RE:nourish

re_nourish

Inside every company there is the heart and soul of the people who make its brand so valuable. At Nutrilawn we say “We Nourish Lawns and Lives.” That is why we have created our most meaningful idea. We call it re:nourish.

re:nourish is our program to nurture the communities around us – both near and far – by giving back to them their greenery. Every part of our organization, the employees of our corporate office and our franchisees, are committing themselves through various projects to making the environment more lush and more nourished.

Our Beliefs

  1. We believe that the idea and reality of community is the bedrock of a healthy society
  2. We believe that everyone can contribute in some way to the health of a community somewhere
  3. We believe that when we nourish a community we nurture its future

The way we organize our efforts we call From The Ground Up

  1. We find projects with which we can engage
  2. If we can bring our experience and expertise, as well as our passion, for healthy grass and exquisite irrigation to the project, we will
  3. If we can mobilize our whole franchise system to contribute to a project that helps the community, such as a Food Bank, we will
  4. We contribute individually and as a group

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Congratulations to Kelly Scott and her team on winning the BC Scotties Provincial Tournament on January 21, 2013. Kelly and her teammates, Jeanna Schraeder, Sarah Wazeny and Sasha Carter will be competing in the Canadian National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston, Ontario in February 2013.

Kelly Scott, the Team Skip, is part of the Nutrilawn ownership group in Kelowna, B.C. and is an active member of the local community in Renourishing Lives through sports and various community programs.

Team Scott has represented British Colombia and Canada in National and World Championships. Team Scott demonstrates outstanding dedication and commitment to a winning record of accomplishment year after year, which serves as a role model to aspiring young athletes. Nutri-Lawn is proud to support this group of athletes in helping them achieve their sporting dreams and goals.

Team Scott has a history of winning at all levels and has set its sights to represent Canada at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

  • BC Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champions (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • World Women’s Gold Medalist (2007)
  • World Women’s Bronze Medalist (2006)
  • 2 time Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champions (2006, 2007)
  • World Curling Tour “Team of the Year” (2006, 2007)
  • Canadian Olympic Trials Silver Medalist (2005)
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees (2008)
  • World Junior Women’s Gold Medalist (1995)

The entire Nutrilawn Family is cheering for Team Scott in their Championship quest. We invite you to follow Team Scott and enjoy the journey with Nutri-Lawn’s curling connection. You can view the team’s schedule and results with the following links:

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 6 – LOW TEMPERATURE KILL

Extreme cold temperature conditions persisting for days, weeks and even months are nothing but normal to many parts of Canada during the winter months.  The winter of 2014 has proven to be this just this, with an exclamation point at the end of extreme cold temperatures lasting for months!  When the mercury dips below freezing the turfgrass plant is exposed to many extremes that can cause damage.  These freezing conditions cause damage, and Direct Low Temperature Kill is what this is known as.

The turfgrass plant in large part is comprised of water and when freezing temperatures occur, the water freezes forming ice crystals inside the turfgrass plant ultimately causing the damage.  Direct low temperature kill is most commonly a result when rapid drops in temperature occur, or when extreme cold temperatures persist.  Several factors can affect direct low temperature kill including:  the susceptibility of the turfgrass species, plant hardiness, rapidness of freezing, the number of times the plant freezes, and the rate of thawing.

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Extreme Low Temperatures

Although there is no exact direct low temperature kill measurement or way to determine if, when, and how bad the damage could be, plant hardiness as it relates to turfgrass species tells us more about which species are more susceptible.  Creeping Bentgrass, and Kentucky Bluegrass are regarded as having very good plant hardiness whereas perennial ryegrass and fine fescue have poor plant hardiness in which case low temperature kill damage is a lot more apparent on these species.

An aggressive approach to speed up recovery in the damage areas include a combination of cultural practices.  Core aeration, overseeding, topdressing, and slitseeding may be required.

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

PART 5 – WINTER DESICCATION

Add winter desiccation to the long list of what can happen to your lawn during the winter months.  Winter Desiccation takes place when the turfgrass plant is in its dormant or semi-dormant stages and can cause varying degrees of damage severity.  All turfgrass species are prone to winter desiccation if the right conditions persist.  Winter Desiccation occurs when the leaves and other parts of the turfgrass plant are damaged often to the point of death because its roots are unable to supply enough water to keep up with the amount of water the turfgrass plant is losing to the atmosphere.

Prolonged snow coverage during the winter months is considered ideal and certainly helps reduce the risk of desiccation damage.  Snow provides valuable moisture, and acts like a blanket, insolating the turfgrass and covering it from the potential harsh winter winds and unfavorable conditions.   Without snow coverage, preventing damage from desiccation is difficult if susceptible site conditions exist or the weather conditions are less than ideal.  The most severe damage typically occurs when there is no snow coverage and Dry, windy conditions persist.  Generally, the worst affected spots in the lawn are in elevated areas, on exposed slopes, and well drained sites in sandy soils.

The extent of the desiccation damage can range from minor to severe.  If minor damage has occurred, the lawn should recover on its own during the spring when the lawn begins to actively grow and break dormancy.  If major damage has occurred, aggressive renovation practices will be required to repair these areas.  Cultural practices such as Core Aeration, Overseeding, Topdressing and Slitseeding may be required.

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

PART 4 – CROWN HYDRATION

 

Crown Hydration continues to be one of the most destructive yet least preventable forms of winter kill that causes damage to a lawn.  Crown hydration commonly occurs during the late winter months when warmer daytime temperatures cause the snow to melt followed by rapid freezing temperatures.  The worst affected areas are in the low lying, poorly drained soils that are prone to standing water.  Under these conditions the turfgrass crown begins to absorb water and become saturated.  Extreme temperature fluctuations cause thawing and rapid refreezing creating ice crystals in the turfgrass plant cells that ultimately rupture and cause plant death.

Predicting when and how extreme damage could be from crown hydration is very difficult when considering temperature extremes and other environmental conditions that the turfgrass is faced with.   There is no exact science that determines under what circumstances crown hydration will cause the most damage or the turfgrasses ability to withstand the susceptibility.  Eliminating standing water by improving soil drainage is one of the best methods to help prevent crown hydration.  Proper fall fertilizing, can also help prepare and improve the turfgrass plants hardiness for the winter months that will reduce the susceptibility to damage as well.

Damage caused by crown hydration can vary from extreme turf death to minor damage where the turf can recover on its own.  As mentioned above, poorly drained soils, and low lying areas are commonly the worst affected that will require the most repair to fix the damage.  A combination of cultural practices such as core aeration, overseeding, slitseeding and topdressing will help with re-establishing the damaged turf.  If drainage or poor soil conditions exist, it is recommend to address these problems to help prevent possible damage from occurring in the future.

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter Months?

PART 3 – ICE DAMAGE

The effects of Ice coverage can cause varying degrees of lawn damage depending on the severity of the ice coverage, the length of exposure, and the hardiness of the turfgrass species effected.   Where snow coverage is generally considered desirable with the exception of the increased risk for snow mold disease, ice coverage on the other hand is more of a concern and is undesirable often causing more severe damage that requires renovation practices to speed up recovery.

The formation of ice coverage can take place from a number of different factors including freezing rain and rain, poorly drained soil and areas where standing water settles and freezes, and the natural melting of snow and refreezing as ice.   The critical duration of ice coverage before plant death starts to occur is usually somewhere between 30 – 120 days depending on the turfgrass species.  Creeping Bentgrass and Kentucky Bluegrass both have excellent winter hardiness making them less susceptible to winter kill related issues.   Fine fescue and perennial ryegrass have poor winter hardiness and are far more susceptible to ice damage and other winter kill causes.

Long durations of ice coverage significantly increase the chances for severe turf damage regardless of the turf species.  Plant death occurs as a result of ice coverage by the following reasons.  Carbon dioxide gas builds up and becomes toxic when it is trapped under the ice, crown hydration takes place when freezing and thawing occurs and plant cells rupture resulting in death, and the plants hardiness is weakened and reduces its susceptibility to resist damage.

The extent of the turf damage is first visible when the snow and ice melt away, and in many cases this damage may be isolated to only certain areas of the lawn specifically in the lower lying spots and also in the shaded areas where the ice coverage persisted the longest.  If complete death has occurred, an aggressive combination of renovation practices such as slitseeding, topdressing, and core aeration will help repair these areas.  If the damage is sparse and only appears minor, the lawn can usually recover on its own or a light seeding can help speed the recovery up.

Coping with the Big Defrost: Spring Lawn Maintenance in Ottawa

With the enjoyable advantages of spring and summer comes the added work of spring lawn maintenance in Ottawa. Lawn drainage is a big dilemma that many homeowners will be faced with as the temperature continues to slowly rise. However, dealing with the Big Defrost and the accompanying drainage problems doesn’t have to be difficult.

If you’re having major drainage issues, you may have to rework your lawn a bit, or change your Ottawa lawn maintenance methods. Remember that prevention methods are always worth it when it comes to avoiding the heady costs and extensive amounts of time that goes into fixing a ruined yard or basement. Read on for tips from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa that will help you keep your yard and house from becoming swamps.

Don’t Let the Snow Gather
As fun as parties may be, the last thing you want is for the snow to gather in your yard for a little end of winter farewell shindig. When your snow gathers in one area of your yard, the soil in that area will struggle to soak up all of the excess water as the snow melts. When the snow does eventually melt, you’ll find those patches ruined while the rest of your yard is ready for spring. Spread the snow around to prevent this.

If your yard becomes patchy anyway, you can overseed to bring life back to your yard. Overseeding is a common lawn maintenance technique that involves introducing grass seed to the patchy areas to balance out the thickness of your lawn. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa has a successful overseeding program to turn your lawn into a sea of plush green grass.

Level Your Lawn
If you’re having issues with water dripping into your basement when the snow melts each spring, you probably need to work re-levelling into your lawn care preparation. Lawns that are horizontally balanced or that slightly slope back toward the house are more likely to encourage leakage into the basement.

Check your lawn’s levelling. If your lawn has one of the two levelling issues mentioned above, then it’s time to rework the slope of your lawn so it goes toward the road. A downward slope will carry the melt down to the road, successfully preventing water from draining into your home. While some homeowners are dissuaded from doing this because of the work it takes, re-levelling your lawn is considerably less work than dealing with leakage and is a highly successful method of improving drainage.

Dig a Trench
Lawns that have especially tough drainage issues may need a trench to help direct water off of your lawn onto the street. French drains and downspout drains are common types for residential Ottawa lawn maintenance.

As the rainy season picks up, you may also want to consider rain harvesting. Though it doesn’t help with the big melt at surface level, this is a particularly handy tool in spring lawn maintenance in Ottawa during the rainy season. The water you collect in rain barrels can then be used for your gardens. Rain harvesting has the added benefit of being an effective form of water conservation to save you money and to protect water sources, as well as keeping a water supply on hand in case of drought.

Include Basins in Your Ottawa Lawn Maintenance
It’s not enough to maintain your lawn alone. At Nutri-Lawn Ottawa, we recommend maintaining your surrounding basins, troughs, trenches, and drains. As spring hits, clear out debris from your troughs, any drainage trenches, and the catch basins on the street in front of your house, if you have any. This is a good habit to work into your spring lawn care and maintenance practices to ensure your drainage is effective.

Don’t wait to start on your spring lawn maintenance in Ottawa for 2014. Contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today to begin preparing your lawn for a successful spring and summer.

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