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Lawn Fertilization

lawn fertilizer

Fertilization is the addition of necessary nutritional elements to keep your lawn’s soil healthy. The soil itself needs to replenish its nutrients so it can continue to keep your lawn healthy. All fertilizers provide three main nutrients for the grass which are listed by percentage weight on fertilizer packages. These are nitrogen(N) which is necessary for grass stem and leaf growth; phosphorous(P) which promotes grass root, fruit and flower growth; and potassium(K) which assists other nutrients to function well within the plant. The ratio of nutrients are always listed in the order of N first

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Why is turf (lawns and sod) so important in the landscape?

turf

Why is turf (lawns and sod) so important in the landscape?  With recent problems of grub infestations in the Ottawa area many have chosen to get rid of their turf. But turf is very important within the landscape as there are many benefits of turf. Turf grass is North America’s largest agricultural crop. Turf grass is an integral part of our serene and beautiful outdoor living space. Benefits of turf grass (lawns and sod): 1) Business and Economic Improvement: lawns increase the value of our property by 15 to 20 per cent. They improve curb

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Top Dressing Your Lawn

top dressing your lawn

Top dressing is the process of applying compost, top dressing soil, garden soil, topsoil or composted top dressing pellets over the surface of your lawn. Top dressing restores balance to your lawn, builds good soil and increases your soil flora. The benefits of top dressing are immense and now that we readily have available an all natural screened composted top dressing in pellet form, which can be applied via a fertilizer spreader for a very reasonable price to build good soil and improve your lawn, we recommend the application of these pellets every spring and

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Five Budget Friendly Tips to Harmonize your Outdoor Space

Harmonize Your Outdoor Space

Five Budget Friendly Tips to Harmonize your Outdoor Space An outdoor living space can add instant charm to your home and extend your living space into the great outdoors. Many outdoor projects can get costly but there are a few budget friendly tips to make your space lush, beautiful and livable with just a bit of time and money. Plants and Flowers: No outdoor space is complete without the right plants and flowers. Giving your space a green makeover is more budget-friendly than you would think. City of Ottawa offers free trees for you to

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Over-seeding

over-seeding

Over-seeding (sowing grass seeds on an established lawn) is one way to ensure your lawn stays dense from one season to the next. Thick grass will crowd out weeds. In the spring one should check for dying grass and repair it with over-seeding and possibly top dressing. Weed seeds are very opportunistic and will establish themselves wherever bare soil exists. It is not necessary to cover grass seeds with soil unless there are bare areas, then one needs top dressing to be done too. Over-seeding is done with a broadcast spreader to evenly apply the

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Core Aeration

Core Aeration

Core aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from the lawn to: 1) increase oxygen flow around the root zone of the grass 2) stimulate microbial activity 3) to improve soil structure 4) to improve water flow 5) to decrease compaction 6) bring soil nutrients to surface Aeration is best done when the ground is moist in the spring and the fall. Spring core aeration should not take place until the ground has firmed up after the winter to avoid damage to new shoots of grass and further the compaction of the soil.

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De-Thatching

de-thatching

De-thatching is a process that removes thatch from the lawn. Thatch is a layer of dead and decaying organic matter located where the grass emerges from the ground. Thatch results when organic material collects faster than it decomposes. If thatch becomes too thick, it will not breakdown and forms a dense layer that tends to be impermeable to water, prevents light and nutrients from reaching the grass. Thatch is the perfect hiding place for insects like chinch bugs. Thus it is important that the lawn be assessed annually for thatch buildup and if there is

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Pruning

Pruning is a very important part of plant, shrub and tree care that is performed for both aesthetic reasons and for plant health. Pruning is the cutting away of unwanted parts of a plant for more fruitful growth and shaping. You should prune a plant or shrub to remove crossed, damaged or diseased branches which will stress the plant. Pruning also improves air flow through the plant and can encourage better branch distribution which results in a healthier, more vigorous plant that is more disease tolerant. Post-bloom pruning maximizes the blooms for the following season.

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How to Maintain a Healthy Lawn in Seven Simple Steps

healthy lawn in seven simple steps

How to Maintain a Healthy Lawn in Seven Simple Steps Step 1: De-thatching and Core Aeration -use a de-thatching machine or contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping to de-thatch your lawns. -ensure to rake up the removed thatch from de-thatching and dispose of -thatch can harbor insects and disease -thatch prevents water and nutrients from reaching grass roots -healthy lawns have 1cm or less of thatch – more is not healthy -core aerate lawns after de-thatching in the spring and the fall and before top dressing, fertilizing and over-seeding -core aerators should have the weights on to

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Essential Hardscaping Design Elements

Essential Hardscaping Design Elements

In the past, hardscapes were traditionally utilitarian, a place to park the car or a pathway leading to the door, thus bringing a sense of order to the space. In today’s world, the attributes and the details of exterior landscaping are just as important as the interior spaces. Hardscaping can extend our living space to the outdoors effectively and beautifully. As a hardscaping contractor, Harmony Gardens Landscaping, considers the key elements that are required to create an attractive and functional outdoor living space. With so many houses looking virtually identical, the creation of an individualized

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Grubs in the Lawn

Grubs in the Lawn The grub is the larval stage of a variety of beetles: Japanese beetles, European chafer and June beetles are the three most common. Damage Identification: Grubs feed on grass roots thus causing your lawn to die. The key symptom of grub invasion is irregular dead patches which lift up quite easily if tugged on. These patches have had the roots severed off and thus there is nothing to anchor the sod or lawn in place. The lawn may also have patches that have been burrowed in or been turned over by

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Edible Gardening: The Tea Garden

tea garden

Edible Gardening: The Tea Garden In days gone by, tea was not just a beverage it was an event. Victorian tea or high tea was a time to pause, relax and enjoy a cup of tea, with little sandwiches and fancy desserts amongst friends. The tea was ceremoniously poured into fine china cups and sipped leisurely. The ambience, the visual delight, the aromas and delicate flavours were savoured and enjoyed as a simple pleasure. Things are different today and I am not suggesting we need to go back in time but we can include some

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Landscaping for quick real estate sale

curb appeal

Real Estate agents stress the importance of curb appeal when helping homeowners sell their house because a nicely landscaped and well maintained property makes a much better first impression for prospective buyers. It sets a positive tone before anyone sets foot in the house and leaves a positive lasting impression. Research has shown professional landscaping yields an average 109% return on the investment when a house is sold, significantly higher than other major home improvements such as kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Staging the yard and garden is just as important to improve the selling price

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Spring Cleanup

spring cleanup

Spring Cleanup A well planned spring cleanup will benefit your lawn and flowerbeds while ensuring a beautiful outdoor living space for the whole season. A spring cleanup which includes spring lawn care and spring flowerbed care is individualized and quite specific for what your yard needs. Contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping and arrange spring cleanup services. Now is also the time to contemplate and plan for summer landscaping projects. Spring Lawn Care: In April and May it is important to assess your lawn after the snow has receded and exposed your lawn. Assess if there are

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Edible Container Gardening in 8 Easy Steps

container gardening

Edible Container Gardening in Eight Easy Steps Nothing tastes quite as good as homegrown vegetables, fruits and herbs picked fresh from your garden. Not everyone has the space and/or time for a big garden. An increasing number of people living in townhouses, condos, and apartments have discovered how to enjoy growing edibles in containers. First; Choosing the Plants: some tried and true vegetables suitable for containers include tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, cucumbers and so on. No matter what you decide to grow it is a good idea to look for varieties that include

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