5 Must-Have Spring Landscape Maintenance Tips

Spring is almost here and your lawn’s hibernation season is coming to a close. It’s time to prepare spring landscape maintenance to help your lawn become the beautiful sea of green, blossoms, and foliage that it’s set to morph into. There are some key techniques and Burlington landscape services to help your yard get ready for the upcoming melt, and successive heat. Nutri-Lawn Burlington can assist in carrying your lawn to perfection with these 5 must-have steps.

1. Spread the Snow
This is one of the simplest spring landscape maintenance tips, but also one of the most useful. After a long snowy winter, it’s normal for piles of snow to build up around a lawn from the constant shovelling and ploughing of roadways. However, snow piled up around your yard can have a truly damaging effect. Mounds of snow concentrated into a single area will have the consequence of ruining the grass beneath.

Spread the snow around to avoid grass destruction, and to help drainage. This will also prevent mould and diseases from spawning on your lawn, which thrive in patches where there is too much water to soak into the soil.

2. Overseed your Lawn
Even after spreading the snow, you may still find patchy areas in your grass where the hard winter has torn at the health of grass roots. In this case, it’s time to add overseeding to your Nutri-Lawn landscape services.

Overseeding is the process of planting new grass seed on your lawn, to bring back that plush, healthy blanket of emerald. Nutri-Lawn Burlington can help you overseed your lawn to take away the hassle of spring landscape maintenance.

3. Core Aeration with Nutri-Lawn Burlington
Core aeration is a practice that should be worked into your annual Burlington landscape services. It punches holes into your lawn in order to reduce compaction in your soil, which appears after months of foot traffic across the yard. It is one of the simplest Nutri-Lawn landscape services, but one with myriad lasting benefits.

Core aeration opens up routes for your irrigation to reach the grass roots more effectively. This will inspire deeper roots to grow as they reach further down to collect the water, therefore creating stronger grass. Aeration is one of the Nutri-Lawn landscape services that protects against droughts in the summer, as more of your water is lapped up by the soil, rather than evaporating beneath a scorching sun.

4. Be Careful with Fertilization
Generally, fertilization is best done in the fall, rather than the spring. However, if you forgot your fall fertilization, or if you want to give a little more of a dose to your yard, you may apply spring fertilizer. It’s best to go easy on this, though, as too much fertilizer will suffocate the roots of your grass with an excessive amount of surface growth.

It’s important to do some research into fertilizers to find out which one is best for your lawn. Nutri-Lawn Burlington offers a variety of fertilizers for any homeowner’s specifics.

5. Polish up the Mower
One of the most important lawn care services is lawn mowing. A bad mow-job can have even worse effects than you may imagine. Dull blades will tear and chop at your grass blades, and a mowing height that is too short or too high will prevent strong roots from growing.

Sharpen your mower’s blade to get the best trim. Also, adjust the height of your mower blades to ensure that you are never cutting off more or less than 1/3 of your grass blade’s height. Doing this will help your grass conserve resources by protecting surface water from the glare of the sun, while cutting your grass too short could dehydrate your lawn.

Get your Nutri-Lawn lawn care services lined up for 2014 today with a free quote from Nutri-Lawn Burlington. You’ll be glad you did!

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

PART 2 – SNOW COVERAGE

Depending on what part of the country you live in, the amount of snow coverage and the length of time the lawn is covered by snow can be significantly different region by region.  The majority of Canada with the exception of the coastal regions in British Columbia regularly experience consistent snowfall and snow coverage for the better part of 3 – 4 months (specifically December through March).  With that being said, these areas can be faced with winter kill damage that’s caused by snow coverage.

Generally speaking, when a lawn is covered with snow vs. not being covered during the harsh winter months it is usually regarded as a positive considering the lasting effects other factors can have on a lawn.  Consistent snow coverage acts similar to a blanket and helps insulate the grass plants and their roots from cold temperature extremes.  Exposure to these temperature extremes, combined with wind, ice, and freeze/thaw conditions can be very damaging without snow coverage.

Although snow provides protection against low temperature kill, wind desiccation, ice damage, and crown hydration, conversely snow coverage can help contribute to the likes of snow mold disease, and vole damage.  The same blanket effect that acts as a positive insulating the lawn as mentioned earlier, can have a negative effect providing optimal conditions for snow mold disease to transpire, and voles to tunnel their way across the lawn.  Prolonged snow coverage directly contributes to both Pink and Grey Snow Mold Disease.  The damage caused by snow mold is generally not considered severe and often times looks far worse than it really is.  The lawn typically recovers on its own in the early spring with minor renovation practices required only for the areas worst affected.

Snow Mold Damage

Snow Mold Damage

Vole Damage is another common problem that can be an un-pleasant surprise after the snow cover melts in the spring.  Voles tunnel along the surface of the lawn protected by the snow coverage and create turf damage from the surface tunnelling traffic and by feeding on the grass plants tissue.  Voles do not feed on the roots or crown of the grass plant and therefore the damage they cause is not considered severe and recovery can take place on its own or with minor renovation practices.

Vole Damage

Vole Damage

Nutri-Lawn Proudly Sponsors The First Annual Law & Order Winter Classic

Team Lawn and Team Order

Team Law (RCMP) and Team Order (Lawyers)

Team Order (St. John’s lawyers) narrowly edged Team Law (RCMP officers) 11-10 in the first annual Law and Order Winter Classic, but the kids were the day’s big winners.  The two squads came together in support of Reason for the Rink, a project started by local dad Todd Churchill with the goal of raising money for charities that assist and improve the lives of children, like his son Carter, who live with physical disabilities: Easter Seals NL, Rainbow Riders and Mazol Shriners.

Action!

Action!

Todd constructed an outdoor hockey rink in his backyard to build support and awareness for the charities — each has an in-ice logo — but it isn’t your typical backyard rink.  The rink measures 95′ x 46′ and companies can buy promotional space on its boards for ads or a logo. Head over to Reason for the Rink  for more information about the project and a schedule of upcoming games.

As part of a commitment to nourish the lives of those in the community, Nutri-Lawn was proud to sponsor and be a part of the Law and Order Winter Classic.  Congratulations to the great teams, Reason for the Rink and everyone who had a hand in making the game a success!

Nutri-Lawn Cup

The Nutri-Lawn Cup

 

 

 

What Happens To Your Lawn During The Winter Months?

What Happens To Your Lawn During The Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

 PART 1

Have you ever thought about what happens to your lawn over the winter months when it is covered under ice and snow?  Or wonder why the lawn looks so bad in the spring after the snow melts when it looked so good in the fall?  Or Better yet, all the work you will need to do this spring to quickly get the lawn looking its best again?

To help answer these questions, it is important to outline what can and commonly does happen to your lawn during the winter.  Secondly, determining the what, where, why, when, and how things take place and the damaging effects they can have on your lawn is equally as important.   Understanding this can provide helpful insight on what can be done to help prevent these things from happening next winter, and help determine what course of action might be required to fix your damaged lawn.

Measuring Snow Coverage

Measuring Snow Coverage

Winter Kill is a common term used to describe turf damage that takes place during the winter.  A number of factors and a variety of conditions can contribute to winter kill resulting in moderate to severe turf damage depending on the circumstances.  Most people assume winter kill only happens if and when snow is covering the lawn.  This is not true.  Lawns covered with snow for months at a time certainly do see their fair share of turf damage, but snow alone is not the only factor that causes damage.

Highlighted over the next several blog posts, I will outline some of the most common types of winter damage and the steps to help your lawn recover if and when they do happen.  These include the following:

Snow Coverage

Ice Damage

Crown Hydration

Desiccation

Low Temperature Kill

Snow Mold Disease

Salt Damage

Vole Damage

Nutri-Lawn Pays Tribute to Major Danny McLeod

Rob Baxby, Nutri-Lawn Kingston, pays tribute to a friend and a customer – - Major Danny McLeod – - a Canadian hero who inspired many through his military and sports accomplishments and leadership.

Danny McLeod died January 14th, 2014 at the age of 92. Mr. McLeod was a Nutri-Lawn customer for over 15 years. “He was, in my estimation, one of a kind.” He will be sorely missed at Nutri-Lawn Kingston, where he was a client and friend since we opened in 1997.

At the funeral, while delivering the eulogy, Ted Nurse told the crowd how much “the Major” loved his lawn in his retirement years. We will miss him very much at Nutri-Lawn Southeastern Ontario. If you would like to read more about Maj. Danny McLeod, he has a book out: “Always a Leader” by Ted Nurse.

Major (Retired) William John "Danny" McLeod

Major (Retired) William John “Danny” McLeod

Ben Filek was recognized for passing $1,000,000

Ben Filek was recognized for passing $1,000,000

Nutri-Lawn NS Customer Service Representative (CSR) Ben Filek was recognized for passing $1,000,000 in production over his career, at our Christmas party.

Ben has been with Nutri-Lawn since 2007 and is the CSR for the Halifax area.

Joe Tanner was recognized for passing $2,000,000

Joe Tanner was recognized for passing $2,000,000

Nutri-Lawn NS Senior Specialist Joe Tanner was recognized for passing $2,000,000 in sales over his career, at our Christmas party.

Joe has been with Nutri-Lawn since 2004 and is responsible for sales and customer experience for the Metro-Halifax area.

Drew Bugden was recognized with the “Outstanding Customer Service Award”

Drew Bugden was recognized with the “Outstanding Customer Service Award”

Nutri-Lawn NS Customer Service Representative (CSR) Drew Bugden was recognized with the “Outstanding Customer Service Award”, at our Christmas party.

Drew received the highest customer service rating and overwhelming positive feedback from his customers.

Drew has been with Nutri-Lawn since 2006 and is the CSR for Dartmouth North.

Nutri-Lawn Nova Scotia received 3 awards at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

Nutri-Lawn Nova Scotia received 3 awards at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

Nutri-Lawn Nova Scotia received 3 awards at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

  • Brand Award
  • Gold Sales Award
  • $2.2 Million Achievement

Thank-you to all our loyal customers and dedicated staff that make this success possible.

Nutri-Lawn Nova Scotia collected 939kg (2,070 lbs.) of food

Nutri-Lawn Nova Scotia collected 939kg (2,070 lbs.) of food

Nutri-Lawn Nova Scotia collected 939kg (2,070 lbs.) of food and $759.50 in employee contributions this fall in Support of Feed Nova Scotia.

This is a 280kg (617 lbs.) increase over the 659kg collected in 2012.

Thank-you to all our valued customers on behalf of FEED NOVA SCOTIA and those who rely on food banks for food and nourishment. At Nutri-Lawn we say “We Nourish Lawns and Lives”. This is our way to nurture the communities around us, by giving back to them.