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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

Weed of the Week: White Clover

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

This weeks weed of the week is White Clover. Commonly referred to as the “Shamrock”,  white clover consists of 3 oval shaped leaves that together grow from the central stem and make up this famous shamrock symbol. As luck would have it, it is estimated that approximately 1 in every 10,000 three-leaf clovers, a very lucky four-leaf clover can be found.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Weed of the Week: Wild Violets

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Wild Violet (Viola papilionacea)

  • Life Cycle: Perennial broadleaf weed
  • Growth Habit: clumping, spreading
  • Leaves: Heart shaped leaves, cupping towards petiole, rounded teeth on leaf margins
  • Roots: Branching rhizomes, dense fibrous
  • Flower Colour: Blue, purple, white
  • Control: Difficult to control
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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Weed of the Week: Buckhorn Plantain

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Buckhorn Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Buckhorn Plantain is a perennial broadleaf weed that is commonly found across Canada and the US.  It is typically found on sites that are dry and have basic to neutral soil pH conditions.  The leaves develop in a basal rosette and are long and slender with distinctive parallel venation.  The main growth period is from June through to September.  A dense fibrous root system allows it to survive low mowing heights .  Cylindrical spike seedheads form on long stalks that can reach heights of 2 feet, but are generally removed and cut off during mowing practices.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Weed of the Week: Black Medic

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Black Medic (Medicago lupulina)

Black medic is a summer annual or winter annual that is commonly found across Canada and the US.  Black medic is often mistaken for clover and oxalis as it looks very similar with trifoliate leaf arrangements.  Black medic is different with the center leaflet raised on a petiole.  Black medic spreads low to the ground spreading several feet from its central taproot.  Stems grow prostrate with the tips pointing upward. Small yellow flowers typically bloom from spring through until fall.  Once they mature they for a black seedpod. 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Why You Should Apply Winter Fertilizer in Late Fall

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Brace yourselves... Winter is most certainly coming. With just under 2 months to go until the official start of Winter, now's the time to start planning a strategy on how to put your lawn to bed for Winter.

One of the most important things on that list should be a winterizer. A 'winterizer' is an application of fertilizer applied in late Fall. This helps prepare the lawn to get through a long, cold Winter and can help minimize damage.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Fertilizing

Tips for Late Fall Lawn Care

Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

Fall is the best time of year to overseed and lay sod because all of the conditions homeowners try to mimic or compensate for happen naturally in the fall. The shorter days and cooler nights mixed with heavy dew and regular rainfall create perfect conditions that should yield significant results come spring. And these conditions can often last into November, so now’s the time to get to work!

Fall lawn care improvements can be frustrating for some because you won’t see the changes immediately, but you’ll definitely see a change in the spring when your lawn is thicker, greener, and more vibrant. Here are our best late fall lawn care tips. We know fall is a crazy busy time of year - give us a call if you need help or our expertise in creating the lawn you’ve always wanted.

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Topics: Vancouver

Putting Your Lawn To Bed For Winter

Thom Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

This is the perfect time of year to plant new grass seed or lay sod and prepare your existing lawn to get a great start in spring. In fall, often our lawns look their best due to cooler evenings, regular rainfall, heavy morning dew and shorter days. These conditions typically persist into the beginning of November. These conditions also mean that planting new grass or sod will get a fantastic start. Any lawn care improvements you make in the fall are going to pay off come spring. Many lawn care experts believe that fall improvements reap more immediate rewards than spring improvements because of the ideal growing conditions in fall.

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Topics: Ottawa

8 Landscape Staging Tips To Add Curb Appeal

Paula Truscott, Nutri-Lawn

If you watch any of those house flipping shows, you know how important home staging is. And if you know anything about real estate, you'd also know what a big deal curb appeal is.

According to RE/MAX, return on investment for landscaping your property is about 7%. So it makes sense to invest a little in landscape staging, especially considering how important first impressions are. A potential buyer will see your house online and form one impression, so it's important to maintain or improve that impression when they drive by. If they don't like what they see when they drive past, you'll find it a lot harder to sell them on the inside, let alone get them in the door.

Here are 8 essential landscape and lawn staging tips to add value to your home, add curb appeal, and give you more success when selling.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

The 10 Best Fall Lawn Care Services

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Fall is now in full swing, and isn't it spectacular? Apart from all the colourful leaves you need to keep raking, you might think that your job out in the yard is surely done. But in fact, Fall is the ideal time to give your lawn some much needed attention.

With cooler temperatures and decent rainfall, your lawn is busy taking in energy and moisture, as well as the plant essential nutrients it needs to thrive in Spring.

Repairing Summer damage and preparing your lawn for a long, dormant Winter is best done in Fall. Plus, by performing some crucial lawn care services in October and November, you'll set yourself up for success in Spring.

Here are the 10 most popular Fall lawn care services, in no particular order.

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

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