Justin Parsons Joins Lawn Life


Lawn Life Natural Turf Products is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Parsons as Assistant General Manager. "We're very excited to have such a respected golf and turf industry individual joining our team" says Lawn Life president Richard Reed.

"Lawn Life has experienced tremendous growth over the last 5 years, and with the addition of Justin we can expand our presence in the professional Canadian turf market as well as pursuing retail and US turf opportunities."

Justin will also take on a managerial and product development role, assisting owner Richard Reed with bringing new technology to the lawn care, golf, and sports turf sectors. "With Justin coming aboard, along with sales manager Ken Pavely, we are well positioned to keep moving ahead."

Justin's first ten years in the turfgrass industry were spent with multiple golf course maintenance departments in the GTA, including five years as an assistant superintendent. His last six years have been spent working for Engage Agro, first as a Technical Sales Representative and eventually working his way up to Sales and Accounts Manager of the Professional Turf Division. He has also been active in the industry serving OGSA's OnCourse magazine for the last twelve years, including five as Editor and as a Director for the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation for the past four years.

Justin has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Turfgrass Management Diploma from Seneca College.

Ontario Research Update 2013


Outside of golf, turfgrass managers face stiff challenges in maintaining turf with products now allowed under the Ontario pesticide regulations. The continued need for products to control pests in an efficacious and economical manner is fueling research being carried on at both the GTI and Vineland Research Station (Niagara).

Dr. Michael Brownbridge from the Vineland Research Station, and Pam Charbonneau, Turfgrass Extension Specialist with OMAFRA have been collaborating on a number of studies with biological control products and turfgrass seed selection. This past winter, both presented their findings to groups at the IPM Symposium and Ontario Turfgrass Symposiums.

Lawn Life has been directly supporting the work with products, funding and test sites.

Lawns, Water Quality and Value


A rising issue across the province is the role that fertilizer plays with regards to surface water quality.

Yes, fertilizer that makes its way into surface water is not a good thing. As an industry, we must be vigilant about how we apply it, and with our housekeeping habits on customers’ lawns.

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