Battlefield Opening April 17 to Promising Spring Conditions

Legends on the Niagara Clubhouse and greens

The Super’s Corner

With warmer temperatures on the horizon and golfers dusting off their clubs for another great season, the Turf Team at Legends on the Niagara is also looking forward to an early start. With favourable spring conditions so far this year, the Battlefield course at Legends on the Niagara is slated to open April 17 with Ussher’s Creek not far behind.

Winter damage to golf courses is very unpredictable but if history repeats itself, Legends on the Niagara will escape any major winter turf damage.

Being a relatively young property, we are at a distinct advantage with playing surfaces composed mainly of bentgrass: a very hardy turf species that can handle prolonged ice and snow cover much better than poa annua (Poa). Most older golf courses are a mix of poa and bentgrass, resulting in an increased chance of winter damage which was so prevalent throughout Southern Ontario in 2014.

There is however every indication that Whirlpool Golf Course has wintered well and opening day will not be far off schedule. We are also excited to announce that by the middle of the 2015 golf season, every sand trap at Legends will have received a significant investment in new sand which Whirlpool enjoyed in 2014. As well, a number of drainage projects at Legends continue on an annual basis resulting in better playing surfaces in 2015 and for years to come.

Caring for your Lawn at Home – The Super’s Spring Recommendations

The spring is an important time to start ‘giving some love’ to your home lawn.  Spring maintenance will increase the chances of your lawn remaining competitive throughout the stressful summer months.  Here are some key practices to give your lawn a competitive advantage:

  1. Give it an aggressive rake
    Aggressively raking out dead material/thatch early in the spring will allow for air exchange, drying, as well as moisture and nutrient penetration to the soil below where the turf feeds.
  2. Don’t forget the spring feed
    Even if you remembered to dormant fertilize your lawn late last fall, a spring feeding or two is very important to give it the jump start it needs. Target two evenly spaced applications between April and Victoria Day of approximately 0.2 kg Nitrogen/100 m2 of a fertilizer that is of a 4-1-2 ratio.
  3. Overseed those patches
    As we approach Victoria Day weekend, temperatures are conducive for applying a soil/seed mix for overseeding thin patches or bare spots. A thicker/fuller lawn will resist weed encroachment throughout the year.
  4. Look to the weeds
    With pesticide use for homeowners banned in Ontario, minimizing the presence of weeds in the turf prior to them flowering will limit further infestation. Be sure to manually remove as much of the root as possible to limit its potential of returning.

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Aerial of trees in fall

Planting 40,000 Trees in 2015

Combating the Emerald Ash Borer

Over the past several years Niagara Parks has been monitoring and evaluating the state of the Emerald Ash Borer. This invasive species affects many Ash trees bordering the Legends on the Niagara golf complex and throughout Niagara Parks.

This non-native insect burrows into Ash tree bark and removes the tree’s ability to retain the nutrients it will need to sustain its health and growth. In response, Niagara Parks has developed an Emerald Ash Borer Forestry Management Plan to address the impact of this particular species. As Emerald Ash Borer populations increase over time, this proactive plan will help ensure selective Ash tree protection; preserve the environmental and esthetic benefits of the tree population within Niagara Parks and support public safety through a combination of monitoring, removals, replacements, and public education strategies. One strategy that was implemented this past winter was a low-intensity thinning of a 40 hectare (100 acre) parcel of land in the northeast area of Legends on the Niagara. In 2015, to ensure a long-term healthy tree inventory and tree canopy along the Niagara Parkway, 40,000 new trees and seedlings will be planted across Niagara Parks properties including the Legends golf complex.
Man and woman walking

 Niagara Parks Golf Leagues

Looking for a great golf league to join for the 2015 season? Now is the time to get signed up! Niagara Parks Golf offers co-ed, men’s and ladies leagues on a variety of courses for all levels, at competitive prices. Members enjoy weekly contests and draws, opening day events, food specials in our pub, and end-of-the-year celebrations and awards. Visit niagaraparksgolf.com to get started.

Legends on the Niagara Easter Brunch

Join us on Sunday, April 5 for a traditional Easter Brunch served at a variety of Niagara Parks Restaurants including Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool Golf Course, Elements on the Falls Restaurant and Queenston Heights Restaurant. Reservations are recommended. Check out the full Legends on the Niagara Easter Brunch menu for more details.

Early Season Rates

Spring rates will be in effect as soon as the courses open and until May 22. Weekday rates at Whirlpool Golf Course and Legends on the Niagara are $55.00 plus tax and $60.00 plus tax on weekends. Green fees include golf, power carts and unlimited use of the range when at Legends on the Niagara.

Who Said That?

“It is considered good sportsmanship not to pick-up lost balls while they are still moving.”
Mark Twain

The Life of the Titan Arum

Three large Titan Arums in Floral Showhouse

The Titan Arum is a giant among plants – both for its massive below ground corm and the world-record heights of its flower. Indigenous to the wild equatorial rainforests of western Sumatra, Indonesia, the Titan Arum grows on steep limestone hillsides on the island at an elevation of 120 to 365 m (390 to 1,200 feet) above sea level.

The plant grows from a large underground corm (like an overgrown potato) which stores water and nutrients. As the Titan Arum grows the corm gets larger and after 10 years, when the corm reaches the biggest blooming size, it can weigh a hefty 100 kg (225 pounds) or more. Continue reading

March Break Fun at Niagara Parks

School’s out and it’s the perfect time for family fun. Luckily, Niagara Parks has so much to see and do during March Break, the only question you’ll have left is, “What’s next?”

Here are just a few of the exciting things to see and do this March Break in Niagara:

Frozen Falls spectacular

The chilly winter temps are bringing out more than just scarves and mittens this year. Niagara Falls has partially frozen, creating a unique chance to see this breathtaking marvel encased in ice and snow. But don’t take our word for it, check out some of the images captured below.

Collage of Niagara Falls images

Creatures of the night are a visitor favourite

Man holding a snake

Nocturnal: Creatures of the Night is still on at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, where you’ll find over one dozen nocturnal animals on display, plus several animals available for hands-on learning with zoo experts.

Learn about how these exciting creatures live in the dark. Did you know that the African Emperor Scorpion actually glows under ultra-violet light? Their exoskeletons appear to be bright green! Check out this video for a sneak peak at just a few of the creatures you’ll find.

Nocturnal: Creatures of the Night is on until May 10 and is included with regular admission to the Butterfly Conservatory. Or save over 55% with the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass!

Step back in time at Table Rock Welcome Centre

Don your red coats and muskets for a unique photo opportunity next to the Horseshoe Falls. Niagara Parks Heritage interpreters will share stories of the history of Niagara Falls and the War of 1812, all in authentic costume!

Come relive history in Niagara Parks!

March Break matinees at Old Fort Erie

Movie buffs and history lovers unite for this incredible film series! All week long during March Break, enjoy matinees screened in the theatre of Old Fort Erie.

Whether you like classic favourites such as Goonies or you want to catch up on the new Hobbit trilogy (they’re screening all three!), there’s something for everyone.

Check out the full list of showtimes online.

Spring is in the air at the Floral Showhouse

Despite the chilly temps outside, it’s always spring at the Floral Showhouse! Celebrate the annual spring display in this warm and tropical setting.

The Floral Showhouse features eight annual shows, so there’s always something new in bloom!

Niagara Falls goes green for St. Paddy’s Day

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Every evening at dusk, Niagara Falls is lit in the colours of the rainbow, but on St. Patrick’s Day watch as the Falls is lit green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! And you can enjoy the show with a pint of Guinness at Elements on the Falls Restaurant.

Chef Elbert Wiersema has created a special St. Patrick’s Day feature that is sure to bring out the Irish in anyone. Enjoy an entree, dessert and coffee or tea for just $23.50 per person.

Elements on the Falls Restaurant is FeastON certified, featuring the freshest ingredients from local farms and a fantastic selection of world-class VQA wines from the vineyards of Niagara. Call (905) 354-3631 to reserve.

Don’t forget to try Chef’s latest mouth-watering creation, the Frozen Ice Wine Parfait! This Frozen Falls-themed dessert feature takes fresh vanilla-dipped apple slices that have been fried to a golden crisp, then drizzles Kittling Ridge ice wine brandy caramel sauce on top. Served over vanilla ice cream, this Niagara-inspired winter treat is the perfect finish!

Feature menu in front of pink and blue Falls

Discover the Wonder & Save

Make March Break an adventure with the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass, including the breathtaking Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, and Butterfly Conservatory for just $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free! You’ll also get two days on WEGO, so leave the driving to us!

The kids will love the new Nocturnal: Creatures of the Night exhibit, included in the Pass.

You can even buy online and print your tickets from home.