Grumbling About Grubs? Get Rid of Them with Proper Lawn Care

Don’t get too comfortable with the warm weather nearing – spring lawn care is back in action and there are little pests attacking your lawn. If you’re grumbling about grubs ruining your relaxing days on the deck, you’ll be happy to know that Nutri-Lawn Ottawa has a few simple solutions. First, it’s important to know your foe. From there, you can decide on the best path to recovering your lawn. There are home DIY as well as professional lawn care services to get your yard back to its emerald splendour. Read on to find out how to combat grubs with lawn care services this summer.

What are grubs?
Grubs are actually the larvae of European chafers, Japanese beetles, Leather jackets, and June beetles. Despite the fact that they are the immature form of adult beetles, they cause an indisputable amount of ruckus to a typically healthy lawn. You’ll recognize them by their C-shaped, curved bodies, white or yellowish skin colour, and heads that are either tan or brown. They have six legs, that are, like most other bugs, quite spiny.

When is the damage done?
Grubs are particularly destructive in their growth and maturing period. At this time, their growing bodies need nourishment, and your lawn is the perfect supermarket. Depending on the type of grub you have in your lawn, this maturation period could take up to three years for a June beetle or one year for a European chafer. During this time, all of your attempts at lawn care services will be wasted on grub infestations.

Depending on the maturity of your grubs, lawn care damage is done at different times throughout the year. However, because most grub infestations aren’t perfectly timed so that every grub in your lawn is going through the exact same maturity period at the exact same time, damage can be done any time throughout April to October when the grubs are active and hungry. European chafer grubs can even be active as early as March or as late as November.

How can lawn care services help?
When you adjust your lawn care services accordingly, grubs will cease to be an issue. Now that pesticides are banned in Ontario, you’ll have to find other options to get rid of those grubs. At Nutri-Lawn Ottawa, we recommend beneficial nematodes.

Beneficial nematodes are small predators that will track and attack grubs, without harming your lawn. These little insects are only interested in grubs, however, so you don’t have to worry about harm to your children, pets, or yourself. These are an entirely environmentally friendly, natural method of lawn care.

Before you get your nematode application, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa recommends getting core aeration to create pathways for your nematodes to get deeper in the soil. Furthermore, you’ll want to keep your soil well hydrated during this time to ensure the survival of the nematodes.

Unfortunately, nematode application usually does not occur until August or September, when grubs are at their most vulnerable.

Lawn care for a grub-infested lawn
Until it’s time for your nematode application, you want to prevent more grubs from being born. Vacuum up or kill adult June beetles, European chafers, or Leather jackets as you see them. The more of these you have in your lawn, the more grubs will hatch.

Incorporate an adequate irrigation schedule into your lawn care practices. Your lawn only requires about 1-2 inches of water per week. These one to two inches should be offered in deep, long watering to guarantee the roots of your grass reach further into the soil. In doing so, your lawn’s roots will grow deeper, and therefore stronger. This is one of the more important tips from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa to increase the health of your lawn throughout a grub infestation.

If you’re not sure about how else you can adapt your lawn care services to benefit your lawn, contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today. We offer complimentary quotes to help you plan your 2014 lawn care services program around your personal needs.

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.

Mowing Secrets for a Stress-Free Lawn

Admit it, as sad as you are to see summer go, there’s a part of you that’s happy the lawn care season is winding down. All that mowing and fertilizing – it can become a handful if you’re not prepared for it. In fact, most North American’s rank major lawn care projects as one of their most dreaded summer projects.

If summer lawn care has you feeling burnt out, now’s the time to rethink your approach. You can eliminate a lot of the hassle associated with Ottawa lawn maintenance simply by shifting your approach. Take your mowing practices, for example. This autumn, we challenge you to change your mowing techniques just a tiny bit – the result will be an easier, more efficient lawn mowing experience.

Mowing Made Easy
When it comes to Ottawa lawn maintenance, make the most of each mowing treatment by following these important tips.

1) Give Your Mower a Makeover
When was the last time your lawn mower received a little TLC? Like a car, your lawn mower needs regular maintenance in order to perform effectively and efficiently. As such, it’s important to check and change the oil, the air filter, and spark plugs regularly. You’ll also want to make sure that the blade is kept nice and sharp. Our Ottawa lawn maintenance experts recommend sharpening your lawn mower blade once every ten mows to ensure a clean and smooth cut.

2) Upgrade Your Equipment
Frustrated by your mower’s performance this summer? Then it could be time to invest in some new equipment. The autumn is the perfect time to get a great deal on a new mower, so keep an eye on your flyers. Just remember: not all mowers are equal. You’ll want to look for a mower that matches your lawn’s unique terrain and mowing requirements. For help with this, feel free to contact our Ottawa lawn maintenance office.

3) Perform a Clean Sweep
Get a jump-start on your spring cleaning this autumn with a power raking and dethatching treatment from Nutri-Lawn. Running over lawn debris with your mower can cause serious damage to the blades on your machine, as well as harm your lawn. What’s more, leaving debris on your lawn can really hinder your turf’s natural growing process during the fall months. Power raking and dethatching helps to ensure that your lawn has the ability to absorb all of the moisture, nutrients, and sunlight it needs to stay healthy all winter long.

4) Raise Your Blade
A healthy lawn is a longer lawn. As such, don’t be afraid to raise the blade on your lawn mower, especially during the cooler autumn months. Never put your blade lower than 7 centimeters. Your grass needs the top part of the plant to properly produce food, chop it too close to the surface of your turf and you could cause it a lot of undue stress.

5) Aerate and Feed Your Lawn
A healthier lawn will require less mowing maintenance. This is why it’s important to keep up with seasonal fertilizer treatments. Increase the efficiency of your autumn fertilizer application by coupling it with a core aeration Ottawa lawn maintenance treatment. Following these treatments, leave your lawn to grow for a few days before mowing again. The stress of aeration and mowing at the same time could cause more damage than good.

When it comes to Ottawa lawn maintenance, relax – you’ve got nothing to stress out about! Contact the lawn experts at Nutri-Lawn today for more information on mowing techniques and other stress-free lawn care treatments.

Fall in Love With Autumn Lawn Care

Fall in Love With Autumn Lawn Care

 

As an Ottawa homeowner, you likely go to great lengths to keep your lawn looking great during the spring and summer months. But what about when autumn rolls around? Just because the leaves are falling doesn’t give you permission to fall behind on your Ottawa lawn care duties.

 

How you care for your lawn in the fall has a significant impact on how your turf will perform the following year. So don’t start slacking off just yet. Here are five fall lawn care tips from the experts at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa to help you lay the ground work for a lush, green lawn next spring:

 

1)    Fall Fertilizing

Winter can be a very stressful time for your Ottawa lawn. Help it handle frigid temperatures and damaging frosts by feeding it a healthy helping of nutrients this fall. When applied now, a slow-release mixture will help strengthen your lawn’s root system, making it more resistant to the rigours of winter weather.

When shopping for a fall fertilizer treatment, look for one that’s high in nitrogen (this is noted in the first number of the 3 digit formula on the fertilizers packaging; the second number stands for phosphorus, the third for potassium). A fertilizer with a formula of 20-8-8 will get a heat-damaged lawn growing again in early September.

 

2)    Where’s the Water?

Constant irrigation is an integral part of your fall lawn care approach. Our Ottawa lawn care experts recommend giving your lawn at least one inch of water per week during the cooler fall months. This includes lawns that have gone dormant. Inactive lawns can be injured if they get too dry, so don’t forget to schedule your inground irrigation system for a regular sprinkle every now and then. Infrequent and deep watering treatments will produce the best results if applied during the early morning hours.

 

3)    Sow Seeds of Potential

Now that the hot temperatures are past, it’s time to think about repairing your property with an overseeding treatment. The cooler weather will provide your new seed with the ideal conditions to germinate and establish strong roots. What’s more, your lawn will have three growing seasons to become established before the heat of summer rolls around again.

Another bonus: the weeds that normally compete with your grass will all but have died out by now, giving your grass uninhibited access to the nutrients in your soil.

 

4)    Begin with a Clean Slate

Fall is the season of debris – yard debris, fallen leaves, misplaced kids’ toys – you name it, it’s probably found its way onto your property. Unfortunately, the more stuff that’s on your lawn, blocking the sun, the more difficult it will be for your turf to soak up the nutrients it needs to prepare for itself for winter. Schedule a dethatching and power raking treatment with our Ottawa lawn care experts today to ensure that your lawn is clear of any excess junk.

 

5)    Let a Little Air In

Give your lawn a bit of a breather before winter with a core aeration treatment from the Ottawa lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn. Aeration reduces soil compaction by punching holes in the turf and removing soil cores. This enables your lawn’s root system to receive more nutrients, oxygen, and moisture, which in turn, will help it to become thicker, greener, and more resistant to weeds.

 

Fall in love with your lawn this autumn. Contact the Ottawa lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn today to schedule your autumn lawn maintenance treatments.

How to Handle Summer Lawn Stress | Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

How to Handle Summer Lawn Stress

Summer hasn’t officially arrived in Ottawa just yet, but don’t you worry – the hot and humid afternoon’s will be here soon enough. Is your lawn ready to deal with the stress of summer weather? Excessive heat and lack of rain calls for regular watering from your inground sprinkler system, while unexpected thunderstorms can create disease conditions due to excessive moisture. Balancing Mother Nature’s mid-June mood swings can be frustrating, but don’t throw in the towel just yet. Ensure your Ottawa lawn is ready for another summer scorcher with professional lawn care maintenance from the experts at Nutri-Lawn.

How Your Grass Naturally Copes With Heat
Did you know that your lawn goes semidormant during periods of extreme heat and drought? During the summer, grass utilizes energy that’s stored in its root system in order to sustain life and survive sweltering days. Unfortunately, the more energy the plant draws from the roots, the weaker they become, making the plant more susceptible to disease and insect damage. The best way to protect your lawn from the effects of summer stress is to ensure it’s properly fed and maintained during the spring growing season. Proper fertility and a higher mower cut setting will help promote the growth of an extensive root system, as well as improve your lawn’s ability to combat pests and problems.

Alleviate Summer Lawn Stress with These Maintenance Tips

  1. 1. Restrict Traffic Flow Across Your Lawn
    Heavy traffic will only increase the level of stress your lawn is experiencing. Whether it’s four furry paws running back and forth, or heavy tire tracks from your lawnmower, alleviating traffic on your lawn can help save your yard from sustaining significant damage. Too much traffic on your grass can also stress your lawn to the point where you may have to perform emergency lawn care maintenance in the fall in order to fully repair your property.
  2. 2. Mow Less Often
    Grass can lose moisture through the cut tips during periods of extreme drought. Since grass doesn’t grow as fast during hot summer days, chances are you won’t have to cut it nearly as often. When you do cut it, make sure the blade is good and sharp, and that it’s raised to a minimum height of 6 ¼ centimetres (2 inches). This will help protect the grass from the sun and help conserve nutrients.
  3. 3. Let Your Automatic Sprinkler System Do Its Job
    Your turf requires a minimum of 4 centimetres (1 1/2 inches) a week, either from rainfall or from an inground sprinkler system. If you’re relying on your automatic sprinkler system, make sure that it’s set appropriately. Water needs to soak into a depth of 15 ¼ centimetres (6 inches) to ensure that your grass is completely saturated. The lawn care and inground sprinkler system experts at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa also recommend watering your lawn in the early morning, before the heat of the day really sets in. This will allow any excess water to evaporate during the day.

A Special Note on Leaf Disease

Extended periods of warm humid weather can contribute to lawn leaf disease. This is because hot, sticky environments are perfect for the spread of parasitic plant life called fungi. Fungi lives in soil, thatch, and leaves all year round, competing for the same nutrients your grass needs to survive. A healthy, well-maintained lawn is the best defence against this type of best, so it is important to keep your lawn fertilized regularly.

If hot summer weather has you feeling withered and drained, just imagine how the heat is affecting your lawn! Prepare for summer lawn stress now with help from the lawn care and inground sprinkler system specialists at Nutri-Lawn. Receive a complimentary lawn assessment from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today.

How To Reseed A Lawn Following Grub Damage

Are you finding grub damage in your lawn? Frustrated by how all your lawn care in Ottawa efforts are going to waste? Don’t let grubs get you down! Adapt your Ottawa lawn care to fix the damage and prevent future problems.

What does grub damage look like?

Grubs focus their feeding around the roots of your grass. If you begin to find that your grass is drying up and dying in patches, as if it’s been burned, you have grubs. You may also begin to find animals and birds come around more often in order to root around in your lawn. This is because they’re hunting for the pesky insects to complete their meal.

How to prevent and treat grub infestations

Like a lot of things, prevention is the best treatment. Of course there are many things you can do once grubs have infested your lawn. However, it’s important to prevent the damage before it occurs, then tackle the grub infestation with as little harm to your yard as possible. Use proper lawn care practices to promote deep grass roots, and a thick lawn. A healthy lawn will resist grub damage.

If you get a grub infestation, there are a few treatments to get rid of these pests. If they attack in the spring, it’s a good idea to wait until summer to treat the next cycle. Beneficial nematodes are what we’d recommend for a grub problem. Not only are they environmentally friendly, as they are living organisms, but they are completely safe to use around your kids and your pets. These minute insect predators need moist soil to thrive and attack the grubs. Make sure you adjust your lawn care in Ottawa to suit this fighting force throughout the whole treatment.

Reseed the dead patches

The main goal of your lawn care efforts should be to bring life into a yard. Sometimes this means starting over from scratch following a grub infestation. In cases like this, reseeding is the best treatment to add to your lawn care services once damage has occurred. It’s a simple process.

  • Remove the dead grass. Rake the dead patches into a garbage bag or wheelbarrow and dispose of it. If you have a compost pile, you can add this without fearing disease. These bits of dead organic matter are not infected with disease; they’re just no longer alive.
  • Loosen the topsoil. With your rake, loose ¼ to ½ inch of topsoil to create a nice planting area for your grass seed. A good way to do this is scraping back and forth across the surface.
  • Add fertilizer. The best kind to use is high-phosphorus fertilizer, such as bone meal, as it will encourage deep, healthy roots. Just rake it into the soil that has been loosened.
  • Sprinkle the seed over the loosed soil. You should sprinkle the layer so that every square inch has five to seven grass seeds. If you would like to, sprinkle a bit of topsoil on top of the seed.
  • Keep the area watered. You should water it about three or four times daily to ensure the water stays on the surface where the seeds are. This should be done until the seeds have sprouted roots long enough to collect their own water in the soil.
  • Once the grass has reached roughly 2 inches, water once daily.
  • Be careful mowing. Only begin mowing the new patches of grass once it has reached 3 or 4 inches in height. Take care to practice proper watering and mowing techniques.

For lawn care services you can trust, get your free quote from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today!

The Benefits Of A “Green” Lawn

Your grass may be greener. In fact, it may be the greenest lawn on your block. But is it truly “green”? Meaning, are your lawn maintenance practices environmentally friendly? There are many disconcerting statistics regarding the environmental effects of lawn care. Some are unavoidable, such as cutting your lawn with a gas mower. However, there are also plenty of eco-friendly ways to keep your lawn green and lush. While most people think of switching to chemical-free lawn care products, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are just a few of the benefits of having a “green” lawn.

Make It Rain

The best things in life are free, and rainwater is one of them. Rain results in less water used for your lawn maintenance. In addition, rain doesn’t have chlorine or other chemicals that can be found in water systems, which brings you one step closer to the ultimate goal of chemical-free lawn care.

Unfortunately, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t always answer our requests for rain. If you’ve been doing frantic rain dances in your yard, take a break. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can help with your irrigation issues.

Nutri-Lawn takes water conservation into account when it comes to their Ottawa sprinkler systems. Your irrigation systems can be set so that they go off depending on the moisture in the soil. As such, your sprinklers won’t be needlessly hydrating your lawn during the middle of a torrential downpour. And the best part? No more rain dancing!

Grass Gone Wild

If your grass is hopelessly high-maintenance and you simply can’t justify the expense of additional lawn maintenance, it might be time to consider a lawn renovation.

Some grass species works well in certain climates and regions, while others don’t. For inspiration, visit any wilderness area where the grass is untouched. Those are the types of species that will thrive on your property. If all grass looks the same to you, ask your Nutri-Lawn consultant about our Ottawa lawn hydroseeding services. They can help you select the right seed for your region.

Another way to help your grass be more eco-friendly is to let it get a little wild by mowing less. Taller grass is healthier grass. It also:

  • Shades the soil
  • Reduces water evaporation (remember that bit about water conservation?)
  • Helps prevent weeds and bugs
  • Tolerates dry conditions better

Is there anything tall grass can’t do? Set your mower blades between 2 and 3 inches for optimum results.

Aim for Chemical-Free Lawn Care

Harsh chemical lawn care treatments are no longer allowed in Ontario. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to watch your lawn be overcome by weeds and bugs. Instead, try our Fiesta Weed Killer in your Ottawa lawn maintenance. Fiesta is made with iron, which is naturally occurring. It will kill the weeds and not your lawn.

Go Green with Your Lawn Mowing

Any machines that are powered with petroleum have a bad environmental reputation and your lawnmower is no exception. Aside from releasing greenhouse gases into the air, you’re also adding to your lawn care expense through the purchase of expensive fuel.

Your alternatives are push mowers or electric mowers. Push mowers (or manual mowers) are infinitely cheaper than their gas-powered relatives, easy to maintain, quiet, and are eco-friendly. They don’t require much more effort to push than power mowers and they run on the renewable energy of elbow grease. Keep in mind that push mowers have difficulty in areas with lots of sticks, thick weeds, and rocks.

Another option is an electric lawnmower. These are available in solar, cordless, or corded models. They offer the same functionality as gas-powered lawnmowers. They are better suited for smaller yards, since the batteries can be short-lived.

This summer, make it your goal to lower your lawn’s carbon footprint. To request a free, no-obligation quote, contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today.

Gearing Up For Fall Lawn Care

When people think of lawn care, they usually think of spring and summer maintenance – weeding, mowing, fertilizing and irrigation. But what happens when September hits? Don’t just go through the motions of caring for your lawn this autumn, knowing that the first frost will soon halt any growth. Fall is a great time to repair summer lawn damage and set the stage for a healthy lawn come springtime. Here are a few quick tips from Nutri-Lawn’s Irrigation professionals to get you started on your fall lawn care.

Check for Soil Health

Now is a great time to check the nutrients in your soil. If your soil is tired and no longer providing grass with optimum growing conditions, consider rejuvenating it with our Organics Plus Topdressing. This lawn care product is the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to topsoil:

  • It adds important nutrients to the lawn.
  • It assists in moisture retention.
  • It helps protect the lawn from disease.
  • It speeds up thatch decomposition

You’ll notice a difference in your soil within 30 days, but the benefits will last a lot longer than that!

Get Tough About Your Fall Lawn Care

During the spring and summer, thatch has had plenty of time to build up. While a bit of thatch is great for the health of your lawn, if you have too much of a good thing, you could end up suffocating your grass. If your lawn has more than half an inch of thatch, contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa about our core aeration services.

Aeration will help your existing thatch decompose and it will open up the soil to more oxygen. What’s more, the holes left by the aeration will help out with the next two tips as well: overseeing and fall fertilizing.

It’s Time to Be Seedy

During the first part of September, put down some fresh seed. A nice, thick lawn will help combat crab grass and other weeds. The bonus is that with the cooler fall temperatures, you could see the fruits of your labour in as little as two weeks. The holes left from the aeration will allow the seeds to land deep into the soil and get right to work. Ask how Nutri-Lawn Ottawa’s Overseeding services can give your lawn the fall boost it’s been craving.

Proper Fall Care Includes Regular Feedings

If you’re applying fresh seed to your lawn in September, aim to do it around Labour Day. Give the seed some time to grow, and then follow it up with an application of fertilizer towards the end of September. The improvement in your lawn will be dramatic and it will start to recover from the scorching summer damage. However, don’t stop there. Another feeding later in the fall will lock in the early gains made from September’s seeding and fertilizing.

But keep in mind that grass needs food and water. After you fertilize, keep your lawn hydrated with a good watering from your irrigation system.

Invest in Nutri-Lawn’s Irrigation Services

With all of that aeration, seeding and feeding you’ve been doing, now is not the time to slack off on your watering practices. Water your grass deeply and less often in order to encourage your new seeds to grow deep, strong roots. If rainfall alone isn’t cutting it, then ask Nutri-Lawn Ottawa’s Irrigation professionals how our sprinkler systems can contribute to Ottawa water conservation.

For a thick, green lawn come spring, then you need to kick start your fall lawn care now. With the help from our Ottawa Irrigation team, your lawn will be lush and healthy well into the fall. Visit our website to request a free quote today.

Mowing and Watering Tips

Maintaining a beautiful, healthy lawn isn’t as difficult as one might think. All you need is an energy-efficient inground irrigation system and a trusty lawnmower. Proper watering and mowing practices can go a long way to transforming the look and feel of your lawn. These are just a few tips from the knowledgeable technicians here at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa.

Lawn Watering Best Practices
The grass in your lawn is like a flower: it needs proper hydration in order to stay green and healthy. When it comes to watering your lawn, always remember to:

  1. Schedule your inground sprinkler system to water during the morning hours.
    It’s important to water during the morning because this is when the sun is at its weakest. If you water during the heat of the afternoon, the water from your inground sprinkler system could act like a magnifying glass, reflecting the sun directly onto your lawn.
  2. Water deeply and infrequently.
    In order to keep your lawn looking pristine, Nutri-Lawn recommends scheduling a thorough watering (about 1 inch) every 5 to 7 days. A rain-sensing inground sprinkler system is highly recommended, as it will only water your yard when necessary.
  3. Be mindful of your watering schedule when applying lawncare treatments.
    Different lawn treatments require different amounts of water in order to work properly. For example, beneficial nematode treatments require that you water both prior to and after the treatment has been applied. Always ask your Nutri-Lawn technician for any specific watering instructions when booking a lawncare treatment.

Lawn Mowing Tips that Work
There’s a right way, (and a very wrong way!) to cut your lawn. At Nutri-Lawn Ottawa, we recommend:

        1. Using your clippings as mulch.
          Freshly cut grass is full of rich nutrients and moisture. When you’re done mowing your lawn, simply distribute your clippings evenly over the surface of your yard. Just keep an eye out for any overly large clumps. When a large pile of grass decomposes it can often kill the healthy turf that is beneath it.
        2. Cutting your lawn before a lawncare application, not after.
          If your lawn is scheduled for a Nutri-Lawn treatment, remember to mow the grass a few days prior to the appointment. If you mow the grass on your Ottawa property immediately following a lawncare treatment, you run the risk of your grass “tipping”. This is when the very tips of your grass become discoloured. If you forget and do cut your lawn directly after a treatment, don’t worry. This is only a temporary issue. Your lawn will grow out and the discolouration will be removed the next time you mow the lawn.

Setting your mower blade to a height of 2 ½ – 3 inches.

 

      One of the most common mistakes that Ottawa homeowners make when cutting their lawn is setting the blade too low. When cutting your lawn, your goal should be to trim away just the top third of the grass blade. When you cut your lawn at a higher height, the remaining blade helps to shade the roots, allowing them to grow deep and strong.

The Benefits Of A Push Reel Mower

These days, it’s all about the gas – gas lawnmowers, gas trimmers. And once you get into winter, there are gas snow blowers. When it comes to your Ottawa turf care, gas is just so convenient. There’s no cord to get tangled up in, you can buy gas virtually anywhere, and the power of a gas engine can be quite impressive. However, gas is expensive and harmful for the environment. Luckily, there’s an equally mobile alternative in the modern push reel mower. It may seem a little old school, but you should consider it as a viable “green” option for your turf maintenance program.

How a Push Reel Mower Works

The average power rotary mower has a spinning blade that chops off the grass as it rotates like a helicopter. The end result can be torn and shredded turf. A torn grass blade is an injured grass blade. Avoid unnecessary wear and tear during your turf maintenance by switching to a sharper, gentler push reel mower.

Push reel mowers cut your grass like a pair of scissors. Better yet, they run on the infinitely renewable resource of elbow grease! Including reel mowers in your Ottawa turf care makes your grass healthier and may provide a bit more of a workout for you.

How a Push Reel Mower Will Benefit Your Ottawa Turf Care

When it comes to mowing the perfect lawn, there’s no denying the benefits of a push reel system. There are several reasons that a push reel mower is better than an electric or gas powered alternatives:

  • They’re better for the health of your lawn. The torn and shredded results of electric or gas powered motors leaves your lawn vulnerable to disease and Ottawa lawn insects. Grass that is cleanly cut heals faster.
  • Push reel mowers make your lawn look nicer. The scissor-like cutting motion of A the reel mower makes for a clean and even looking lawn. Need proof? Consider this: many professionally kept lawns are cut by large reel mowers.
  • They don’t give off noise pollution. There’s more than one way of polluting the environment. Gas powered lawn mowers give off quite the racket upon starting, and then stay loud while in operation. As such, you can’t mow too early or too late during the day, which can be troublesome when the temperature skyrockets. Push reel mowers don’t produce either noise issues.
  • They don’t give off greenhouse gasses. Just because your power lawn mower has a small engine doesn’t mean it’s “green.” If it runs on gas it will still give off air pollution… and the longer you run it, the more it produces. Push reel mowers produce absolutely zero emissions.
  • Push reel mowers are no muss, no fuss. Basically, you push the mower and the blades spin around. Think you can handle that?
  • They’re cheaper. Even the expensive mowers cost way less than most power mowers. The best part? No running or maintenance costs. The cost of your turf maintenance just dropped!
  • They provide a bit of exercise. These babies are person-powered. Depending on the weight of the mower, they can give you a nice round of exercise.

Choosing the Best Push Reel Mower

The construction of the reel mower is pretty standard. If you want to get one, you’ll want to focus on various characteristics like:

  • Weight. How heavy will it be when you push it?
  • Width. The longer and bigger the mower is, the heavier it will be. But it will result in less passes back and forth on your lawn, which will cut down on time spent on your turf maintenance in Ottawa.
  • Height. What’s the range of heights that you can adjust the blades up and down?
  • Direction of grass spray. The grass spray has a healthy effect on your lawn, but does a push mower spray behind the mower or in front? A front spray will be less likely to cover your feet in grass clippings.

Sometimes the best option is not the most technologically advanced option. If you’re looking for quality information and the best service for your Ottawa turf care, contact Nutri-Lawn for a free quote.