Weed of the Week – Curly Dock

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

5/11/15 10:38 AM

Curly Dock (Rumex crispus)

Life Cycle – Perennial broadleaf weed

Growth Habit – Basal rosette 

Leaves – Long oval shaped with curly and wavy margins

Roots – Deep, Thick branched taproot

Flower Colour – Greenish sepals becoming reddish brown at maturity

Control – Easy to control

 

 

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Common Mowing Problems!

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

5/9/15 8:45 AM

Poor lawn maintenance practices and techniques can affect the condition
of a lawn and cause unwanted problems. Here’s a list of things
to avoid or eliminate from your lawn maintenance routine.



Dull Blades

Dull mower blades rip and tear the blades of grass making the
plant weak and susceptible to disease and other stresses.
The aesthetic appearance is also affected leaving the turf
appear brown and unhealthy.

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Natural Dandelion Killer

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

5/8/15 10:00 AM

Natural Dandelion Killer

There are several natural dandelion killer products that are effective at controlling dandelion infestations in lawns.  As an alternative to using traditional chemical herbicides,  natural dandelion killer products are a great option especially in restricted areas where traditional products are banned for use. 

 

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How to Kill Dandelions

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

5/6/15 6:00 PM

There are many different options when determining how to effectively kill dandelions.  Dandelions can be difficult to completely eliminate so selecting the right control method is important.

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Nutri-Lawn Cleans up Nova Scotia! ~#GladToCleanUp

Posted by Steve Smith

5/5/15 11:58 AM

 

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Weed of the Week – Ground Ivy

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

5/4/15 10:47 AM

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Life Cycle – Perennial broadleaf weed

Growth Habit – Prostrate

Leaves – Round, kidney or heart shaped with broad rounded teeth on margins

Roots – Creeping stolons, fibrous

Flower Colour – Purple

Control – Difficult to control

 

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Common Lawn Problems - Lawn Thatch Accumulation

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

5/3/15 11:00 AM

Lawn thatch can be described as a tight and fibrous layer of living, dead and decaying organic matter primarily consisting of stems, crowns, and shoot growth of the grass.  This layer develops above the soil surface and accumulates when the rate of shoot growth exceeds the rate at which the above ground parts of the plant decompose.  When this takes place an excessive thatch layer begins to accumulate and become undesirable.  More than ½” is typically considered excessive.

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What are the Best Practices for Lawn Mowing?

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

5/2/15 8:48 AM

Proper lawn maintenance can make a big difference in maintaining the
condition of a healthy lawn. Mowing is often viewed as one
of the most important and beneficial practices you, as a home
owner can do. The taller the plant, the deeper the roots and
the thicker the lawn will be. A thick lawn is your best defense
against weeds, disease and insect infestation.


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Common Home Lawn Problems - Bentgrass means a Slow Spring Green Up

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/29/15 2:30 PM

Spring Lawn Care -  Slow Bentgrass Green up

Have you ever wondered why some sections of the lawn are slow to green up and take longer to come out of dormancy during the spring?  Creeping bent is notorious for greening up slowly, especially compared with Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass.  As a result, sporadic sections of the lawn remain dormant and straw coloured until the creeping bentgrass catches up with the other grass species that were quick to green up.  This can sometimes take several weeks before the creeping bentgrass finally does catch up.

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Weed of the Week – Canadian Thistle

Posted by Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

4/27/15 10:26 AM

Canada Thistle (cirsium arvense)

Life Cycle – Perennial broadleaf weed

Growth Habit – Erect, Rosette

Leaves – Wavy margins lobed with spines

Roots – Extensive rhizomes

Flower Colour – Pink / purple

Control – Easy to control

 

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