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Organic Versus Chemical Fertilizers

Organic Versus Chemical Fertilizers

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 18, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Fertilizer

Every spring brings about the same debate. Do I go with a chemical or organic fertilizer? For those serious about the health and happiness of their plants this year, knowing the difference may help your garden come alive and provide it with exactly what it needs to thrive. The challenging thing is that there are … Continue Reading

Growing Cucumbers in Your Home Garden

Growing Cucumbers in Your Home Garden

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 11, 2016 in Backyard, Garden

Cucumbers are a fun addition to any vegetable garden. Requiring relatively little care once established, cucumbers will make their way with vines up supports, growing cucumbers all over. If you have never grown cucumbers before, then they may seem a little daunting. However, with the following guide, you will be able to plant cucumbers without … Continue Reading

A Quick Guide to Leveling Your Lawn

A Quick Guide to Leveling Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 4, 2016 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Sodding

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Many of us obsess over our lawns. Having that perfect field of grass perfectly leveled is a source of pride for many. However, as any person who has dealt with their lawn can attest, no outside space likes being perfectly leveled. Instead, there will be dozens of hard-to-spot drops, rises, … Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of Xeriscaping

The Pros and Cons of Xeriscaping

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 27, 2016 in Landscaping, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

There are all different kinds of ways to cut down on the amount of maintenance that you have to tackle on your property as a homeowner, but one of the most popular – and probably the most environmentally friendly – approach is to get involved in xeriscaping. Essentially creating a landscaping environment in which you … Continue Reading

How to Stop New Sod From Dying

How to Stop New Sod From Dying

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 20, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Sodding

Though taking care of your lawn seems incredibly simple and straightforward – and for a lot of people it really is – creating a lush green lawn with new sod installation is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward as it might seem to be on the surface. Not only are you going to have … Continue Reading

How to Grow a Wildflower Garden in a Few Easy Steps

How to Grow a Wildflower Garden in a Few Easy Steps

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 13, 2016 in Backyard, Garden, Gardening Tips, Landscaping

Wildflower patches are beautiful additions to your garden. The assortment of flowers adds a splash of colour to the usual plants or shrubs you may have scattered about. It’s relatively easy to grow and maintain a wildflower garden you just have to have a good lawn care regimen. Wildflowers typically grow without human assistance but … Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About Dandelions

Everything You Need to Know About Dandelions

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 7, 2016 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Seasonal

Regardless of whether or not you absolutely love or absolutely despise dandelions, the odds are very significant that you are going to run across these ubiquitous little flowers each and every single summer and there isn’t much you are ever going to do about them. In fact, take a drive down the Queensway or pretty … Continue Reading

A Quick Guide to Growing Tomatoes in Your Garden

A Quick Guide to Growing Tomatoes in Your Garden

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 24, 2016 in Backyard, Garden, Gardening Tips

Tomatoes are a highly versatile fruit that is more commonly used as a vegetable when it comes to the culinary world. Throughout most of North America, it is possible to grow tomatoes during the spring, summer, and autumn months. In fact, growing tomatoes can be a lot of fun. A great way to add colour … Continue Reading

Upgrade Your Yard with Interlock Pavers

Upgrade Your Yard with Interlock Pavers

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 17, 2016 in Backyard, Design, Interlock, Landscaping

Interested in making your yard pop? One of the most direct ways you can make your yard look fantastic is with interlock pavers. Let’s take a moment to discuss what they are and how they can help you reach your landscaping goals. What Are Pavers? Pavers are stone, brick, or concrete slabs that are individually … Continue Reading

How to Attract More Wild Birds to Your Yard

How to Attract More Wild Birds to Your Yard

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 10, 2016 in Backyard, Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau

Birds provide life to a garden or yard. With dozens of species in your area, attracting birds to your yard can make your property come to life. It can help to control insect populations. If nothing else, they are great to look at. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to review how you … Continue Reading

The Dos and Don'ts of Laying Sod

The Dos and Don’ts of Laying Sod

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 3, 2016 in Lawn Maintenance, Sodding

Having an attractive lawn is not impossible. In fact, the use of sod makes having an even and attractive lawn surprisingly easy. That is of course you know what you are doing. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to quickly review the dos and don’ts of laying sod. After reading this guide, you … Continue Reading

Are You Overwatering Your Sod?

Are You Overwatering Your Sod?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 26, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Sodding

When we get something new we just can’t stop loving it. Install new sod on your lawn and you will find yourself watering every other day and making the time for it despite priorities and busy schedule. We have all been there. But we are here to warn you that all this love you are … Continue Reading

Lawn Fertilizer Dos and the Don'ts

Lawn Fertilizer Dos and the Don’ts

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 19, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Fertilizer, Lawn Maintenance

Let’s face it. Not all of us are lawn experts or anything close to it. Some of us can barely tell the tools apart, but if you have a lawn, then it is your job to make it pretty. A lush green lawn brings your property to life – add a little pop of colour … Continue Reading

Prevent the Growth of Crabgrass 

Prevent the Growth of Crabgrass 

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 12, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips

Don’t you just love when the snow lifts and your hidden lawn surfaces like a green treasure? To keep your lawn looking lush and green, you need to invest time and energy into it. Crabgrass is an enemy to a healthy, uniform lawn. Crabgrass plants produce thousands of seeds in the temperate months. When winter … Continue Reading

Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 5, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Seasonal

The best time of the year is almost here and it is almost time to open the windows and let in the sweet scent of blooming flowers. Get a head start on the season with these early spring lawn care tips courtesy of Instant Lawns: Soil The foundation of the lawn would be the soil. … Continue Reading

Should You Invest in a Commercial-Grade Lawn Mower?

Should You Invest in a Commercial-Grade Lawn Mower?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 22, 2016 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

The upside of having a lawn is having your own greenery to enjoy with the whole family. There’s nothing like spending bright spring days gardening, warm summer afternoon playing catch with your kids, or fall evenings drinking wine and enjoying good times with your friends on the patio. On the other hand, unless you hire … Continue Reading

How to Level Your Lawn

How to Level Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 15, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

We spend so much time worrying about the inside of our homes – what paint colour looks best in the living room, which light fixture to choose for the bathroom – that it’s easy to forget how important your home’s exterior is. After all, it’s the first thing people see when they walk/drive by your … Continue Reading

Is Your Lawn Spring-Ready?

Is Your Lawn Spring-Ready?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 8, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal

As much as we all love skiing, making snow forts in the backyard, and skating on the Rideau Canal, you’ve got to admit it’s nice to know that spring is finally on the horizon. Yes, we finally get a break from shoveling snow and stepping gingerly lest we slip on a patch of black ice. … Continue Reading

5 Ways to Save Money on Lawn Care 

5 Ways to Save Money on Lawn Care 

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 1, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

As homeowners, we are always looking to save money on on-going expenses. If investing in a programmable thermostat or LED lightbulbs saves hundreds or even thousands of dollars over the long term, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity? When it comes to lawn care, the equation is the same. You can maintain a well-kept lawn … Continue Reading

Ottawa’s Best Perennial Flowers for 2016

Ottawa’s Best Perennial Flowers for 2016

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 23, 2016 in Design, Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau

It doesn’t matter how lush and green your lawn is – no yard is complete without a vibrant garden replete with fresh flowers. Green is a great start, but who doesn’t want to add a few more colours to the mix? Not only does a colourful garden look incredible, it helps the environment and adds … Continue Reading

5 Signs It’s Time to Install New Sod

5 Signs It’s Time to Install New Sod

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 16, 2016 in Landscaping, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Sodding

Some things in and around your house tend to last a lifetime; grass is no different. With proper maintenance, your lawn can live a long, beautiful life and probably even outlast you – sorry! If not taken care of properly however, your lawn will get damaged, diseased or simply die. Even if you are an … Continue Reading

Identifying Signs of Lawn Disease

Identifying Signs of Lawn Disease

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 9, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Even though it’s the middle of winter, let’s close our eyes and escape to spring. Picture it: the thick blanket of snow is finally lifted and the green of the garden is visible, soothing our eyes. The red and pink and white flowers bloom, making it all such a pretty sight. Not only do beautifully … Continue Reading

How Does the Cold Winter Affect Your Lawn?

How Does the Cold Winter Affect Your Lawn?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 2, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal

Winters in Canada – ah, the dreaded time of the year when we Canadians wish we could hibernate under a blanket for six months. Alas, we have work to do, kids to drive to school, grocery shopping to do, and so much more. Just because lawn care is put on pause doesn’t mean you can … Continue Reading

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Sod Installation

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Sod Installation

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 26, 2016 in Backyard, Landscaping, Lawn Maintenance, Sodding

We work hard to turn our houses into homes, with love, effort, attention, and hopefully minimal blood, sweat, and tears. We try to do everything we can on our own, so we can enjoy that sense of accomplishment when we pull it off. In a DIY world, it’s easy to forget that there are professionals … Continue Reading

To Compost or Not To Compost?

To Compost or Not To Compost?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 19, 2016 in Backyard, Garden, Seasonal

If you have a green thumb, then you are probably well aware of composting. But are you sure you know which products can compost and which cannot? Knowing these is essential for the well-being of your lawn. Composting in Ottawa By the way you should know that by nature doing its work it is saving … Continue Reading

Snow Mold: What You Need to Know

Snow Mold: What You Need to Know

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 12, 2016 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal

If you live in Canada, then you must know spring is the most awaited time of the year. The snow melts, the sun shines and the flowers bloom. Little do we bother to concern ourselves with potential garden problems that surface when spring comes. This is a big mistake for the well-being of your lawn. … Continue Reading

How to Protect Your Shrubs in the Winter

How to Protect Your Shrubs in the Winter

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 29, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Usually when the winter is right ahead, we forget that other living things will also be affected by the harsh weather conditions. Human beings just want to curl up with a blanket and an endless stream of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire until the thaw. Unfortunately plants do not have this luxury … Continue Reading

How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower

How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 22, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal

Winter is coming, folks. With the cold and wind and snow comes a whole lot of preparation to survive the freezing temperatures. Canadians and people in Ottawa are well acquainted with cold temperatures, even if this is supposed to be a relatively mild winter. Along with getting the furs laundered and stocking up the igloo … Continue Reading

The Benefits of a Healthy Lawn

The Benefits of a Healthy Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 15, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Your home needs to be your escape and your sanctuary. If you’ve ever struggled with a dead lawn, or an overgrown weedy garden, you know that the outside of your house matters just as much as the inside when it comes to peace of mind. Imagine a green, lush lawn, beautiful flowers and some garden … Continue Reading

How to Control Moles in Your Lawn

How to Control Moles on Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 8, 2015 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips

Every homeowner is well aware of the many little things that need to be looked after on their property. One day you’re worried about the furnace, the next you’re dealing with a roof leak, the next you’re picking out new light fixtures for the powder room. A house demands a lot of maintenance and care, … Continue Reading

How to Protect Your Garden from the Cold

How to Protect Your Garden from the Cold

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 24, 2015 in Garden, Seasonal

Winters in Ottawa can be quite harsh on people at times, so just imagine what the frosty winter months must be doing to your precious plants. That garden of yours didn’t plant itself, and it won’t protect itself from winter either – not without your help. Getting your garden prepped for winter is not as … Continue Reading

Preparing Perennials for Winter in 4 Easy Steps

Preparing Perennials for Winter in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 17, 2015 in Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

You have worked long and hard on that beautiful garden on yours, so you probably want to enjoy the same splendour next season. Your perennials do not have to suffer through a cold winter without being prepared. That is, if you have the tools and knowledge to help them. Protect your precious perennials by going … Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About Kentucky Bluegrass

Everything You Need to Know About Kentucky Bluegrass

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 10, 2015 in Lawn Maintenance

A lot of people are lovers of the beautiful plant species known as Kentucky Bluegrass.  It’s actually pretty gorgeous and easy to maintain, which might be why so many people opt to plant it on their lawns. However, before you decide to jump on the Bluegrass bandwagon, you might want to know a few things … Continue Reading

A Guide to Lawn Diseases

A Guide to Lawn Diseases

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 3, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Giving your lawn the attention it needs to thrive is important, especially considering the fact that there are actually some pretty nasty lawn diseases out there. Knowing what they are and learning about ways to prevent or treat them is equally as essential. While many of the major lawn diseases only affect lawns for short … Continue Reading

How to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Neighbourhood

How to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Neighbourhood

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 27, 2015 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Sodding

If you want the sort of beautiful, well-groomed lawn that neighbours glance at with envy, you should know that the secret of success is selecting the right lawn care/sod installation company. All of these companies are not created equal. When you find a reputable company with a great reputation like Instant Lawns, you’ll find that … Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About Fall Aeration

Everything You Need to Know About Fall Aeration

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 20, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal

  If you’re interested in ensuring that your lawn always looks its best, you’ll benefit from learning about fall aeration. This process is often completed during early fall. When you aerate, you’ll be perforating earth with tiny holes that allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to sink into the roots of grass. By aerating, you’ll do … Continue Reading

Don't Skip These Important Fall Maintenance Steps

Don’t Skip These Important Fall Maintenance Steps

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 13, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

When it comes to keeping a lawn looking beautiful and healthy, it’s important to factor in fall maintenance. Performing the right maintenance routines in the autumn will help to ensure that your sod investment continues to pay off over the long term. To help you create the perfect fall maintenance schedule, we’ve compiled the fall … Continue Reading

5 Smart Uses of Individual Sod Rolls

5 Smart Uses of Individual Sod Rolls

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 6, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Sodding

Individual sod rolls will be a great investment for any homeowner who wants to arrange “quick fixes” for an array of lawn-related issues. These sod rolls have the power to improve the look of lawns quickly and they are often very affordable as well. While you’ll need to buy high-quality sod rolls in order to … Continue Reading

5 Must-Have Characteristics of High Quality Sod

5 Must-Have Characteristics of High-quality Sod

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 29, 2015 in Landscaping, Lawn Maintenance, Sodding

If you’re interested in buying sod for a residential or commercial property, you’ll benefit from discovering five must-have characteristics of high-quality sod. By learning what to look for from sod products, you’ll boost your chances of selecting premium sod that continues to look great (and stay healthy!) over the long term. To help you make … Continue Reading

5 Tips to Ensure Your New Lawn Stands the Test of Time

5 Tips to Ensure Your New Lawn Stands the Test of Time

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 22, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Many of us pride ourselves on the beauty of our lawn. After all, it’s the first thing that people notice when they pull up to your home. When your lawn doesn’t look great, that first impression could be that your home doesn’t look very good either. You don’t have to let your lawn get away … Continue Reading

How to Battle Back Against Lawn Burn

How to Battle Back Against Lawn Burn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 15, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

There is nothing worse than trying your hardest to make sure you have the most luxurious lawn on the block. You work for days in the spring trying to prep your lawn for the best curb appeal and things are looking great. However, halfway through the summer you start noticing brown, patchy spots in your … Continue Reading

How to Prepare Your Lawn for New Sod

How to Prepare Your Soil for New Sod

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 8, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Sodding

If you’re interested in adding sod to your property, you’ll need to ensure that soil is correctly prepared. This type of preparation will boost the chances that sod grows well (and stays healthy!) after it’s been professionally installed. To help you learn how to prepare your soil for new sod, we’ve created a practical quick … Continue Reading

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How to Fix Your Patchy Lawn in the Late Summer

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 20, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Seasonal, Seeding

Waking up and seeing bald patches on your lawn can be very frustrating. Luckily, learning how to fix a patchy lawn is simple. Once you’ve identified the problem behind the patch, all you need to do is aerate, fertilize, seed, and water. We’ve outlined these steps in detail below: Diagnose the Problem It’s important to … Continue Reading

dog urine ruins grass

Dog Damage and How You Can Prevent It

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 13, 2015 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Pet Friendly

As a dog owner, you may have noticed that your pup has a favourite area to urinate on your lawn. Notice how it has become discoloured? You aren’t imagining things. Urine damage from dogs is a leading cause of dead spots on lawns. This blog will help you identify, understand, and prevent dog damage on … Continue Reading

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Caring for Your Grass during a Heat Wave

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 6, 2015 in Backyard, In-Ground Sprinklers, Lawn Care Tips, Seasonal

Your lawn needs an extra bit of love and attention when the temperatures soar during a summer heat wave. These lawn care tips for watering, mowing, and maintenance during a heat wave can help your lawn power through the heat and stay green for the fall. Watering Tips Watering your grass in the early morning … Continue Reading

lawn weeds

A Quick Guide to Weed Prevention

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 31, 2015 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Weeds are stubborn, prickly nuisances. Let’s be honest, they’re the worst. The only thing more annoying that having weeds in your yard is trying to get rid of them. It is back-breaking labour that can be very time-consuming. Ideally you would like to prevent weeds from growing before they begin. It’s cheaper and easier than … Continue Reading

Soil compaction

Fixing Soil Compaction on Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 20, 2015 in Landscapers, Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips

Is your lawn losing its shine? Is it being overtaken by weeds? The problem may be related to soil compaction. Soil compaction occurs in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic or heavy equipment being moved. When soil becomes compacted, the particles that make up the soil are close together, leaving less room … Continue Reading

Re-sodding a damaged lawn

How to Resod Your Damaged Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 13, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Fertilizer, Lawn Maintenance

A beautiful lawn is the dream of many homeowners. It makes you proud of your home and it adds value to the neighborhood. Unfortunately, a lawn can become unattractive because of drought or unwanted foot traffic. If your lawn has become a lost cause, you should consider renovating and resodding the entire lawn. Here are … Continue Reading

New grass growing

Understanding the Basics of How Grass Grows

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 8, 2015 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau

Finding the proper species of turf-grass for your area is essential. In order to have a lush full lawn, this choice is very important. Understanding the basics of how grass grows will help you make an informed decision. Grass growth in turf-grass plants is primarily affected by the amount of sunlight, moisture, carbon dioxide, and … Continue Reading

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What is Lawn Rust and How Can You Control It?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 29, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Every lawn is prey to numerous pest and disease problems. Finding rust fungus in lawn areas is a common issue, especially where excess moisture or dew is present. Keep reading for more information on what lawn rust is and how to control it. Identifying Lawn Rust Rust is a fungal disease that occurs on turf … Continue Reading