Insects of the Week - Ants

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/24/15 10:17 AM

Ants are mainly considered a beneficial insect as they relate to lawns.  Several species of ants commonly inhabit home lawns and other ornamental planting including shrubs and trees.  There are over 400 species of ants that inhabit North America.  Some are parasitic to other insects-including other ants, and some are plant eaters.  Many others are omnivores and feed on both plants and flesh of vertebrates and invertebrates.  Their food source may be alive or dead.  Most species do not cause direct harm to humans, but a few can cause a painful sting, such as the Fire Ant. Ants contribute significantly to the control of other insect pests by feeding on their eggs or larvae. 

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Benefits of a Healthy Lawn!

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/22/15 10:09 AM

For some reason green healthy lawns make us feel good. But the benefits go well beyond.

Cooling Effect – Take off your shoes and walk in the grass. The front lawn of an average home has the cooling effect of 9 tons of air conditioning. Compare that to the 3 to 4 ton capacity of a typical central air conditioner.

Air to breathe – Turf grass absorbs sulfur dioxide, ozone and other pollutants. 2500 square feet of lawn converts carbon dioxide and other gasses into enough oxygen to sustain a family of four!

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Spring Lawn Watering Tips - Education in Proper Hydration

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/21/15 1:58 PM

It goes without saying, water is one of, if not the most important requirement the lawn depends on to maintain healthy growth. Without adequate water the lawn will become drought stressed and die. Many factors need to be taken into consideration when determining the lawns water requirements. As a general rule, most turfgrass species require about 1” of water each week to maintain healthy growth.

Cool favourable temperatures and natural precipitation are generally common during the Spring in most areas. This can reduce the lawns requirement for extra water when
conditions like this persist. If and when the lawn requires water during spring we want to be prepared for it. Many homes have in-ground irrigation systems that are programmed to automatically water the lawn. These systems should be powered on and ready for use even in the spring.

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Weed of the Week - Dandelions (taraxacum officinale)

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/20/15 8:30 PM

Identification – Bright Yellow blossoms, followed by white “puffball” seedhead

Life Cycle – Perennial broadleaf weed

Growth Habit – Basal Rosette

Leaves – Leaf margins deeply lobed, pointing in towards rosette

Roots – Thick, deep central taproot

Control Options – selective or non selective

Control – Easy to control

 

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Mowing Equipment - Making the Right Choice

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/18/15 8:48 AM

 

There are many different lawn mower options and selecting
the right equipment for your property is essential. Here are
the various mowing equipment options.

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Insects of the Week - Earthworms / Night Crawlers

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/17/15 10:30 AM

Earthworms are considered beneficial insects for lawns.  They naturally aerate the soil, improve water penetration, assist in thatch control, and add organic matter among the many benefits.  Worms are often described as Mother Natures Plow.  However, when extremely high populations of earthworms exist they can become undesirable.  High populations may disrupt grass roots or create so much upturned castings on the surface as to smother low growing blades and create a bumpy surface.  Worms are also a major food source for birds and small rodents that can cause damage to the lawn while feeding. 

 

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Time to Get Lawn Seeding!

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/16/15 1:50 PM

Spring is highly regarded as one of the best times to plant grass seed. Even the best maintained lawns usually have at least one area of concern that can use seeding in some way or another. Taking advantage of the optimal spring growing conditions make establishing seed for the average do-it-yourselfer much
easier. By following a few easy steps and remembering a handful of helpful guidelines new grass will be growing in no time.

Seed Selection

Among many things, selecting the right type of seed is an essential step in the process of successfully establishing turf. It is very important to select a seed blend that will accommodate the growing conditions and environment it is planted in. Some grass species perform well in sun, but poorly in shade. To help
make things easier, most seed manufactures label the seed bag for the condition the blend is recommended to grow best in. for example, a bag of seed might be labelled Sun Mixture, Sun/Shade Mixture, or Shade Mixture. Most mixtures contain several species of grass so they can accommodate multiple growing conditions. Kentucky Bluegrass and perennial Ryegrass perform best in full sun environments, while fine fescue can perform well in sun or shade conditions.

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Dog Urine Damage ! - Urine Spots

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/15/15 11:09 AM

Dog urine damage is a common problem that many homeowners are challenged with.  This can be frustrating and damage can be difficult to prevent from occurring.   There are numerous home remedies and retail products that claim to correct or prevent this problem, but most are ineffective and some can make the problem even worse. 

 

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Spring Mowing - Keeping Your Lawn Perfectly Manicured

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/13/15 1:41 PM

As simple as it sounds, there happens to be a lot more to
mowing grass then just firing up the lawnmower and pushing
it back and forth across the lawn. The overall performance
of the lawn relies heavily on the mowing practices that are
performed throughout the season. no other machine will
be used as often as the lawnmower on the lawn so its
important a good set of general guidelines are followed
and the mower itself is in good working condition for the
first mowing of the season.

You can download our complete lawn mowing guide as well: 

Download ~Mowing Guide

 

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Green Up & Thicken your lawn by Overseeding!

Posted by nutrilawn

4/13/15 11:21 AM

One of the most common issues that concern our customers in the spring is once the snow melts; the lawn appears to be brown and thin. The Ottawa area’s harsh winter weather often wreaks havoc on our lawns. Older grass plants die off, rodents such as voles make paths on the lawn under the snow and foot and pet traffic over the snow damages the turf below.

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