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Spring Cleaning for Your Ottawa Lawn

Spring clean up is upon us and with that and (of course) your lawn requires its own Ottawa landscaping clean up.

Whether you do this on your own or turn to an awesome provider of Ottawa landscaping services like Zoryk’s, you are going to want to get this handled:

Basic Ottawa Lawn Clean Up
Your Ottawa lawn has survived a rough winter – take some time to clear broken branches and debris from your trees and shrubs. Getting rid of dead areas or branches not only allows your healthy horticulture to grow, but it keeps diseases from spreading that may have cause the dead areas of your Ottawa lawn in the first place.

Plants and Weeds
Prune your trees, plants and shrubs from any damage occurring over the winter. How much should you prune?  Prune until you reach healthy stems. Shrubs need sunlight to thrive, so don’t be afraid to cut back layers to let that sunlight in to penetrate deep into your plants.

Dust Off the Mower
For the first mow of the season make sure it is set to a high setting for the first trim. Really what you want to do at this point of the year is encourage your Ottawa lawn to grow.  This trim will also give you (or us) a head start on revealing dead spots to tackle with other Ottawa landscaping methods.

Water, but Not Too Much 
Once your Ottawa lawn is thawed, keep your soil moist a once-a-week watering accompanied by fertilizer to help boost new growth.

Power Wash
The least fun of all tasks might be pressure washing your Ottawa hardscaping. Winter leaves behind general grime that needs to be cleaned off walkways, patios, etc.

For more Ottawa landscaping tips, give us a call and we’d love to come out and see how we can help.

Welcome to Spring, Start Your Ottawa Lawn Care Now

With the arrival of Spring come thoughts of barbeques, boating, NHL playoffs and of course… Ottawa landscaping.  And nothing is as boring, but also imperative, for your Ottawa lawn care spring as aerating and fertilizing. You can schedule with Zoryk’s for help with this as part of comprehensive Ottawa landscaping services or do it on your own. The one catch is if you are aerating as part of your Ottawa lawn care (which you should), my guess is you do not own an aerator – so either call Zoryk’s to save yourself the hassle or go in with neighbors and rent one for a half day at Home Depot.

Aerating is beneficial to do for your Ottawa landscaping the Fall or Spring – and a must.  You are in luck as aerating in the Spring helps your lawn “green up” faster as it allows water to get to your grass’s roots faster and recover from winter dormancy. It seems counter-intuitive that tearing up your lawn with an aerator makes your lawn greener… so how does aerating actually work to help your Ottawa lawn? Aerating facilitates oxygen, water and nutrients to get to your lawn’s roots. This helps your lawn be more durable and strong through summer drought months.

In case you watch sports… you may have seen a commercial or 100 about feeding your lawn, or fertilizing. Not only does fertilizing your lawn improve the short and long term health of your Ottawa yard, many applications include a pre-emergent to prevent crabgrass.

Zoryk’s would love to be your go-to source for all of your Ottawa landscaping needs, freeing you up to enjoy the fun that Ottawa summers provide.

Avoid the Ottawa Landscaping Damage Snow Can Cause

You take great pride in your Ottawa landscaping and want to make sure your flowers and plants look beautiful year after year. Before winter comes in full force, every homeowner should consider property maintenance a top priority by protecting their lawn and garden from freezing. Here are a few of Zoryk’s tips to ensure that your grass and plants will stay as winter lawn care healthy as possible.

Snow on Your Lawn
Snow, in and of itself, isn’t the lawns enemy. What really damages your lawn is the salt that comes into contact with it when you try to melt the snow. Instead of salt try using sand or clay-based kitty litter on your driveway, which will prevent any salt run-off into your grass. This is also a good and sustainable snow removal practice.

Keep the snowmen to a minimum. While it is a great winter tradition, the grass in your lawn is more easily damaged when there is heavy foot traffic. Stay off the grass and the snow will stay light and melt much faster. Did you know, that if you scatter grass seed on the soil surface at the first sign of thaw, the seed will be firmly in place by the time spring comes around…Even if more snow falls!

Snow in Your Gardens
Snow does not do any severe damage to your garden in the winter.  It can actually provide much needed insulation to dry plants. However, heavier snowfall and ice can cause damage plants if they aren’t protected.

To avoid getting snow on particular plants, you can cover them with netting. If you can, use the netting to tie plants into the shape of a cone, that way heavy snow will not weigh it down. You may want certain plants to stay uncovered due to it’s visual interest. No worries, snowfall can gently be removed by using a broom to sweep upwards on the plant. Though, attempting to remove any ice is a mistake, as branches with ice on them will most likely break off.

Hoses in the snow.
Rehab plants after winter by watering any evergreen plants you have during the first thaw, as the cold will have frozen their roots. This causes dehydration, and without water these plants will die.

These are just a few of the things to consider during Ottawa’s winter months for your property’s maintenance. Zoryk’s will save you time, the expense of costly lawn care products and machinery should your lawn and garden need repairs come spring. Let us know how we can help.

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.