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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Topics: The Grass Expert, Lawn Care

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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Topics: The Grass Expert, Ottawa

Improve the Quality of Your Lawn Soil

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/11/15 9:00 AM

What lies beneath is often easily overlooked and in the case
of a lawn, it’s the lawn soil that plays a very important part in
determining how well a lawn can perform. Spring is a great
time of the year to improve the condition and quality of your
lawns soil.


Soils lacking in organic matter, poor drainage, excessive
compaction, acidic pH, and poor structure can all be
improved to benefit the lawn.

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Spring Lawn Care Guide

Posted by Jordan Lavin, Nutri-Lawn COO

4/10/15 4:20 PM

Download this great guide to Spring Lawn Care for all the best tips to get your lawn off to the best start this season! 

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The Importance of Spring Drainage

Posted by Don McQueen, Franchise Owner at Nutri-Lawn

4/10/15 1:02 PM

The Importance of Spring Drainage

After a long winter, spring is finally here to clear away those last remnants of snow and bring in the blossoms. Unfortunately, it’s not so simple. Nutri-Lawn Burlington knows that it takes work to transform your lawn from the barren winter landscape that it becomes from October to March into the gorgeous, verdant oasis that you want it to be in the spring and summer.

One of the most important things to include in your spring landscape maintenance is a great drainage system. Use your Nutri-Lawn lawn care services to redirect the excess water away from your grass and gardens. Read on to find out how you can use your Nutri-Lawn Burlington lawn care services to drain your lawn properly, and avoid the consequences of too much water.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Burlington

How Overseeding Will Transform Your Lawn

Posted by Thom Bourne, Franchise Owner at Nutri-Lawn

4/10/15 1:00 PM

How Overseeding Will Transform Your Lawn

Does your lawn look a little worse for wear now that the snow has melted and the grass has been uncovered? Winter can cause dead patches from the cold. It’s not hard to fix patchy parts in your yard with the right Ottawa lawn care services from Nutri-Lawn. Overseeding is the number 1 way of revitalizing your yard.

Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can help you understand the benefits of overseeding your lawn and can include it in your Nutri-Lawn lawn care program. Read on to find out more about this Ottawa lawn maintenance practice.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Ottawa

Protect Your Lawn from Diseases this Spring

Posted by Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

4/10/15 12:58 PM

Protect Your Lawn from Diseases this Spring

Spring has arrived and with it comes both benefits and hassles. One of those hassles are lawn diseases that can potentially disrupt the beauty and usefulness of your yard. Fortunately, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver can help you defeat your lawn foes with spring lawn maintenance.

Lawn diseases can do a number on your yard, so there is some information you’ll want to know to make sure that doesn’t happen. Below are Vancouver lawn maintenance tips from Nutri-Lawn Vancouver to help you know what you’re up against, and the best ways to combat the threat.

 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Vancouver

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