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You're invited to the Field Day!

You’re invited to visit the Guelph Turfgrass Institute!

#NoMowMay and #Know2MowMay

Another great year at OTS

As the curtains closed on the 33rd year of the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium (OTS), we took some time to reflect on the overwhelming success of that year's event.

Dan Dinelli is the 2024 Superintendent in Residence!

The University of Guelph's Superintendent in Residence (SIR) program offers a unique opportunity for seasoned industry experts to engage with students enrolled in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass

Ontario Turfgrass Symposium 2024

We are pleased to announce that the next Ontario Turfgrass Symposium will be held at the University of Guelph's Rozanski Hall on February 21 and

Join the Waiting List for TMSC!

Are you eager to enhance your turf management skills and be part of the prestigious Turf Managers Short Course?

Thorne donates turf book collection to U of G

Marie Thorne, a trailblazer in the turf industry for the past 30 years, has donated the gift of knowledge to her alma matter.

Why the media storm on No Mow May?

Why is the Guelph Turfgrass Institute against the #NoMowMay movement?    Long story short: we want homeowners to have living, healthy green spaces. 

Now Mow May - a great conversation starter

The fresh growth of spring means the return of the #NoMowMay campaign encouraging homeowners to let their grass grow longer to help insect pollinators.

Display Trial getting started

We are looking forward to hosting a Field Day in Guelph on Saturday September 23rd, which will have a focus on the re

Upcoming Diploma in Turf info night

If you enjoy working outside, problem solving, and being part of a team, then turfgrass management is a great career choice.

GCSAA Conference and Trade Show Experience

The GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, the biggest turf industry event in the world, was held in sunny Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center, and what an amazing experience it was! I was abl

Join us for the DTM info night

The Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management program is designed to provide students with the skills to succeed in the turfgrass industry.

GTI Wins Social Media Award

Golf Course Industry Magazine and Aquatrols have been presenting awards to members of the turfgrass industry for over a decade. This year marks the 12th annual #GCITweetUp awards. 

Canadian Turf Talks

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute is stepping a toe into a new communications technology by launching a podcast. Canadian Turf Talks is co-hosted by GTI Communications Coordinator, Dr.

Effect of "Now Mow May" and "Leave the Leaves" on Lawn-Height Turf

In the past few years there has been a push to encourage homeowners to not mow their lawns for the month of May, otherwise marketed as "No Mow May".

Your Questions about Asian Jumping Worms

Are Asian Jumping Worms invading Ontario?

Summer 2022 Research has Begun!

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute is shifting into HIGH GEAR for the 2022 field season

Spring care tips for your yard

The birds are singing, the crocuses are blooming, and you just can't wait to start gardening again. You might have the urge to run outside with your rake and trowel and start digging in, but there

Water Conservation in Turf

Life would not be possible without water.

Volunteer at the Canadian Open

The Canadian Open is a golf tournament that has been hosted in Canada since 1904. This year, the Open will be hosted by St. George's Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, ON from June 6 to 12. 

Campus Day- March 27

This is your chance to get more familiar with the Diploma in Turfgrass Management programs and learn about student services offered at the University of Guelph! Attendees will have the opportunity

Info Night: All About Turfgrass Management

Put your Turf to Bed

It's that time of year again! We need to get ready for winter, so you should put your turf to bed for a long winter's nap.

Fall Preview Day- Nov 7th

This weekend, future students have the opportunity to learn about the programs offered at the University of Guelph, including the two-year diploma programs, the four-year bachelor degrees, life of

"Number Two" makes your turfgrass #1

Researchers at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and Virginia Tech Turfgrass Research Centre have been thinking about fertilization from the bottom up. 

Mosquito Hawk or Crane Fly?


Short Course Registration is Open

Registration is open for the Turf Managers' Short Course!  

What happened to the Guelph Turfgrass Weather Station?

Many researchers and growers rely on weather data available online though the Weather.gc.ca website.  

Summer days and rusty nights

Rust is a common disease of turf in home lawns, and perennial ryegrass is especially susceptible. 

Flowers are blooming, look for Chafer and Chinch bugs!

It’s that time of year again!

New Communications and Outreach Coordinator

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute has welcomed a new member of the team; Sara Stricker is the new Communications and Outreach Coordinator. 



Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Cool-Season Climates

Just last week we received a sample at the GTI Diagnostic clinic which was requested to be tested for signs of pathogens.  The sample came back negative, and so our diagnostician decided to run a n



Minimum Maintenance Practices For Turf - Tips and Resources


The Need to Promote Careers in Turfgrass

It is no secret that there has been a significant decline in enrollment for turf programs the world over.  Many of the bigger more influential institutions throughout the US have been sharing their

GTI Diagnostics Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice


GTI Diagnostic Clinic Closed Until Further Notice


Keeping Turf "Woke" in the Age of Covid-19

The current crisis associated with COVID-19 has quickly evolved from an isolated case of pneumonia with unknown origins in Wuhan, China on December 31st, 2019 to a global pandemic in les

GTI Update

As we press into the growing season of 2020, it is always good practice to keep everyone up to date on all things happening at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.  Please read through this posting to k

Guelph Turf Alumni Wins STMA Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award

Ross Baron, a graduate of the Guelph Diploma in Turfgrass Management (class of 2013), was always a leader among his peers.

The Bare Spot Necessities

Frequently trafficked areas of sports fields can be a serious challenge to manage throughout the playing season.  Competition for use between leagues, balancing games and practices in addition to o

In Loving Memory - Norman E. McCollum

On July 9th, Norman E.

#GuelphTurf at the RBC Canadian Open

I have had my eye on volunteering in the Canadian Open for some time.  It is our national Championship, and an event that I have always found time and reason to watch from start to finish.  Through

Please Walk on the Grass

Please Walk on the Grass

2019 Superintendent In Residence - Cory Janzen

For Immediate Release: Cory Janzen, Superintendent at Westmount Golf and Country Club will be the University of Guelph's 2019 Superintendent in Residence. 

GTI Grow-in Part 2 - A Full Summary

Apologies for the delayed update on the grow-in and essentially the completion of phase 1 of the GTI.

GTI Grow-in Update - Part 1

Last Monday (August 27th) marked the first day of the grow-in at the new site of the GTI.

PMRA Final Decision - Re-evaluation of Chlorothalonil

PMRA Final Decision on chlorothalonil:  Summary For Turf Use Professor, Environmental Sciences University of Guelph

CGSA and Partners Announce National Golf Day Canada

On May 3rd 2018, The CGSA put out a press release announcing that May 29th will be henceforth known as "National Golf Day".

Superintendent in Residence - March 5th at 5:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dean Graves, CGCS  Chevy Chase Club, Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.A.

DTM Students Place in top 10 at GCSAA Turf Bowl

Twelve Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management students recently traveled to Orlando, Florida and represented the University of Guelph, Department of Plant Agriculture and Ontario Agricultural Co

OTS 2017 Preview: An interview with Robert Heggie

For Immediate Release Trials, Teamwork and Turf – A Taste of OTS

Early Bird rates for 2017 OTS extended to January 14!

If you haven't registered for the 2017 Ontario Turfgrass Symposium do not worry! The Early Bird registration rates have been extended to January 14!

Coming February 22+23, 2017: The 26th Annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium!

We are pleased to announce that the next Ontario Turfgrass Symposium will be held at the University of Guelph's Rozanski Hall on February 22 and 23, 2017!

GTI Relocation Update - A Great Fall For Construction!

In the last update, it was noted that site development had commenced with site surveying and installation of silt and tree protection fencing.

Transitions in Turf at Sports Turf Canada

News Release For Immediate Release November 4, 2016 For further information, contact:

GTI Relocation Update - Construction Currently Underway

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) will soon have a new home in the Arboretum.

Annual Turf Management Golf Tournament Sep 30th!

Friends, Our Diploma in Turfgrass Management students are once again hosting the annual Turfgrass Management Golf Tournament next Friday, September 30th!

University of Guelph's 2016 Ornamental Trial Garden Open House

If you are in the Guelph area Friday August 19 (Noon-8PM) and Saturday August 20 (9:00AM-3:00PM) come out and see the 2016 trial gardens at the GTI!

Let your lawn go dormant - Brown is the new Green!

On Tuesday, July 5th the City of Guelph enacted the Level 2 Red restriction for residential water use. Home lawn watering is under a complete ban under Level 2 Red conditions.

Turfgrass Leadership Renewal at the University of Guelph

The Department of Plant Agriculture has announced some exciting new changes to the leadership of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) and the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management Program (ADTM

Meet Jordan Constant - M.Sc Candidate in the Department of Plant Agriculture

Jordan Constant was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and spent his early childhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sports Turf Canada Announces 2016 Sports Turf Manager of the Year

For Immediate Release:  Guelph, ON – Sports Turf Canada is pleased to announce that Greg Lampman is the 2016 Sports Turf Manager of the Year.

Meet Taylor Wallace, M.Sc. - Graduate of the Department of Plant Agriculture

Taylor Wallace began her post-secondary education at Mohawk College in the Environmental Technician Program.

Meet Sara Stricker, M.Sc. Candidate in the School of Environmental Sciences

Sara Stricker first attended the University of Guelph (UofG) with the goal of becoming a Veterinarian. A third year plant pathology course, and a related summer employment opportunity with Dr.

Meet Dylan Harding – M.Sc. Candidate in the Department of Plant Agriculture

Dylan Harding grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Despite his urban childhood environment, Dylan explains that he has been fascinated by agriculture from a very young age.

Meet Jayson Jackson - 2nd year student in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management Program

Jayson Jackson is a passionate international student in his final semester of the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management (ADTM) program here at the University of Guelph (UofG).

Meet Steve Rabski - 2nd Year student in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management Program

Like many Canadian kids, Steve Rabski had childhood aspirations of playing hockey and baseball. At the young age of 14, Steve began his career in the golf industry!

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute is Moving to a New Home on the U of G Campus


Superintendent in Residence 2016 Wrap-Up!

Lucas Andrews arrived in Guelph on the cold evening of January 31, 2016 – quite a change in temperature from Pointe Vedra Beach, Florida where he currently resides and works!

2016 Superintendent in Residence - Lucas Andrews - Dye's Valley Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass

Lucas Andrews started his career in the golf industry at Predator Ridge Resort in Vernon, B.C.

Meet Lauren Lasocha – 2nd year student in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management Program

Lauren is an inspirational member of the turfgrass industry with extensive experience in golf course management. She began working on a golf course as a summer job after high school.

GTI Hires Communications Assistant

For Immediate Release

GTI Director Rob Witherspoon Retires

Guelph Turfgrass Institute Director, Rob Witherspoon, is retiring from the University of Guelph, on September 1, 2015.

2015 Superintendent in Residence Lecture

Ice Damage: Reflections on Forty Years of Experience in Quebec Doug Meyer, Superintendent, Beaconsfield Golf Club, Montreal, QC

GTI Research Field Day

The Guelph Turfgrass Institute is hosting a free Field Day on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 9:30 am to noon.

Sports Turf Canada Announces Manager of the Year

Sports Turf Canada is pleased to announce that Ray Stukas is the 2014 Sports Turf Manager of the Year.