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What Happens to Your Lawn In Winter?

3 Min

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

That's right folks, the official start of winter is almost upon us. 'Tis the season for tobogganing, ice skating, and cups of warm hot chocolate. In many parts of Canada, it's also the season when temperatures drop and lawn's gets covered in blankets of white, fluffy snow. 

Are you curious about what happens to your lawn in winter? If so, this is the blog for you. 

Winter Kill

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

How To Avoid Frost Damage On Your Lawn

3 Min

 

Don't look now folks, but December is right around the corner. That means the days are growing shorter, the air is getting colder, and frost is starting to appear on our lawns. Lucky us, right? 

Depending on where you live in Canada, you've probably started to notice some silver frost blanketing your grass and gardens in the early morning.

While it may be pleasing to the eye, frost can actually be a real problem for your lawn if not properly monitored. 

Here are some tips for avoiding frost damage on your lawn

Frost Facts

While many theories exist about how frost damages living tissue, the most common belief is that ice crystals damage and kill plant cells when they are forced into the leaf by the weight of a foot or by other means of traffic across a lawn.

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For frost to properly form on grass, many people believe that the temperature must fall to 32°F. However, frost can occur in low lying shaded areas even when the official temperature is above 38°F, so you need to be careful depending on where you live in Canada.

Even if it's not freezing cold outside, frost can still affect your lawn. 

Stay Off Your Lawn

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage

Plant Your Spring Flowering Bulbs Before Winter

4 Min

As a lawn and garden enthusiast, you know Winter lawn care like the back of your hand. You've applied winterizer to your lawn, raked up all your leaves, and gotten your irrigation blowout done right before the first big freeze of the season. Just another day in the life!  

With all these tasks checked off your list, it's now time to turn your attention towards your flower beds. Depending on where you live in Canada, now is the perfect time to start planting your Spring flowering bulbs before Winter.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

Everything You Need to Know About Your Last Mow

3 Min

It’s the final countdown…. to Winter, that is. With just over a month to go before the official start of Winter, now is the time to get your final mow of the season done before the ground freezes and your lawn mower begins its hibernation. Can't believe we're here already!

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

Get Your Irrigation Blowout Done Before Winter

3 Min

 

Halloween is over, hockey is in full swing, and frost is starting to show up on our lawns. That means it must be November!

For those of you that have an in-ground irrigation system, late October and early November is the ideal time to winterize. Failing to check this off your Fall to-do list could result in expensive and extensive damage to your irrigation system. 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Damage, Irrigation

Why Your Trees and Shrubs Need Fertilizer

3 Min

Get excited folks, the holiday season is right around the corner. And with less than two months to go before Christmas Day, I would wager that a fair number of Canadians are already starting to plan out their Christmas tree designs and decorations. What a time to be alive!

While I’m all for a little early planning, I’m also here to tell you that there is a different kind of tree that needs your attention just as much as those festive evergreens; the ones that are already on your property!

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Fertilizing

Raking Leaves Off Your Lawn in Fall

2 Min

Fall is a beautiful season in Canada. Cool crisp air, glorious autumn colours, and cosy hoodies! All the leaves begin to fall, the trees become bare... and you end up spending hours at the end of a rake!

Raking leaves in the Fall can be a big job, especially if you're lucky enough to have big, old trees in your neighborhood.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care

Why You Should Apply Winterizing Fertilizer in Late Fall

2 Min

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

Benefits of Using Lime On Your Lawn

3 Min

Calcitic Lime is a lawn care supplement primarily used to improve the acidity in soil. In essence, it is limestone that has been broken down into fine particles. As the name suggests, it contains a high amount of calcium.

Compared to dolomitic lime (which also contains magnesium and much less calcium) calcitic lime is 4 times more effective and works much faster; dolomitic lime applications can take up to 4 years to break down and start working, which isn't ideal for residential turf.

Regular liming can do a wealth of good for your grass. With a number of benefits, calcitic lime is a welcome addition for every home lawn, especially those that need a little TLC.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care, A Guide to Fertilizing

How Topdressing Improves Your Lawn Soil

2 Min

Just like the human body, your lawn needs a certain amount of nutrients to function as intended. Unless restored, the essential nutrients found in your lawn soil will deplete over time, leaving the lawn struggling and malnourished. A lawn lacking nutrients won't grow like it should, and will be more susceptible to weeds, insects, and disease.

Thankfully, you can renourish your lawn in a number of different ways. Topdressing is a great way to rejuvenate tired grass and improve poor soil conditions, getting you on your way to much healthier turf.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Lawn Care