RE:nourish

re_nourish

Inside every company there is the heart and soul of the people who make its brand so valuable. At Nutrilawn we say “We Nourish Lawns and Lives.” That is why we have created our most meaningful idea. We call it re:nourish.

re:nourish is our program to nurture the communities around us – both near and far – by giving back to them their greenery. Every part of our organization, the employees of our corporate office and our franchisees, are committing themselves through various projects to making the environment more lush and more nourished.

Our Beliefs

  1. We believe that the idea and reality of community is the bedrock of a healthy society
  2. We believe that everyone can contribute in some way to the health of a community somewhere
  3. We believe that when we nourish a community we nurture its future

The way we organize our efforts we call From The Ground Up

  1. We find projects with which we can engage
  2. If we can bring our experience and expertise, as well as our passion, for healthy grass and exquisite irrigation to the project, we will
  3. If we can mobilize our whole franchise system to contribute to a project that helps the community, such as a Food Bank, we will
  4. We contribute individually and as a group

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Congratulations to Kelly Scott and her team on winning the BC Scotties Provincial Tournament on January 21, 2013. Kelly and her teammates, Jeanna Schraeder, Sarah Wazeny and Sasha Carter will be competing in the Canadian National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston, Ontario in February 2013.

Kelly Scott, the Team Skip, is part of the Nutrilawn ownership group in Kelowna, B.C. and is an active member of the local community in Renourishing Lives through sports and various community programs.

Team Scott has represented British Colombia and Canada in National and World Championships. Team Scott demonstrates outstanding dedication and commitment to a winning record of accomplishment year after year, which serves as a role model to aspiring young athletes. Nutri-Lawn is proud to support this group of athletes in helping them achieve their sporting dreams and goals.

Team Scott has a history of winning at all levels and has set its sights to represent Canada at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

  • BC Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champions (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • World Women’s Gold Medalist (2007)
  • World Women’s Bronze Medalist (2006)
  • 2 time Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champions (2006, 2007)
  • World Curling Tour “Team of the Year” (2006, 2007)
  • Canadian Olympic Trials Silver Medalist (2005)
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees (2008)
  • World Junior Women’s Gold Medalist (1995)

The entire Nutrilawn Family is cheering for Team Scott in their Championship quest. We invite you to follow Team Scott and enjoy the journey with Nutri-Lawn’s curling connection. You can view the team’s schedule and results with the following links:

The 113th United States Golf Championship Merion Golf Club

The historic East Course at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA hosted the 113th US Open Golf Championship over Father’s Day weekend, and for second year in a row I was fortunate enough to be live on location for another Major Championship.  As I walked along in the galleries or sat in the grandstands I truly saw up close and firsthand what the players were up against.

113th US OPEN MERION

113th U.S. OPEN – Merion Golf Club

Merion Golf Club has rich US OPEN history from previous Champions with the likes of Lee Trevino (1981), and Ben Hogan (1950) who hit the legendary “1 Iron shot” from the 18thfairway on the 72nd hole where a bronze plaque now marks where his famous shot was taken from.  Merion Golf club is also famously recognized for its unique Red Wicker Basket flagsticks, it treacherous bunkers nicknamed the “white faces”, and the “gauntlet like” stretch of holes leading into the clubhouse.

Ben Hogan 1 Iron Plaque

Bronze Plaque marking the spot where Ben Hogan shot his legendary 1 Iron on the 72nd hole in 1950

The US Open Golf Championship has always been highly regarded for its extreme level of difficulty delivering one of the toughest tests in golf.  Narrow fairways, challenging greens, demanding pin placements, penalizing rough, long yardages, and extremely fast green speeds leave golfers with very little margin for error.  Precision and accuracy on every shot are a prerequisite on a golf course where a par seems like a birdie and mistakes are compounded quickly resulting in scorecards filled with black numbers and squares instead of red numbers and circles.

Although Merion is considered a short golf course (under 7000 yards) by todays Championship standards, anyone who tuned into this past US Open quickly saw how challenging the golf course was from every angle.  For the second straight year, the winning score was over par (+1 Justin Rose) with every golfer in the field including the likes of the Worlds top golfers Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy scoring over par.

RED WICKER BASKET

Famous Red Wicker Basket with Tiger Woods and Leader Board in Background

As I observed the golf course from a turf management perspective, I couldn’t believe how perfectly dialed in every aspect of the golf course was from the creeping bentgrass greens, tees and fairways, to the white faced bunkers lined with knee high fine fescue growing along their edges, to the deepest, thickest Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass rough I have ever seen.  Many years of planning and preparation made it possible to manage the turf across the golf course at the highest level so it hit its peak during the tournament.

Merion Bunker - White Face

White Face bunkers surrounded by brutal rough in front of the 16th green

Managing the key cultural practices correctly played a major part in the golf course looking and playing the way it did.  Core aerationoverseedingtopdressingfertilizationpest managementirrigation, and mowing practices all contributed to the success of the turf management.  For all the nay sayers, and people who doubted that the Merion would be too easy and short for the golfers and the technologies of today’s game….. I say wait a minute, not so fast!

Money Clip buried in the Brutal Rough just a few yards from the fairway

Money Clip buried in the Brutal Rough just a few yards from the fairway

In a very difficult, but yet fair challenge, Merion Golf Club stood her ground even when the weather wasn’t on her side.  After the last shot was struck, and a champion was crowned the white faces of the bunkers were smiling and the blades of grass in the greens, tees, fairways and rough were still “green side up” adding another chapter to the rich history of Merion Golf Club.

A view of the 521 Yard Par 4 18th hole from the grandstands. (Quarry Hole)

A view of the 521 Yard Par 4 18th hole from the grandstands. (Quarry Hole)

Insect of the Month – White Grubs

In an average landscape, hundreds, even thousands of insects make their home across parts of the lawn, in flower beds, in plant materials, in trees and shrubs, and many other environments they see fit. The good news is, the majority of these insects are considered beneficial and non-harmful or destructive to the landscape. Only a small group of insects are classified as destructive turfgrass insects, and if left untreated they can cause major damage and devastate turfgrass in a lawn.

 

The White Grubs, commonly known as the “European Chafer”, “May/June Beetle”, and “Japanese Beetle” are very common in home lawns across many regions of the United States and Canada. White Grubs are very destructive and can devastate and damage a lawn in short time if left untreated. Extensive damage to the lawn is also commonly created by animals digging in the lawn searching and feeding on the white grub larvae such as racoons, skunks and birds. In many cases this damage can be far more severe than just areas of dead grass. Often sections of the lawn are ripped up, overturned and torn away as the animals dig through the soil in search of the white grub larvae to feed on. Evidence of animals digging is usually a very good indication that white grub larvae could be present or some other type of damaging insect is active.

 

One of the most important aspects of insect management is making sure the insect causing the damage is properly identified what life cycle the insect is in, what the infestation threshold limits are, and the location in the lawn where the insect is. These pieces of information will all help determine what control options are available and what the best course of action is required.

To learn more about the white grub identification, life cycle, threshold limits, damage, and control options click here to view presentation.

Early Spring Fertilizer

Now that Spring is finally here, it is time to get back out on the lawn and help prepare it for the long growing season ahead. There are a number of key recommendations one can follow to ensure the lawn gets a running head start before the long hot days of summer begin including an important early spring fertilization.

An early spring fertilizer application is important to help “jump start” the lawn and especially help areas of the lawn that were damaged by winter kill and snow mold disease. Spring fertilizer will help green up the lawn quickly and wake itself up out of its winter dormancy state. Fertilizer blends that contain Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium provide the turfgrass with the plant essential nutrients required to sustain and encourage healthy growth.

Spring Fertilizer

Spring Fertilizer

The spring season is typically when cool season turfgrasses grow most actively with the combination of optimal temperatures and precipitation in most regions. This makes spring fertilization very important since the turf requires the most nourishment by way of fertilization during this period.

Rate of application is an important variable that can be determined by a number of factors including, blend analysis, type of fertilizer (liquid or granular), release technology (quick or slow), and the nutrient source (organic or synthetic). The typical recommended rate of application for a spring fertilizer is 1 lb of (N) Nitrogen per 1000 sq ft. This provides the adequate nutrition the turfgrass requires for the spring growing season.

Revitalize St. James Park!

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We Nourish Lawns and Lives“Building a better future”

As part the Re:nourish program, a volunteer group of dedicated individuals from Nutri-Lawn traveled to San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic for the second time, where, in accordance with Nutri-Lawn philosophy, they continued their efforts to improve the environment and lives of village residents.

Read the mississauga.com article.

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Volunteers return to Dominican for 3rd year to continue with humanitarian efforts

A team of volunteers from the Canadian landscaping industry returned to the Dominican Republic in January for a third consecutive year to spearhead a number of humanitarian projects.

The group of 10—the core of whom are employees of the Nutri-Lawn company—returned to the community of San Pedro de Macoris where they had previously constructed a soccer field at the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage and planted and irrigated a two-acre fruit tree orchard.
Much of the work during their seven-day visit this year was done off site, including the planting of a community garden in the nearby village of Vasca.

Jordan Lavin, chief operating officer for the Mississauga, Ont.-based Nutri-Lawn company, said the Vasca project was an extension of one the Harbourside Rotary Club of Halifax had already initiated.
“They contacted us to see if we could help them when we went down,” he said.

The volunteers worked at the site for a couple of days, tilling the garden, installing an irrigation line and erecting an outer fence around the existing main fence the Rotary Club had built.

“The (outer) fence is made out of what they call a living fence post,” Lavin said. “They’re actually sticks that they’ve cut, and you put them in the ground, and they’ll actually sprout roots and grow as little, tiny trees, and then you wind barbed wire in between them.”

The barbed wire is used to keep animals away from the garden.

Among the fruit trees planted by the volunteers were avocado, mango, papaya, mandarin and two larger trees known as “good bread” trees.

“The good bread tree can feed a family of five every day,” Lavin said, explaining the melon-like fruit it produces is cut and boiled like a potato.

On the final day of the community garden project, the team furrowed rows and planted peppers, carrots and various other vegetables, and put a passion fruit vine in along the edge of the fence.
A couple of days were spent at the orphanage, completing a few random projects including topdressing the soccer field that was built two years ago. The field, which was expanded another 10,000 square feet last year, has seen a tremendous amount of use over the past couple of years and is still in good shape, Lavin said.

“It’s in pretty good shape as far as a sports field goes,” he said. “It would rival most municipal-type sports fields in Canada, for sure. They’ve actually done a pretty good job of keeping it up.”

With 225 children now making the orphanage their home, the field is getting plent of use.

“It’s been a good addition to the property.”

Returning to the orchard they had planted last year, the volunteers learned 30 of the approximately 100 fruit trees had been stolen during the past 12 months. The group purchased another 60 trees, replacing what was stolen and expanding the orchard.

“Their (the group of Brazilian nuns who conceived the project) attitude toward the trees being stolen was, ‘Well, obviously someone needed them more than us.’”

The new trees, which were already bearing fruit, were purchased from a local nursery at a cost of about $5 each.

During the group’s 2010 visit to the orphanage, a house to accommodate long-term volunteers had just been completed at the site, but no landscaping work had been done.

“We leveled the ground and laid sod, planted some trees and just sort of finished the house while we were there,” Lavin said.

Among those using the house are European students doing year-long volunteer work.

Lavin said plans are already in the making for another trip to the Dominican Republic next year. The group has been asked to build a concrete, tin-roofed house off-site which would be a two-bedroom residence with a kitchenette slated to be occupied by a needy family “trying to get their feet back on the ground.”

“We were pretty intrigued by that, and the guys on the trip seemed to think that would be a pretty good project in the sense that we could build a house from beginning to end—all in one week—and put a family in it,” Lavin said.

He expected the project would be similar to that of the Habitat For Humanity program.

Although the past three volunteer work projects in the San Pedro de Macoris area of the Dominican Republic have been co-ordinated by Nutri-Lawn and the volunteers have been mostly employees of the company, Lavin said anyone associated with the industry is welcome to join in.

“We want to continue with it and open it up to anyone in the industry who wants to join next year.”

Among the new faces making this year’s trip were two people associated with the irrigation industry in British Columbia. They had helped sponsor the trip last year, but were eager to actively take part this time around.

“They both said it was the best trip they’d ever been on, and said they couldn’t wait to go back again next year,” Lavin said.

Other members of the volunteer were Ryan Vincent, CEO Nutri-Lawn Inc.; Kalon Fairclough, Nutri-Lawn franchisee opportunities manager; Jess Montpellier, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa; Sue Kemp, Nutri-Lawn Whitby; Peter Bugden, Nutri-Lawn Halifax; Terry Ormrod, Canadian sales manager (residential/commercial irrigation), The Toro Company; Paulo Munegatto, Pronto Enterprises, Kamloops, B.C.; David Pfortmueller, University Sprinklers, Vancouver, B.C.; and Gary Pierce, Harbourside Rotary Club, Halifax, N.S.

Eight Easy Lawn Care Steps from Nutri-Lawn

Eight Easy Lawn Care Steps from Nutri-Lawn

Lawn care doesn’t have to be time consuming. Here are eight easy lawn care tips from the Ottawa turf care specialists at Nutri-Lawn.

    1. Aerate Your Lawn

      If you have kids or pets, your lawn can become a high traffic area. The side effects of this are that over time, the soil beneath your grass can become compacted. When it becomes compacted, air cannot circulate and water cannot drain. The end result is that your lawn will have problems absorbing nutrients. Luckily, this problem can easily be solved by contacting Nutri-Lawn and asking about our turf care services – specifically, our core aeration treatments.

      Adding regular aeration to your Ottawa turf care regiment will go a long way in greening up your grass and increasing the overall health of your lawn.

      Aerating your lawn involves punching holes in the soil about 3 inches deep. This will help give your grass a better climate to grow in: loose soil with better air circulation. In addition, your grass will be able to access water and nutrients easier.

 

  1. Make Watering a Part of Your Ottawa Turf Care

    Turning on your inground irrigation system for a few minutes a few times a week doesn’t really benefit your lawn. If you want a healthier, greener turf, water your grass deeply and less often. This will allow the roots to grow deeper into the soil. This watering method will also help your grass stay green during periods of drought or very hot weather.

    The ideal watering schedule involves giving your grass about 1 inch of water, once per week. Allow adjustments based on local weather, the type of soil you have, and the species of grasses in your lawn.

    To make your watering schedule no-muss, no-fuss, ask Nutri-Lawn about their residential irrigation system and how they can improve your Ottawa turf care.

  2. Fertilize Your Lawn

    Just like you would feed your children a healthy diet geared towards optimal growth, you should do the same for your lawn. Fertilizing your lawn in the early spring and late fall will keep it looking lush and green all year. The same is true for any trees or shrubs that you may have as part of your landscaping. Contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa for more information on our deep root fertilization services.

  3. “Grass-cycle” Your Grass Clippings

    Grass-cycling basically lets your lawn reuse the grass clippings created by mowing. It’s very simple: you leave the grass clippings on the lawn instead of throwing them away.

    When you incorporate this into your Ottawa turf care, the clippings will decompose and return nutrients to the soil. They also behave as mulch, helping your grass retain water.

  4. The Ideal Mowing Height and Schedule for Your Lawn

    Cutting your lawn to the ideal height is important in order to keep it healthy and strong. However, different species of grasses have different needs in terms of height. While some species of grass prefer shorter or longer grass heights, a good rule of thumb is to aim for 1.5 to 2.5 inches of grass height. Still unsure? Ask the experts at Nutri-Lawn to provide you with an ideal grass-cutting schedule. Check out our recommendations and include them as part of your turf care services.

  5. Compost For Greener Grass

    If you hate the thought of grass clippings on your grass, why not compost them? And while you’re at it, throw in your organic kitchen waste as well. Adding compost to the soil of your lawn is one of the best things you can do for your Ottawa turf care.

  6. Use Our All-Natural Fiesta for Controlling Weeds

    Many pesticides and herbicides have been banned in Ontario, but not Nutri-Lawn Fiesta, a bio-herbicide. This powerful all-natural herbicide is derived from iron and is a proven weed-killer. It works on most weeds, but is not fool-proof. Visit our guide to see if you should include Fiesta as part of your turf care services.

  7. Use Our Corn Gluten Meal to Stop Weeds in Their Tracks

    Corn gluten meal can help prevent weeds from germinating in your lawn. It also helps to fertilize your soil. Plus it’s an all-natural product, so what have you got to lose?

    Enhance your Ottawa turf with these simple tips from Nutri-Lawn. For more information on our turf care services, call (613) 739-3399.

RENOURISH 2013 TRIP TO THE DOMINCAN REPUBLIC ORPHANAGE

In February 2013, Nurtilawns CEO is leading a group of 10 Dads & 14 children on a return trip to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, which in English means “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”. Nutrilawn has supported the Orphanage and has built soccer fields, gardens, irrigation systems and local village improvements as part of the Nutrilawn Renourish program.

 

Further trip and donation information can be found at www.renourish2013.com.

Fenway Park – Home of the Boston Red Sox

Just recently I visited the city of Boston and had the oppertunity to see “up close” the oldest ballpark in America and one of the most recognized sports venues in the World, Fenway Park.  Home to the 7 – time World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park opend over 100 years ago and is currently the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use today.

Fenway Park

To go along with all the history and as impressive as Fenway Park is with most of its original design and architectural features still intact, the natural grass playing surface was one of the things that excited me the most.  Forget the original wooden grandstand seats, the retired hall of fame numbers lining the walls, or the famous Green Monster, the grass field has to be one of the most well maintained playing surfaces in all professional sports.

View of Fenway From the Top of the Green Monster

Having said this, apparently the field at Fenway Park didn’t always look so perfect.  What you see today in the result of a major renovation that took place in 2005.   The original 93 year old field was completely replaced from the soil up.   Compacted soil, unlevel playing surface, and poor drainage,  were replaced with a new sand based growing medium, the playing surface was laser levelled, drainage was installed,  and a special blend of Kentucky Bluegrass sod was planted to resurface the 2 acre playing field.

View From the Press Box

The grass at Fenway park is so popular that homeowners want the same grass in their lawns.  Available for purchase are the Scotts brand, Fenway Park Kentucky Bluegrass seedmix , and Fenway Park lawn fertilizer that contain the same seed varieties and fertilizer technology used by the Director of Grounds, David Mellor to maintain Fenway Park.

As more and more synthetic turf surfaces replace the all natural grass surfaces, its always a treat to see such well maintained grass like i saw at Fenway Park.

 

So Long Crabgrass….Until We Meet Again Next Year

Each and every year as the fall season approaches and the temperatures cool, the Crabgrass infestations that covered many parts of home lawns begin to quickly die back just as fast as it germinated and began infesting lawns during the summer. Crabgrass is an annual plant, which means it dies each year in the fall and then germinates again in the next year beginning in late spring and into summer.

 

 
The most common types of crabgrass found in home lawns are typically both smooth and hairy crabgrass species. Crabgrass typically becomes a major problem in home lawns beginning in late spring and throughout the summer months into the early fall. Infestations are common in areas of the lawn that are growing thinly, in areas where exposed soil exists, around and along the driveway and sidewalk edges, and in other weak areas of the lawn where the desired grass can be outcompeted due to under fertilization, poorly drained soils, and lack of water.

 

Crabgrass Infestation along curbside

Crabgrass plants grow very low to the ground and expand laterally in a circle upwards of 12 inches in diameter. As the plants grow bigger, and the infestation increases, the desired grass typically gets outcompeted quickly and the crabgrass completely takes over. A single crabgrass plant can produce over 150 000 seeds over the course of a season, and these seeds are what germinate come late spring the next year. knowing this, it is very important to re-establish desired turf back in these areas during the fall so the crabgrass has a much harder time finding its way back in the lawn the next season.

Crabgrass dying off turning purplish colour in the Fall

As the crabgrass plants begin to die off, the colour generally turns from lime coloured green to a purplish/yellowish/reddish colour. This discolouration indicates its time to begin a combination of cultural practices that can help with filling these infested areas back in with desired grass again. The fall is a great time for seeding and establishing new grass, and aggressively overseeding or slit-seeding these areas is recommended. Core aerating and topdressing these areas in conjunction with seeding will help speed up this re-establishment process even more.