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Winter Lawn Care: Crown Hydration

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Crown Hydration continues to be one of the most destructive yet least preventable forms of winter kill that causes damage to a lawn. Crown hydration commonly occurs during the late winter months when warmer daytime temperatures cause the snow to melt followed by rapid freezing temperatures. The worst affected areas are in the low lying, poorly drained soils that are prone to standing water. Under these conditions the turfgrass crown begins to absorb water and become saturated. Extreme temperature fluctuations cause thawing and rapid refreezing creating ice crystals in the turfgrass plant cells that ultimately rupture and cause plant death.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, Ottawa, Burlington

Managing and Recovering From Chinch Bug Damage

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Chinch bugs are common lawn insects that can cause extensive damage if left untreated. They live in the thatch layer of a lawn, where they feed on the grass by piercing the plant with their mouth and sucking the plant juices. When the chinch bugs feed, they release enzymes that facilitate easy feeding. The enzymes continue damaging the plant after feeding, and cause the grass to turn brown and potentially die.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Insect Control

Management Techniques for Controlling Insects In Your Lawn

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

If you have insects feeding on your lawn and causing damage, it can be difficult to know how to control them. For those of you who prefer not to use pesticides to address lawn pests like chinch bugs or white grubs, these cultural management techniques will help you create a healthy environment that outperforms any pressures created by insects.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, A Guide to Insect Control

5 Things To Consider When Seeding A Lawn

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Seeding is a great way to freshen up the lawn, and give it a much need minor renovation. If you're planning on seeding your lawn, here are some things to consider.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

Your Best Defense Against Weed Infestations

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

The best natural defense against weeds is maintaining a thick and healthy lawn that is capable of out-competing weeds and tolerating minor insect feeding. These 7 tips will help you on your way to a robust, healthy lawn.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Winter Lawn Tips: Snow Plow Damage

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

 

Mother Nature aside, some of the most severe damage that can take place to a lawn over the winter months is often the most preventable.  Snow removal equipment that is used to plow, blow, and remove snow can easily, and unintentionally damage the turf when the boundaries aren’t properly identified.  The edges from the road, driveway, sidewalk and along walkways are most vulnerable to damage.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage

Winter Lawn Care: Low Temperature Kill

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Extreme cold temperature conditions persisting for days, weeks and even months are nothing but normal to many parts of Canada during the winter months. When the mercury dips below freezing, the turfgrass plant is exposed to many extremes that can cause damage. These freezing conditions cause damage, and Direct Low Temperature Kill is what this is known as.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, Ottawa, Vancouver, Burlington

Winter Lawn Tips: Snow Coverage

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

 

Depending on what part of the country you live in, the amount of snow coverage and length of time your lawn is covered by snow can be significantly different, region by region. The majority of Canada with the exception of the coastal regions in British Columbia regularly experience consistent snowfall and snow coverage for the better part of 3 – 4 months (specifically December through March). With that being said, these areas can be faced with winter lawn damage that’s caused by snow coverage.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, Ottawa, Vancouver, Burlington

Congratulations to the 2016 Nutri-Lawn Award Winners

Jordan Lavin, Nutri-Lawn COO

How do you keep the excitement alive after 30 years? You celebrate the success of those around you. You celebrate milestones. You celebrate achievements. You embrace the 'young energy' of the next generation of Nutri-Lawn'ers, and you applaud the execution of exit strategies into youthful retirement.

And what better place to do all that than the picturesque Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

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Topics: The Grass Expert, Ottawa, Burlington

What Happens to Your Lawn In Winter?

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Winter kill is a common term used to describe turf damage that takes place during Winter. Most people assume winter kill only happens when snow is covering the lawn, however that is not true. Lawns covered with snow for months at a time certainly do see their fair share of turf damage, but snow alone is not the only factor that causes damage.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage