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Nutri-Lawn Blog

Learn about all things lawn care. From weed control to insect control and everything in between.

Grub Talk: Keeping Animals Away

2 Min

 

Grubs and animals can be a frustrating combination for a homeowner, that's for sure. Animals such as raccoons and skunks can cause significant damage on Innocent lawns, as most are nocturnal and do their damage when there isn’t much chance of preventing it. Many home remedies and retail products claim to correct or prevent this problem from happening, but most are ineffective and some can even make the problem much worse. Here are some steps to help get rid of raccoons and skunks making a mess on your lawn in search of white grubs

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

Grub Talk: White Grub Damage and Repairs

4 Min

The extent and severity of grub damage can vary from minor to severe. There are several factors that influence damage, but as a general rule it is most severe when infestation levels are high. 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

Grub Talk: Lawn Pest Identification Guide

5 Min

With summer around the corner, many Canadian homeowners are starting to reap the rewards of a well-maintained spring lawn. Unfortunately, many lawn pests and insects are also doing the same! 

Lawn pests such as white grubs are often a difficult-to-detect issue for the average homeowner until it's too late. While it's not hard to notice browning areas in your lawn, you could write that off as a multitude of things; lack of rain, summer stress, or just a need for seed.

Unless you get down to soil level and really have a peek, you might not realize the tiny little insects eating your grass blades, slowly but surely. That's where Grub Talk comes in.

Here are 4 common lawn pests that our technicians across the country encounter.

European Chafer 

The European chafer is a common white grub species that attacks lawns across many parts of Canada, completing its life cycle in one year. The adult beetles lay their eggs in June and July. These eggs hatch in late July early August and the larvae begin feeding. This feeding continues into late fall before the white grub overwinters as a 3rd instar larvae.

Feeding takes place for a short period in the early spring until May when the larvae pupate into an adult beetle. The larvae has a “open zipper” raster pattern that distinguishes itself from other white grubs. The adult beetle is tan colour and measures about 15mm in length.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

Grub Talk: The Life Cycle of the White Grub

3 Min

Welcome to Grub Talk, ladies and gentleman, a weekly educational series on the life and times of the notorious white grub. Also known as the European Chafer beetle, May/June beetle, or Japanese beetle, the white grub can be found in many lawns across Canada, and is a pest that can tear up even the strongest of lawns if left untreated.    

Most homeowners don't know that white grubs are present until they suffer significant turf loss from secondary pests, such as animals who feed on the grubs and cause damage. The key to success with white grubs is identifying that they are present before any turf damage is visible, so monitoring early and often is the best practice! 

The life cycle of the white grub consists of 4 stages: Egg, Larvae, Pupa, and Adult. During this 4 stage process, the white grub transforms itself in shape, size, colour and feeding habits. It also changes where it lives during its life cycle. White grub species all complete their life cycle in 1 year, with the exception of the June Beetle, which has a 3 year life cycle. 

Read on to learn more about the white grub life cycle

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

Common Canadian Lawn Insects

6 Min

A green, luscious lawn is a beautiful thing, but unless you really get to know your lawn, all of that beauty can fade before your eyes.

Insects are often a difficult-to-detect issue for the average homeowner. While it's not hard to notice browning areas in your lawn, you could write that off as a multitude of things; lack of rain, Summer stress, or just a need for seed.

Unless you get down to soil level and really have a look, you might not realise the tiny little insects eating your grass blades, slowly but surely.

Here are 7 common lawn insects that our technicians across the country encounter.

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Topics: A Guide to Insect Control

Fundamental Fall Lawn Care Services

6 Min

Autumn is just around the corner, and it just so happens to be an ideal time of year for lawn care!

Repairing Summer damage and preparing for Winter are best done in the Fall. Plus, giving your lawn a little extra love during September, October, and November will help set you up for
success in Spring.

Here are our top 8 Fall lawn care services.

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Topics: A Guide to Lawn Care, A Guide to Fertilizing, A Guide to Insect Control

Controlling Damaging Lawn Insects with Nematodes

5 Min

If you're not prepared, a beautiful lawn can be destroyed right before your eyes by a foe you can barely see. Unless you're digging through your soil and have some top-notch eyesight, you could be completely unaware that some common lawn pests are slowly but surely killing your turf. And even if the damage they do is minimal, who's to say other animals won't tear up your lawn in search for some yummy little insects to eat?

Luckily, insect damage can be avoided with the right kind of protection. In terms of preventing damage, beneficial nematodes can be just what your lawn ordered, and if applied correctly and at the right time, will help control lawn insects before they do any serious damage.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Insect Control

Managing and Recovering From Chinch Bug Damage

3 Min

Chinch bugs are common lawn insects that can cause extensive damage if left untreated. They live in the thatch layer of a lawn, where they feed on the grass by piercing the plant with their mouth and sucking the plant juices.

When chinch bugs feed, they release enzymes that facilitate easy feeding. The enzymes continue damaging the plant after feeding, and cause the grass to turn brown and potentially die.

Chinch bugs are generally found in hot, sunny areas of a lawn. They tend to aggregate, which initially results in localized dead patches. These dead areas are brown, irregular sunken patches, which can coalesce into larger dead areas. Damage generally becomes evident in July and August when temperatures get hot and drought conditions become more prevalent.

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

Top 6 Summer Lawn Care Services

5 Min

Guess what? It's officially SUMMER!

Considering how long we wait for it to come around, most of us are quick to sing the praises of Summer. But if your grass had a voice, it might not agree.

Prolonged heat and drought can be pretty rough on your lawn, especially if you haven't put in the work during Spring. But don't stress; there's a lot you can do for your lawn throughout June, July, and August to help it survive the effects of sweltering heat.

Here are our 6 top Summer lawn care services.

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

Preparing Your Lawn For Summer Stress

6 Min

Brace yourselves... Summer is coming.

Unless you're an even greater Grass Expert than I am, July and August are bound to do a number on your lawn. Consistent heat and inconsistent rain can take a toll on your turf, and unless you're on the ball, before you know it your once green lawn will have lost all its lustre.

The trick in avoiding a brown, dormant lawn is the right preparation and constant maintenance. Here are some tips to prepare your lawn for withstanding Summer stress.

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