July 2009

July 4, 2009

The first part of July and we are all busy. Despite the spring that left a lot to be desired, things in the turf industry are going pretty well. While some golf courses had some issues as a result of the colder than normal winter and spring they are rebounding. This doesn’t happen overnight but is the result of some very hard work by green superintendents and their crews.

June 2009

June 1, 2009

The start of another season, a cold one that hinders green superintendents and golfers. Golf courses in the province started up in pretty good conditions. As always, some are in mid-summer condition while others are struggling a little. With some warm weather, particularly warmer nights, everybody will enjoy first class conditions.

May 2009

May 2, 2009

Spring is here once again and it’s time for all Turf managers to get at their property and get ready with clean-ups, etc. Most of the golf course people I’ve talked to in the last few days are happy with the way their course wintered.

April 2009

April 3, 2009

The 2009 Saskatchewan Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show is now history. All in all it was a good show with an excellent turnout in spite of treacherous driving conditions throughout the province. All areas of the province were well represented. By all accounts the educational component was well received and by the number of superintendents I heard discussing the speaker presentations, I believe there was something each took away from the conference.

March 2009

March 9, 2009

Back from Florida into cold weather again. It wasn’t that warm in Florida, but did get warmer as time went on. A bigger issue was the economy – strip malls were closed, houses for sale or rent, crime way up and there sure wasn’t as many people there enjoying warmer weather.

February 2009

February 8, 2009

I’m sick of the cold weather. I’m sick of shoveling snow from my driveway and I’m really sick of driving on Saskatoon’s snow and ice covered roads. I’m so sick, I’m going to Florida! By the time you get this I’ll be in the warm, sunny part of my favorite state. I’ll be writing March’s newsletter while I’m there.

January 2009

January 3, 2009

Another year has passed. I hope everyone had a great Christmas, with lots of presents and good cheer. Happy New Year to everyone! The highlight of this winter will be our March Turf Conference and Trade Show. Your attendance is a must and your club cannot miss this opportunity to send you.

December 2008

December 5, 2008

What a great Fall Wind-up we had at Dakota Dunes Casino. Jim Ross gave an excellent presentation on Winter Protection. The presentation was very comprehensive and had everyone’s attention. We had great attendance with 74 people enjoying the fellowship and food throughout the day

November 2008

November 10, 2008

The STA Fall Wind-up and Annual General Meeting is approaching quickly. It’s at the Dakota Dunes Casino on Tuesday, December 2nd. Jim Ross from Olds Alberta will present the seminar: “Winter Protection”. This should be of interest to all Turf Managers in our province. Learn the latest in the protection of your golf course from snow moulds, desiccation and so on. The whole day should be enjoyable so plan on being there. The cost to STA members is $50.00 which covers the seminar, continental breakfast, lunch and the banquet.

October 2008

October 2, 2008

The end of the season is fast approaching. Some of the busier Clubs are aerating greens and topdressing. The fungicide program is speeding up with the added frequency of applications. Shortly, irrigation lines will be blown. Take your time with this important function to make sure all water is removed. If you have experienced any problems with your pump or motor, remove it this fall and have it repaired. Don’t wait until the spring. The same holds true for sprinkler heads. After removing them make sure the openings leading to the water lines are capped for the winter.

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.

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