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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

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How to Maintain Your Lawn in the Summer

Posted by: Instant Lawns on July 2, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Uncategorized

Have you ever noticed that your neighbour with the nicest lawn spends a large amount of time paying attention to the meticulous details? That is because lawn care is not just a chore, it is a science. If you would like your lawn to look just as nice follow these summer maintenance tips that have … Continue Reading

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The Benefits of Sodding Your Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 26, 2014 in Ottawa-Gatineau, Sodding

If that lawn of yours is looking worse for wear and you have just about had it with trying to seed and fill those bald spots it might be time to try the sod Ottawa lawn care professionals use for fresh, green lawns. Here are some of the benefits of sodding your lawn: Instant Grassification … Continue Reading

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In-Ground Sprinkling Systems VS Manual Sprinklers

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 18, 2014 in In-Ground Sprinklers, Ottawa-Gatineau

There are many factors that add to a healthy lawn. One of the most important aspects of a lush green lawn is the proper watering regime. Here is a comparison between in-ground sprinkling systems versus manual sprinklers to help you decide which works best for you:                   … Continue Reading

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How Interlock Adds Value to Your Ottawa Home

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 11, 2014 in Interlock, Landscapers, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

When looking for ways to improve the value of your home many people often overlook their property. It is easy to forget that first impressions are lasting impressions. In Ottawa interlock is ideal for your walkway, driveway and backyard as can greatly improve the overall appearance of your property. Curb Appeal Improving the approach to … Continue Reading

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How to Achieve an Instant Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 4, 2014 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Sodding

If you are one of those home owners who watches that last patch of snow melting on your lawn with a sense of dread, chances are you have a lawn that is less than attractive. Lawn care is an art form that requires not only a green thumb but time to invest to keep your … Continue Reading

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7 Lawn Care Myths Busted

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 27, 2014 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

If you do not understand the basics of lawn care you can do some serious damage to your lawn without even realizing it. Here are seven lawn care myths busted by professional lawn care services in Ottawa: Spring is the Only Time You Can Kill Dandelions Many people find themselves in an endless fight trying … Continue Reading

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6 Gardening Trends for 2014

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 21, 2014 in Design, Garden, Landscapers, Ottawa-Gatineau

Here are the six gardening trends landscapers in Ottawa say are must haves for 2014:   Home Made Compost With the little green bin making it even easier to compost at home, more and more families are opting to make their own compost. You can get much needed nutrients for your garden, save money and … Continue Reading

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5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Instant Lawns for Your Landscaping Needs

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 13, 2014 in Landscapers, Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau

The time and effort put into a beautifully landscaped property can easily be erased if you hire a landscape company in Ottawa that doesn’t have the experience to get the job done right. Here are five reasons you should choose Instant Lawns to provide the professional landscaping your property needs: Instant Lawns: Instant Beauty While … Continue Reading

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How to Create the Perfect Garden

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 30, 2014 in Design, Garden, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

There are many elements required to create the perfect garden from manicured lawns to lovely water features, well placed accessories and attractive finishing touches such as mulch and stone paths. Ottawa landscaping services offer these tips to create the perfect garden: Devise a Plan A good starting point is to take a walk around your backyard and … Continue Reading

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Caring for Your New Lawn

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 24, 2014 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Sodding

New lawns are extremely susceptible to many issues such as insects, disease and death. Caring for a new lawn takes some effort to make sure it has a fighting chance for the root to take and thrive. Watering Sod requires watering at least twice a day, with an important mid-day soaking. Moisture should be maintained … Continue Reading

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6 Tips for Hiring a Landscaping Company

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 16, 2014 in Design, Garden, Landscapers, Ottawa-Gatineau

There are many Ottawa landscaping companies who offer professional landscaping services to keep your yard and gardens looking lovely all year long. However, not all of these landscaping companies have equal services or standards. Here are six tips to help you find a landscape company Ottawa home owners can trust: Track Record There are a few things … Continue Reading

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5 Benefits of Having In-Ground Sprinklers

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 9, 2014 in In-Ground Sprinklers, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

You know when that when snow finally starts melting your mind begins to envision fields of green. However, those gorgeous emerald lawns you see at golf courses and at the Parliament Buildings took a lot of attention and care to achieve those amazing results. If you are looking for an easier way to maintain a well-manicured lawn an … Continue Reading

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4 Benefits of Interlock

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 31, 2014 in Design, Garden, Interlock, Ottawa-Gatineau

Many people contemplate whether or not interlocking paving is the best option for them. Interlocking can do many things other than just adding curb appeal to your home in fact, there are several benefits to choosing interlocking rather than going with traditional concrete or stepping stones. Here are four benefits to choosing interlock: Design One … Continue Reading

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Sodding vs Seeding

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 24, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seeding, Sodding

Achieving a gorgeous lawn takes a lot of work and effort, but the results are worth it. If your lawn needs a little TLC it may need  to be drastically repaired, for this you have options. To repair a lawn that has a lot of damage starting over is probably your best bet, to do … Continue Reading

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5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Landscaper

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 17, 2014 in Design, Landscapers, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

Your yard is the first impression your home gives, and it says a lot about you personally. If you feel it is time for your yard to have a face lift, you should consider hiring a landscaper rather than doing it yourself. Here are 5 reasons why hiring a landscaper is the better option than … Continue Reading

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Spring Lawn Care Tips

Posted by: Instant Lawns on March 10, 2014 in Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Seeding

Warmer weather is approaching, and spring is a beautiful season in Canada. We have the lovely experience of getting to see nature come to life in full bloom within a matter of a few weeks. Seeing it come alive is wonderful, but sometimes it needs a little help, especially your lawn. Winter can do a … Continue Reading

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How to Control and Reduce Weeds

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 30, 2013 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

Keeping your lawn and garden looking amazing is important to you. Yet those ugly weeds may have other plans in store for you. Here are some tips you can count on to help you control and reduce them. Mulching The use of mulch allows the plants to grow easier without the risk of so many … Continue Reading

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Evaluating Ottawa Landscaping Companies

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 15, 2013 in Landscapers, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau, Uncategorized

There are plenty of wonderful Ottawa landscaping companies. However, they aren’t all the same so you need to spend some time evaluating them. Doing so will help you to connect with one that can do the work you need with terrific results for a fair price. If you just pick one randomly, you are taking … Continue Reading

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Benefits of Over-Seeding Lawns in Fall

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

You may have heard that you should over-seed lawns in the fall. Yet you aren’t really sure why that is recommended. There are plenty of benefits to doing it, and as you learn about them, you will definitely want to put this on your agenda. It should be a vital part of fall lawn care … Continue Reading

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Best Watering Techniques if you don’t have an Irrigation System

Posted by: Instant Lawns on December 7, 2013 in In-Ground Sprinklers, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

Watering your lawn is important, but doing it correctly is vital. If you don’t have an irrigation system, these are steps you should follow. Too much water, not enough water, or wrong techniques can all harm your lawn. Make sure you have the right information so your lawn is healthy and looks amazing! Water Delivery … Continue Reading

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Lawn Fertilizer Tips and Tricks

Posted by: Instant Lawns on June 19, 2013 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

Ottawa landscapers are busy scheduling their lawn fertilizing routes. Utilizing the proper fertilizer and applying it to your lawn may seem like a relatively easy task, however every year many homeowners do more harm than good with this regard. This is why it is advisable that you contact an Ottawa landscape company to inspect and … Continue Reading

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Landscaping Contractors in Ottawa

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

Thinking about hiring an Ottawa landscaping company, contractor, or designer? There are some important things to consider before you go out and choose who will do your work. First and foremost you need to be aware of any local guidelines that you may run into. Depending on the type of landscaping work you are having … Continue Reading

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Eliminate the Chore of Garden Edging

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 31, 2013 in Garden, Landscapers, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

Garden edging is an important part of keeping your yard looking very nice. However, it may be a chore you don’t like to do. It is a part of lawn cleaning that can be time consuming. You can get those fantastic results though without all of the problems when you install either Snap Edge or … Continue Reading

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Backyard Birding in Ottawa

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 19, 2013 in Design, Garden, Ottawa-Gatineau

Backyard birding in Ottawa is becoming a very popular hobby. With the warm weather approaching quickly bird watchers are anxiously waiting for birds to migrate back north. Ottawa landscaping companies are quickly transitioning to accommodate these hobbyists by incorporating backyard birding into their landscaping plans. In this article we are going to briefly look at … Continue Reading

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Front House Landscaping Ideas for any Budget

Posted by: Instant Lawns on May 12, 2013 in Landscapers, Landscaping, Ottawa-Gatineau

You may be interested in upgrading the look of your front yard. This is the first thing that people see when they drive by or when they come to visit. It makes sense that you want it to look appealing and interesting. It will also add overall value to your home. Being able to love … Continue Reading

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Weed Prevention Lawn Care

Posted by: Instant Lawns on April 27, 2013 in Landscaping, Lawn Care Tips, Lawn Maintenance, Ottawa-Gatineau

Call any Ottawa landscaping company and ask them what the number one question they receive is. Nine times out of ten the question is either how to I get rid of weeds in my lawn, or how do I prevent weeds in my lawn? One would think it would be a simple answer, however in … Continue Reading