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Nutri-Lawn Blog

Learn about all things lawn care. From weed control to insect control and everything in between.

Grub Talk: White Grub Damage and Repairs

4 Min

The extent and severity of grub damage can vary from minor to severe. There are several factors that influence damage, but as a general rule it is most severe when infestation levels are high. 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

Grub Talk: Lawn Pest Identification Guide

5 Min

With summer around the corner, many Canadian homeowners are starting to reap the rewards of a well-maintained spring lawn. Unfortunately, many lawn pests and insects are also doing the same! 

Lawn pests such as white grubs are often a difficult-to-detect issue for the average homeowner until it's too late. While it's not hard to notice browning areas in your lawn, you could write that off as a multitude of things; lack of rain, summer stress, or just a need for seed.

Unless you get down to soil level and really have a peek, you might not realize the tiny little insects eating your grass blades, slowly but surely. That's where Grub Talk comes in.

Here are 4 common lawn pests that our technicians across the country encounter.

European Chafer 

The European chafer is a common white grub species that attacks lawns across many parts of Canada, completing its life cycle in one year. The adult beetles lay their eggs in June and July. These eggs hatch in late July early August and the larvae begin feeding. This feeding continues into late fall before the white grub overwinters as a 3rd instar larvae.

Feeding takes place for a short period in the early spring until May when the larvae pupate into an adult beetle. The larvae has a “open zipper” raster pattern that distinguishes itself from other white grubs. The adult beetle is tan colour and measures about 15mm in length.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

How To Combat European Chafers

3 Min

Happy June, folks! The weather is warm, the grass is green, and summer is just around the corner. What's not to love?

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Topics: Ottawa

Grub Talk: The Life Cycle of the White Grub

3 Min

Welcome to Grub Talk, ladies and gentleman, a weekly educational series on the life and times of the notorious white grub. Also known as the European Chafer beetle, May/June beetle, or Japanese beetle, the white grub can be found in many lawns across Canada, and is a pest that can tear up even the strongest of lawns if left untreated.    

Most homeowners don't know that white grubs are present until they suffer significant turf loss from secondary pests, such as animals who feed on the grubs and cause damage. The key to success with white grubs is identifying that they are present before any turf damage is visible, so monitoring early and often is the best practice! 

The life cycle of the white grub consists of 4 stages: Egg, Larvae, Pupa, and Adult. During this 4 stage process, the white grub transforms itself in shape, size, colour and feeding habits. It also changes where it lives during its life cycle. White grub species all complete their life cycle in 1 year, with the exception of the June Beetle, which has a 3 year life cycle. 

Read on to learn more about the white grub life cycle

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

5 Common Lawn Mowing Problems

3 Min

Mowing your lawn in spring is one of those timeless Canadian traditions that just can't be beat. Especially when you can enjoy a cool glass of lemonade right after! 

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Topics: Ottawa

Mowing Safety Tips

3 Min


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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

A List Of Common Spring Weeds

11 Min

Look out, readers! Spring has spring but so have the pesky weeds. 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Overseeding is an Integral Spring Task

4 Min

With Mother's Day in the rear view mirror and the May long weekend almost upon us, it's apparent that spring is chugging along at a nice pace. Have you completed all of your important spring tasks yet?

Overseeding is one of the many lawn care maintenance services that Nutri-Lawn Ottawa offers. In our eyes, it's also one of the most important. 

Why is it important to overseed your lawn every spring and what are the benefits? Read on to find out!

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Topics: Ottawa

The Problem With Compacted Soil

10 Min

Welcome to May, folks! The weather is warmer, the skies are bluer, and the lawns are starting to get greener - what's not to love?

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

Everything You Need to Know About Lawn Thatch

7 Min

Lawn thatch, like anything in life, is all about moderation. A little bit of thatch is perfectly fine for your lawn, as an acceptable amount helps protect the crown of the grass plant and helps prevent soil compaction.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care