Lawn Care Tips for First-time Homeowners in Vancouver

Congratulations on the purchase of your first home! Now comes the fun part: maintaining it! From interior updates to lavish landscapes, there’s plenty to do. But don’t be overwhelmed by the responsibility; while some of these tasks can be stressful, a great many of them can actually be therapeutic. Like your Vancouver lawn maintenance, for instance.

Many homeowners find the act of caring for their lawns to be a relaxing and enjoyable activity. Spending time outdoors is a great stress reliever, after all. The fresh air and sunshine does more than just keep your grass healthy – it helps you feel good too! Improve your mood and your Vancouver lawn maintenance by following these simple and effective first-time homeowner lawn tips from the experts at Nutri-Lawn Vancouver.

It Starts With the Soil
Not surprisingly, soil is the foundation of any healthy lawn. The heartier your soil, the healthier your grass will be. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are Vancouver lawn maintenance enthusiasts. As such, you might find that the grounds on your new property haven’t been properly cared for. In cases like this, it’s best to call in the experts from Nutri-Lawn for a soil analysis. This scientific test will help you better understand the type of soil on your property, as well as its nutrient contents. From there, our Vancouver lawn maintenance experts can help you reintroduce nutrients into the soil in order to improve the growth potential of your lawn and increase your turf’s resistance to weeds and disease.

Get the Right Grass
Some lawns fail, not because they’re not well cared for, but because the grass type is all wrong. The healthiest Vancouver lawns are the ones that feature varieties of cool grasses. This includes older cultivars of perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and different types of bentgrass. Whether you’re planting a new lawn or planning a fall overseeding treatment, our experts highly recommend taking a look at the above grass types. Once your seed has been sown, don’t forget to ask about the ins and outs of maintaining your new seedlings through the autumn. Your Vancouver lawn maintenance schedule will need to include a nitrogen-rich fertilizer application as well as regular irrigation treatments.

Planting Perfection
If part of your homeowner duties requires the installation of a new lawn, don’t despair. This shouldn’t be an insurmountable task. Once you’ve determined the correct grass type, planting is as easy as aerating, sowing, and maintaining.

Aerating
Soil compaction is a big problem for new homeowners. Heavy traffic and usage can cause the soil in your lawn to become as hard as cement. This makes it difficult for oxygen and water to penetrate into the soil and sustain your new seed. Aerating increases nutrient, oxygen, and water movement.

Spreading Your Seed
One your lawn has been properly aerated it’s time to spread your seed. Grass seed should be sown evenly over all tilled areas. Once the seed has been sown, cover it with a light layer of soil to help encourage growth.

Maintain
Remember to irrigation your lawn thoroughly and evenly. The soil around your seed should remain moist until the grass begins to grow. Avoid overwatering as this can drown the seed or cause it to wash away.

Make your lawn the envy of your neighbourhood by turning it into a lush oasis. Contact the Vancouver lawn maintenance experts at Nutri-Lawn for more first-time homeowner tips and tricks.

Don’t Forget to Dethatch this Autumn

Don’t Forget to Dethatch this Autumn

Dethatching is an intensive Vancouver lawn maintenance practice that’s designed to improve the overall health of your property. With that being said, you should only tackle this treatment when your grass is at its period of strongest growth. In Vancouver, that time is now.

Since most Vancouver lawns feature cool-season turf, early fall is the perfect time to dethatch and prepare your lawn for a long period of winter dormancy. Dethatching in early September allows your grass plenty of time to grow and re-establish itself before the first frost.

Benefits of Dethatching
In order to understand the benefits of dethatching, you must first be able to recognize what thatch is and the issues associated with it.

What is Thatch?
Thatch is the layer of dead grass and plant material that lies between your turf and the surface of your soil. Many amateur lawn care professionals will wrongly call this beneficial “compost” material, when it is actually quite detrimental to your lawn. Too much thatch can suffocate your lawn, preventing your turf from receiving the oxygen, water, and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

To ensure a healthy lawn in the spring, you need to prepare it for the rigours of a long, wet Vancouver winter. This means exposing the soil to warmth and sunlight prior to its dormant season. A dethatching Vancouver lawn maintenance treatment provides the following benefits:
• Healthy Roots
The thicker the thatch on your lawn, the more difficult it will be for your roots to receive the nutrients they need to grow strong and deep. And if your lawn’s roots aren’t healthy, your grass can’t become full, thick, and resistant to wear. When you dethatch your lawn, you are helping circulate air, oxygen, and water deep into the roots. Not only does this help sustain current root growth, it encourages the development of newer, stronger roots.
• Improved Fertilizer Efficiency
Fall is prime time for a fertilizer application. Unfortunately, if there’s thatch build up on your lawn, your fertilizers won’t be able to properly blend with the soils. Dethatching your soil prior to your fall Vancouver lawn maintenance treatment will help ensure that you get the most bang for your buck… and your fertilizer treatment.
• Improved Drainage
Moisture is an essential part of any balanced lawn. With that being said, too much water, especially when it’s pooled on the surface of your turf, is never a good thing. When your lawn is covered with too much thatch, moisture can’t drain naturally. Over time, these puddles can damage your turf and eat away at your grass. A dethatching Vancouver lawn maintenance treatment helps ensure that water drains properly from your lawn, while also nourishing your lawn at the same time.

Tips For Timing Your Dethatching Treatment
Make the most of your dethatching treatment with these tips from the Vancouver lawn maintenance experts at Nutri-Lawn:
• Make sure the soil is moist – not dry and not wet – during your dethatching treatment. This will help prevent damage to your lawn.
• Dethatch on a day when the weather is cooler to reduce the amount of stress your lawn will have to endure.
• Remember to mow your lawn to half its normal height prior to your dethatching treatment.
• Book your treatment now. Late-season dethatching can send grass into winter too weak to survive. Your turf needs time to recoup before the temperatures drop.

Dethatching is an important part of any Vancouver lawn care regiment. Contact Nutri-Lawn today to reserve your autumn lawn care treatment.

Designing A Drought-Resistant Lawn

The dog days of summer may have left your lawn looking like it’d gone to the dogs, but don’t despair. Fall is the perfect time to perk up your property with expert lawn maintenance services. Unusually hot or dry summers can wreak havoc on even the best lawns. If you want to arm yourself with knowledge and adjust your Vancouver lawn maintenance accordingly, then now is the perfect time to reinvigorate your lawn for next year. Your local Nutri-Lawn lawn maintenance company has tips for how to keep your lawn green all season long!

Drought Buster #1 – Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Like any other living and breathing thing, a lawn needs water. Combat an unusually dry season by adding irrigation to your Vancouver lawn maintenance. You can simply set the weather-smart sensor and then forget it! Nutri-Lawn can recommend a wide variety of advanced inground sprinkler systems, all of which are designed to work with Mother Nature so your lawn receives adequate water (as opposed to being drowned). For more information, contact our lawn maintenance company today!

Drought Buster #2 – Smart Design Tips
If you were toying with the idea of re-landscaping your yard this fall, then why not re-design it so that it can withstand summer heat stress? Our lawn maintenance company has found that you can save a ton on your water bill by simply following these smart landscape design tips:

    • Group thirsty plants together: This is a great way to maximize your sprinkler system’s efficiency. By grouping thirsty plants together, you can then program your system to provide this area of the yard with slightly more water, rather than increasing the amount to the entire property, which is wasteful.
    • Keep compost handy: When adding new items to your garden or lawn, be sure to add 5 to 10 centimetres of ourOrganics Plus Topsoil on top of the new roots. This will keep the garden cool and help protect new plants from the scorching sun.
    • Keep the trees in mind: in a severe drought, water your trees first. Trees can take 10-20 years to grow and can be very expensive to replace, so keep your investment alive. In addition, your trees don’t bounce back from drought as quickly as a lawn can, so keep an eye out for heat distress. If you’re debating on planting trees your yard, our Vancouver lawn maintenance experts suggest putting deciduous trees on the south side of your property. This way, in the summer, the leaves will shade your garden and house.
    • Even drought resistant plants need a drink: if you have drought resistant plants in your yard, our experts recommend watering them regularly during the first year. This will help ensure a strong root system and will help acclimatize them to their surroundings. By the second year, they should be able to take care of themselves and will only need watering about once or twice a month.

Drought Buster #3 – Proper Maintenance is Key
Once you’ve planned and planted your drought-resistant landscape, it’s important to take steps to ensure your yard receives proper Vancouver lawn maintenance. This will include proper mowing practices and scheduling regular lawn aeration treatments with our lawn maintenance company. Keeping the nutrients in our lawn with our organic top dressing will keep your lawn well fed throughout the summer.

It’s always the right time to start designing a drought-resistant lawn. So what are you waiting for? For more information on ways to keep your lawn hydrated during the heat of the summer, contact Nutri-Lawn for a free, no-obligation quote! Your grass and plants will thank you!

Bugs That Benefit Your Lawn

After spending all season toiling away on your turf care in Vancouver, you suddenly discover that bugs have invaded! Talk about a nightmare! However, before you charge out to your lawn, pesticides blazing, reconsider your actions for a second. Pesticides may not complement your Vancouver turf maintenance. If they do kill off the bad bugs, you also risk killing off the beneficial lawn and garden bugs. These can improve the makeup of your property and reduce your lawn care needs. Before employing drastic measures, why not give the following beneficial bugs a change. Not only will your lawn be safer, but the environment will reap the benefits of “green” gardening.

Include Predator Bugs in Your Vancouver Turf Maintenance
Predatory insects are just that: mobile bugs who like to search out their prey. Some have sucking mouthparts that penetrate the soft body of their victim and suck out the internal fluids. Others have chewing mouthparts and feed on the entire body of their prey. Some common predators you may find during your turf care in Vancouver include:

  • Ground beetles: these can be found all over North America. Both adults and larvae feed on soft-bodied insects and caterpillars. They move quickly, which enables them to “seek and destroy” their prey.
  • Spiders: another extremely common bug, which is very efficient and preying upon other insects. While spiders aren’t strictly considered insects, they feed on a wide variety of immature insects and mites. They are an essential player in stopping any problems in your Vancouver lawn before they start.
  • Ants: while they go marching one by one, these carnivorous insects seek out other soft bodied organisms to provide provisions for their nest. In addition, said marching also helps with the breakdown of organic matter in your soil. However, if their activity becomes excessive, it may dry out the soil.

The Beneficial Parasite
While most people think of parasites as moochers, in your lawn, they’re small insects (smaller than the host) that develop inside or on the body of another organism. Typically they will lay their eggs in a host and the immature parasites will feed on the host until it weakens and dies.

A common parasite that frequents your turf care in Vancouver is a member of the wasp family. Wasps like to lay eggs in soft-bodied insects and they won’t actually bite or sting people.

Bringing in the Pitch-Hitter: Nematodes
Nematodes, or round worms, come in both harmful and beneficial varieties. The beneficial kind can help reduce grub infestation and can be very economical to use in your Vancouver turf maintenance. Beneficial nematodes like to feed on white grubs, sod webworms, and leather jackets. Unlike pesticides, they are 100% organic and safe, so your children and pets will still be able to play in the yard. They also won’t bother the earthworms or other good insects in your lawn.

If All Else Fails…
At Nutri-Lawn we encourage environmentally friendly turf care in Vancouver as much as possible. As a part of our Ecologically Friendly Lawn Care, we employ an Integrated Pest Management strategy that helps to reduce pest populations to the point where the lawn is capable of recovering. While IPM does not equal pesticide-free turf, it tries to make pesticide use more efficient, which will ultimately reduce your usage of it. If the pitch-hitter doesn’t work, sometimes you have to bring in the big guns.

If bugs have taken over your beautiful lawn, then contact Nutri-Lawn’s Vancouver turf maintenance for a free, no obligation quote. We can help you get to the root of the problem and eradicate bugs.

Eight Great Lawn Care Tips

Nutri-Lawn has had the pleasure of being a leader in Vancouver lawn care services for over 20 years. We know the value that a beautiful lawn can provide to your family and home and our aim is to make sure that you’re completely satisfied with your lawn. In this article, we’ll provide you with 8 great tips for Vancouver lawn care. Contact us for more information or torequest a complimentary consultation to find out how our professional lawn care programs could improve your property and outdoor experience.

Tip #1: Feed your lawn the right nutrients

Soils can be nutrient deficient due to leaching or the type of soil on your property might just not have the right composition of nutrients to support the lawn you want. Our Vancouver lawn care service gives your soil the boost it needs by supplying it with a balanced application of nutrients every 6-8 weeks. Doing so will provide your lawn with the foundation it needs to grow lusciously.

Tip #2: Aerate your lawn every year

Removing cores of soil from your lawn, known as core aeration, provides your lawn with many benefits and should be done once per year. Core aeration ensures that air, water and nutrients make it to the root system of your grass, which will make your grass more durable and lush. Core aeration is an essential component of your Vancouver lawn care and there’s nobody better to provide it than one of our professionally trained Nutri-Lawn technicians.

Tip #3: Over-seed your lawn

When you use Nutri-Lawn as your Vancouver lawn care service provider your lawn will get seeded twice per season: once in the spring and once in the fall. We do this because over-seeding will introduce new varieties of grass to your lawn to fill in the thinner areas and protect it from weeds, disease and pests while reducing the need for pesticides. Click here to learn more about our eco-friendly lawn care practices in Vancouver.

Tip #4: Use Organics-Plus Topdressing

Oraganics-Plus Topdressing is compost that provides much needed micronutirents to your lawn and helps break down the thatch that prevents air and nutrients from reaching your lawn’s root system.

Tip #5: Adjust your mowing technique

The proper length of a lawn allows it to provide its own shade and makes a big difference to how strong the root system is. You should aim to have a blade length of 2.5-3 inches, which typically means mowing every 5 to 7 days. Also, make sure that your mower blades are sharp so that it cuts the blades of grass cleanly.

Tip #6: Irrigation

Following a proper watering routine is essential to getting your lawn the way that you want it. Your goal should be to ensure that your lawn gets close to 1 inch of water every 5 to 7 days. Watering can be a pain and takes commitment, which is why a lot of people contact us to install an in ground irrigation system to ensure the best Vancouver lawn care.

Tip #7: Nip a problem in the bud

When you notice an issue with your lawn you’ll increase your chances of success by addressing it before it spreads. OurVancouver lawn care services are dedicated to diagnosing the problem and keeping your lawn looking great.

Tip #8: Nematodes

Nematodes are a helpful ally in Vancouver lawn care because these are the natural predators of the spring grubs and summer beetles that can infest and destroy your lawn.

Get a Handle on Summer Lawn Stress

Get a Handle on Summer Lawn Stress

Turf care in Vancouver can be a tricky balancing act. There are numerous stressors on your lawn everyday that if left unmanaged can destroy parts or all of your lawn. At Nutri-Lawn, we are experts in Vancouver turf care and provide all the services you’ll need to ensure your lawn can cope with the Vancouver climate. Consider the following information for improving your lawn care routine and give us a call for a free assessment of how our Vancouver turf care services can get your lawn looking strong and luscious all season long.

Help your lawn cope with the heat

Turf care in Vancouver requires you to keep a close eye on the heat. We’re subject to significant variations in temperature during the growing season varying by as much as 5°C to 10°C between inland areas and coastal regions. Also, our precipitation can be very difficult to predict, making knowing when to water your lawn exceptionally difficult. When the temperature climbs and the rain doesn’t fall, your lawn responds to these drought-like conditions by going semi-dormant to survive. While semi-dormant the grass’s root system will use up energy and water stored in its root system, eventually weakening the roots to the point of erosion. A best practice for Vancouver turf care is to properly fertilize your lawn early in the growing season, maintain a watering schedule of 1 inch of water every 5 to 7 days and mow your lawn at a length of 2.5 to 3 inches every 5 to 7 days. Following this schedule will build a hardy root system that will be more resilient to stressors of summer.

Reduce the amount of traffic on your lawn

It turns out that the old man that used to tell you to get off his lawn when you were kids knew what he was talking about when it comes to Vancouver turf care. People, pets and even low mower tires put stress on your lawn. To reduce the damage caused by wear and tear on your lawn come up with ways to reduce everyday traffic. Sometimes all it takes is a couple stakes and some string as a reminder to tread carefully until your lawns root system is strong enough to handle traffic.

Take it easy on the mowing

Setting a day of the week as the day that you mow the lawn and blindly following that schedule could put undue stress on your lawn during the hotter, dryer times. Mowing your lawn puts stress on your lawns root system through wear and tear and also increases the amount of moisture it loses through the freshly cut blade tips. It’s far more prudent to assess when your lawn needs to be cut by the length of the grass. When you’re lawn exceeds 3 to 4 inches than it’s safe to cut. Make sure you are using recently sharpened mower blades to get a clean cut.

Use a water sensing irrigation system

Turf care in Vancouver needs approximately an inch of water per week, which can come from a combination of irrigation, precipitation and underground sources. Precipitation can be erratic at times, making turf care in Vancouver particularly difficult. Both over watering and under watering can be a source of stress for your lawn so getting it right is very important. Using a professionally installed irrigation system from Nutri-Lawn ensures that your lawn is receiving the hydration it needs, when it needs it.

Everything You Need To Know About Lawn Seed

What is growing on your lawn? If you answered with, “grass – duh!” – wrong answer. We’re looking at the specific species of grass that are a part of your Vancouver turf care. As such, people frequently don’t know the answer to this question. This causes them to apply generic lawn care to their grass, which is akin to playing Russian Roulette with your landscape. You never know if the methods you employ will result in a beautiful lawn or a horrific one.

There are so many varieties of lawn seeds that it often makes even our heads spin here at Nutri-Lawn Vancouver. The key is to know which type will flourish in your lawn. Our Vancouver turf maintenance service will help take the guess-work out of the equation.

How Plant Hardiness Affects Your Vancouver Turf Care

Your Vancouver turf maintenance service experts begin every lawn care project with a look at two different maps – the Canadian Climate Zone map and the Canadian Plant Hardiness map. Vancouver has a nice Oceanic climate, which is characterized by even rainfall and a narrow annual range of temperatures. Vancouver is located in Zone 7, which is good news for your grass; the higher the zone number, the less hardy the plants need to be in order to survive. Therefore, when it comes to selecting species for your Vancouver grass seed, you won’t need to worry too much about whether or not they can survive harsh winter conditions.

Other Factors to Consider When it Comes to Seed Selection

Aside from climate zones, the survival of plants depends on a variety of other factors in your Vancouver turf care. The Vancouver turf maintenance service experts also consider the following issues when it comes to ensuring a healthy lawn:

  • Freeze/Thaw Cycle: while Vancouver may not be prone to the swings in season that other areas of the country are, sometimes the temperatures tend to slip a little. And the fluctuation on your grass is absolute torture for it and will cause more damage than consistent cold temperatures or consistent mild temperatures. Liken it to the effect of yo-yo dieting on your body. After constantly bouncing up and down weight, your body doesn’t look good and even your health has suffered. Fluctuating temperatures will do the same.
  • Snow cover: if the weather is going to go to below freezing, a little bit of snow is good for your lawn. It creates a blanket of insulation and protects your lawn.

The Best Grass for Your Lawn

After analyzing the above information, your Vancouver turf care will require grass that can withstand precipitation and is okay with shade from those cloudy days or those tall trees. For these areas, your Vancouver turf maintenance service recommends fine fescues, like red fescue (Festuca rubra), along with certain bluegrasses and ryegrasses.

Bentgrasses also grow well in the Vancouver area, but the require plenty of sun and regular maintenance. If your home is located closer to the coast, try “dwarf” tall fescues. They will need to be allowed to grow a little higher, but they offer a luscious deep green colour and tolerate salt from the ocean better than most species.

Don’t write off native grasses either, since they have adapted to local conditions and won’t require nearly as much maintenance. Ask your lawn care expert about native grasses in our slit-seeding lawn renovation.

One grass to avoid in the Pacific Northwest is Kentucky bluegrass. It’s popular in other areas, but Vancouver is too wet a climate for this prairie grass.

Like anything in life, a beautiful lawn can be a bit tricky. That’s why it’s better to ask the experts at Nutri-Lawn when it comes to re-seeding your lawn. To request a free, no obligation quote, contact Nutri-Lawn today!

Make the Most of These Watering and Mowing Tips

Make the Most of These Watering and Mowing Tips

Once you’ve got your lawn looking the way you like it, establishing your Vancouver lawn care routine is essential to keeping your lawn looking beautiful every season. Consider the following tips for nurturing your lawn:

Watering tips:

One of the most important parts of Vancouver lawn care is ensuring that your lawn has the hydration it needs to flourish. Like all plants, grass needs enough water to stop it from wilting and becoming dormant, but not so much water that it rots or grows fungi. The most reliable way ofproviding the right amount of water to your lawn is by having a trusted Vancouver lawn care provider, such as Nutri-Lawn, install an in-ground irrigation system. Contact us for a no obligation quote.

Water your lawn before the Sun’s too strong: Watering your lawn in the morning hours before the sun is at its strongest will allow your lawn to absorb water without getting burnt. Watering in the afternoon can burn your lawn because the beads of water refract sunlight like a magnifying glass intensifying the Sun’s U.V. radiation. This is where having an in-ground irrigation system comes in handy for Vancouver lawn care; like most people, your mornings are probably sufficiently busy and watering your lawn is not likely on the radar. With an irrigation system, you can simply set the start and stop times and the system will take care of the rest.

Water deeply and infrequently: an ideal watering schedule for Vancouver lawn care is approximately 1 inch of water every 5 to 7 days. It’s best to apply this 1 inch of water in a single watering to saturate your lawn. Watering more often can create a continually moist environment where fungi can grow leading to rootrot. As your Vancouver lawn care provider, we know that precipitation around here varies a lot depending on the season but don’t worry, you won’t need to measure precipitation because we provide water-sensing irrigation systems that will only water your lawn when necessary.

Mowing Tips:

Mowing has been part of Vancouver lawn care for as long as there have been lawns. Mowing is something that all of us with lawns need to think about and there are some very beneficial and some very harmful practices out there. We have had the pleasure of being the foremost Vancouver lawn care provider for over 20 years and we’re here to share our knowledge on the correct way to mow your lawn.

Don’t throw away that mulch:

Many people incorrectly bag up the clippings after they’ve mowed the lawn and throw it out. Those clippings are filled with nutrients and moisture that your lawn can use in a sort of self-fertilization. When you’re done mowing the lawn, spread a thin, even layer of clippings over the lawn. Just be sure that there are no clumpy patches that might suffocate the grass below.

 

Appropriate blade height: There seems to be a mentality of “the shorter I cut my grass, the less often I’ll have to mow it” out there. And although this may be true, cutting your lawn too short might mean you don’t have a lawn to mow at all. Giving your lawn a buzz cut means that the short blades of grass can’t shade themselves and your lawn will burn. Grass should be cut every 5 to 7 days at a length of 2.5 to 3 inches.

If you’re having a hard time keeping up with your mowing schedule, take a look at our Vancouver lawn care programs, we’ve been a trusted Vancouver lawn care provider for over two decades and your satisfaction is our only concern.

Do I Need To Dethatch?

If you’re beginning your spring turf care in Vancouver, you may need to take a look at the level of thatch on your lawn. Thatch is composed of both living and dead plant matter, and can prevent water, air, and nutrients from nourishing your lawn. Don’t wait for your lawn to slowly suffocate! Contact Nutri-Lawn’s Vancouver turf maintenance experts and book one of our beneficial dethatching treatments today!

Dethatching vs. Power Raking

Nutri-Lawn offers two very different options for your turf care in Vancouver: dethatching and power raking.

If your lawn has an extremely thick layer of thatch (3 inches or more), dethatching is probably the best solution for you.

However, dethatching can put stress on your lawn. So if you just have a light thatch covering, then power raking is the more ideal alternative.

If your lawn has very little thatch covering, our Vancouver turf maintenance experts recommend booking core aeration services along with a power raking treatment.

Dethatching and Your Vancouver Turf Maintenance: The Nutri-Lawn Approach

When you use Nutri-Lawn’s turf care in Vancouver services to dethatch your lawn, we won’t just improve your lawn’s breathability. We will also cut through the thatch layer with knife-like blades and remove the debris safely. During the treatment, Nutri-Lawn will first wet the soil a bit so we can prevent the equipment from tearing any healthy turf.

Before your dethatching appointment, mow your lawn to its recommended height and take the time to mark all obstacles, such as sprinkler heads or shallow irrigation pipes. You want to avoid costly repairs to your irrigation system following an unnecessary dethatching accident!

Nutri-Lawn will then use a vertical mower or power rake to make two passes perpendicular to each other in the thatch layer. If the thatch is extremely thick, we won’t attempt to remove it all in one day, as dethatching can be hard on your lawn. If you try to remove a thick layer of thatch in one day, your lawn could be reduced to dirt by the time it’s all over. However it takes pain to make a beautiful lawn.

After the dethatching treatment, there will be quite a bit of debris on your lawn. This will need to be bagged and removed from the property in order to prevent it from further suffocating your lawn. If your lawn mower has a grass collection system, it might be simpler to give your lawn a once-over with the mower.

Since dethatching is a stressful process for your lawn, you will want to follow it up with a lot of TLC for your lawn. We recommend following it up with some fertilization or a nutrient-rich topsoil and irrigation.

What Time of Year is the Best to Dethatch?

The best time of year to dethatch is right before the lawn’s vigorous spring growth cycle. Since the grass has not had a chance to come up yet, it will be easy to get at the thatch.

Alternatively, you can prepare your lawn for the cool season and incorporate this into your turf care in Vancouver from late August to early October. Your grass will begin to regrow vigorously in the fall and should recover from the process. Fall dethatching is also a good idea because weeds are not germinating at this time, so the grass will not need to compete with them. If you dethatch in the fall, do it about 30 days before the end of the mowing season.

Spring or fall, if your grass feels a little too soft and the thatch is mounting, contact our Vancouver turf maintenance servicesfor a free quote. Nutri-Lawn’s quality, environmentally friendly practices will put you and your lawn at ease.

Dominican re:nourish mission 2011 – Departure Day

Departure Day

Welcome everyone to the first of this year’s posts for the 2011 renourish mission trip.

Firstly, I would like to introduce the members of our group this year. A core team from Nutri-Lawn along with Terry Ormrod from Toro have made the trip down for the third consecutive year. Joining us this year are a couple of Terry’s colleagues, Paulo Munegatto owner of Pronto Enterprise & David Pfortmueller owner of University Sprinklers in Vancouver. Also joining us for the first time is a new Nutri-Lawn recruit, Sue Kemp from Nutri-Lawn Whitby. Finally, with star forward ‘Safety’ Steve Smith on the injury list we drafted rookie Peter Bugden, from the re:nourish farm team in Halifax.

Again this year we received a number of generous donations from our various partners.

Toro has come to the party again with donations of irrigation supplies including the drip tubing seen in the photo below. This tubing will primarily be used in the community garden project the we are working on in conjunction with the Harbourside Rotary in Halifax. Joining us from Habourside Rotary is Gerry Pierce who was in the DR last March to begin the community garden project…more on that to come.

Included in the donation list is approximately 50 baseball bats that were kindly donated by the Woodstock parks department. Also a big thanks to Lordco Auto Parts in British Columbia who donated over 200 new t-shirts! This year we have seen many people step up and donate items, money and time to our efforts and we thank you all.

Before we left we were met at Toronto airport by a reporter from the the Toronto Sun. You can read the article here:http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2011/01/11/16848896.html

The 2011 re:nourish team includes:

Ryan Vincent

Jordan Lavin

Kalon Fairclough

Jesse Montpellier

Sue Kemp

Peter Bugden

Terry Ormrod

Paulo Munegatto

David Pfortmueller and

Gerry Pierce

 

Prior to check-in, from L to R

Paulo Munegatto, Terry Ormrod, David Pfortmueller, Kalon Fairclough, Jordan Lavin & Ryan Vincent