Friday, December 23, 2011

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

No Complaints

There are no complaints using term turf king have been found.
This was nice to know. Did find some complaints about other lawn care companies. 
We do our best, but we are not perfect- at least not yet.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thank You Turf King

 Our grass is so beautifully green- like a COZY GREEN CARPET, thanks to you Turf King!
I often walk on our GREEN CARPET without shoes, Barefoot just like I do on our indoor carpets, like a kid walking on a carpet of outdoor 'healthy' grass.
The squirrels, the chipmunks and our friendly birds all love to be on our grass and they too are with the need for shoes! We have a cat that visits us- belongs to a neighbour and he too love to be on our grass!

Lenna

Couple are forced to demolish their £300k four-bed home after it was invaded by Japanese knotweed

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Something to Crow About- NO

When you have a white grub problem, it is usually skunks or raccoons that make a mess of the lawn, tearing up the sod to eat the grubs.

Although the books often talk about birds feeding on the grubs, I have personally not seen the actual birds feeding. Driving through one subdivision the other day, I snapped this photo of 2 crows in the middle of a lawn feeding on grubs.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Call That Sodding?

Not sure if the orange markings are visible. Looks like one of the utility companies neded to lift the grass for some reason or another.

Too bad they can't put the sod back nice and neatly ... And level.

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A Squeaky Clean Lawn

What can be done when animals such as skunks and raccoons dig up your lawn to look for white grubs?

Ruth called in to tell us that she had heard about using Tide laundry granules.

She said she got a $15 box and sprinkled it over her city sized lawn.

So far- the animals haven't been back.

Maybe the skunks had harvested all the grubs and it wasn't worth digging in her lawn anymore.
Or maybe they dislike the fresh clean smell of Tide.

Now, if there are still some grubs there- how long will the Tide keep working?

One night when it rained, Ruth said she saw some bubbles. So if nothing else- her lawn is nice and clean.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is this Legal?

Roundup can only be used in Ontario for Poison Ivy and other plants that pose a threat to health.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Aerate and Overseed

When lawns are damaged by insects and need to be repaired. We almost always recommend aeration and overseed as the method to be used to get the lawn back in shape. The seeds falling in the aeration holes are almost sure of germinating. Here is a photo of an core aeration hole on lawn that was aerated and seeded.
The Photo was taken 7 days after the aeration was done. (now this may be an exception in how fast the seed will germinate. The amount of water the seed receives will determine how fast it germinates. So watering and rainfall will affect this)

Seeding is much less expensive than sodding. Sodding is great if you need an instant fix. Seeding takes a little longer but in the long run is a better fix. With seeding, you will normally use a seed mix with several species and varieties. This variability in the lawn population will increase the lawn's resistance to disease and help it to overcome those conditions such as soil, light/shade, and drainage.

Aeration/overseed is much more economical than topdressing and seeding. Topdressing is also great for the lawn, but when it purpose is to repair the lawn, aeration/overseed  is the way to go. There is not the same amount of labour needed to move wheelbarrows of soil to the furthest corner of the lawn.

Sometimes, people are concerned that the holes are 4-10 inches apart. With aeration/overseed, you are unlikely to see a whole lot of green "fuzz" of seeds coming up. That green fuzz of seeds germinating is what one often sees when topdressing and seeding.

One thing to remember is that we only need one grass seedling every 6-8 inches to germinate. 
When a stray seed grows in the flower bed and is given a little while to grow, that single seed will grow into a grass plant that can span 6-8 inches very easily. So if only one seed grows in the aeration holes and nowhere else, the lawn will fill in. (in this photo above, here are 2 single grass plants. Together they are at least 6 inches wide. Notice the peach pits to the right)

In the situations where a fuzz of grass seedlings grow, one must remember that if there are a hundred seeds in a small area the size of a sheet of paper, only 2-4 seeds are likely to survive. I know that because I have seen a hundred weeds seeds grow in a small area much like the grass. A few weeks later, when I didn't pull out those weeds, I notice that even though there were originally a lot of seedlings, only a have dozen have survived. The rest of the seedlings have died out due to the competition from there "litter mates."
The same thing will happen with the grass seedlings. It's just that with grasses, it is much harder to distinguish individual plants.

After the aeration/overseeding, the lawn should be watered daily to allow the grass seed to germinate.



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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Colourful Edible Landscape

Eat the landscape. Rainbow swiss chard
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lawn is still Brown

i am one of your customers, and am a little disappointed in the results of my lawn.  it has a large brown patch.  we seed the area regulary as suggested by your company, however the lawn is still brown.  we have been told we have cinch bugs, however the lawn doesn't seem to get better.  Is there anything we can do to improve the situation ?  My neighbours do nothing to their lawns, but they seem to be greener then mine.
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John

Thanks for your email.We appreciate hearing your concerns and about your lawn but are sorry to hear that you are have some concerns.

Chinch bugs can be a tricky insect. There used to be a product that could be put on early in the summer. Once applied, your chances of having a chinch bug problem was reduced to about one in 50.

Nowadays, with the organic type products, applications are not of any value unless chinch bugs are present. In other words, prevention is no longer possible. Putting on a product before the chinch bugs appear on the lawn will not prevent them. Once chinch bugs get on the lawn, the organics will reduce their population to the point where damage should stop.

However, depending on how much damage has been done to the lawn, the lawn may or may not recover from the damage. Chinch bugs suck the sap from the grass plants. If the damage is minimal, the plants will recover and turn green again. If the damage is severe, the lack of sap can cause the death of the plant. Then even when the chinch bugs have been treated, the dead grass will not turn green.

This year with the severe drought in July, the grass plants were being stressed on 2 fronts. Drought and insects.

If there are patches that are slow to recover, the best seeding time of the year is just ahead. Late August  through to the end of September is the ideal time to improve the lawn by seeding. The nights are cooler, the morning dew is heavier, and if we do get rain, it is less likely to evaporate as quickly as it might earlier in the summer.

There are a number of different way to overseed. Many people will spread a thin layer of black soil on the damaged or thin areas in the lawn. Then spread the grass seed on the soil. Rake the soil lightly to disperse the seed so it is just under the surface. Water 1-2 times daily for 2-3 weeks. 

Make sure to use a high quality grass seed mix. Even better, make sure that the mix contains endophytic perennial ryegrasses that will resist chinch bug damage.

Another way to seed the lawn- (and this is the way we would do it) is to do a core aeration on the lawn and then overseed. The seed falling in the aeration holes is protected from drying out as quickly. It will almost certainly germinate. This method is less labour intensive and therefore less expensive that spreading topsoil around.

As to why you have chinch bugs and your neighbours don't- see http://hamiltonturfking.ca/gerrys-blog/203-why-did-i-get-chinch-bugs

We will send out someone to take another look
Gerry

Friday, August 12, 2011

Animals Digging in the August Lawn

Several people have called about animals digging in their lawns the past couple of weeks. They say the lawn has been torn up and has holes in it. Many times they will call and say that they think they have grubs.

At this time of year, it is still a bit early for white grubs.
If I ask them what the holes look like, most people describe it as a neat hole about the size of a golf ball. The ones I have seen are nicely cleaned out with not dirt crumbs to be seen. These holes an 1 1/2 inches around are an indication of leatherjackets.

While it is possible to see white grubs at this time of year, generally they are very small. This indicates that they are very recently hatched. Skunks and raccoons are harvesting leatherjackets right now because the leatherjackets are at what I call their pre-Thanksgiving size. Just like turkeys are harvested just before Thanksgiving, so the animals are harvesting the leatherjackets when they are at their largest size.

The baby white grubs are not worth digging for. Let them feed on the lawn for a few weeks- we can come back later when they have put on some fat.

Leatherjackets are the larvae of the adult Crane Fly.

At this stage, we don't recommend treatment. The leatherjackets are not feeding or damaging lawns. They will soon pupate and turn into adults. The adult Crane Fly looks like a giant mosquito. They don't hang around very long. They mate and the females lay eggs.

If you see a multitude of the adults, then a control application this fall or next spring may be worthwhile. This treatment is done once the eggs have hatched into larvae. The adult is hard to treat since it is a flying insect. Insect eggs are hard to control. The larvae are the easiest stage to control.

Think positive. The animals are getting rid of the leatherjackets, so that's a plus. Just put a bit of soil and some grass seed in the holes.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hand Pulling Crabgrass

With this summer's hot temperatures and dry conditions, Lawns are being attacked all over by hordes of crabgrass.

With Ontario's Cosmetic Pesticide Ban, post emergent crabgrass treatments for this time of year are no longer available (or legal) to control crabgrass.

Hand pulling is the only choice.

This can be a tedious chore.

Is it worth doing?

We look after 2 different Burlington condo sites on the same street. Last year, one condo decided to pay some young people to hand pull the crabgrass along the walkways. The second condo decided that they couldn't afford to do the hand pulling.

This week, when our lawn technician was on the 2 sites, he reported that the first condo had a lot less crabgrass than the second one.

Although we treated both with the organic crabgrass reduction product this spring, the difference in the amount of crabgrass at this time of year is likely due to the hand pulling that was done last year.

The good thing about crabgrass is that it will die when we get a good frost. The bad part is that the produce so many seeds.

Make sure to pull the crabgrass before it goes to seed. Crabgrass plants are capable of producing thousands of seed.

Try to pull the crabgrass after a rain. When there is some soil moisture, the crabgrass will pull up much easier.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Can Chinch Bugs be Eradicated

Hi Gerry
Thanks for your payment.
You asked: "This is the second year that we have had to treat the lawn for chinch bugs. How do we eradicate?"

Chinch bugs are impossible to totally eradicate.  And especially so with the products available today. Even in the old days, chemicals would knock out a lot more, but I'd hesitate to say that they totally eradicated them.

Adult chinch bugs overwinter under the shrubs, along the house or garage- anywhere it is a bit warmer or protected. They return to the lawn in May-June. They mate and start laying eggs. A female chinch bug may deposit 500 eggs over a 2-3 week period.

Even if all the chinch bugs on your lawn were controlled, the adult chinch bugs that overwintered on a neighbour's lawn could come over to your lawn and start laying eggs. So sometimes chinch bugs can be a problem for several years in a row.

Do mow your lawn at 3" high. Chinch bugs like warm, sunny conditions. A little bit extra grass blade will shade the soil and keep it a touch cooler. This may not prevent chinch bugs altogether, but it does help to tilt the balance in your favour.

When overseeding, make sure to use a mixture that contains a Perennial ryegrass that contain an endophyte. These endophytes help to deter chinch bugs.

Question about Quackgrass


Question about Quackgrass

We notice that the grass areas are being over run with "Quack Grass".  Seems to be a problem throughout Millcroft.  Is there a lawn maintenance product that can take care of the problem ???  Would you please advise me about the "quackgrass."
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Hi Dennis

First, is to determine what it is. Quackgrass, crabgrass, bentgrass?

If it is crabgrass, this is an annual weed, comes up from seed, dies every winter. Nowadays, only application is to put a seed germinating preventer on before crabgrass germinating season.

There are also a couple of other annual grasses, foxtail, barnyard grass. Treat more or less as you would crabgrass. This time of year- manual removal to reduce the seed production. Then cultural practices to help fight it. Mowing height is especially important.

Quackgrass, on the other hand is a perennial grass. It doesn't die in the winter. Crabgrass preventer products may reduce germination, but do nothing for existing plants. Normally quackgrass doesn't go to seed in regularly mown turf.

The only product that will control quackgrass is a non selective herbicide like Roundup. This product is not legal to be used in this manner under McGuinty's current Pesticide Ban legislation.

So, if it is quackgrass, digging it up is possible, but the underground stems or rhizomes can be up to 12" deep. A small piece of the root (as small as a few inches long) left behind in the soil has the ability to grow into a new plant. These rhizomes on an established plant can grow sideways and pop up a foot away from the original plant. This is why it is hard to eradicate by digging. You may dig up the mother plant as well as the daughter plant, but if the underground rhizome connecting the two is left behind, it will re-infest the lawn.

Quackgrass tends to grow more upright, while crabgrass tends to grow more horizontally (which does allow the seedheads to develop below mowing height and produce thousands of seeds per plant.)

Quackgrass tends tio grow faster than the regular grass. After the mowing, the quackgrass will be up above the rest of the lawn in a day or two.

Cutting the lawn more often will help the lawn to better compete against quackgrass. This is not something can be done for a couple of months and make the quackgrass disappear. The problem is that a hot dry summer allows quackgrass with its deep roots to survive better during drought conditions.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Turf Trauma Article in Hamilton Spectator

Turf King owner Gerry Okimi admits he’s never seen a summer like this in his decades of experience in the lawn care business. Despite the conditions, however, he said homeowners still have cause for hope.
 “Grasses are genetically capable of withstanding drought conditions, to a point,” he said. “They will go dormant when it’s dry and then, when the fall rains come, lawns will pick up and start to turn green.”
 Okimi said a healthy lawn treated with a high-potassium fertilizer has the best chance of beating the heat. His best advice, however, is a little more unconventional.
 “Instead of watering the lawn, wash the car,” he said. “That’ll make it rain.”
 Here is the complete article  ...
Thanks for the heads up, Bill



Saturday, July 9, 2011

Heat Stress Lines

This lawn has been under stress from the heat and summer drought. Then someone comes along to mow it. Perhaps, doing so during the heat of the day.
Damage from the mower wheels is evident in nice geometric markings.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Weed Plantain

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Leatherjacket Up Close


Found a leatherjacket while digging in the garden. Pardon my dirty finger, but it can give you an idea of the size.
Leatherjackets are the larvae of Crane Flies. Crane flies look like giant mosquitoes. The Crane flies can be nuisance, but they mate and lay eggs that hatch into leatherjackets.
Leatherjackets can damage lawns by eating the roots and crowns of turf grass.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Crabgrass sprouting

Crabgrass coming up in a lawn
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vegetation Treatment

Nowadays there isn't a good product to control weeds along the curbs, in patios, etc.

Here is a dandelion about 30 hrs after a treatment with Horticultural Vinegar.

HV is almost 4 times more potent than household vinegar.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wet Spring

Overgrown Lawns = a nice meadow?
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rolling the Lawn?

Got a note from a good customer

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Good morning Gerry,
 
The person who cuts my grass suggested I have my front lawn rolled, because of all the little bumps in the lawn she notices while  she's cutting it.  She said to make sure that it's done with a very heavy riding roller.
 
Could you please arrange for me to have this done?
 
Thank you,
Donna
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ANSWER

Donna

We don't recommend rolling especially with a heavy riding roller.
If your are cutting the lawn at 3" high, the look of the lawn is not affected by the little bumps in the lawn.
Rolling compacts the soil, which means that aeration is all that much more required.
Grass has fine roots and prefers soil that is not too tight. Dandelions will grow in heavy clay or worse because they have such strong roots.
Gerry

Friday, May 20, 2011

Giant Hogweed Photos

Giant Hogweed between a House and Fence
 Note the colour and hairiness of the stem
 These plant have reached a height of about 24" by May 20th.
 Young seedlings look like this.
 The dead seed heads are over 10 ft high
 Close up of the stem
 There are a lot of plants in this small corridor

 see if you can see the young rabbit just to the left of the flower pot
 medium sized juvenile plant

Roundup or glyphosate can be used to treat this noxious weed.
Pulling or cutting can also help but beware of getting plant juices on your skin. The sap can leave nasty burn marks, itching, rashes and worse.

Dogs Spots on the Boulevard

Dogs Spots on the Boulevard
 Your neighbourhood dog walkers may be diligent in picking up and taking away the doggie doodoo, but they are often less careful where they let the dogs do their No. 1's.
The urea in dog urine will act as a lawn nutrient on the lawn. If your lawn in not well nourished, the lawn will appear spotty.

Cure? Keep your lawn well fed. That way the dog spots will not be as noticeable.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

More Compliments

A very kind customer friend, Cindy sent an email with some encouraging words.


"I’m also emailing to pass some kind, complimentary words that were spoken about you yesterday.  I had a gentleman to the door who was in the area from “Curb Appeal”.  I don’t know his name, but he was asking if I wanted the lawn aerated.  Explaining that although his price was good, I didn’t have that kind of cash on hand at the moment and that times are a little tough and as much as I’d like to be able to always do everything necessary when looking after all the needs we have in life, I just can't and that sometimes we have to pick and choose the services we spend our money on and that besides, I have a company that I have had a long time partnership with and I mentioned your name and Turf King.  That’s when the high praise began for you as a person, you knowledge, your experience, your company etc and he backed off and said I was in good hands and that he admires your tremendously and would never infringe on one  your customers.  He mentioned you’ve taught him a lot.  I think it’s the highest of a compliment when you receive unsolicited praises especially from someone in the same business, so I wanted to be sure I shared this with you."


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Monday, April 25, 2011

Is My Crabgrass Up Already in April?

If you are seeing some wider bladed grasses at this time of year, it is not crabgrass. Crabgrass is an annual grass. It dies in the fall and comes up from seed in the late spring. It usually is not visible until the end of June. So what you are seeing now is definitely not crabgrass.
Quack grass is another wide bladed grass. It however is a perennial grass and will be starting to grow this early. 
Crabgrass is normally treated by putting on products that reduce its germination from seed.
Because quack grass is already alive and growing, putting on something to reduce germination rarely of benefit.
See the following articles on Quack Grass
quackgrass or crabgrass

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

KEEPING OUR GRASS GREEN AND HEALTHY

Turf King is truly THE KING OF GREEN. This excellent company has been keeping our grass green and healthy for numerous years. They do NOT use aggressive and annoyingly-so call center approaches which is highly appreciated. This AMAZING company offers personalized customer service that is always filled with friendly, expert advice. Our lawn ecolgogist, Andy, is most welcoming and filled with valuable information which is very helpful! Andy is very much appreciated and trusted by us. Over the years, Turf King has provided our lawn with a customized program to suit our needs. Every spring we request, to have our lawn fertilized and aerated by Turf King. These are just some of the many excellent services which we select, from this amazing company. With each lawn service rendered, there is a detailed report, placed into our mail box which indicates specifically which service was performed; applicable instructions are outlined, on demand, if necessary. This is like getting a 'report card' for our lawn which evaluates the shape of our grass with lots of valuable feedback and advice. Also within this 'report' there is an evaluation concerning the colour of our lawn which is: currently GREEN, the density of it, is currently THICK and the stautus of weeds is indicated as FEW. TURF KING provides valuable diagnostic feedback to make us aware of any conerns that can NATURALLY crop up with our lawn such as Broadleaf Weeds. Once the feedback is given to us, we are aware of anything that may need tending to with regards to our lawn, and then we call the company to schedule the applicable services,which gets to the heart of the matter. Grass is part of NATURE and TURF KING is not only the KING OF GREEN but they sure know leaps and bounds about how MOTHER NATURE and GRASS go hand in hand. They know about 'bugs and grubs' and to prevent them or to get rid of them. They have a wealth of knowledge and have answered many of my lawn questions, over the years. Turf King provides a very informative and enjoyable newsletter called TURF NOTES which offers a wealth of information about grass tips and gardening tips. I love this newsletter; I learn so much from it! Gerry personalizes the newsletter which is printed in GREEN text and throughout the grass season, he tells his customers, little stories about his family. Being part of TURF KING, is like being part of one big happy family with all the same goals in mind; keeping one's grass healthy and looking its best, year after year! It is such a warm hearted newsletter with all around reading that is truly one that I lookk forward to receiving; HIGHLY EDUCATIONAL. Over the years, through these newsletters, I have learned so many grass and gardening tips, including the benefits of Aeration, information about the new natural treatments that Turf King offers to keep one's grass healthy and beyond! In TURF KING'S most recent newsletter there is advice which reads: A few weeds won't detract from the beauty of a healthy , thick green lawn. This is so true...we have a few weeds and our lawn is certainly beautiful (WE HAVE A GORGEOUS LAWN) and it is remarkably healthy, healthy, healthy! A healthy lawn is indeed a green lawn. Our lawn is a 'green carpet' of beauty, thanks to Turf King. This professional company with its intelligent knowledge, ALWAYS pampers our lawn with tender, loving care and we have one of the nicest lawns in the neighbourhood! Yes, I am bragging about our lawn because many neighbours have commented on how great it looks and I always reply, THIS IS BECAUSE OF TURF KING! Most of all, my husband and I love our lawn...it is a TURF KING creation! Our GREEN CARPET of health and beauty.... THANKS-THANKS-THANKS TO TURF KING... welcomes song birds and families of playful squirrels, which I love to watch in our outdoor world! Turf King ALWAYS welcomes feedback through e-mail communication, telephone communication or written communication. They value customer feedback and suggestions. Turf King is a very open minded company, which really aims to provide EXCELLENT customer satisfaction, which they constantly do for us. TURF KING is a company that we will always be loyal to! TURF KING truly is THE KING OF GREEN and I am sure that they have connections with MOTHER NATURE!!!!! I could go on and on about TURF KING because the proof is in the pudding, their actions speak loudly by all that they have done for our lawn and all that they continue to do for our lawn. WOW! When we moved into our house, six years ago, our lawn was a sad state but TURF KING changed that for us, QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY! THANK YOU TURF KING FOR BEING SUCH A COMPETENT COMPANY, WHOM WE APPRECIATE LOTS AND LOTS.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Spotty Lawn


This Kentucky bluegrass lawn had a lot of yellow spots on it. It was sodded late last fall. 
These appear to be a touch of some snow mold. A good raking will remove the dead grass and allow the new blades to push through and the lawn will soon look as good as new.




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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bad Case of the Thatch

Visited a lawn today.
On the front was a patch of exposed lawn.


This lawn was sodded in the past couple of years. But the thatch layer is very dense and thicker than it should be. Thatch is good and bad.

A little thatch does help to reduce moisture loss due to evaporation. A small amount can help to cushion the soil from excessive traffic and reduce the risk of compaction.

Too much thatch, however, can act more like a thatch roof. In this case, it prevents rain and water from reaching the root zone. Rain will wash off the lawn rather than seeping into the soil. Excessive thatch also reduces the amount of beneficial oxygen that can reach the roots. It can also impede the movement of fertilizers to the roots. A thick layer of thatch also is where insects like chinch bugs can reside and then cause extensive damage to the turf. And lastly, grubs, while we think of them as eating grass roots, do seem to enjoy feeding on thatch as well. This make "thatchy" lawns more likely to experience a grub attack.

Thatch as seen in the picture above is best removed by core aeration. A dethatching will only treat the symptoms. The real problem is a lack of oxygen to the microbial population that normally decomposes the thatch layer. By improving the soil structure with an aeration, the excess thatch will disappear.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lawn Care Challenge

This lawn is in more than rough shape. It appears to have been neglected for some time. Lawn care is certainly essential to maintaining a healthy green lawn.
The bare and thin spots did not yield any white grubs or leatherjacket larvae. The thin lawn is likely to have been caused or exasperated by chinch bug damage.
The thinned out turf coupled with a lack of nutrients has also permitted moss to get a toehold on the lawn.

Our recommendation would be to aerate and overseed heavily with a high quality lawn seed mixture that contains endophytic perennial rye, in order to restore a healthy population of grass plants in the lawn.

A program of regular applications of a high quality, slow release fertilizer will help to thicken the lawn and to increase its density.


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Friday, April 1, 2011

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Expires 6 months from date of issue.
Limit 1 per person (may buy unlimited as gifts); Taxes are included; Must book in advance; One voucher per household address; Not valid with any other offers; New clients only; Valid for lawns up to 5,000 sq ft. but voucher can be used as credit toward a bigger property; Valid for Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Grimsby, Beamsville, and Haldimand areas.

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About this deal

You can forget about the old adage: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. This year ensure the grass stays green on your side. Let Turf King help get your lawn in pristine condition, for $59 you'll get a lawn care package that includes slow release Fertilizer and a Root Proliferator application ($204 Value). 


Turf King strives to give you a healthy, green lawn. To this end, Turf King, the lawn experts promote the use of high quality, long lasting fertilizers to provide needed nutrition. With Turf King you can be proud of your lawn with little maintenance and minimal impact on the environment. Turf King Hamilton gives your lawn the best possible lawn fertilizer. Their fertilizer also contains organic components that will continue to feed your lawn for up to a year or more. And, it contains their organic Kelp Supplement, which supplies essential plant hormones and micronutrients. 


In addition to their customized fertilizer, Turf King gives your lawn a boost with a Supplement-Root Proliferator. This nutrient supplement accelerates and increase of root mass and volume, improves overall lawn health, improved nutrient absorption, greater tolerance to drought, greater resistance to disease, stimulates soil microbial activity, reduces thatch accumulation, reduces toxicity in the soil, helps lawns to crowd out weed and more. 


Green will be your lawn's winning colour with Turf King's Fertilizer and Root Proliferator application. And green with envy will be your neighbour over your lush emerald lawn.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Over the Phone Diagnosis

Lou sign up as a new Turf King customer for 2010. Chris lives down the street. Lou's lawn was greatly improved by the lawn care program.
Chris moved in a year and a half ago, but the lawn just didn't want to measure up, in spite of tender loving care, seeding and watering. Lou recommend a call to Turf King.
Chris called and described the situation on the lawn. "It's patchy, and bare, the seed didn't grow." A few questions to pinpoint the time of year that the problems started. Doesn't sound like an insect problem. They tend to occur within certain time periods that correspond with their life cycles.

Sounds like you have Necrotic Ring Spot- a lawn disease. Sure enough, once at the site, the spots and patchiness were very typical of this particular disease.

Call Turf King for your problem lawns. We have the experience and we can help.
905-318-6677
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Weeds Are Up

Even though they are calling for up to 6" of white stuff tonight, I see the weeds are starting to green up already.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

FREE Chinch Bug Protection

Chinch Bugs Damage Lawns

Don't Let Chinch Bugs Ruin Your Lawn

Mention this special, get a Free Upgrade to your Lawn Program. No extra charge for Chinch Bug Protection when add to a Lawn Care program that include 3 or 4 seasonal applications of our Custom Turf King Fertilizer.

Click here to Request a Quote Online

Turf King has alternative organic treatments for chinch bugs. More Chinch Bug info here.Earn AIR MILES reward miles too.

Enter our "Click to Win" Contest

VALID TIL MAY 15, 2011. NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER OFFER. NEW CLIENTS ONLY.

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