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Week of August 26, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Aug 25th, 2013

Check out our star-studded guest lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, on our City Video iOS and Android apps, or right here at BTtoronto.ca!

Robin Thicke performs in Entertainment City special

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013

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Robin Thicke, the man behind song of the summer ‘Blurred Lines,’ joined Dina Pugliese at the City headquarters in Toronto last week for an exclusive interview and performance, airing as an Entertainment City special this Thursday.

In front of a live studio audience, Thicke opened up about fame, family and what it feels like to have the summer’s #1 hit.

The interview took a turn for the emotional when Thicke was joined on stage by his father, Growing Pains actor Alan Thicke. It was the first time the two have shared the spotlight since Robin Thicke’s recent rise to pop superstardom, and the senior Thicke was brought to tears when the singer talked about how he credits his father with much of his success.

“We were so excited that Alan and Robin shared this heartfelt and uniquely Canadian moment with the City family today, and with our viewers,” said Jordan Schwartz, Vice President, In-House Productions, Rogers Media.

For a sneak peek, watch the clip below.

Entertainment City: Robin Thicke, hosted by Dina Pugliese and KiSS 92.5’s Adam Wylde, airs Thursday, August 22 at 7pm ET/MT/PT and 6pm CT on City.

Follow along on social media during the broadcast with hashtag #THICKEcity.

With files from Suzanne Ellis, Cityline.ca.

Your one-stop shop for everything back to school!

Cityline | posted Monday, Aug 19th, 2013

Stock Photo by Sean Lockewww.digitalplanetdesign.com

That’s right–it’s almost that time of year again.  

Students are gearing up to go back to school, and our friends at Cityline.ca have put together an extensive guide to make sure your scholars are ready to start another school year off on the right foot!

Backed by Cityline’s team of trusted lifestyle experts, read up on everything you need to know from easy peanut-free lunch options, to parenting tips, to must-know university survival advice.

Click here go back to school with Cityline.ca!

Your chance to see Robin Thicke live in studio

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 8th, 2013

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Known for his hit “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke will be stopping by next week to take part in an intimate Entertainment City special with some of his biggest fans.

Thicke will be giving a live interview and performance at the City headquarters with our Dina Pugliese and KiSS 92.5‘s Adam Wylde Tuesday morning after BT.

We are giving you at home a chance to be part of our live studio audience on Tuesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. All you need to do is email us at contests@bttoronto.ca and tell us the name of his new album. Be sure to include your full name and daytime telephone number.

Good luck!

Robin Thicke on BT next Tuesday!

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

Hey, hey, hey!

Yes, you heard that right!  Set your alarms, Robin Thicke, known for his summer chart-topper “Blurred Lines,” will be stopping by the City headquarters next Tuesday morning.  You at home can watch BT to see his interview with Dina Pugliese live.

Tune into Breakfast Television tomorrow morning to find out how you can be a part of our intimate Entertainment City audience with our Dina Pugliese, KiSS 92.5‘s Adam Wylde, and Thicke himself!

Frankie Flowers: How to take care of grubs!

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

What are grubs?

Grubs are the larvae stage of a beetle and or chafer. In Ontario most likely a June or Japanese beetle!!

Are they harmful?

Grubs are not harmful to humans but they do destroy our lawns by eating the fibrous roots of grass type plants during the growing season. Damage is more noticeable later on during summer months during dry periods when lawns slow and growth and struggle to survive. At this time you may notice brown patches.

The adult stage of grubs…beetles and chafers are harmful to gardens as they eat almost everything in sight including trees, flowering shrubs, annuals, perennials and vegetables.

Skunks, Raccoons, Moles tearing up your lawn?

The most common way people discover they have grubs is in early spring when rodents, and fuzz friends tear up lawns in search of them. Grubs are a rich source of protein for or furry friends including skunks, raccoons, moles and feathered friends too! In fact these guys are taking care of your grub population but the problem is they are destroying your lawn at the same time!

How do you stop the digging and tunneling??

You need to discourage them! By smell…apply bloodmeal (Garden Care) to areas …skunks, raccoons, and moles hate the smell. Bloodmeal needs to be reapplied after rain. For permanent control you need to get rid of the grubs!!

Controlling Grubs:

Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide limits options for grub control. Previous to the ban a chemical product called Merit was used but now Nematodes are one of the only options. Nematodes are microscopic organisms that are naturally occurring and present in the soil. They are harmless to wildlife, pets and humans so you may use your lawn immediately after applying. Nematodes die off when the grub population in your soil is reduced.

Nematodes are best used as a preventative application to control newly hatched larvae so the best time to apply them is in late August to early October. They infect grubs within 2 days of application and kill them within 14 days. Nematodes will not kill the entire grub population in your lawn, but will reduce it drastically.

NOTE: NEMATODES NEED TO BE REFRIDGEATED

Nematode application

It is ideal to apply Nematodes from the end of August to October.grubbusters

Nematodes should be applied to very moist soil (the will die if applied to dry soil). It is recommended that you water your lawn well BEFORE applying nematodes. This also drives the grubs closer to the surface which makes it easier for the nematodes to reach them.
Nematodes should not be applied on bright sunny days, as UV light will kill them. It is recommended that you apply them early or late in the day, or on an overcast day. Ideally, apply the Nematodes on a rainy day, as it will aid in the watering in of the Nematodes.
Nematodes should be sprayed into the lawn using a sprayer designed specifically for nematode application. For the nematodes to work effectively, it is essential to water the soil as soon as possible as the water helps them to penetrate further into the soil, where the grubs live.

Note: Having your lawn aerated before applying nematodes will aid in the movement of the grubs into the root zone of your lawn.

YOUR CHECKLIST:

EARLY SPRING:

Monitor for grub damage
Repair damaged areas
Aerate
Level, top-dress with soil and over seed areas damaged by raccoons, skunks or moles.
Keep Moist.

SUMMER:

Apply Nematodes

EARLY FALL:

Apply Nematodes
Overseed

NOTE: I also recommend Early Spring, Summer and Fall Fertilizing of lawn for optimal health. My Fav is CIL GOLFGREEN!!

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