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Ottawa Lawn Care 101: Aeration

No one wants to aerate.  When it comes to lawn care, it is not an exciting chore.  Most often you find yourself at Home Depot overspending for a half day rental.  Then your day is filled with kicking out chunks of your Ottawa lawn that look like little Vienna sausages.

If you don’t want to do it on your own, Zoryk’s Property Maintenance offers aeration service that, depending on the size of your lawn, may actually be less than renting and doing it yourself.

How do you know your lawn needs aerating?  Typically lawn care professionals will tell you to cut out a few sections of your turf, and see how far down the roots extend.  If your grass roots are less than five centimeters, it’s aeration time. Which is convenient for your Ottawa lawn care as the best time to aerate is now. One note – if your Fall lawn care involves planting seed, do NOT aerate.

So why do we aerate as a lawn care practice?  As your lawn ages, your yard’s soil becomes so compact that growing grass does not have space for its growing roots. If your Ottawa lawn care does not include aeration, your yard is susceptible to deterioration, weeds, and attack by insects and diseases.

 


Lawn Care 101: Fall Into Planting Grass

It’s widely accepted – if not known – that for Ottawa lawn care the best time to plant grass is the Fall. Why is this the best time to seed and focus on a lush lawn?  Besides preseason hockey games, Fall brings the ideal climate for planting grass and lawn care in Ottawa. You have this perfect lawn care window where cooler temperatures bring the moisture (in the form of dew and rain) you need while the soil is still warm enough to germinate grass seed.  And in between the Fall rains come the warm, non-harsh sunshine that is perfect for lawn care and growing grass. The lawn care you undertake today will pay dividends in the spring as the cool fall air facilitates grass to buckle down and grow strong roots.

Whether your Ottawa lawn care requires a complete reseeding (for which we can assist) or simply filling in bald spots, the time is now to start planting grass. If you are simply repairing bald spots look for an al-in-one lawn care mix that includes seed, fertilizer, and mulch.

Before you plant make sure you loosen the soil with a rake so your lawn care efforts don’t go wasted as your new grass needs to be able to easily root, not fight through a hard layer of soil.


Fall Lawn Care Tips for Your Ottawa Yard

Whether you do-it-yourself or hire someone like Zoryk’s Property Maintenance, the time is now to complete your Ottawa lawn care Fall to-do list.

What’s on the list for Ottawa lawn care?  What kind of lawn care do you need to winterize your Ottawa lawn?

Fall Ottawa Lawn Care To-Do #1: Aerate
Aerating your Ottawa lawn enables oxygen, water, and fertilizer to easily reach the grass’s roots. You can rent an aerator or Zoryk’s can take care of it as part of a wintering lawn care package.

Fall Ottawa Lawn Care To-Do #2: Keep Mowing
Don’t stop mowing and watering and your last cut should have the mower’s blade at a low setting so your lawn is shorter.  Why?  Shorter grass won’t burn out in the fall and it will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass.

Fall Ottawa Lawn Care To-Do #3: Rake Your Leaves
Removing fallen leaves right away is crucial for good Ottawa lawn care. If you wait for all of the leaves to fall before you rake, the leaves on the ground will be soaked by the rain, be matted down, and can kill your grass and breed fungal diseases.

Fall Ottawa Lawn Care To-Do #4: Fertilize
The best time for fertilizing for Ottawa lawn care is the Fall. Why?  The grass roots that the fertilizer is feeding grows quickly in the fall. A must for Fall lawn care is fertilizer to deliver essential nutrients. We can also provide this as a fall service (along with aerating) and the next lawn care to-do…

Fall Ottawa Lawn Care To-Do #5: Take Care of Your Weeds
Fall is the best time to finally get rid of stubborn weeds.  Apply a herbicide now and they won’t return in the spring.