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8 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Thom Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

Now that the May long weekend is over, we can expect our early mornings and evenings especially, to suffer insect invasions. Mosquitoes are pesky and annoying, and with the rise of West Nile virus and lately the Zika virus, controlling mosquitoes is no longer a perk but a health and safety concern.

Experts say to eliminate all sources of standing water including rain barrels and rain gutters, but once you’ve done that, what’s the next step? The experts at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa compiled this list of plants suitable for our Canadian climate that will naturally repel mosquitoes. Scatter these plants around your patio, garden or yard or plant them in containers that are easy to move.

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Topics: Ottawa

Plants To Help You Battle Mosquitoes

Don McQueen, Nutri-Lawn Burlington

The long weekend in May is over so you know what that means? The mosquitoes will be out in full force! With the rise of West Nile virus and lately the Zika virus, the media has reminded us how mosquitoes are no longer just a nuisance, they are a legitimate health concern.

Once you’ve eliminated all the incubation units (aka standing water) in your yard, what’s left? The experts at Nutri-Lawn Burlington compiled this list of plants suitable for our Canadian climate that will naturally repel mosquitoes. With strategic planting, you can keep many mosquitoes away from patios, play areas, or doors.

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Topics: Burlington

Lawn Fertilizing: DIY Mistakes

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

Burning a lawn with too much fertilizer, or stripping a lawn where fertilizer isn't evenly applied are both common mistakes do-it-yourself homeowners make. What starts with good intentions and lofty expectations, quickly turns into disappointment and embarrassment.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, 2. Fertilizing

3 Reasons Clover Is Taking Over Your Lawn

Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

Across Canada, lawns are being infiltrated by white flowered invaders of the 3-leafed variety, and many homeowners are not happy about this. White clover is a pervasive perennial that will keep coming back every spring if left alone and will choke out your grass plants.

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Topics: Vancouver

3 Reasons You Have Clover in Your Lawn

Don McQueen, Nutri-Lawn Burlington

One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to get rid of clover in lawns. Clover is a perennial weed that’s prolific across Canada. Clover remains green when your lawn turns brown. Some homeowners find the white flowers produced by clover unsightly, and the flowers do attract bees. Clover can be very difficult to eradicate and requires several treatments throughout the season.

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Topics: Burlington

How To Get Rid of Clover in Lawns

Thom Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa

White clover is a pervasive weed that grows prolifically across Canada. Clover can be undesirable for the white flowers it produces, the bees that are attracted to the flowers, its ability to stay green when the rest of the lawn turns brown, and the sporadic clumps in your lawn. Clover can be very difficult to eradicate and requires several treatments throughout the season.

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Topics: Ottawa

Ryan receives his Horticulture Certificate

Boyd Loveless, Nutri-Lawn St. Johns

A big congratulations goes out to Ryan Loveless, our Lawn Care Supervisor. He's put in months of hard work and has just received his Horticulture Certificate from The University of Guelph.

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Topics: St.John's

10 Lawn Care Tips to Add Curb Appeal

Shawn Karn, The Grass Expert

When you're trying to sell a house, it's imperative to put yourself in the buyers' shoes and think about the details they're likely to scrutinize. Any good realtor will reinforce the fact over and over again; curb appeal is a huge factor in selling any property. There's a number of lawn care tips you can use to make your property more attractive when viewed from the street, which will add value to the home and help you sell faster.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, 1. Lawn Care

Don't Throw Out Grass Clippings!

Don McQueen, Nutri-Lawn Burlington

The warmer temperatures are great for the garden and lawn. Most homeowners have already had their mowers out already. But what do you do with all those grass clippings? Do you gather them up and put them out at the curb for your Burlington’s yard waste collection? Your composter won’t thank you for loading it up with all those grass clippings.

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Topics: Burlington

4 Reasons Your New Tree or Shrub Died

Robert Bourne, Nutri-Lawn Vancouver

While many homeowners may purchase a .99cent box of marigolds without much thought, purchasing trees and shrubs often comes with a lot of consideration. Not only because they typically represent a larger financial investment, but often shrubs and trees are planted to last a long time and to serve a specific function whether it’s aesthetics or strategic shade.

When a tree or shrub dies, many homeowners can be stumped on what they did wrong. The very first things that should be considered is whether the plant was purchased healthy and from a reputable dealer. Perhaps it came with some kind of warranty. If you’ve bought a discount tree or one that’s visibly damaged, the odds are already stacked against its survival.

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Topics: Vancouver

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