The idea of not cutting your lawn until June, also known as "No Mow May,” is gaining momentum. It's meant to help flowers and weeds grow to help bees pollinate. But does it make sense? Mike Drolet, Global News, gets the answer from the experts at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.
#NoMowMay aims to support pollinators by letting grass (and weeds) grow in the month of May. However, this can increase the number of unwanted pests in your neighbourhood and decrease the quality of your lawn long-term. The take home messages are to mow when the grass needs mowing, plant native flowering species, and create a long-term plan to support pollinators.
Consider all the education and career opportunities available in the turfgrass profession. Landscape Ontario and the Guelph Turfgrass Institute teamed up to share some insights about working in turfgrass management.
Good grass doesn't happen by accident. The Guelph Turfgrass Institute applies rigorous scientific methods to discover best practices and create innovative tools for keeping lawns as healthy as possible. Landscape Ontario and the GTI teamed up to explore how research done for golf courses and sports fields trickles down to public spaces, home lawns and garden
Without turfgrass, many activities that support our mental and physical well-being would be much more difficult. Imagine trying to play Frisbee in a forest or walking your dog through a flower garden! Dr. Sara Stricker, communications and outreach coordinator at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, reminds us of different ways grass helps us enjoy an active lifestyle.
Turfgrass and lawns sometimes get a bad reputation, but did you know a well-maintained stand of turf has a plethora of environmental benefits? Learn how turfgrass helps combat climate change from University of Guelph associate professor Katerina Jordan.
The OAC Virtual Facility Tours are intended for high school classes. Once you and your students have finished watching a virtual facility tour, you can request a Q&A with a researcher or expert. Each scheduled virtual Q&A session will include a short presentation on the University of Guelph’s programs that relate to the subject area of choice, followed by a question-and-answer period with the facility expert. It is recommended to prepare questions for the expert ahead of the scheduled session.
Turfgrass has many uses and environmental benefits. The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation is dedicated to supporting the continued advancement of turfgrass through research projects.
Research conducted by Taylor Wallace in 2016 regarding nematode infestation of golf courses across Canada
A blast from the past! This research was conducted in 1998, and James is now an Adjunct Associate Professor at McMaster University.