Saskatchewan in 1981 and continues to be found in more areas of the province every year.

March 2007

March 10, 2007

If you have an abundance of snow it may be wise to make arrangements to rent or borrow some pumps to remove excessive water. If you wait this may be difficult because I think there is going to be a run on them.

January 2007

January 6, 2007

The S.T.A. Board of Directors will be meeting soon. The primary business will be to elect a President and plan an attack for the year. It is going to be an interesting year. Also, a quick note that my fax number has changed. The new one is: 306.244.0513

December 2006

December 7, 2006

Another Fall Wind-up and Annual General Meeting is in the books. 37 members attended despite terrible weather conditions which made driving an adventure. Because of a bad cold which kept me in bed for five days, I was unable to attend. People tell me the day was excellent with a tremendous seminar and great food.

November 2006

November 4, 2006

The S.T.A. had their Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Saskatoon. Among items discussed was the Fall Wind-up. Bob Randquist will be the Seminar speaker. The even zones are up for election, along with the Northern Commercial Director. If you are interested in serving on the S.T.A. board, contact me or S.T.A. President Kevin Bloski.

October 2006

October 11, 2006

Fall is here and for most superintendents it’s not only a difficult time but a very important time of the year. The difficult time is the shortage of labour to do very important work in preparing the golf course or park for the winter months.

About the STA

  • Saskatchewan's Turfgrass Association, founded in 1979, is a non-profit organization. The S.T.A. was organized by a group of Turfgrass Professionals which has grown to include people from Parks, Golf Courses, Sod Growers, Cities and Commercial Companies.