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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

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Everything You Need to Know About Vincetoxicum Rossicum

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 22, 2015 in Landscapers, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Your garden can easily become the unknowing home to invasive species. This allows invasive species to spread further and further throughout the province. One of the most aggressive species in Ontario is Vincetoxicum rossicum and V. nigrum, also known as “Dog Strangling Vine”. Here is everything you should know about it: Growth and Description The … Continue Reading

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3 Tips for Simple, Easy Lawn Care

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

Landscapers in Ottawa know that one of the biggest and most time consuming jobs is mowing the lawn. However, that weekly job can become a monthly task if you know some lawn care secrets. If you are looking for ideas to make your lawn care simpler, here are some tips from the experts: New Lawn … Continue Reading

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Cutting the Weeds Out of Your Garden

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

Weeds are the bane of every gardener’s existence, including the landscapers Ottawa homeowners hire. Here are some tips to help cut the weeds out of your garden: Clean them Out Before you begin planting your perennials and annuals be sure to eliminate all of the weeds in your flower beds and on your lawn. Remove … Continue Reading

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How to Keep the Woodland Creatures Off Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on January 2, 2015 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau

Woodland creatures can do plenty of damage to your garden if they are not discouraged from “nibbling” and digging when looking for food. If you want to keep your garden from becoming a salad bar for woodland creatures, here are some tips to keep the local wildlife at bay: Raccoons Ottawa landscapers know better than … Continue Reading

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5 Interlock Ideas for Your Home

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 22, 2014 in Design, Garden, Interlock, Seasonal

Interlock structures can update the look of your home and add a customized design to a number of areas. If you are interested in adding interlock to your property here are five ideas to get you started: Patio Many homeowners have a level entry to the backyard that does not work as well for a … Continue Reading

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7 Interesting Facts about Grass

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 15, 2014 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

Grass is something most of us take for granted. We see it around us every day yet give little thought to what work has gone into getting it to look so good, or even why it might look so forlorn. Ottawa lawn care companies are experts in keeping your lawn green and lush, they also … Continue Reading

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The 4 Most Popular Types of Grass

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 11, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Sodding

In general, for Canadian lawns you want to look for cool season grasses that will withstand the change of seasons. However there are a few more considerations that come into play including sun exposure and traffic/activity level for your lawn. Here are four of the most popular types of grass that do well in Canadian … Continue Reading

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Protecting Your Lawn from Winter Damage

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 5, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

During the winter months it is easy for your lawn to be out of sight and out of mind. Often the snow starts falling and the care of your lawn becomes non-existent. However during the winter your lawn can be exposed to damage that will be very hard to repair once the spring returns. Here … Continue Reading

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How to Decorate Your Yard for the Holidays

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 27, 2014 in Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

One of the best things about the holidays is enjoying the lovely festive decorations that appear throughout every neighbourhood. If you would like to decorate your yard for the holidays here are a few tips to help you create your own little winter wonderland: Lights Of course Christmas lights are the main attraction of your … Continue Reading

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How to De-Ice Your Interlock Stones

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 20, 2014 in Interlock, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

The interlock Ottawa property owners use on paths and driveways provide a lovely design feature for your home. Unfortunately when the winter arrives and ice and snow appear the use of de-icers can pose a problem. Salt can quickly turn your beautiful interlocked driveway, patio or walkway into a disastrous mess. The materials and chemicals … Continue Reading

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Winter Landscaping Ideas

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 14, 2014 in Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Truly inspired landscaping designers consider the way your garden will appear winter, spring summer and fall. A well thought out garden will allow you to enjoy the beauty of your garden all year long. Here are some great winter landscaping ideas from your Ottawa landscapers: Alternative Bark The bark of trees, shrubs and bushes is … Continue Reading

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Preparing Your Lawn for Winter

Posted by: Instant Lawns on November 7, 2014 in Landscapers, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Most people stop worrying about Ottawa lawn care once the leaves fall off the trees; however your lawn is in dire need of special care before the winter sets in. Here are some tips to help you prepare your lawn for winter.     Snow Mold Protection Snow mold can be one of the greatest … Continue Reading

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5 Common Lawn Care Mistakes

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 31, 2014 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

The lawn maintenance Ottawa homeowners require can be a little trickier than you might think. Here are five common lawn care mistakes you should avoid when caring for your grass: Lawn Height It might seem a little picky to think your lawn has to be mowed to the right height. However, a lawn that is … Continue Reading

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Why You Should Hire Professionals to Install Interlock Paving Stones

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 24, 2014 in Interlock, Landscapers, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

If you are considering adding interlock to your property it might be tempting to try it as a DIY project, although that idea could turn into a big problem. Interlock stones can be quite tricky to install, thankfully the interlock professionals Ottawa homeowners hire do it easily and quickly. Here is why you should hire … Continue Reading

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Preparing Your Plants for Winter

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 16, 2014 in Garden, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Unfortunately the harsh cold weather months of winter tend to take its toll on many plants and gardens, ultimately making it more difficult for things to bloom in the spring. Here are some tips to help keep your plants protected during the winter season: Winter Mulch You may have added mulch to your garden in … Continue Reading

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The Benefits of Using Mulch in Your Garden

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 9, 2014 in Design, Garden, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

Mulch does not only provide a decorative touch to your garden, it provides a myriad of benefits. The landscaping services Ottawa homeowners hire offers use of mulch because it provides the following benefits: Weed Growth Nothing is more time consuming or provides more of an eye sore than weeds. The landscaping services Ottawa homeowners hire, use mulch in … Continue Reading

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A Guide to Aerating Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on October 3, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal

Even the most diligent homeowners who mow, fertilize and water their lawn religiously can still have issues if they are not aerating. Aeration is vital to Ottawa lawn care because it provides the penetration needed for your grass to receive air and water as well as stops lawn thatch. Here are some aeration tips to … Continue Reading

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4 Lawn Care Tips for Fall

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 26, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seasonal, Seeding

As fall approaches your lawn care needs change. Here are four fall lawn care tips for Ottawa home owners to keep in mind as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall: Consistent Watering and Mowing Many people stop watering their lawn in the fall, but this can lead to a number of issues that … Continue Reading

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When to Have Interlock Structures Installed

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 16, 2014 in Interlock, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

There are countless ways you can improve the appearance of your property, and interlock structures is just one of them. This easy and affordable option can be put together in a number of ways, come in multiple designs, colours and styles and can help improve the look of your outdoor space with very little effort. … Continue Reading

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7 Landscaping Ideas for Fall

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 11, 2014 in Landscapers, Landscaping

Ottawa gardens can be just as lovely in the fall as they are in the summer months. Here are seven landscaping ideas that can spruce up your garden in the coming months: Evergreens There are many varieties of evergreen trees and shrubs that can provide colour throughout the fall and winter months. You can create … Continue Reading

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Keeping Your Lawn Green and Your Dog Happy

Posted by: Instant Lawns on September 4, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Fertilizer

It is extremely well known that dog urine can easily destroy a beautiful lawn. Fortunately you don’t have to choose between your dog or your yard. Here are several ways you can keep your lawn looking lush, and your dog happy: Avoid Fertilizer Avoid applying fertilizer to areas where your dog has urinated. Both fertilizer … Continue Reading

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6 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 29, 2014 in Garden, Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau

If you want to keep the weeds in your garden under control without depending on harsh chemicals there are many natural ways you can kill them without harmful substances including: Dig Them Out Whether you are looking at garden or lawn care in Ottawa, digging is a lot of work at first but if you … Continue Reading

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4 Landscaping Ideas for 2014

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 21, 2014 in Design, Garden, Landscapers, Landscaping

There are endless possibilities of what you can do to create a beautiful garden. Here are four landscaping ideas for 2014:   Flagstone and Boulders Hardscaping is making a big impact on property designs for 2014. The professional landscapers Ottawa home owners hire offer more services and designs with many natural choices such as flagstones … Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Keep Raccoons Off of Your New Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 13, 2014 in Landscapers, Lawn Care Tips, Sodding

Raccoons are the little bandits of Canadian wildlife, rummaging through our trash cans and tearing up our new lawns. These little thieves are arguably one of our most adorable creatures; however they can also cause plenty of damage to your property. If you have just had a newly sodded lawn installed there are five ways … Continue Reading

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How a Beautiful Landscape Adds Value to Your Home

Posted by: Instant Lawns on August 7, 2014 in Design, Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau

When we imagine our dream home most of us envision it complete with a perfectly manicured lawn, lovely pathways with plenty of charm and curb appeal. However, when most people go house hunting they do not see beyond the cosmetic appeal of a home unless they are looking for a “fixer upper”. Therefore the more … Continue Reading

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What to Do When Your Lawn Has Been Invaded By Weeds

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 30, 2014 in Garden, Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau

Your lawn plays a prominent role in the appearance of your property. The lawn maintenance Ottawa home owners require takes a lot of work and it just takes a small window of opportunity for weeds to set in. Here are some tips on how to combat weeds once they set in: Crabgrass Lawn maintenance in … Continue Reading

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How To Fertilize Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 24, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Fertilizer

Local landscapers take great care in providing the right fertilizer to keep your lawn and soil healthy. Many people will just grab any old bag of fertilizer off the shelf, apply it and then be surprised when they discover their lawn is suddenly covered in brittle, yellow patches. Applying fertilizer is not as easy as … Continue Reading

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4 Common Lawn Care Problems

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 16, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau

Ottawa lawn maintenance takes a lot of time and attention and sometimes even the most attentive home owner can run into lawn problems. Here are four common lawn care problems and how to handle them:   Crabgrass Patches Crabgrass is that thick unsightly grass that pops up here and there on lawns. It is considered … Continue Reading

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How to Make Your Yard Bird Friendly

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 11, 2014 in Design, Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau

When you have a beautiful garden part of the joy is sitting and watching the local wildlife. Your plans for landscaping Ottawa garden services provide can be designed to attract many species of birds that will allow you to enjoy your garden even more. Here are some tips to attract Mother Nature’s lovely creatures to … Continue Reading