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

Your Best Defense Against Weed Infestations

The best natural defense against weeds is maintaining a thick and healthy lawn that is capable of out-competing weeds and tolerating minor insect feeding. These 7 tips will help you on your way to a robust, healthy lawn.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Weed of the Week: White Clover

This weeks weed of the week is White Clover. Commonly referred to as the “Shamrock”,  white clover consists of 3 oval shaped leaves that together grow from the central stem and make up this famous shamrock symbol. As luck would have it, it is estimated that approximately 1 in every 10,000 three-leaf clovers, a very lucky four-leaf clover can be found.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Weed of the Week: Wild Violets

Wild Violet (Viola papilionacea)

  • Life Cycle: Perennial broadleaf weed
  • Growth Habit: clumping, spreading
  • Leaves: Heart shaped leaves, cupping towards petiole, rounded teeth on leaf margins
  • Roots: Branching rhizomes, dense fibrous
  • Flower Colour: Blue, purple, white
  • Control: Difficult to control
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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Weed of the Week: Buckhorn Plantain

Buckhorn Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Buckhorn Plantain is a perennial broadleaf weed that is commonly found across Canada and the US.  It is typically found on sites that are dry and have basic to neutral soil pH conditions.  The leaves develop in a basal rosette and are long and slender with distinctive parallel venation.  The main growth period is from June through to September.  A dense fibrous root system allows it to survive low mowing heights .  Cylindrical spike seedheads form on long stalks that can reach heights of 2 feet, but are generally removed and cut off during mowing practices.

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

Weed of the Week: Black Medic

Black Medic (Medicago lupulina)

Black medic is a summer annual or winter annual that is commonly found across Canada and the US.  Black medic is often mistaken for clover and oxalis as it looks very similar with trifoliate leaf arrangements.  Black medic is different with the center leaflet raised on a petiole.  Black medic spreads low to the ground spreading several feet from its central taproot.  Stems grow prostrate with the tips pointing upward. Small yellow flowers typically bloom from spring through until fall.  Once they mature they for a black seedpod. 

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Topics: The Grass Expert, A Guide to Weed Control

The 10 Best Fall Lawn Care Services

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

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!

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

Benefits of Using Lime On Your Lawn

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, A Guide to Lawn Care, A Guide to Weed Control, A Guide to Fertilizing

The Benefits Of Having Healthy Grass

Aesthetics aside, a lawn free of weeds, insects, and disease can provide a number of often overlooked benefits.

Not only does green grass please the eye, create calm and peaceful feelings and provide a soft, safe surface for kids and pets to play, a well looked-after lawn also benefits soil, water, air quality and the environment.

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