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How Kelp Protects Your Lawn

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Remember when your parents used to grow their veggies with kelp seaweed? Yes? No? Maybe?

Anyway; there's a great reason for it. Seaweed is high in carbohydrates, making them a great source of food for plants. It's also low in in cellulose, so it breaks down really easily. An organic meal of kelp seaweed is the perfect source of nutrients for a vegetable garden, and the same goes for your lawn.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, 5. Lawn Damage, 2. Fertilizing

July is Chinch Bug Season!

Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

Hairy chinch bugs are small insects that as nymphs stay beneath the trees, shrubs, and flowers in your gardens causing little harm. Once they reach adult-hood in mid-July, they move out into your lawn and suck all the sappy goodness from the crowns and stems of your turf grass and leave behind circular brown patches. No harm no foul until they kill your grass, right? The damage can be seen later in July and throughout August.

Chinch bugs prefer lawns that get full-sun and are drought stressed. Is that your lawn?

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Topics: Vancouver

Does Your Lawn Have Chinch Bugs?

Don McQueen, Nutri-Lawn Burlington

Hairy Chinch Bugs can cause extensive lawn damage and begin appearing in mid-July to mid-August. These infestations can cause small isolated patches of dead grass or in extreme cases require the entire lawn be renovated. As nymphs reach maturity in mid-July, they move into the lawn and begin feasting.

Chinch bugs suck the sap from the stems of turfgrass leaving circular shaped dead and sunken patches. Chinch bugs love hot dry weather and lawns in full sun are preferred. These little critters are small – only 4mm long and as adults are grey or brown in colour with a white band across their middles.

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Topics: Burlington

How To Diagnose A Chinch Bug Problem

Thom Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

Do you have circular dead patches in your lawn or bits of sunken lawn where weeds pop up in mid-July to late August? You might have a hairy chinch bug problem. Cringe! Sounds bad, right? These little bugs can infest your lawn, or small patches of it, and cause damage. In some extreme causes, chinch bug damage may require the entire lawn be rehabilitated.

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Topics: Ottawa

Chinch Bug Damage

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Summer heat is in full effect and lawns are now showing signs of browning out. Be aware, this could be more than just drought. Tiny surface insects called Chinch Bugs are very common during the summer months. Chinch Bugs typically live in the thatch and suck the juices from the grass leaf blades causing damage that looks very similar to drought stress.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, 5. Lawn Damage, 4. Insect Control

Summer Lawn Care Tips For New Homeowners

Thom Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

May and June are some of the most popular months to buy a house in Canada. When it’s your first home, or even your second or third - there’s quite a lot of excitement around moving into the new space. You’ve taken your time to pick out paint colours and maybe some new furniture. Now it’s time to look at the yard.

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Topics: Ottawa

Must-Have Lawn Care Tools For New Homeowners

Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

Buying a new house is a very exciting time. You’ve already painted, maybe bought some new curtains and furniture. Now it’s time to look outside. What do you need to get your lawn in top shape? If the lawn is in great shape, all you’ll need to do is maintain it. Take heart if the lawn is not the home’s best feature. Grass is very forgiving and often you can totally transform a yard with lush turf in just a season.

In the fall, take the time fertilize and overseed your lawn. In the spring you can dethatch and aerate as needed, and if you haven’t already overseed and fertilize for the season. July and August are often hot and deliver less rain so your lawn should be fairly easy to maintain because it won’t grow that much.

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Topics: Vancouver

New Homeowners Guide To Summer Lawn Care

Don McQueen, Nutri-Lawn Burlington

We know that a lot of Canadians are buying their first house, or simply moving to a new home through the summer. You’re in this new place, you’ve painted and maybe bought some new furniture and you look out the window to the back yard. What to do with the lawn? Where do you start? How do you improve on what you’ve been given to work with?

You want the lawn and yard to look like the new owners care about this home and this neighbourhood. Don’t let that excitement dwindle or cool. July and August are fairly undemanding months when it comes to lawn care because the heat and drought-like conditions force many lawns into dormancy. But you can get started right now, or just plan ahead so you can handle September like a pro!

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Topics: Burlington

Are Summer Fertilizers Right For Your Lawn?

Thom Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

Do you take care of your lawn? Do you aerate and dethatch, water properly, overseed when appropriate, rake long grass clippings, and keep your lawn mower at the proper height for mowing? We know you care about your lawn and don’t want to see all that time and effort wasted in a heat wave of 30+ Degree weather through July.

In Ontario, your grass won’t stay green all summer (barring unusual weather) without help. Your lawn will need intervention to prevent it from going brown (dormant) this summer. For those who already have thriving, healthy, green lawns and want to keep them that way, here’s our best tip: summer fertilizer.

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Topics: Ottawa

Keep Your Lawn Green With Summer Fertilizer

Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

Are you a homeowner who fastidiously cares for your lawn? You’re sure to overseed when necessary, you aerate and dethatch, use grub control and have purged your lawn of weeds and other invaders. If this is you, and the idea of seeing all that hard work turn brown and yellow in the dog days of 30+ Degree weather in July and August, you might consider applying summer fertilizer. We don’t recommend this for every homeowner because applied incorrectly summer fertilizer can cause significant damage to your lawn.

Keeping your lawn green can be a struggle in July and August without some intervention. Smart watering practices, weed control and other measures will help. For that additional boost, summer fertilizer might be just what you need.

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Topics: Vancouver

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