Here are some mowing and watering tips from Ottawa’s Lawn Experts:
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Hand-pull weeds from your lawn when they first appear — before they go to seed. By dealing with weeds immediately, you’ll save lots of time later.
Inspect your plants regularly, and at the first sign of insect infestation, learn to identify what particular creature is affecting your plant. Not all bugs are bad! Many are beneficial.
Consider companion planting in the vegetable garden to keep pests to a minimum. For example, plant marigolds around the tomato patch — the marigolds’ strong smell repels insects.
For a good all-purpose, organic spray to control insects, mix one whole garlic bulb, a generous pinch of cayenne pepper and one litre of water in a blender.
Mix thoroughly, let the solids settle and then pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Spray on the leaves (tops and undersides) and stems of insect-infested plants.
Ensure your lawn is healthy by maintaining good moisture and add a soil conditioner, such as Greely’s Topdressing Soil. The healthier the soil is, the stronger the grass grows, which means less chance for weeds to grow. Check out our topdressing tips.