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Why You Should Say No to Artificial Turf

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 6, 2017 in Gardening Tips, Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips

Since artificial turf has begun to attract the eyes of homeowners and sports enthusiasts, there’s been more debate about whether it’s actually worth it to go for the artificial look or stay au naturel. Are you a homeowner looking to install a new lawn?  Are you involved in a community association and trying to make … Continue Reading

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Outdoor Family Fun In The Winter

Posted by: Instant Lawns on in Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Looking for some ways to get the kids outside and enjoy some outdoor family fun? With the right amount of winter gear to bundle up in, you can get out ide and take advantage of that snowy backdrop. So just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you and the kids should be cooped up inside. … Continue Reading

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How to Get Lush Grass Even in the Shade

Posted by: Instant Lawns on in Garden, Gardening Tips, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

  Shade can be great for lounging in during those hot summer days. But sometimes too much shade mixed with the wrong combination of ingredients can make for a patchy, brown lawn where grass struggles to grow. But with the right combination of ingredients, and a few alterations with your gardening routines, you can give … Continue Reading

Why Moss Is Growing Where Your Grass Should Be

Why Moss Is Growing Where Your Grass Should Be

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 30, 2017 in Backyard, Garden, Gardening Tips, Lawn Care Tips

Are you noticing certain areas of your lawn that are sparse from grass but have patches of moss growing? Moss is a plant that can easily spread as the spores reach across damp, barren patches of your soil. That layer of moss can grow thick when conditions in the soil are optimal. But moss can … Continue Reading

Start Thinking About Your Spring Sodding Project

Start Thinking About Your Spring Sodding Project

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 23, 2017 in Backyard, Design, Garden, Gardening Tips, Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Sodding

If you haven’t been giving your lawn some careful thought for preparation next year, now’s the time to start! The colder months are the perfect time to start planning out your sodding project so you can look forward to having a beautiful lawn next year. Having a healthy, green lawn all starts with having optimal … Continue Reading

Make a Backyard Skating Rink This Winter

Make a Backyard Skating Rink This Winter

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 16, 2017 in Backyard, Seasonal

If you’ve been planning on making a backyard skating rink for the last few years without avail, make this year the one that counts! Building a skating rink from scratch in your own backyard not only gives the kids a great way to embrace the cold outdoors, but it will make you feel awesome when … Continue Reading

How To Care For Your Interlock This Winter

How To Care For Your Interlock This Winter

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 12, 2017 in Backyard, Design, Interlock, Landscaping, Seasonal

Interlocking stones are a great addition to any driveway or backyard. Aside from the aesthetic value, they can usually hold up very well against that harsh winter weather. With the spacing in between each stone, it allows the interlock to expand or contract without damaging any neighboring stones. And the best part is that if … Continue Reading

Trimming your hedges.

Trimming Your Hedges

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 26, 2016 in Garden, Gardening Tips, Lawn Care Tips

Shrubs and hedges are often the most neglected part of the garden, until of course, they’ve consumed half of your neighbour’s walkway. But hedges are really one of those subtle, wonderful features of the landscape. Between the natural barrier and privacy they provide, the shapes you can create to compliment any space, and the boost … Continue Reading

Planning for a lush lawn in the spring.

Planning for a Lush Lawn in the Spring

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 19, 2016 in Garden, Gardening Tips, Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Seasonal

If your goal is to have a plush, green, healthy lawn next spring, it’s time to stop thinking about it and start acting! The cool temperatures that come with autumn make it the best time to throw down that sod or seed to help give it a great healthy boost of growth come next spring. … Continue Reading

Maximize home value with lawn care.

Maximize Home Value with Lawn Care

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 12, 2016 in Gardening Tips, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Many homeowners who place their home up for sale may not fully realize just how much of an impact the landscaping can have on that outcome. We understand how sometimes you can feel eager or rushed to just get your property on the market and have it all done and dusted ASAP. No one enjoys … Continue Reading

A winter lawn care guide.

A Winter Lawn Care Guide

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 5, 2016 in Garden, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Just because your lawn might end up covered under a layer of snow and frost, doesn’t mean you should completely forget and neglect it. Having strong and healthy grass all comes down to how well you maintain it and prepare it for those harsh winter months. Before you tuck you garden tools away and hibernate … Continue Reading

Understanding frost & your lawn

Understanding Frost & Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 28, 2016 in Garden, Gardening Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal, Uncategorized

While many of us understand that frost is generally bad news for our plants and tends to mark the official end of most lawn care maintenance, what many avid gardens may not understand is why. How exactly does it affect your grass and what are the best preventative measures that you can take in order … Continue Reading

Should you winterize your lawn?

Should You Winterize Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 21, 2016 in Garden, Gardening Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal, Uncategorized

To winterize or not to winterize – that is the question for many avid gardeners who spend those summer months finally getting that perfect, healthy green turf. After all of that hard work, you want to ensure that you’re providing your lawn with the best defence during the winter. But between your local garden centre … Continue Reading

Healthy Lawns Fall Lawn Care Tips

Healthy Lawns Fall Lawn Care Tips

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 14, 2016 in Backyard, Garden, Gardening Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Seasonal

For most homeowners who have spent the summer months getting that grass to look picture perfect, thinking about the winter ahead can seem like an inbound attack that’s about to potentially ruin all of that hard work. But just because the plants and leaves are dying off doesn’t mean it’s time to neglect them or … Continue Reading

Have you got moles?

Have You Got Moles?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 7, 2016 in Garden, Gardening Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Are you starting to notice random mounds of dirt popping up throughout your lawn? Well, if so, it could be a sign that you’ve got moles. We never really pay these creatures much attention until we have to. They can tear up your grass and ruin all of that hard work that you’ve put into … Continue Reading

Your Essential Guide to Fall Lawn Care

Your Essential Guide to Fall Lawn Care

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 31, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal, Seeding

In order to establish a vibrant, healthy looking lawn, there are a lot of factors that are involved. Unless you live in a climate that receives an abundance of rain, chances are those harsh elements – between the hot dry summers and freezing cold winters – can take a toll on the resilience and strength … Continue Reading

Getting the Kids to Help With Lawn Care  

Getting the Kids to Help With Lawn Care  

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 24, 2016 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

When it comes to maintaining your vibrant green lawn, we know it can take a lot of hard work and meticulous care to get it to the stage that it is now. But why not make that lawn care fun and inclusive by getting your children involved as well? It’s one of the best ways … Continue Reading

Should You Leave Leaves This Fall?

Should You Leave Leaves This Fall?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 17, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Sure, raking up all those leaves into one big pile is fun for the kids to play around in, but it’s not exactly on your list of things you enjoy spending your time on when there’s Netflix to binge and pumpkin pie to eat. And when the kids get over it, or you don’t have … Continue Reading

Aerate Your Lawn This Fall

Aerate Your Lawn This Fall

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 10, 2016 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Having a healthy looking lawn isn’t a matter of luck. It requires proper maintenance and care each year to ensure that it has the best chance of surviving through those colder months. Aside from fertilizing and re-seeding, aeration is an important step in the care of your turf, especially if the soil is compact and … Continue Reading

How to Prepare Your Lawn and Minimize Cold Damage Over Winter

How to Prepare Your Lawn and Minimize Cold Damage Over Winter

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 26, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Your lawn has to endure a lot during the winter, from frost to snow, to those frigid temperatures that tingle your nose. Being exposed to those elements each and every day can easily damage your grass and make it one big nightmare to try and replenish the following spring. So in order to give your … Continue Reading

Fall Lawn Maintenance

Fall Lawn Maintenance

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 19, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Those summer months place a lot of wear and tear on your lawn with the increased foot traffic and of course that hot scorching sun. And for all the effort you put into maintaining it during the summer months, performing fall maintenance in preparation for the winter can help to ensure that you have a … Continue Reading

Best Flowers for Fall Garden

Best Flowers for Fall Gardens

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 12, 2016 in Backyard, Design, Garden, Gardening Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

As the seasons begin to change and as the cooler air sets in, it doesn’t mean you need to throw away or pack up everything from your garden. Sure, autumn means the onset of winter is drawing closer, but for many people, the crisp air, vibrant leaves, and orange pumpkins dotting the neighbourhoods are every … Continue Reading

Update Your Backyard: Benefits of Interlock Pavers

Update Your Backyard: Benefits of Interlock Pavers

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 7, 2016 in Backyard, Design, Interlock, Ottawa-Gatineau

Old, cracked concrete or patio stones can really place a negative impression on your home. And from all the activity your backyard gets during those summer months, having it look great and up-to-date is something you should take pride in. With cracked pavement or chipped and missing stones, you may even be embarrassed to invite … Continue Reading

4 Insider Gardening Tips

4 Insider Gardening Tips

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 29, 2016 in Garden, Gardening Tips

Have you been thinking about growing a garden in your backyard? A backyard garden can supplement the groceries that you buy every week or it can be a fun new hobby that allows you to get closer to Mother Nature than you are right now. In either case, you’re going to want to take advantage … Continue Reading

What’s Killing Your Lawn?

What’s Killing Your Lawn?

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 22, 2016 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Fertilizer, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

If you feel like you’ve been doing everything to win the war against Mother Nature and keep your lawn looking perfectly emerald green, you’ve likely grown at least a little bit frustrated – and more than a little bit frazzled. In an effort to help you fight back against the elements that may be conspiring … Continue Reading

Keeping Animals Off Your New Sod

Keeping Animals Off Your New Sod

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 15, 2016 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Pet Friendly, Sodding

There’s just something about having the prettiest lawn in the neighbourhood that fills you with pride. Most homeowners go to incredibly great lengths to do everything in their power to keep their lawn looking beautiful all year round. Some folks are out there with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos – not to mention buckets … Continue Reading

Avoiding Poisonous Plants

Avoiding Poisonous Plants

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 8, 2016 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Though we are fast approaching the middle of summer and people are already gearing up for sweater weather (not to mention the return of the hockey season), the shorts and bare feet aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you – and especially if your little ones – are going to be running around outside without … Continue Reading

Sod Installation Insider Tips

Sod Installation Insider Tips

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 25, 2016 in Ottawa-Gatineau, Sodding

Are you sick and tired of your dry, patchy lawn? Are you embarrassed by your weed-infested lawn that makes neighbours cringe? Restore your lawn and enjoy the pride that comes with being the owner of a lush green lawn by installing new sod. New sod comes in rolls fresh from the farm that can be … Continue Reading

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