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5 Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

5 Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

Spring is one of the most important times to perform maintenance to your lawn. By following these 5 steps you can help prevent your beautiful lawn from being overtaken with weeds and any stress.

  1. Remove any debris that has accumulated. This is a perfect time to also rake up any matted areas of the lawn, which can harbor Snow Mold. Raking these areas and removing debris will encourage better air flow throughout the turf grass and prevent any disease and insect infestation. It will also allow new grass blades to grow without struggle.
  2. Applying a pre-emergent crabgrass control in early spring is very important. After this point the weed seeds will have begun to germinate and the pre-emergent will no longer be effective. An important thing to note is that crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once it has germinated.
  3. Fertilizing after winter or early spring will jump start your lawn from being dormant. It provides a nutrient build up that will give it the strength to withstand the warmer summer months.
  4. Core aeration is good for your lawn. It allows water and air to reach the root zone faster. This results in new growth and increased root development. After winter it’s important to core aerate before the soil temperature increases because it voids an invitation to aggressive weeds.
  5. Winter can wreak havoc on lawns and come spring there may be some lawn damage by salt and snow plows. In early spring it can be a great time to re-seed any damaged turf areas. However, if you apply a pre-emergent weed control take precaution. The pre-emergent weed control is non-selective, so it will prevent seeds from germinating. It’s recommended to hold off crab grass control to the latest point possible. Then perform turf repairs as needed so the seeds have enough time to germinate.

If you’re looking for professional and experienced lawn care control, contact Weed-A-Way. Get your winter lawn maintenance taken care of, so you can enjoy a growing lush, green grass in the summer. Call 905-858-3100 for a free lawn evaluation and consultation.

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Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

The winter is when you spend the least amount of time thinking of your lawn. Unless you live in an area that is relatively warm all year long, chances are you have put the lawn mower away and are ready for a few months of relaxation before you have to start the lawn maintenance routine again.

There are a few things you can do during even the harshest winter that can ensure a beautiful, lush yard once spring rolls around again.

Fertilizing in the Winter

Late fall or early winter are the best times to fertilize cool season grasses. Since the majority of the lawns in North America are made from these grasses, like Bermuda and bluegrass, it is a good bet your yard has a typical cool season blend.

Before the first freeze, give your lawn a thorough fertilizing to replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months. Once the weather turns cold, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long.

When spring comes your lawn will be full of healthy, lush, green grass that has been feeding on good fertilizer nutrients underneath the snow.

Keep it Clean

It is easy for items to be left on the lawn during the long, cold winter when no one goes outside very often. Stray logs, toys, and even lawn furniture can be accidentally overlooked before the first snow comes.

Make sure that you clear the lawn of all objects after you mow it for the last time of the year. Do an occasional sweep of the lawn every couple of weeks during the winter, as well.

If an object is left on the grass during cold weather and snowfall it can create large dead spots because of the weight of the object. In the spring the grass in that area will be stunted and thinner than the rest of the yard.

Prepare for the Winter

There really is not much lawn care that needs to be done during the cold months of winter. If you properly prepare the lawn during the fall, it will be fine until the warm days of spring arrive once more.

  • Make sure you aerate, fertilize, and mow the lawn before the first freeze of the season.
  • Rake away any dead leaves that may have fallen and collected on your yard to avoid wet spots that can become mossy or moldy.
  • Keep the lawn cleared of debris and avoid foot traffic in the yard while it is dormant.

If you want o ensure your lawn is prepared for the winter it’s best to contact the professionals. Weed-A-Way will ensure you have taken care of everything that needs to be done during the fall and winter, so can enjoy a nice cozy winter indoors with your family before growing season begins again in the spring.

 

Top 3 Things That Happen When You Don’t Close Your Pool

Top 3 Things That Happen When You Don’t Close Your Pool

Pool closing is arguably the most important thing you can do as a pool owner. Without it, your pool is susceptible to all sorts of dirt, debris, and damage which could cost you in the long run. Pool closing is a fairly straightforward process, and although it can be intimidating your first few times, it’s important to get it right to avoid any complications over the winter. If you’re new to pool closing, you might not be aware of what can happen when you don’t close your pool, so here’s what you need to watch out for:

  1. Your liner can rip, crack, or develop holes

Without a proper pool closing routine, your liner may become damaged. This can cause the foundation to erode over time, washing out the sand and soil that maintain the structure of the pool. The effects? Cracks, sinking or failure of the walls, and even shifting, wrinkling and bubbling of your liner.

  1. You risk damaging or destroying plumbing & equipment

If you plan to keep water running through all of the plumbing, instead of doing your yearly pool closing, you might be okay. However, if the power fails or if it gets too cold, the lines can freeze, causing them (and your pump/filter) to freeze and break.

  1. It gets dirty

If your pool closing procedures don’t include draining, cleaning, and covering your pool, you risk all sorts of buildup and debris over the winter. Cleaning all of the gunk out of your pool isn’t fun once spring rolls around.

If you need to close your pool for the winter, contact Total Pro Pools. The professional pool closing and cleaning professionals to ensure you won’t be stuck with a swimming pool you can’t use in the summer!

Three Uses For Bulk Road Salt

Three Uses For Bulk Road Salt

Harsh winter weather can lead to dangerous road conditions, an unavoidable part of our harsh Canadian winters. Winter road salt is the most popular and effective solution to icy or snowy roads, but it can be pricey and inconvenient to keep going back to the store every time you need a bag. Draglam salt is an Ontario deicing salt supplier serving Brampton, Toronto, Concord, Pickering, and more. Bulk winter road salt is convenient and affordable, so consider some of the many ways you could benefit from a bulk deicing salt supplier this winter.

Driveway and walkway safety

Deicing salt can be applied to driveways and walkways to quickly eliminate built up ice and snow. Your local deicing salt supplier most likely offers products that are made for home use to avoid stains or salt buildup.

Road salt and deicing

Salt and deicing compounds are essential for public safety on and off the roads. Whether your snowplow missed a spot on your road, or you just want to be extra cautious, a deicing salt supplier can provide you with the tools you need to survive the winter.

Preemptive damage control

The buildup of heavy snow and thick ice can cause damage to your driveway, walkway, steps, and other property. By obtaining bulk salt from Draglam Salt, you can cover vulnerable spaces to ensure they don’t get damaged throughout the long winter.

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

If you live in Canada, or any other similar climate, winter road salt is essential for your safety on and off the road. Winter road salt has been proven to provide traction by cutting through ice, in turn increasing overall driver and pedestrian safety. Whether it’s excess snow or slippery ice, winter weather can threaten your safety and ability as a driver on public roads. Road salt is an absolute essential, and in particularly bad winters the price can really add up.

If you usually buy road salt from a local hardware or garden store, you might not know how much you could save with bulk salt prices. If you plan on buying lots of salt over the course of the winter, consider the benefits to buying in bulk from your local supplier.

Convenience

Many salt suppliers can provide delivery and discounts when you purchase salt in bulk. Delivery can save you from making a risky trip to the hardware store during poor conditions, allowing you to safeguard your property from the threat of a winter storm. Ask your local supplier about their bulk salt prices.

Safety

Since you’ll likely be relying on road salt throughout the entire winter, having a stockpile of bulk salt on hand can provide safety and peace of mind. Plus, bulk salt prices are generally much more affordable than individual bags.

Price

Finally, buying salt in bulk can provide substantial savings in the long run. Bulk salt is currently at the low end of the spectrum, meaning you can save money on a winter essential that has a guaranteed application for months to come. Contact Draglam Salt, for your property and business salt deicing needs. Stay ahead of the snow this winter season with delivery you can count on!

Interlock Winter Care Tips

Interlock Winter Care Tips

Winters can be pretty harsh with extreme temperature fluctuations, massive snowfalls, and use of salts on the streets and driveways. Interlock driveways and walkways end up being much more reliable than asphalt in our Canadian winters.  Over time road salt can lead to corrosion, interlock discoloration or even break down some of the interlock material. However there are still a few things you can do prevent damage or degradation and keep it looking new. Here are the top winter care tips to keep your interlock well maintained:

Don’t use road salt

Use a branded ice melter product on the market. Look for ones that are specifically designed for concrete pavers and brick and one that is non-corrosive.

Clean your interlock

During the warmer months, and following a harsh winter, cleaning your interlock can be as easy as using your pressure washer to remove some of those winter stains and salt buildup.

Add sand to your base

Interlock is laid with a base layer and sand. Sand helps protect your interlock from cracking from impact or natural ground shift by cushioning it. After the the snow melts, some sand can be washed away. To help protect your brick or stone, buy a special type of sand and spread it over your interlock and sweep the sand and joint sand into the paver joints. This will ensure it’s longevity.

Repair brick pavers

Following the freeze/thaw cycle of winter, you can potentially have a couple of heaved or raised pavers in your walkway or driveway. Don’t fret. The interlocking brick pavers will reset after the winter frost is fully gone. Pavers that are raised or heaved will go down. The pavers that are down won’t likely come up though. Therefore, you will have some type of brick paver repair that needs to be addressed.

Keep your driveway and hardscaping looking its best wit interlock brick, which  can be used and installed in any climate. Snow can still be plowed or shoveled like asphalt or concrete driveways. Unlike common asphalt driveways, interlocking pavers will not crack due to winter work and activity. If you’re looking to upgrade your driveway contact Synergy Contracting for all your landscaping, driveway, and patio home needs!

Why You Should Consider a Professional Window Replacement

Why You Should Consider a Professional Window Replacement

Windows are an important investment that is essential to the look and longevity of your house. Although it is often an expensive purchase, professional replacement window installation will save thousands of dollars in the long run. Negligence or lack of care during installation can lead to leaks, cracks, and other damage down the road, so it’s essential to choose a provider that specializes in replacement window installation.

Whether you are thinking about doing a replacement window installation on a new property or as part of a renovation, there are a handful of reasons why you should consider new windows in your home. Here are a few lesser known benefits of replacement window installations.

Energy Efficient Savings

A replacement window installation can drastically cut your utility bills, especially if you take advantage of recent window technology. New windows retain your indoor climate far better than old ones, meaning you can reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. A replacement window installation practically pays for itself!

Noise or Drafts

Old windows may have gaps or cracks that are hard to keep track of, often creating drafts or annoying noises. If you notice an increase utility bills or annoying noises that keep you up at night, you may want to think about a replacement window installation.

Higher Resale Value

Simply put, new windows are far more appealing than older ones. A replacement window installation can add character and curb appeal to your property, increasing the value of your home in the long run.