Caring for Your Lawn During a Stage 3 Water Restrictions

Posted by nutrilawn

7/30/15 3:49 PM

Despite the rain Vancouver was only to happy to receive last week, we’re still not in the clear when it comes to water restrictions. The Greater Vancouver Area still needs to conserve water as much as ever! In fact, as of July 20, 2015, the Greater Vancouver Area is in a Stage 3 water restriction, with the possibility of progressing to a Stage 4 should it become necessary. Water is in higher demand than ever during this incredibly hot and dry summer. To add insult to injury, metro Vancouver’s water reservoirs are taking a serious hit. See the most up to date information here. Furthermore, at the time of writing, British Columbia is battling 68 active wildfires larger than 10 hectares. Conserving what has never been more important in the greater Vancouver area.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Vancouver, caring for your lawn, water restriction, stage 3 water restrictions, water shortage

Poison Ivy - Do you know enough about this poisonous plant?!

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

7/29/15 2:47 PM

Poison Ivy - Leaves of three? Let it be!

Poison-ivy is a woody perennial. It may grow as dwarf, shrubby plants only a few centimetres high and carpeting the ground, or as upright plants 60-90 cm (2-3 ft) high, or the vine-like form may twine around trees, shrubs and posts, and reach a considerable distance above the ground. These vines often develop root-like structures which act as attachments, but apparently do not damage the living plants to which they attach themselves.

Poison ivy can be found in every province except Newfoundland. It grows on sandy, stony, or rocky shores, and sprouts in thickets, in clearings, and along the borders of woods and roadsides. This glossy perennial can spread by seed or by producing shoots from its extensive underground stems.

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DANGER! Giant Hogweed outbreak!

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

7/29/15 2:22 PM

Giant Hogweed is becoming a pandemic in many rural and suburban areas. This plant is known for its grandure size, it is an invassive, noxious weed that emits a sap that can cause blisters and potential blindness if it comes in contact with the eyes.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Ajax, Pickering, Kingston, Ottawa, Moncton, Nappanee, Ganonoque, Fredericton, Sault St.Marie, Sudbury, Barrie, York North, York South, Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Woodstock, Whitby, Milton, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Poisionous Weeds, Giant Hog Weed

Chinch Bug Alert!

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

7/29/15 12:31 PM

Summer heat is in full effect and lawns are now showing signs of stress and browning out. Be aware, this could be more than just drought. Tiny surface insects called Chinch Bugs are very common during the summer months. Chinch Bugs can cause significant damage to the turf and can easily be mistaken for drought and heat stress if they are left untreated.  Inspecting your lawn closely will reveal if it’s just regular drought stress or damage caused by chinch bugs

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Dartmouth, Ajax, Pickering, Kingston, Ottawa, Moncton, Nappanee, Ganonoque, Fredericton, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Kelowna, Sault St.Marie, Sudbury, Barrie, York North, York South, Toronto, Oakville, Parksville, Kamloops, Okanagan West, Winnipeg, Calgary, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Woodstock, Whitby, Milton, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, chinch bugs, chinch bug control, removing chinch bugs, signs of chinch bugs, chinch bug removal, chinch bug lawn damage

Monitoring for Chinch Bugs

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

7/29/15 12:26 PM

Chinch Bugs are very tiny, but can cause major damage to a lawn. The nymphal life stage of the chinch bugs life cycle is the most damaging.  They can be identified by their bright red colour highlighted with a horizontal white stripe across its back. The best place to monitor and look for active chinch bugs are across areas of the lawn where the stressed turf meets the healthy turf.  In order to find them you will have to get down on your hands and knees and spread the turf apart to examine the thatch layer.  If chinch bugs are present, you will see them (although very tiny) actively running along the surface of the soil and through the thatch.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Dartmouth, Ajax, Pickering, Kingston, Ottawa, Moncton, Nappanee, Ganonoque, Fredericton, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Kelowna, Sault St.Marie, Sudbury, Barrie, York North, York South, Toronto, Oakville, Parksville, Kamloops, Okanagan West, Winnipeg, Calgary, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Woodstock, Whitby, Milton, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, chinch bugs, chinch bug control, removing chinch bugs, signs of chinch bugs, chinch bug removal, chinch bug lawn damage

Nutri-Lawn Employee Profiles - Get to Know the Team! - Ryan Crawford

Posted by Steve Smith

7/28/15 2:44 PM

Ryan Crawford has been in the lawn care business for 12-years, and with Nutri-Lawn for the last 5.

 

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Topics: Halifax employee profiles

Nutri-Lawn Irrigation – Toro Evolution Controller

Posted by Steve Smith

7/28/15 2:29 PM

Introducing the next generation in controllers! With an intuitive interface and exclusive menu features for "smart" control, the new Toro® EVOLUTION® is an easy choice for residential applications.

 

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Topics: Halifax

Worst Lawn Pests and How To Get Rid Of Them

Posted by Thom Bourne, Franchise Owner at Nutri-Lawn

7/28/15 2:16 PM

There is nothing more disheartening than spending hours and hours watering, weeding, and mowing your lawn only to find that lawn bugs are making your gorgeous lawn their newest feeding ground. Instead of throwing up your hands and walking away, the best way to combat lawn pests is to learn about them! In the following article you will learn about the most common lawn pests that thrive throughout Ontario’s lawns, and how to deal with them. 

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Topics: Ottawa, Lawn insects, nutri-lawn ottawa, lawn bugs, getting rid of grubs, chinch bugs

Crabgrass…why are you so healthy??

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

7/28/15 11:14 AM

Each and every year as the summer heat come on, and the drought follows, Crabgrass infestations thrive!

Crabgrass is an annual plant, which means it dies each year in the fall and then germinates again in the next year beginning in late spring and into summer.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Dartmouth, Penticton, Ajax, Pickering, Kingston, Ottawa, Moncton, Nappanee, Ganonoque, Fredericton, Nova Scotia, St.John's, Halifax, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Sault St.Marie, Sudbury, Barrie, York North, York South, Toronto, Oakville, Lawn Care, Victoria, Parksville, Vancouver, Kamloops, Okanagan West, Winnipeg, Surrey, Calgary, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Woodstock, Whitby, Milton, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Weed Control

Effective Mosquito Control Products

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

7/28/15 11:01 AM

Effective Mosquito Control Products

The 2 most common methods for controlling mosquitoes are with either larvicides or adulticides.   

Larvicides are generally used for incidences where reducing or eliminating standing water breeding sites is not practical or feasible.   Larvicides are applying as a liquid or a granular to the standing pools of water and target the control of the mosquito larvae before they develop and reach the adult life cycle.  Bti (bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis) and methoprene are common products used for larviciding.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Dartmouth, Ajax, Pickering, Kingston, Ottawa, Moncton, Nappanee, Ganonoque, Fredericton, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Kelowna, Sault St.Marie, Sudbury, Barrie, York North, York South, Toronto, Oakville, Winnipeg, Calgary, Mississauga, Burlington, Cambridge, Woodstock, Whitby, Milton, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, mosquito remedies, mosquito control

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