4 Ways to Go Green With Your Lawn Maintenance Services

Got your ticket? The eco-train is in the station, and picking up speed! If you want to keep up with the momentum, go green with your lawn maintenance services. Green practices aren’t difficult to incorporate into your lawn maintenance program, but will make a noticeable difference to your environmental impact. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa has tips to help you in your efforts, while offering a variety of green alternatives within our lawn maintenance services.

 

1. Pitch the pesticides

With Ontario’s ban on cosmetic pesticides, most homeowners have already begun to go green with their efforts to get rid of weeds. If you haven’t figured out a way to keep your grass green and your chemicals harmless, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa has effective options for you. Fiesta Weed Control is one such option that will get rid of the problem plants in your yard.

 

2. Safe insecticides

Got grubs? Grubs are annoyances that are difficult to deal with at the best of times. If you’re looking to reduce damage and get rid of these pesky critters, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa recommends beneficial nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic insects that burrow through your yard to find grubs and kill them. They’re natural predators to grubs, meaning they are completely organic, harmless, and effective.

While you wait for nematode application, which must be done in August or September, vacuum up the grubs or adult beetles that you do see. Though this is only a temporary solution, it will safely diminish the number of pests that are waging war on your grass.

 

3. Kick into gear with compost

If you’re practicing healthy lawn maintenance services then chances are you fertilize at least once a year. Why not do double duty? Compost can fertilize your lawn and reduce your waste simultaneously. Compost is an easy option to dispose of a majority of your kitchen and organic lawn waste. Compost is rich in the nutrients required for your lawn, and releases these nutrients slowly so that your grass gets better nourishment for longer.

If you’re not sold on compost, or if you don’t have the space or time, consider another one of the fertilizers offered by Nutri-Lawn Ottawa. Our fertilizers include ingredients such as kelp extract or lime – so you can choose the product that best suits the needs of your lawn.

 

4. Conserve water with inground irrigation

Earth is a closed system with limited resources. This means that water conservation is a key ingredient in maintaining the health and longevity of our environment. If you really want to reduce your environmental impact with lawn maintenance services, water conservation with a properly scheduled inground irrigation system is a good place to start. The easiest way to conserve water is to practice effective irrigation methods, and to get an irrigation system with a rain sensor so that your lawn doesn’t get fed twice in one day.

 

If you haven’t already, set up your irrigation system so that it waters your lawn in the early morning. Mornings are cool enough that your grass is allowed to soak up the water before it evaporates, but near enough to the heat of the day that excess water won’t sit on your lawn overnight to attract diseases and fungi.

Are you ready to get started on green earth-friendly lawn maintenance services? Contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today for your complimentary quote.

Overseeding: The What, Why, When, and How

The snow is finally beginning to melt and the first patches of green are beginning to grace your lawn. But wait a minute – what are those brown patches doing there? Dead areas of grass aren’t visually appealing at all, and aren’t positive for the health of your lawn. Spring lawn maintenance has a lot more to it than just watering and mowing. You’ll need to be bringing your lawn back to life with your lawn care. Overseeding can help. Don’t know what overseeding is? Read on to discover the ins and outs of overseeding from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa.

 

What is overseeding?

Overseeding is the application of new seed to your grass. Usually overseeding is done with a mixture of grass seed that will be most efficient in resisting diseases, heat stress, and insect damage. The type of grass you use for your lawn will always depend upon the weather conditions of where you live, and the soil type of your lawn. A Nutri-Lawn Ottawa expert will help you figure out what blend of grass will be the hardiest in your yard.

 

Why overseed?

Overseeding is a lawn maintenance practice that restores the health of your lawn after a harsh, severe winter. The cold weather and snow is bound to destroy areas of your grass, leaving you with dead patches, rather than a full luscious lawn. Overseeding allows you to introduce stronger grass to your lawn. You may choose a variety that was sturdier than the one you chose last spring, allowing you to prevent the need for Nutri-Lawn Ottawa lawn maintenance services to overseed as heavily next spring.

 

Furthermore, when you increase the strength of your grass with overseeding lawn maintenance, you’re also reducing the amount of fertilizer and water needed by your grass, and you decrease the amount of disease and insect damage done to your lawn. This means that overall your lawn care practices will be less burdening in the future, and your lawn will be beautifully healthy.

 

On the surface, overseeding simply makes your lawn look more beautiful. A patchy lawn is rough on little toes playing in the yard, and unappealing in front of your house.

 

When do you overseed?

You may choose to overseed in either the spring or the autumn. If you want the effects of the seed for the summer, then you’ll want Nutri-Lawn Ottawa to overseed in the spring. Overseeding should be done before the weather becomes too extreme. Temperate, moist weather conditions are best when introducing seed to your lawn. If it’s too hot, your new seed is going to struggle to survive.

How do you overseed?

If you want to try overseeding lawn maintenance yourself, you need to start by disposing of the grass that is already in the area you’re going to treat. Dig it up with a shovel or trowel. From there, the next step is mixing and breaking up the soil so that the foundation on which you’re laying your seed isn’t compacted. Then lay down a layer of nutrient-rich fertilizer, manure, or compost. Use a rake to level the soil after you’ve done all of this. Finally, it’s time to lay down the seed and top it all off with a nutrient packed covering of topsoil.

 

Overseeding yourself can be a pain in your lawn care habits. It’s always good to have a professional in to talk to them about what grass seed is best, what type of fertilizer you should use, and lawn maintenance following the overseeding application. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa lawn maintenance services will be able to offer you high quality assistance in ensuring your lawn gets the best repair possible.

 

If you’re ready to begin your eco-friendly lawn care program this spring, contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa to get a complimentary quote on lawn maintenance services for your home.

Tips for Creating a Composter

Are you ready to travel the emerald pathway toward cleaner lawn care maintenance services, and a healthy environment? If so, then composting may be in the works for you. Composting is an easy way to reduce the impact you have on the environment, while also benefiting your lawn care practices and the overall health of your lawn. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa highly recommends composting as a supplement to a high quality lawn care maintenance services regime. Composting can’t be taken on without a little bit of prior knowledge, though. Read on for tips about how you can work composting into your lawn care program.

 

What to compost for lawn care

Most organic materials can be used in your lawn care maintenance services, but there are a few that don’t make the cut. Dairy products, whole eggs, oils and grease, oily foods, bones, pet waste, weeds or seeds of weeds, and plants infested with a disease or fungi are scraps that can’t be scraped into your compost. Anything that has been exposed to pesticides or other harmful chemicals also should not be added to your compost. Edible non-plant matter, such as fish and meats, are not compost friendly.

 

Out of your kitchen, all fruit and vegetable leftovers can get chucked into your compost bin. Grinds, bags, filters, and tea leaves from your morning coffee and tea are also welcome in the composters, as well as the shells off of nuts or eggs.

 

For plant matter, all houseplants, plant trimmings, and grass clippings. Human hair, animal fur, hay, straw, woodchips, sawdust, newspaper, paper, paper towels, and paper tubes may also take their turn to contribute to your lawn care in compost.

 

Help decomposition

Larger pieces of matter will take longer to decompose, increasing the amount of time it takes until you can use your compost in your lawn care maintenance program. Help the decaying process by chopping and tearing the compostable materials into small pieces. If you’re using paper, shred it up finely, as it will take a little longer to decay than organic matter.

 

If you have a mulching lawn mower, use it to break down the materials before adding them to your composter.

 

Layer your materials

Compost can’t be thrown into the bin willy-nilly and be expected to produce a high quality fertilizer to supplement your lawn care services. To get the most out of your compost, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa recommends layering. When you add a layer of fresh, green organic matter, top it off with a layer of brown organic matter, paper, and fur. This will prevent flies from swarming annoyingly. Layering also reduces the smell that naturally radiates from decaying organic substances.

 

Layering also ensures your compost has all the nutrients it needs to be a really useful fertilizer for your lawn. Green materials – the fresher organics – are chock full of nitrogen, while the brown, dry materials contain large amounts of carbon.  Keep these balanced in weight if you can, rather than in amount. This means that 50% of the weight of your composter should be in brown materials, which are lighter than green materials. This balance is important to keep a healthy, useful, nutrient-rich and relatively odourless compost for your lawn care.

 

Don’t wait to get started on your eco-friendly lawn care program. Get your complimentary quote from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today!

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.