Beneficial Services – Landscape Enhancing Services that will take your landscape to the next level
We recommend soil testing.
Completing a soil test lets us know the actual soil conditions for your property, and what it really needs before we fertilize or treat your lawn. We’ll take soil samples from different areas of your lawn and send them to an independent laboratory for testing.
We’ll send the detailed report to you . It will outline your unique soil composition; the appropriate fertilizer program alternatives (conventional or natural); any corrective actions required along with a summary of the products needed.
We control White Grubs*
Prevention is always the best way to deal with White Grubs. If your lawn has been infested with them in the past or you’ve noticed damaged lawns in your neighbourhood then you’re lawn is more susceptible to their attack. This service is recommended if any of the following describe areas of your lawn…
- You have brown patches in your lawn, and/or you’ve had animals
digging in it
- You’ve had a grub infestation in the past
- Nearby neighbours have had grub infestations
- You have south or west-facing areas of your lawn
- Your lawn has a sunny sloped area(s).
* Please Note – The grub product we use is an “Aggressive Hunter Nematode”, the best available for use in Ontario. It will effectively control up to 70% of the grub population. This natural, inherent limitation means we cannot guarantee that all grubs in a treatment area will be controlled. There may be survivors but their population levels will so low that they can’t cause much damage to a strong, healthy lawn.
Required annually for clay based soils.
Core aeration helps loosen soil and allow fertilizer, water and air to quickly reach the vital grass root system under your lawn. This will nurture a deeper root system, resulting in and a thicker, healthier lawn more draught resistant lawn. The best time to aerate your lawn is in the Fall when we receive the most consistently cool wet weather. Aeration is also best way to control and maintain ideal thatch levels. Dethatching damages the grass plants – aeration naturally circulates soil microbes up tot he thatch layer and aids in them breaking it down into nutrients your grass and soil needs to survive.
We only use golf course quality grass types.
With all the new pesticide regulations, it’s never been more important to include aeration & over-seeding as part of your regularly scheduled services. This service is, by far, the most important addition to any lawn care program.
Over-seeding with high-quality grass varieties that are drought, insect and disease resistant will develop your lawn into a strong and healthy stand of turf.
We start by planting only superior, hybrid grass varieties. As those seedlings develop strong, deep roots they will naturally choke out weeds and be resistant to diseases and insects. Using the best grass seed builds a foundation for healthy, strong turf that looks great all season long.
Used to increase the pH level of your soil.
Lime is used to increase the pH level of your soil when required. Soil along cedar hedges and around evergreens can become too acidic over time (pH levels of 1-6). Grass can’t survive well in these areas primarily because the acidic soil prevents it from accessing any nutrients.
You can fertilize all you want, but the grass will continue to starve and die. By simply adjusting the pH to the proper level (approximately 7) you’ll be giving the grass in these areas the food needed to grow. Lime can be applied at any time during the growing season.
Used to reduce the pH level of your soil.
If the soil in your lawn is overly alkaline (pH levels of 8-14), adding sulfur can help adjust the pH to a more neutral level (pH of about 7). Sulfur reacts with the soil to form a diluted sulfuric acid, lowering the pH. Sulfur should only be used when a pH test confirms that it is required.
Used to minimize road salt & pet urine damage
The two main uses for gypsum treatment are…
- To neutralize road salt damage in the spring, and to neutralize pet urine
to avoid the risk of it damaging your lawn
- There’s an added benefit of giving heavy clay soils more porosity allowing water, air and nutrients access to the grass roots below
A problem that requires a solid game plan.
The heat we’ve experienced the last few seasons plus the exposed soil resulting from heavy grub damage has caused many Ottawa-area lawns to develop large patches of crabgrass. This problem grass is an annual and dies out in September leaving large bare patches full of crabgrass seeds. The crabgrass returns with a vengence the following spring when all of its seeds begin germinating. A popular approach was to use corn gluten in the spring which inhibits seeds from properly germinating and producing roots. That strategy continually fell short of expectations and the very use of a seed inhibiting product prevented us from applying our golf course quality grass seed in these thin areas to establish desirable grass types.
We now recommend our topdressing and seeding service for these areas in the spring and then again in the fall once any existing crabgrass has died out. The need to keep adding more high quality seed to the area until the desired grass outcompetes the crab grass depends on the extent of damage and the proper care of the seeded areas.
This is not your typical Topdressing Application.
For tired old lawns needing revitalization, new ones with more clay than top soil, or lawns that have developed excessive thatch problems our topdressing applied at 100 lbs per 1000 square feet is a very good service to bounce your lawn back into shape. This is also an excellent time to add our high quality grass seed as well. The 1/4 inch depth of topdressing applied is the perfect amount to protect the seed, enrich the soil and encourage thatch decomposition without suffocating the existing turf. For lawns which may need extra care, we suggest doing 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, or even 1 inch of top soil, depending on the situation and your budget.
- Adds compost to your lawn and acts as a mulch
- Increases soil microbe activity
- Breaks down thatch, increasing the depth of your topsoil
- Revitalizes poor soils, fortifying them with micronutrients
- Rejuvenates a tired, old lawn
- Helps fight turf diseases
- Creates a more heat & draught tolerant lawn
- Minimizes the need for extra weed & insect control treatments
- Provides an excellent medium for overseeding, protects the seeds
and increases the germination and survival rates too
We look after small repairs – Larger ones and sodding jobs – we have you covered too.
We have a trusted business associates who specializes in sodding & lawn repair. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to refer them to you.
We have a deep root injection system to ensure the nutrients reach the roots..
It’s easy to overlook your trees & shrubs. Full-grown large caliper trees and established shrubs and hedges seem to look after themselves. One thing to remember is they are expensive to replace, and you can never ‘buy back’ the decades it took to grow them. Your trees and shrubs are often the most important (and usually some of the most expensive) elements of your landscape. That’s especially true when it comes to mature trees and exotic shrubs.
Young landscapes, newly planted materials and plants that are pruned each year to maintain their shape are also inn need of proper feeding to ensure they perform their best.
When your landscape plants are healthy and vigorous they are able to handle environmental stresses such ad heat and draught as well as pest attacks from diseases and insects.
We’d be happy to discuss your tree & shrub needs and design a program for you. Please contact us to discuss.
Spring Fertilizing Program
Spring Fertilizing is especially important for the following:
- Plants that are pruned regularly such as cedar hedges and shrubs around your home. There’s a great loss of plant energy that needs to be replaced with fertilization and the soil becomes depleted of its nutrients
- Young trees & shrubs struggling to develop healthy roots in urban soils and for which you want to encourage strong healthy growth for that beautiful look
- Trees & shrubs that are prone to pest problems such as Birch, Spruce, Ash, and many types of ornamental shrubs. Fertilizing improves their natural resistance as well as speeds their recovery from pest infestations.
Fall Fertilizing Program
Fall Fertilization is especially important for the following reasons:
- Tree & shrub root development occurs late in the growing season, long after the leaves fall
off, so it’s very important that young plant material to be properly fertilized to encourage this root growth
- Winter hardiness and food storage occurs at the end of the growing season as well and its very important for all your trees and shrubs, whatever their age, to store up enough energy to survive our often long winters.