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Nutri-Lawn Blog

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

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

Management Techniques for Controlling Insects In Your Lawn

3 Min

If you have insects feeding on your lawn and causing damage, it can be difficult to know how to control them. For those of you who prefer not to use pesticides to address lawn pests like chinch bugs or white grubs, these cultural management techniques will help you create a healthy environment that outperforms any pressures created by insects.

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

The 10 Best Fall Lawn Care Services

6 Min

Fall is now in full swing, and isn't it spectacular? Apart from all the colourful leaves you need to keep raking, you might think that your job out in the yard is surely done. But in fact, Fall is the ideal time to give your lawn some much needed attention.

With cooler temperatures and decent rainfall, your lawn is busy taking in energy and moisture, as well as the plant essential nutrients it needs to thrive in Spring.

Repairing Summer damage and preparing your lawn for a long, dormant Winter is best done in Fall. Plus, by performing some crucial lawn care services in October and November, you'll set yourself up for success in Spring.

Here are the 10 most popular Fall lawn care services, in no particular order.

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

Avoiding An Ugly Lawn: How To Get Great Grass

9 Min

For all you house-proud folk, having a well manicured lawn is often at the top of the to-do list. First impressions count, and an ugly lawn isn't a good introduction to the rest of the home. If you just want your lawn to look its best, or if you're trying to crank up the curb appeal so you can sell your house for more, healthy grass is a key element for success.

A luscious, green lawn is what everyone wants, but with so many factors to consider, it isn't always an easy task. Here's a list of the most important things you can do to acheive healthy and attractive grass.

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

Core Aeration: A Breath Of Fresh Air!

2 Min

Often viewed as one of the most important things a lawn can benefit from, a core aeration service really is a breath of fresh air for your lawn. Aeration is performed using a special machine that removes small cores of soil about the same size as your index finger. These cores are then left on the lawn and decompose quickly under mowing and precipitation.  

Aeration is recommended annually, with the best times being in the Fall or Spring, when the lawn is actively growing. Combined with other cultural practices, an annual aeration will give you a thick, healthy, and robust lawn, especially when combined with overseeding.  

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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