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This study will force the rewrite of every soil text book known to modern Science.
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It won't be long before this white stuff disappears! We are gearing up and looking forward to spring!
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Best Lawn Care - This is the only document needed to help grow a healthy long term lawn. Written by professors at one of the worlds most leading turf-grass research institutes. This is factual information based off of years of research trials.

#best   #bestlawncare   #lawncare   #lawncarewaterloo   #lawncarekitchener  
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How to Repair Lawn Patches So Your Yard Is Lush and Green


Most often the bare or sunken patches of turf are caused by surface feeding insects. There are many different little beasties that lurk between the blades of the grass. The hairy chinch bug are the most problematic, and voracious warm weather insect. Please see the link below for more information on their life cycle.

There are some biological control measure that are marginally effective however, cultural practices are more cost effective and provide long term solutions:
1. RAISE YOU LAWN MOWER – chinch bugs like it hot and dry. Long grass keeps the surface temperature 15C - 20C cooler than bare earth.
2. WATER – On your given watering day, soak the grass with at least 1” – 2.5cm of water. How much is 1”? Place an empty tuna can in the path of the sprinkler. When the can is full, move the can and the sprinkler to a new location.
3. FERTILIZE – A good defence is a strong offence. Early and late spring fertilizer applications will help the grass weather the onslaught of insects. 
4. OVER-SEED – In the late summer/early fall aerate and over-seed with endophyte enhanced grasses. Endophytes are natural fungi that surface feeding insects hate. NOTE: DO NOT BUY BOX STORE SEED unless it says certified or endophyte enhanced. Call your professional lawn care specialist or a local nursery and ask for endophyte enhanced seed. 

So how do you repair dead patches??? 

5 easy steps to repair larger dead patches:
1. Take you lawn mower to the damaged area. MAKE SURE IT IS NOT RUNNING and lower the mower to the lowest settling. Mow the damaged area and remove all of the grass clippings.
2. Use soil cultivator or a “garden weasel” Most garden centres will have them. 
3. LIGHTLY spread the endophyte enhanced seed over the freshly cultivated soil and lightly rake to cover the seed and sow more seed on top. NOTE: Seed only needs to have good contact with the soil and be covered no deeper than ¼”. As well, too much seed will choke itself out when is get established. Less is more.
4. Fertilize with a high quality starter fertilizers. 
5. Water daily until all seeds have sprouted and the lawn is established. 

That is it! Easy breezy… However, if you require professional assistance, please do not hesitate to call us. We will explain everything in plain English and steer you in the right direction. We can also provide services to help you get the lawn you want.
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#weedcontrol   #lawncare   #lawnservices   #lawncareservice  

Week in review...May 11, 2015

Whoa...What is up with the weather? Unbelievable that the tree came into full leaf in one week and the weeds popped so quickly. We have not had an appreciable rain since the frost left the ground 4 weeks ago. Further, 5 weeks ago there was snow on the ground. The unseasonably warm weather has caught everyone in the industry off guard. The biggest concern we have now is the lack of moisture. We NEED rain badly. 

Another amazing week with 20+ more customers on the roster and the phone keeps on ringing! We are hiring another technician this week and looks like another truck is going to be needed!

This past week on our property, we aerated the lawn, fertilized and did the first mow. There are a fair amount of weeds, but we did not apply any weed control last year at all. This coming week, we will be target spraying the weeds and possibly doing some repairs with seed.

If you have a chance get your sprinklers out and water at least 1". Or start doing a rain dance! 

Have a great week!
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#lawncare #weedcontrol #weedcontrolwaterloo   #weedcontrolkitchener

What a week! We signed up 20+ new residential clients and three new industry partners:

John's Nursery has been in business for longer than I can remember (since 1968) and their attention to detail and level of professionalism is felt through every conversation. I look forward to working closely with everyone there.

Another consummate professional is Keith Snider from St. Jacobs Country Gardens. Keith has been in the agriculture business for over 45 years and expanded into retail market in 2006 with construction of the existing green house. They have many unique and one of a kind items on display. 

Both businesses provide on-site visits and will help you create the back yard of your dreams. I have no reservations on recommending either one of these businesses. They truly have your best interest in mind.

Another big welcome is for Peak Property Management. They specialize in property maintenance for commercial properties throughout the Tri-city area. Deborah is a true professional and is a pleasure to work with.


Thank you!
Now for the green stuff!!! 
Last week we finally saw the turf start to grow and this week we started applying fertilizer. It is still a little early for weed control, but the count-down is on. By the end of next week we should be capable of getting the first application down. 

As you can see by the photos, the green up has been quite dramatic, and will be more prevalent once the rain gets the fertilizer into the soil. If you notice I have added a third photo this week. That picture is of our neighbours yard and he has manage streak his lawn with the fertilizer he used. Streaking can be avoided by:
- Split the application in half and cross fertilize.
- Overlap the passes to the middle of the last pass
- Use less fertilizer, but apply more frequently
- Use at least a 50% slow release urea based nitrogen
- Hire Apex Lawn Services!

Looking forward...I will be mowing this week and finishing off the last of the yard clean up. We have not had a good rain yet this spring and it is starting to get dry out. The last rain there was still frost in the ground. I hate to say it, but the sprinkler may be coming out this week. Let's pray for rain!

Have a great week!
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This week in review:
Lightly rake the yard
Cleaned out the flower beds
Cut down the ornamental grass
Trimmed the English Ivy

It is very disappointing to have seen lawn companies out fertilizing and applying weed control. This is ineffective and a complete waste of chemical and money. There is still frost in the ground. Elimra golf course can not start up their irrigation system, because the lines are still frozen. 

We will be starting next week but only with the first round of fertilizer. We will not be applying any weed control until mid-May, unless we are seeding this spring. There are not enough weeds present to warrant applications, and further two applications are required with the second application being applied with 2-3 weeks after the first. This dual application is mandatory for effective year long control of broad-leaf weeds. Timing is critical to maximise the spring crop of dandelions. 

This is link is from Cornell University in upper New York state, but still south of us...if a more southern university doesn't recommend weed control with synthetic pesticides that are far more effective, why would a north company be applying more time sensitive bio-pesticides??? It is a poor choice for both the consumer and the environment. 

http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu/grass/degreedays/degreedays.html# 

Have a great week and pray we don't get the forecasted s^@w!!!
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Great publication from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on endophytes and their ability to control surface feeding insects.
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