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Ottawa Landscaping’s Basics of Spring

For your Ottawa lawn care there is no more important time than right now – Spring.  It is now that you set the foundation for your lawn for the months to come – will your Ottawa lawn be strong and healthy or… meh?  If you want lush green lawns over the summer, it is time to start taking care of your Ottawa landscaping now.

Sounds like a hassle, right?   Well using an Ottawa lawn care company like Zoryk’s can relieve you of that hassle. We can manage and maintain your Ottawa lawn and help you have a beautiful lush green yard all season long. If you don’t want or cannot afford season long Ottawa lawn maintenance there are some ala carte Spring Ottawa landscaping services we can provide:

Design
From simple to complex, Zoryk’s can meet your Ottawa landscaping design needs. We use our knowledge of the Ottawa weather to select the most appropriate  plants, shrubs, etc.

Installation
For any Ottawa hardscaping project, engage with Zoryk’s to get your walkways, patio’s, and gardens to a state you will be happy with for years to come.

Mulching
No one likes to mulch, but landscaping your garden is imperative every year to help your plants thrive and make your yard look nice. We can not only mulch but help with weed removal so you can focus on other things.


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.


Ottawa Lawn Care Starts Now

Your Ottawa lawn care, when the time comes, will depend on multiple factors – not the least of which will be irrigation.

If you do not have an irrigation or sprinkler system for your lawn in place, the upcoming spring season is a great time for installation as Ottawa lawn care after installation is easier in the spring?  Why? The best time for growing grass is the spring and fall… but you certainly don’t want to take too many chances in the fall with digging up your yard as Ottawa lawn care could turn into mud care if an early winter comes.

So if you decide to make a sprinkler/irrigation system part of your Ottawa lawn care, there are some things you need to consider.

Consider your Ottawa landscaping. How is your Ottawa landscaping laid out now – or how will you be making changes to your Ottawa landscaping whereas irrigation will be needed. Are there obstacles like trees that are there for the life of your home or other areas that are just not changing?

Leverage Ottawa lawn care professionals for design. Zoryk’s or any other Ottawa lawn care company can help by sketching out how the irrigation system should be setup. Planning out the Ottawa landscaping and the Ottawa lawn care that will be needed will help you figure out what types of system you need all areas of your lawn.

X Factors. As with anything, irrigation systems for Ottawa lawn care come in different price ranges. And depending on the size of your lawn and the Ottawa landscaping you have, so to will the number needed of watering areas for proper lawn care.

Don’t ignore your irrigation system.  In order for your system to provide the right Ottawa lawn care, you will need to maintain the system in both the spring and the fall.

It is not as much work as it sounds, but if you would like help with this or any aspect of Ottawa lawn care, turn to Zoryk’s.


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.