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.

How To Prevent Common Lawn Damage

How To Prevent Common Lawn Damage

While every home and homeowner is different, they all stand united in a common goal: to have the greenest, most pristine and lush lawn on the block. They hang up pictures of golf greens as inspiration. They invest in lawn sprinkler installation to ensure their grass gets the perfect amount of moisture. They comb through their lawn for weeds. Their lawn mowing schedule and mower height are both set to perfection. Yet, despite all of the obsessing and hours spent perfecting their lawn, disaster can still strike. Something ends up eating holes in the grass blades, or brown patches begin to sprout. Wringing their hands, homeowners fret at where they went wrong. However, it doesn’t matter how hard you work at your lawn, grass is still delicate and can be damaged by any number of factors. With the help of your lawn sprinkler installation experts, you can get your beautiful lawn back in no time!

How Grubs Can Damage Your Lawn Care

While there are many bugs that live in your lawn, some can invade and do serious damage. We’re talking specifically about grubs, which feed on the roots of grass and can kill large sections of your lawn in a short amount of time.

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether grubs, drought, or other pests have damaged your lawn. One way to check is to grab a portion of the damaged lawn and attempt to peel it back. If it comes away easily, like pulling back carpet, then chances are it’s a grub issue.

If you do have a grub problem, contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa’s experts and ask about our beneficial nematodes. They are organic, safe for your family and pets, and they are the sworn enemy of grubs. One thing you can do to help the nematodes out is by using your lawn sprinkler installation to keep the soil moist. This will drive the grubs to the surface and allow the nematodes to work their magic faster.

Use Your Lawn Sprinklers to Get Rid of Pet Urine

Unfortunately for the family pet, their urine can cause burnt patches and discolouration on the lawn. This is especially true if they consistently use one area of the lawn to do their business.

One of the best ways to stop this problem is to put up a “No Pet” sign on your property to warn neighbours away. Furthermore, you can make an effort to walk your own dog off property or in various areas of your lawn so they don’t get in the habit of doing their duty in just one spot. Watering after they do can also help.

To actively create a lush lawn, ensure that the soil and turf is in good health by using Nutri-Lawn’s Organics Plus Topdressing to rejuvenate your tired soil. From there, water from your lawn sprinkler installation can dilute urine and neutralize its effects.

While you can toil away at the perfect lawn, some factors are beyond your control. To make the most of your lawn when outside forces have attacked, contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa to request a no-obligation quote. We’ll help you get your beautiful lawn back in no time!

Summer Weed Control

Summer Weed Control

Are persistent weeds causing you to become frustrated with your carefully executed Ottawa area lawn care regiment? Don’t let crabgrass and dandelions get you down. If you’ve spent hours maintaining your yard and using proper lawn irrigation only to have weeds continue to steal the nutrients from your turf, don’t despair. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can help you identify the weed infestation and eliminate it with these tried and true techniques.

What’s destroying your yard?

There are a number of different weeds out there that are capable of strangling the roots of your turf. Here are just a few weeds that could be an issue for your Ottawa area lawn care:

  • Witch grass – A grassy looking weed that flowers and reproduces through seeds
  • Quack grass – This weed is exported through seeds and underground stems. It may appear as a leafy stem, and each node is partially covered by a scaly sheath.
  • Barnyard grass – This weed has branches growing from the stem, which allows it to reproduce with seeds.
  • Smooth crab grass – Smooth crab grass has tapered leaf blades and split sheaths. This weed is easily identified by the thin spikes that shoot out from its stem.
  • Foxtail barley – These reproduce through seeds. They have stems with either bluish-green or grayish-green leaves.

Remember that these are by no means the only forms of weeds that may haunt your lawn and garden. If you have a weed infestation that doesn’t seem to fit any of these descriptions, you can bring in one of our experts to help you identify the problem. Or go to our common weeds photo gallery to review different types of non-grassy weeds.

What kind of measures should you take?

Because of the ban on harsh pesticides, only natural weed control methods are legal in Ontario. Our Ottawa area lawn care services have worked within this law to create reliable and dependable weed control techniques. Herbicides and preventative measures, like proper Ottawa lawn irrigation, can decrease the amount of weeds that kill your lawn this summer.

So what are your options?

Nutri-Lawn offers a number of weed treatment and prevention options that will help protect your lawn from the spread of persistent weeds this summer.

Corn Gluten Meal

This is an herbicide that is applied in the spring and autumn seasons in order to prevent weed infestations. It works well for dandelion and crabgrass.

Fiesta Lawn Weed Killer

This is an iron-enriched weed management product designed to help control broadleaf weeds. Fiesta targets only the weeds in your property, rather than your turf, providing a safe and reliable weapon against invasive species. This is because the absorption of iron by weeds is deadly, but harmless for your grass. Unlike Corn Gluten Meal, Fiesta is used as a control method to existing weeds, and not as a preventative measure. Apply a treatment today and your lawn will be ready for regular irrigation in just three hours.

Sarritor

This is another weed management product that’s designed to target existing plants. Sarritor is a natural product containing the fungus Sclerotinia minor. Once activated with water, this treatment is used to manage broadleaf weeds. One of our specialists can help you combine Sarritor and a customized lawn irrigation plan to rid your grass of weeds this summer.

Don’t wait to improve your lawn. Get your complimentary quote from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today!

Be on the Look Out For White Grubs

Be on the Look Out For White Grubs

Lawn service providers in Ottawa are all too familiar with white grubs – a common lawn pest known to emerge during early June. After continuously munching on your lawn and garden, these worm-like grubs grow into adult June beetles that can wreak havoc on your lawn long into the summer months. Taking advantage of Ottawa lawn services is the best way to prevent these nasty grubs from taking over your property.

What are white grubs and why are they so damaging?

As mentioned above, white grubs are June beetle’s in the larval stage. They feed on grass, grass roots and any crops or gardens that you might be growing in your yard. As you can probably guess by their name, the adult June beetle tends to lay its eggs in the soil during the beginning of June, resulting in an infestation just two weeks later.

Nutri-Lawn’s Ottawa lawn services will help you combat grubs in the summer months, improving your chances of banishing them from your lawn entirely. You see, grubs tend to burrow deep into the soil come fall as a way to survive the winter. Come spring, these persistent bugs will return full force in order to continue devouring your lawn. Without utilizing preventative lawn services, the avid appetite of even a small number of white grubs can result in significant damage to your turf which can diminish the curb appeal of your home.

When do they attack?

Adult June bugs lay their eggs early in June, and as soon as they hatch two weeks later, the grubs begin eating at a gluttonous pace. Without taking the proper measures issued by lawn services in Ottawa, they will continue eating your turf, garden and crops each summer of their three-year life cycle.

White grubs remain in the larval stage until this third year when they become adults and plant their own eggs; however, the larval are most damaging to your lawn during the second year of their life cycle. The best way to combat mature grubs? Maintaining a healthy lawn. The stronger your lawn, the less of an impact grubs will have on your turf’s root system. Nutri-Lawn’s Ottawa lawn services, such as irrigation, fertilization and yard aeration, are all designed to help strengthen your lawn fight so that it can defend itself against grubs.

How can you treat them?

Nutri-Lawn offers multiple natural lawn services that will fight against grubs:

  • Nematodes – These microscopic roundworms use grubs as their hosts, eventually destroying them once their eggs have hatched. Applied in large quantities (over 71 million per 1000 sq ft.) Nutri-Lawn’s Ottawa Lawn service team tests all batches of nematodes to make sure they are alive, energetic and ready to protect your property.
  • Irrigation Systems - Proper watering will keep your roots strong. Since grubs prefer to lay their eggs in thin grass, this is a very important lawn care concern.
  • Core Aeration – This Ottawa lawn care service removes small cores of soil from the lawn to minimize thatch and encourage a dense root system.

With over 20 years of providing lawn services in Ottawa, the experts at Nutri-Lawn are available to help you manage a white grub infestation. Contact our lawn service team at 613-739-3399 or visit our contact page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ontario’s Pesticide/Herbicide Ban

Frequently Asked Questions About Ontario’s Pesticide/Herbicide Ban

If you’re worried about lawn maintenance in Ottawa and the lawn maintenance services available after the province-wide ban of cosmetic pesticides, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for more information on natural and effective lawn maintenance services from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa.

What Are Cosmetic Pesticides?

The first thing that is important to know is what cosmetic pesticides are. Surprisingly, this is something that many homeowners seeking lawn maintenance in Ottawa are unsure of. Cosmetic pesticides are, to put it simply, pest control products that work toward the overall aesthetics of a green space. These are generally commonplace products used by lawn maintenance services.

Currently there is research on lower risk pesticides, funded by the Ontario government to replace these conventional products. This research is driven toward finding products that can help the aesthetics of a lawn, without risking dangers to the environment and the overall health of citizens.

How Does This Affect Weed Control in My Lawn Maintenance Services?

One of the major goals of lawn maintenance in Ottawa and throughout Ontario is a weed-free lawn. To do so, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa recommends applying an environmentally friendly three-way herbicide two to two and a half times per season in order to control broad-leaved weeds.

Which leads us to our most popular weed prevention product: Fiesta Lawn Weed Killer. This lawn maintenance product has received federal regulation approval and has a proven record of weed reduction. With this product, you can easily abide by regulations while keeping up on your lawn maintenance services.

How Can I Avoid Insect Infestations?

Currently, the government permits lower-risk pesticide products for lawn maintenance in Ottawa. There are, however, some guidelines that must be followed to make the alternative product acceptable. According to legislature, the product:

  • Must be biological
  • Must be ecological
  • Must be natural
  • Must be non-cosmetic
  • Must be non-synthetic
  • Must be non-toxic
  • Must be organic
  • Must be reduced-risk

Since the ban on cosmetic pesticides there has been a boon in these new alternative products in order to allow lawn maintenance services to survive.

 

Nutri-Lawn has many services that can help you manage your lawn in a legal and organic way. We have insect management services that make use of beneficial nematodes and core aeration. These natural techniques can keep your yard insect-free and risk-free, too.

We also carry an all-natural Mosquito Control to help keep those pests away from your summertime barbeque. Get the most out of your lawn maintenance in Ottawa with these organic pesticides and keep those pesky bugs at bay!

Are Alternatives Safer Than Conventional Cosmetic Pesticides?

This isn’t a simple yes or no answer, because it varies depending on the product. There are some that are better for the environment than others. Research your products to know what risks may come with them. A few to watch out for are:

  • Skin irritants
  • Corrosive to eyes
  • Dermatitis
  • Sensitization to skin and eyes
  • Harmful to inhale
  • Harmful to ingest
  • Harmful to absorb through skin

For any pesticides, even these new “green alternatives”, it is always a good idea to be completely covered and protected when you apply them to your lawn. Looking for fast, affordable, and environmentally friendly lawn maintenance in Ottawa? Then contact Nutri-Lawn for your complimentary quote today!

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Ontario’s Pesticide/Herbicide Ban

If you’re worried about lawn maintenance in Ottawa and the lawn maintenance services available after the province-wide ban of cosmetic pesticides, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for more information on natural and effective lawn maintenance services from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa.

What Are Cosmetic Pesticides?

The first thing that is important to know is what cosmetic pesticides are. Surprisingly, this is something that many homeowners seeking lawn maintenance in Ottawa are unsure of. Cosmetic pesticides are, to put it simply, pest control products that work toward the overall aesthetics of a green space. These are generally commonplace products used by lawn maintenance services.

Currently there is research on lower risk pesticides, funded by the Ontario government to replace these conventional products. This research is driven toward finding products that can help the aesthetics of a lawn, without risking dangers to the environment and the overall health of citizens.

How Does This Affect Weed Control in My Lawn Maintenance Services?

One of the major goals of lawn maintenance in Ottawa and throughout Ontario is a weed-free lawn. To do so, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa recommends applying an environmentally friendly three-way herbicide two to two and a half times per season in order to control broad-leaved weeds.

Which leads us to our most popular weed prevention product: Fiesta Lawn Weed Killer. This lawn maintenance product has received federal regulation approval and has a proven record of weed reduction. With this product, you can easily abide by regulations while keeping up on your lawn maintenance services.

How Can I Avoid Insect Infestations?

Currently, the government permits lower-risk pesticide products for lawn maintenance in Ottawa. There are, however, some guidelines that must be followed to make the alternative product acceptable. According to legislature, the product:

  • Must be biological
  • Must be ecological
  • Must be natural
  • Must be non-cosmetic
  • Must be non-synthetic
  • Must be non-toxic
  • Must be organic
  • Must be reduced-risk

Since the ban on cosmetic pesticides there has been a boon in these new alternative products in order to allow lawn maintenance services to survive.

 

Nutri-Lawn has many services that can help you manage your lawn in a legal and organic way. We have insect management services that make use of beneficial nematodes and core aeration. These natural techniques can keep your yard insect-free and risk-free, too.

We also carry an all-natural Mosquito Control to help keep those pests away from your summertime barbeque. Get the most out of your lawn maintenance in Ottawa with these organic pesticides and keep those pesky bugs at bay!

Are Alternatives Safer Than Conventional Cosmetic Pesticides?

This isn’t a simple yes or no answer, because it varies depending on the product. There are some that are better for the environment than others. Research your products to know what risks may come with them. A few to watch out for are:

  • Skin irritants
  • Corrosive to eyes
  • Dermatitis
  • Sensitization to skin and eyes
  • Harmful to inhale
  • Harmful to ingest
  • Harmful to absorb through skin

For any pesticides, even these new “green alternatives”, it is always a good idea to be completely covered and protected when you apply them to your lawn. Looking for fast, affordable, and environmentally friendly lawn maintenance in Ottawa? Then contact Nutri-Lawn for your complimentary quote today!

Do You Grass Cycle?

Do You Grass Cycle?

Let’s be honest, mowing the lawn is far from fun; but, once you get into a groove, it isn’t the worst job either. However, having to stop and empty the grass catcher of your lawn mower can break the momentum you’ve built up, making the job seems more arduous. Lucky for you, there’s no need to continue this tedious practice. Collecting and removing grass clippings is both unnecessary and counterproductive to growing a healthy lawn. Don’t believe us? Read on to become a believer in grass cycling.

What is Grass Cycling and Why Should You include it in Your Ottawa Lawn Service Plan?

To put it simply, grass cycling is the process of leaving your leftover grass clippings on your yard after mowing your lawn. Why would you want to include grass cycling in your lawn care service plan? Here are a few reasons:

  • The clippings will decompose providing your lawn with a ready source of nutrients. Doesn’t everyone want free fertilizer?
  • Grass cycling helps your soil retain water from your inground sprinkler system. This will promote root growth.
  • This will improve the texture of your lawn and reduce the time it takes to mow your lawn (no emptying the grass catcher).
  • It’s more environmentally friendly – you won’t be sending your grass clippings to a landfill in plastic garbage bags.

Tips for Incorporating Grass Cycling into Your Lawn Care Services

 

1) Cut your grass when it’s dry. Wet grass is heavier and the blades of grass will not stand up uniformly or cut as evenly when the grass is dry. In addition, wet grass clippings clump together and do not disperse evenly. When the soil is wet, the weight of your lawnmower’s wheels can create thin ruts throughout your lawn, resulting in pools of moisture. For a regular watering system, ask our Ottawa lawn services about installing a residential irrigation system in your lawn.

2) Cut your grass regularly. A general rule to live by when it comes to your Ottawa lawn services is to cut no more than one-third of the grass height at any one mowing. Cutting off too much can stop the roots from growing and will require more watering to keep the grass alive. In addition, cutting too much can clog your mower and make the whole grass cutting process longer. Finally, smaller grass clippings decompose quicker.

3) Use a sharp blade. Sharp blades cut the grass cleanly, which will help ensure rapid healing and regrowth. If you use a dull blade, it will tear and bruise the grass. If your grass is wounded, it becomes weak and less able to fend off invading weeds or diseases.

4) Leave the grass clippings where they fall. Initially, your lawn may appear as though it needs raking, with all the fresh clippings on top of the lawn. These clippings will quickly fall between the standing grass blades.

Frequently Asked Questions about Grass Cycling

1) What is the ideal timing for grass cycling?

For ideal conditions and to receive the full benefit, it’s best to wait until your lawn is tall enough so that after mowing the lawn, the grass is about 3″ tall.

If you leave the grass too tall, the clippings will be too long and lie on top of the lawn, leaving you with an unattractive “hay-like” look.

If the lawn is cut too short, the soil will be exposed to more sunlight and airflow. This will cause your water to evaporate faster, which will diminish root growth.

2) Will Grass Cycling Cause Thatch?

It is a common misconception that grass clippings left on the lawn will lead to thatch buildup and require the use of Nutri-Lawn’s lawn care services to dethatch the lawn. However, thatch is not made up of grass clippings.

Thatch is made up of stems and roots and forms just beneath the surface of the lawn.

3) Can I use mulching mowers in my lawn care services?

Mulching mowers have a mulching attachment, which will circulate the grass within the mower so that it can be chopped several times before it’s dispersed back into the lawn. These are a great addition to your Ottawa lawn services and will aid in the grass cycling process.

Incorporate grass cycling into your Ottawa lawn care regiment. Contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today for more details about this organic lawn care option.

Is It Time to Add Topsoil to Your Ottawa Lawn?

Is It Time to Add Topsoil to Your Ottawa Lawn?

Are you looking to increase lawn fertility with the help of lawn maintenance services? Sounds like you could use a healthy helping of topsoil. Adding topsoil to your turf won’t just improve the look of your lawn, but it will also improve water retention and the overall benefits of your lawn maintenance in Ottawa services. Read on to find out what topsoil is and how it may be able to save your nutrient-starved lawn.

What is Topsoil and Why is it Important for Lawn Maintenance in Ottawa?

Topsoil is a lot like it sounds: the top layer of soil on your lawn. Generally, it’s about 2″ thick, and it’s normally the most fertile and nutrient packed layer of soil in your yard. This is because it contains all of the things a healthy lawn needs – worms, bacteria, microorganisms, and organic matter. Want to spoil your lawn with rich nutrients? Then check out Nutri-Lawn’s Organics Plus Topdressing for an instant boost of grassy goodness.

Applying topsoil, or topdressing, to your lawn’s surface will return health to your yard as well as improve the drainage. You can also use it to regrow bare or dead areas of the yard.

When is it Time To Topdress?

Topdressing can be done in either the spring or the autumn, depending on the routine of your lawn maintenance services.

With that being said, the best time to do it is annually in the fall. You’ll get all the benefits of topdressing without having to worry about pesky weeds trying to establish themselves. Those nutrients will help build a strong root system before the upcoming winter.

How To Prepare for Topdressing Lawn Maintenance Services

There are a few things that should be kept in mind when planning to add topdressing to your lawn maintenance schedule. These techniques should be done before topdressing is added to ensure your lawn gets the full benefits.

 

1) Aerate the soil. Core aeration helps remove the debris from the lawn and allows the topdressing to enter deeper into the lawn. Our core aeration services will ensure your lawn is properly maintained.
2) Dethatch. This is another step to ensure that the unnecessary is removed from your yard to prepare your grass to soak up all the nutrients from the topdressing. Thatch, the layer of organic matter that has yet to fully decompose, will prevent your yard from reaping the complete benefits of topdressing by mixing in with it. Get your lawn dethatched by Nutri-Lawn this year.

How To Apply Topdressing

While our topdressing services will provide you with a quality application, you may want to know how it’s done. The best thing to remember about topdressing is that you want a nice balance. It can’t be too thick or too thin because you won’t get the benefits you’re aiming for.

It’s important to note that if you apply the topdressing too thick you may end up killing some of your grass. This can be a costly mistake. And if the topdressing is too thin, you’ll have to repeat the process. This is because your lawn won’t be able to take enough of the necessary nutrients.

The best topdressing thickness is between ½” and ¾” thick. Rake evenly across the whole lawn, without allowing the topdressing to stay on the surface. You want to make sure that the topdressing is attaining depth beyond simply resting on the grass – it needs to penetrate down into the soil.

For the best topdressing lawn maintenance services, request a quote from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today!

Fiesta Weed Killer

Don’t let weeds run rampant in your lawn – trust Ottawa’s premier lawncare service for a professional, affordable weed treatment. Nutri-Lawn uses only the finest-quality, environmentally-friendly weed killers, including the new Fiesta weed removal system. Weeds don’t stand a chance against Fiesta’s patented weed fighting formula, so why wait? Turn your lawn into an oasis of lush, green grass with as little as one treatment from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa.

Take Control of Your Lawn with Fiesta
Fiesta Lawn Weed Killer is the latest addition to Nutri-Lawn’s arsenal of weed-fighting products. Designed for optimum performance, Fiesta Weed Killer provides noticeable results just hours after the first application.

An Environmentally-Friendly Choice
Fiesta’s patented weed killing formula is environmentally-friendly thanks to a water-base and active iron compounds. Fiesta is so safe to use that people and pets are allowed to enter the treated area immediately after the spray has dried.  Designed with active iron particles in the form of FeHEDTA, Fiesta has been proven to kill broadleaf weeds dead – no ifs, ands, or buts about it! Fiesta will even work on cool Ottawa afternoons, so why wait? Call Nutri-Lawn to book your Fiesta lawn treatment today.

Banish Broadleaf Weeds Forever
Broadleaf weeds are often easy to find – simply look for patches of leafy growth and chances are you’ve stumbled upon a weed infestation. Broadleaf weeds are generally produced in pairs or multiples and have wide, flat leaves with netted veins. Broadleaf weeds tend to flourish in undernourished expanses of lawn, especially if the grass growth is sparse. A dense, healthy lawn has a much better chance of fending off unwanted weeds; however, even the heartiest of lawns can be infiltrated by weed seeds that have blown in from untreated yards, boulevards, and parks. Common broadleaf weeds include chickweed, clover, ground ivy, and every lawnkeeper’s arch nemesis – dandelion. Luckily, Fiesta Weed Killer is designed to isolate and exterminate these irritate lawn pests.

Get to the Root of the Matter
Many conventional weed treatments fail to remove invasive plant growth below the surface, which can result in the regrowth of unwanted weeds. Luckily, Fiesta Weed Killer is toxic to the entire plant, killing broadleaf weeds from the ground up. Beautifying your lawn is easy with Fiesta Weed Killer and Nutri-Lawn; simply give us a call and we’ll have your lawn in tip-top shape long before your next backyard BBQ.