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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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7 Tips for Successful Midsummer Gardening

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 22, 2015 in Backyard, Garden

All the hard work of prepping your garden for early spring has long past, and your beautiful plants and flowers are now in full bloom. Next comes the task of making sure all your early efforts continue to prosper. It’s tempting to just sit back in the hammock and let the garden grow on its … Continue Reading

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How to Deal with Lawn Weeds

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

Are you tired of unsightly weeds on your lawn interfering with your desire for a lush green lawn? Here are some of the more common methods of addressing pesky lawn weeds:   By Hand It takes a bit more labour, but you can pull out each weed by hand or with a weeding tool. This … Continue Reading

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How to Keep Your Lawn Mower in Good Shape

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

Did you know that dull lawn mower blades tug at the grass instead of cutting it clean? Combined with the fact that a poorly maintained lawn mower can hurt your lawn, it can also hurt your wallet if it dies on you and you need to get it repaired or replaced. To keep your lawn … Continue Reading

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How to Avoid the Spread of Invasive Plants

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 5, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

An invasive plant is any species that grows aggressively, eventually displacing native plants. Invasive plants have a negative effect on existing ecosystems by upsetting the natural balance. If unchecked, the spread of invasive plants harms biodiversity, the economy, and even human and animal health. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, invasive plants … Continue Reading

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Maintaining Your New Lawn the Right Way

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 25, 2015 in Backyard, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance

Once you’ve had a new lawn installed by the professionals, it’s time for you to take over. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. Just follow these instructions, and your new lawn will remain lush and healthy all season long:             Watering Water is the lifeblood of … Continue Reading

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Landscaping Your New Build Home

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 18, 2015 in Backyard, Design, Garden

Have you just purchased a new build home, and noticed that the builder missed a spot? Nothing is worse than having a pristine new build home fronted by a flat patch of dirt out front. Complete the look of your home with these landscaping elements and “instant grassification” from Ottawa landscaping services: Sod Lawn Getting … Continue Reading

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How to Control Lawn Mushrooms

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

Even if you’re a big fan of all things portabello, chanterelle, and shiitake, having unsightly lawn mushrooms is no picnic. Lawn mushrooms are the reproductive structures of fungi that lurk underground beneath your lawn. Though most lawn mushrooms damage your lawn, they should be removed if you find them to be a blight on your … Continue Reading

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Before and After Contest

Posted by: Instant Lawns on in Backyard, Design, Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau

WIN A FREE Fall Maintenance Package! Post your before and after photos of the work we’ve done for you on: · Facebook · Twitter · Instagram By doing so, you will get a chance to win a FREE Fall Maintenance Package. For EACH social media platform that you post your photos on, you will      gain … Continue Reading

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Preparing Your Home for Sale with Landscaping

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 6, 2015 in Design, Landscaping

If you are preparing to list your home for sale, you probably have a checklist in mind to help spruce up your home and attract desirable buyers. Tidy up clutter, slap a fresh coat of paint on the walls…but if buyers pull up and see a disaster yard out front, none of it will matter. … Continue Reading

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How to Choose Plants & Flowers for Your Home Garden

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 1, 2015 in Design, Garden, Landscaping

One of the great things about having a home garden is that each and every one can be unique. One person can maintain a vegetable garden, perfect for spring salads and warm winter stews. Another might have a low-maintenance leafy garden full of perennials, while a third gardener attracts bees and butterflies with a vibrant … Continue Reading

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5 Benefits of Using a Lawn Care Company

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 24, 2015 in Backyard, Design, Lawn Care Tips

Nothing turns heads in a neighbourhood quite like a perfectly manicured lawn. Lush green grass, bright spring flowers, and attractive landscape designs combine to make a gorgeous outdoor living space. Maintaining such an eye-catching lawn and garden takes a lot of effort, though. If you want the benefits without the hard labour, here are six … Continue Reading

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How to Create a Water-Efficient Garden

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 17, 2015 in Design, Garden, In-Ground Sprinklers

Home gardens should have a positive effect on our ecosystem. They improve air quality, help with groundwater recharge, beautify the environment, and promote sustainability. However, water use is of increasing concern. Help the environment (and your wallet) with these suggestions from Ottawa landscapers for creating a water-efficient garden: Prepare the Soil When you properly prepare … Continue Reading

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5 Beginner Mistakes with DIY Gardening

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 9, 2015 in Landscapers, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Gardening is a great activity that has many health benefits, not to mention how beautiful it can make your outdoor living space. However, there are many mistakes that can be made when you first start out. Lawn care companies in Ottawa recommend being aware of these DIY mistakes in advance: Poor Preparation If you’re starting … Continue Reading

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Preparing Your Garden for Spring

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 2, 2015 in Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

There are few things in life better than the sight of a fresh and vibrant spring garden. The beautiful colours and incredible scents bring your property to life. Even if you’ve never gardened before, Ottawa landscaping services recommend following these steps so you can have a gorgeous spring garden in no time: Prepare Garden Beds … Continue Reading

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Creating a Backyard Oasis

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 27, 2015 in Backyard, Interlock, Ottawa-Gatineau

After a long and hard day at work, nothing beats coming home and relaxing in your own backyard oasis. If you’re interested in creating an amazing staycation getaway on your own property, consider these popular backyard features: Fire Pit Cool spring nights are instantly enhanced with a backyard fire pit. Enjoy hanging out with family … Continue Reading

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Early Spring Lawn Recovery

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 19, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Winter weather can wreak considerable havoc on your lawn. Snow, ice, and yo-yoing temperatures cause lawn blades to wither and die. Some parts of your lawn may have been frozen to death, while others may have been killed by salt. Winter compacts the soil, can alter soil pH levels, and even cause conditions that attract … Continue Reading

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Healthy Lawn Care Dos and Don’ts

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 6, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

Every home can be instantly enhanced thanks to the look of a thick and lush lawn. How can you make sure your lawn stays healthy and green year-round? Become the envy of the entire neighbourhood with these lawn care dos and don’ts from Ottawa landscaping experts: DO Aerate Aeration is a very important part of … Continue Reading

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How Healthy is Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 19, 2015 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

For Ottawa homeowners, lawns can either be a source of great pride or a tremendous headache and source of frustration. Here’s a guide to help diagnose your current lawn health and learn how to improve it: Healthy You don’t achieve a healthy lawn by accident, so if you have one, you know why. Healthy lawns … Continue Reading

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Patching Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 12, 2015 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Sodding

Lawn patches can be quite the eyesore, drawing attention away from what might otherwise be a perfectly nice lawn. Follow these steps to repair pesky patches and keep your lawn looking it’s best: Diagnose the Problem First, you should know what caused the patches so you can avoid them in the future. Patches may be … Continue Reading

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Picking Perennials

Posted by: Instant Lawns on February 6, 2015 in Design, Garden, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

Perennial plants are a wide variety of plant species which bloom in spring and summer, wither in the fall and winter, and are able to return to full bloom the following spring. With thousands of perennial species which should you choose? Ottawa landscapers recommend choosing low-maintenance perennials which are unlikely to develop issues with insects … Continue Reading

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Creating Privacy in Your Backyard

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 29, 2015 in Backyard, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

On a warm summer weekend, few things are more enjoyable than relaxing in your backyard oasis. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you can wile away the hours tanning, reading, or even napping. If don’t want your neighbours to disturb your relaxation, Ottawa landscaping companies can help with creating privacy in your backyard. Here’s how: … Continue Reading