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Benefits of Using Lime On Your Lawn

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Calcitic Lime is a lawn care supplement that is primarily used to improve the acidity in soil. Calcitic lime, in essence, 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 breakdown 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, 1. Lawn Care, 3. Weed Control, 2. Fertilizing

Your Summer Lawn Isn't Dead... It's Dormant

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Many parts of Canada are suffering with unseasonably hot and dry conditions at the moment, with long spells of rainless heat. With the drought at its peak, many homeowners are starting to become more and more concerned with their brown and seemingly lifeless lawns.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, 5. Lawn Damage

Plan For Fall Lawn Care Repairs in August

Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

August brings some of the hottest days of the year. Is your lawn struggling to survive the heat? The optimal time to prepare your lawn to withstand this heat was before it started. So now is the time to look ahead to the fall and how you can help your lawn grow strong and healthy for next season.

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Topics: Vancouver

5 August Lawn Care Tips

Thom Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

We are right in the middle of the dog-days of summer, but now’s the time to look ahead to fall and get ready. It’s the perfect time to think about next year’s lawn and how to give it a great start. Our lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa have put together a short list of things homeowners can do in August to ensure their lawn has a great fall and even better spring and summer next year.

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Topics: Ottawa

Fall Lawn Care Begins In August

Don McQueen, Nutri-Lawn Burlington

In Burlington, August usually means another month of hot and dry weather. It’s a fantastic time of year for swimming pools and outdoor parties, but now is the time to plan ahead for fall. Most homeowners have cool season grasses on their lawn, and if you’re looking to repair your lawn, fall is the best time of year to do it.

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Topics: Burlington

How To Prevent and Treat Lawn Damage By Dog Urine

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Lawn damage caused by dog urine is not only an unsightly problem but also a common one. It is a challenge for multi-residential building owners/managers to prevent and correct, leaving them frustrated and faced with a lacklustre lawn littered with burn patches that detracts from their building’s curb appeal.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, 5. Lawn Damage

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

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